I Am Thankful For Random Acts of Culture (and Ali)

Over there, to the right of the blog is a cute girl with an even cuter blog.  (My blog wants to be her blog when it grows up.)  Ali, from The View From The Johnson’s, has been an acquaintance since I was in the ninth grade in Lubbock, TX.  She is a year younger than I am and I say acquaintance because we didn’t hang out or anything, I just knew who she was and (I think) she knew who I was and we smiled at each other as we passed in the hall.  We both loved choir, but were in different ones because of our grade difference.   She is AD-OR-ABLE.  We have upgraded from acquaintance status to friend status thanks to Facebook.  I have found Ali to be a strength when I felt I have none, a LOLPIMP* when I didn’t think I could muster a smile, and a voice of simple reason when I have been overwhelmed with critical chaos.  And she does this easily from 2500 miles away.

Anyway, she blogged this Random Acts of Culture bit today on her blog and while I tried SO HARD not to copy her, I just couldn’t help it.  She appreciates the good stuff, recognizes beauty, and I had to share with  you the gem she found.  Besides, it’s no secret that I am a flash mob addict, this video is similar to that.  Why am I never in the right place at the right time?  Grr!!

Can I just say that sometimes goosebumps spread over my entire body when Glee does a particularly good job on their rendition of a famous artist?  I bawl like a baby whenever I hear the National Anthem, and I’ve been known to visibly shake with emotion when I hear good  A Capella.  I am unashamed to confess this.  As I watched this video a smile plastered itself on my face as my bottom lip quivered and my whole being took in the beauty of what I was watching and listening to.  My daughter thought I was being possessed until she saw what I was watching, then she understood because she too has the appreciation of music.  (I’m so impressed with the variety of people that participated, there are teenagers in there people!!!)

This is what Creative Minority Report had to say about this event, “Just this past weekend, shoppers at the the Macy’s in Philadelphia (the old Wanamaker building) were surprised when over 600 choristers who were there mingling with regular shoppers suddenly burst into Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. It’s pretty awesome.”  Yes. Yes it is.  So, without further ado . . .

Thank you Ali! {sniff, sniff}

*Laugh Out Loud Pee In My Pants

3 comments on “I Am Thankful For Random Acts of Culture (and Ali)

  1. Susan November 23, 2010 9:43 PM

    This was so neat. I found this and posted it a couple of weeks ago. The ones who were part of the chorus… had green buttons on that said “Random Acts of Culture”. If you look, there are many you see singing that aren’t part of the chorus. The website said that they were surprised and pleased that many joined with them singing. I would have loved to have been there.

  2. Ali December 17, 2010 6:16 AM

    you are too sweet. there is a reason i’m WEEKS behind on catching up on everyone else’s blogs… it’s because i needed to hear these unbelievable words TODAY. thanks for being a great friend, mandi.

    and, p.s. of course i knew who you were – you were kelly’s big sister’s friend. 😉

  3. Mandi December 17, 2010 6:23 AM

    Kelly’s big sister’s friend. That made me smile. 🙂

    God works in mysterious ways. I’m always here. Stalking, you. And your little blog too . . .

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