Best Flashmob Yet.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 1, 2012
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An Ode to Joy.

Of Peace, and Patriotism.

When I was a child, at Vidya, a Buddhist-inspired school founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado, we wore blue blazers with brass buttons and gray cords (and bowl cuts, mostly, for boys), and blue ties with white strips. And no one knew if someone was rich or poor by the way we dressed.

And our class song was perhaps my most favorite song, ever, after Life is But a Dream. The words are well worth reading, and contemplating: they inform a life, well-spent.

We would sing our class song at various events, all together on stage. I remember singing it in Naropa Institute’s PAC auditorium.

But first, the video:

En el 130º aniversario de la creación de Banco Sabadell hemos querido rendir un homenaje a nuestra ciudad con la campaña “Som Sabadell”. Esta es la flashmob que realizamos como colofón final con la participación de más de 100 personas de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès y los coros Lieder y Amics de l’Òpera y la Coral Belles Arts.


Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 1824.

Brother, sing your country’s anthem
Shout your land’s undying fame
Light the wondrous tale of nations
With your people’s golden name
Tell your father’s noble story
Raise on high your country’s sign
Join then in the final glory
Brother, lift your flag with mine!

Hail the sun of peace, new rising
Hold the war clouds closer furled
Blend our banners, oh my brother
In the rainbow of the world
Red as blood and blue as heaven
Wise as age and proud as youth
Melt our colours, wonder woven
In the great white light of Truth

Build the road of peace before us
Build it wide and deep and long
Speed the slow and check the eager
Help the weak and curb the strong
None shall push aside another
None shall let another fall
March beside me, oh my brother
All for one and one for all.





About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Best Flashmob Yet.”

  1. one of my favorite pieces of music of all time! ever!

  2. tridentgirl says:

    Best all time date idea (for established daters): road trip to Santa Fe NM, get all dress up to take in an Opera at the Santa Fe outdoor opera house followed by getting totally undressed and soaking in one of the lovely private tubs at Ten Thousand Waves, overnight in simple downtown casita, which obviously would have to be followed up the next day by breakfast at Guadalupe Cafe for the pinon waffles. Somehow the music in this post inspired the thought.

  3. Genna says:

    Well, of course, I'm weeping… with joy. Watch the children on the flash mob video… how can we take music out of schools when you can see how they respond from their whole being to music, not from their intellect? Art and music are the life-blood flowing through society's "body". Thank you for this post. Wonderful.

  4. Nan says:

    Ahhh, I'm in tears too… Thank you so much, I've been having a dreadful day and you made it all better. XX

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