There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.There quite frankly is no better music to convey the sheer joy of living, and yes, the gratitude of the moment than this, conducted magnificently by that Leonard Bernstein. I never thought that this particular piece showed off soprano talent particularly well, but this is perhaps the loveliest and most ethereal soprano performances of Ode To Joy that I've heard. I'm thankful for his art, and her's, and Beethoven's, and for a day that prods us to reflect on it. The part at about 6:15 makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. And at 7:55. And 10:05. And most especially at 14:55. And that only takes you half through this video.
- O. Henry
May your day be similarly spectacular.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.