Churches make me uncomfortable. It always makes me study and think about the people who build these environments and the work and obsession that goes into these "houses of god." The same obsession in any other field would be deemed insanity. Why do these crucifix wearing folks get a free ticket? You don't see Jews trying to convert nobody, no how.
At the interval, SBX unexpectedly grabbed my hand and whisked us off the church steps and away from God's house and children. It was very romantic as we walked down Park Avenue at night, swinging hands, scoring Indian food at Grand Central Station, and eating it outside on a bench in Bryant Park. We never get to do corny stuff like that. We got into heavy convo about Michelangelo, and how religion affects art. I get despondent towards church paintings and narratives of Jesus Christ. It does nothing for me. I can respect the work and craft that goes into such efforts, but the results themselves rarely inspire me. Regardless of their import and history, art has always been an aesthetic response for me. I dig expression over representation. Schiele over Michelangelo. Later Picasso over early Picasso (although it took learning how to draw to then unlearn and make something unique, and I understand that process can take a lifetime). I guess that's why I dig low-brow art?
At home, I played some of the only semi-choir music I own, THE MISSION [composed, orchestrated, and conducted by legendary movie soundtrack artist, Ennio Morricone (famous for his Sergio Leone "Spaghetti Western" soundtracks - which I love!)]. Further investigation revealed that the choir he used were London Voices and Barnet Schools Choir, and the music performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra.