Bush, the Messiah (and Emma Kirkby)

The title of this post is, in part, a public service message to use the Oxford comma. However, there is a thread (in my mind) linking the three titular subjects. The connection between George Bush and the Messiah is not an obvious one, I admit, but hear me out. When I think of Bush, I think of the phrase “either you’re with us, or your against us.” I then always associate this phrase with “If God be for us, who can be against us?.” Was Bush consciously echoing the King James Bible? To me, of course, the latter phrase does not recall the Bible but rather Handel’s Messiah. All of which is a roundabout way of saying that this is another music post, with (who else) but Emma Kirkby performing with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (I have a recording on CD by the same ensemble which sounds to have been made contemporaneously with the video). The vintage of the haircuts is more H.W. than G., however.

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