The Common Good
June 2010

Hit the Praise Button

by Rose Marie Berger | June 2010

When Handel’s Messiah was first performed in London in 1743, it is said that King George II leapt to his feet when the “Hallelujah” chorus began.

When Handel’s Messiah was first performed in London in 1743, it is said that King George II leapt to his feet when the “Hallelujah” chorus began. Too bad the old king didn’t have Apple’s new Hallelujah Button on his iPhone. Yep, now you can download the famous oratorio for only 99 cents—and let out a little “Hallelujah” yelp whenever the Spirit moves. (Though the bright yellow graphic makes one think the developer really had in mind “His Yolk is Easy.”)

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