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Not to be sacrilegious, but I find the image of people sitting in the temple chapel and all of the sudden the intro to that song being played on the organ incredibly hilarious.

Sounds like Holbrook's been reading a bit too much Nibley and John Lundquist ("What is a Temple? A Preliminary Typology").

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida also sounds good on the church organ.

As Justin mentioned, all of that language is very Nibley-esque. In his temple essays he describes ancient and modern temples as a half-way point between heaven and earth. The temple and its ordinances are scale models of the universe where we get our orientation therein. I recently wrote a post about one aspect of this after reading an extremely interesting article related to this subject. (In keeping with the classic rock theme, I evoked Geddy Lee at the beginning of that post...)

Geoff, the remark that drew on "Break On Through" was a Californian's rockification of the temple. I'm sure that if Canadian Saint were called on to rockify the temple, they'd say: "The temple helps me take off to the Great White North in the sky."

I imagine that Justin was simply being subtle, but I couldn’t resist. The rumor is that In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was a mis-transliteration of “in the Garden of Eden”. What more could you want for a temple rockificaiton.

I'm surprised people discovered and commented on this post--I had come to the conclusion people had moved away from "Saturday blogging." Maybe I need to start putting up a weekend post again!

Sorry to break the rock-n-roll theme, but my favorite line from the article was this:

"Now, Newport Beach is on its way to be home to one of only four temples in the Southern California area, the other three being in San Diego, Redlands and Los Angeles."

One of only four. ONLY four. I can't get over the fact that there are four temples in southern California. Now it will be interesting to see what happens to temple attendance on the whole in that area. At least Saturday morning sessions in LA will be small.

I imagine that Justin was simply being subtle, but I couldn’t resist. The rumor is that In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was a mis-transliteration of “in the Garden of Eden”. What more could you want for a temple rockificaiton.

Actually, the "Simpsons" episode in which Bart manages to replace the normal church hymn selection with one by "I. Ron Butterfly" entitled "In the Garden of Eden" prompted the idea. The only problem is that the song is pretty hard on elderly organists who have to keep playing and playing and playing...

I am also reminded of the day I first came across "Rock of Ages" in the hymnal. I knew a song by that name, but it was by Def Leppard.

That Simpsons scene is definitely a classic. The song really is a garbled way of saying "In the Garden of Eden". We had that Iron Butterfly vinyl when I was a kid (it was included in a box of records purchased at a garage sale) and that song really does occupy one entire side of the LP.

Another Saturday night loser blogger here --Dave, your comments on this article made me laugh, but I'm not sure if Bob and Doug Mackenzie are the guys to "rockify" the temple -- I was thinking maybe Rush and then I see that Geoff mentions Geddy Lee -- I must be on the right track :)

A man walks into a church and the priest is playing "Whiter Shade of Pale" on the organ. Do you know the movie?
(Sorry, it seemed appropriate)

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