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I once heard Hogwood and the SPCO cover Beethoven's 7th Symphony--it was awesome, man, awesoooome!
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[Error: unknown template qotd]By all reports Farinelli--too bad the film about him was so horrible though.
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I would never want to live forever. Two poems heavily influenced this decision. The first was a poem by John Keats, the "Ode to a Nighingale" where he wrote that living on earth is a place where "but to think is to be full of sorrow" and in my opinion, he was right. I even have a good sense of humor, too.

The other poem was T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland. The epigraph to the poem, all in Greek, but footnoted in English for people like me who can't read Greek, evokes the Sybil, who was condemned to live forever for some offense I can't even remember. When she was asked what she wanted, she replied, "I want to die." Probably because of all that sorrow living in the world causes, even if you do have a sense of humor.

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