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Heaven with Bach and Shakespeare!

Illustrations of William Shakespeare and Sebastian Bach

Tears of ecstasy rolled down my cheeks as I listened to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and as the choir thundered in German, “Deine Zauber binden wieder, Was die Mode streng geteilt”, I sang along, “Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt!”

The music slowly stopped, but tears kept flowing, such the beauty of the rendition, such the power of the composer. And as the Ode to Joy kept resounding in my head, I wondered if this was how heaven would be!

“Bob!” shouts an angel, her wings swishing past me, “Bach is playing down the road!”

Since I’m new to heaven I shout back, “You mean someone is playing Bach’s piece?”

“No!” shouts the angel, “Bach’s doing a new composition,” and I fly along, my own wings swishing as I reach the German composer, and find him entertaining the heavenly audience with a composition he’s just written.

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Robert Clements is a newspaper columnist with an estimated readership of 6 million. He also conducts a short-term writer’s course. Contact him at bobsbanter@gmail.com for more details.

Robert Clements

Robert Clements is a newspaper columnist with an estimated readership of 6 million. He also conducts a short-term writer’s course. Contact him at bobsbanter@gmail.com for more details.