Today I was happily  reminded that some things have the power to connect us across boundaries of culture, race, age, and geographical distance.

The famous “Hallelujah Chorus” from  Messiah, by George Frideric Handel , has been performed thousands of times. The English-language oratorio was composed in 1741 and first performed in Dublin in 1742, with a premiere in London the following year. I had to share this delightful video (sent to me by my friend, Jo Stickley) from the small Yupiq Eskimo Village of Quinhagak, Alaska. It is said to have been a school computer project intended for the other Yupiq villages in the area. Much to the villagers' shock, over three quarters of a million people have viewed it. The inspiring waves of glorious praise, the depth of the spiritual message, and the innocence and whimsical behavior of the Yupiq children will make you smile and fill your heart. No wonder music is known as the universal language. Enjoy!


Upper Photo credit: Sondra P via


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