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Manipulative Whore

Springtime and first loves are nice, but what about Delilah?

Delilah, what a manipulative,nagging, opportunistic, whore. However, Samson was a jerk. These two needed a reality show. They could have been the original celebrity couple. Sam-lah.

After Samson falls in love with Delilah, the Philistines approach and offer her 1100 silver coins if she can reveal the source of Samson's strength.

She accepts and starts trying to pry the information out of Samson. He tells her if he's bound with fresh bow strings, he will lose his strength. She binds him with fresh bow strings while he sleeps. It doesn't work.

She continues to work on him and he tells her fresh rope will take his strength. She binds him with fresh rope while he sleeps. It doesn't work.

At this point, Samson needs to get out. If you're with a woman who has tried to strip you of your supernatural strength twice, why would you ever tell her the truth?

Of course, he does tell her the truth--because he's an idiot--and she cuts his hair. The Philistines show up, cut his eyes out and put him to work pushing a mill stone.

The Philistines have a feast to celebrate the demise of Samson. During the festivities, they bring Samson up to taunt him. They tie him to the support pillars of the temple and he pulls the house down and kills them all. Somehow God was involved in all of this. Hmmm. Okay?

Saint Saens wrote an opera Samson et Dalila. He messes with the biblical account and makes it more of a romance. The Saint Saens version makes both Samson and Dalila into characters that are acceptable to modern audiences. The biblical characters are grotesque but more interesting.

The music with which Dalila seduces Samson into revealing the source of his strength is Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix (moh cuh soov-rah tah vwah).

I, for one, am seduced. Especially with the clip of Shirley Verrett singing it from 1971. It's in black and white but this woman oozes sexual energy. Elena Obraztsova has the best vocals on this piece. There are some who think she sings it too powerfully.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJfR8qxXL8g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJX0b9ZChYk

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Springtime and first loves are nice, but what about Delilah?

Delilah, what a manipulative,nagging, opportunistic, whore. However, Samson was a jerk. These two needed a reality show. They could have been the original celebrity couple. Sam-lah.

After Samson falls in love with Delilah, the Philistines approach and offer her 1100 silver coins if she can reveal the source of Samson's strength.

She accepts and starts trying to pry the information out of Samson. He tells her if he's bound with fresh bow strings, he will lose his strength. She binds him with fresh bow strings while he sleeps. It doesn't work.

She continues to work on him and he tells her fresh rope will take his strength. She binds him with fresh rope while he sleeps. It doesn't work.

At this point, Samson needs to get out. If you're with a woman who has tried to strip you of your supernatural strength twice, why would you ever tell her the truth?

Of course, he does tell her the truth--because he's an idiot--and she cuts his hair. The Philistines show up, cut his eyes out and put him to work pushing a mill stone.

The Philistines have a feast to celebrate the demise of Samson. During the festivities, they bring Samson up to taunt him. They tie him to the support pillars of the temple and he pulls the house down and kills them all. Somehow God was involved in all of this. Hmmm. Okay?

Saint Saens wrote an opera Samson et Dalila. He messes with the biblical account and makes it more of a romance. The Saint Saens version makes both Samson and Dalila into characters that are acceptable to modern audiences. The biblical characters are grotesque but more interesting.

The music with which Dalila seduces Samson into revealing the source of his strength is Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix (moh cuh soov-rah tah vwah).

I, for one, am seduced. Especially with the clip of Shirley Verrett singing it from 1971. It's in black and white but this woman oozes sexual energy. Elena Obraztsova has the best vocals on this piece. There are some who think she sings it too powerfully.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJfR8qxXL8g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJX0b9ZChYk

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