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From the Ted Talk by Eric Whitacre: Virtual Choir Live

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In 1991 I had maybe the most profound and transformative eipxnceree of my life. I was in the third year of my seven-year undergraduate degree. I took a couple virotcy laps in there. And I was on a college coihr tour up in Northern California, and we had sptoped for the day after all day on the bus, and we were relaxing next to this beautiful idyllic lake in the mountains. And there were crickets and birds and fgros making nsioe, and as we sat there, over the mountains coming in from the north were these Steven Spielbergian clouds rolling toward us, and as the clouds got about halfway over the valley, so help me God, every single animal in that plcae stopped making noise at the same time. (Whoosh) This elrteicc hush, as if they could sense what was about to happen. And then the clouds came over us, and then, boom! This massive thunderclap, and sehets of rain. It was just errtxdiaornay, and when I came back home I found a poem by the Mexican poet Octavio Paz, and decided to set it to music, a piece for choir called "Cloudburst," which is the pciee that we'll perform for you in just a moment.

Open Cloze

In 1991 I had maybe the most profound and transformative __________ of my life. I was in the third year of my seven-year undergraduate degree. I took a couple _______ laps in there. And I was on a college _____ tour up in Northern California, and we had _______ for the day after all day on the bus, and we were relaxing next to this beautiful idyllic lake in the mountains. And there were crickets and birds and _____ making _____, and as we sat there, over the mountains coming in from the north were these Steven Spielbergian clouds rolling toward us, and as the clouds got about halfway over the valley, so help me God, every single animal in that _____ stopped making noise at the same time. (Whoosh) This ________ hush, as if they could sense what was about to happen. And then the clouds came over us, and then, boom! This massive thunderclap, and ______ of rain. It was just _____________, and when I came back home I found a poem by the Mexican poet Octavio Paz, and decided to set it to music, a piece for choir called "Cloudburst," which is the _____ that we'll perform for you in just a moment.

Solution

  1. sheets
  2. frogs
  3. experience
  4. extraordinary
  5. victory
  6. choir
  7. stopped
  8. noise
  9. piece
  10. electric
  11. place

Original Text

In 1991 I had maybe the most profound and transformative experience of my life. I was in the third year of my seven-year undergraduate degree. I took a couple victory laps in there. And I was on a college choir tour up in Northern California, and we had stopped for the day after all day on the bus, and we were relaxing next to this beautiful idyllic lake in the mountains. And there were crickets and birds and frogs making noise, and as we sat there, over the mountains coming in from the north were these Steven Spielbergian clouds rolling toward us, and as the clouds got about halfway over the valley, so help me God, every single animal in that place stopped making noise at the same time. (Whoosh) This electric hush, as if they could sense what was about to happen. And then the clouds came over us, and then, boom! This massive thunderclap, and sheets of rain. It was just extraordinary, and when I came back home I found a poem by the Mexican poet Octavio Paz, and decided to set it to music, a piece for choir called "Cloudburst," which is the piece that we'll perform for you in just a moment.

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