I was thinking to myself, "What would I enjoy doing here in the dreary season? What is something fun I could look forward to?" An answer popped into my head immediately: I'd like to see the Messiah. It's been years.
Google told me about a Messiah performance not too far from Gladlyville, and I clicked on through with visions of melismas (melismata?) dancing in my head. You guys! I missed it! They sang the Messiah THE WEEKEND BEFORE LAST. That's practically the middle of November.
I had the itch in my brain to hear those beautiful words set to beautiful music -- the kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever -- so I went looking for the flash mob version that I watch every year. And do you know when it was recorded? November 13, that's when. Pretty soon, you guys, we're going to have pumpkin spice lattes on sale in June, and Christmas lights the day after Labor Day.
Google tells me I can see the Messiah in December if I'm willing to go to Chicago. Hmm.