Saturday, February 20, 2010

More stealing; this is from the London Evening Standard.

Dear lord, surely I am still too young to be listening to Poulenc's Stabat Mater at the Royal Festival Hall? Whatever happened to clubbing? And what's next: backgammon and scones at the Women's Institute?

If you have never been to a classical music concert, and ever find yourself, like me, married to someone who seems to have become prematurely middle-aged overnight, then here's a tip: don't go if you have a cough. So uptight is the classical music crowd that one is only permitted to cough between movements, or whatever the hell they're called.

Who knew? The consequence of all this repression is that, as soon as the last violin string fades, the entire audience breaks out in a loud, bronchial hack. It's very disconcerting but also really funny. In the sober world of classical music, you get your laughs where you can.

10 Comments:

Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Stealing for your blog is more
like borrowing for the purpose
of sharing, enit?
Got lucky a few days ago and
found some new Sherman Alexie
poems to post, or perhaps they
aren't new. I have not been
able to crack WAR DANCES yet,
so maybe a bunch of them are
in there. It is just "easier"
if they are already on line
cuz I can just paste them where
I need them or want them.
Pac Beach was gorguous, although
52 degrees with the wind
blowing can get chilly is one
is sitting on a beach chair
trying to soak up the ambieance.
Melva was fighting yet another
migraine for much of the week
end, so that put a damper on
some of the fun and surf time.
There is a neurologist in her
future, I hope. She promises
to get to see someone soon.
Turns out PERCY JACKSON & THE
OLYMPIANS is pretty silly,
and even though Chris Columbus
directed it, it is a far cry
from the HARRY POTTER series
that it emulates; mostly poor
acting on the part of the
juvenile protagonists.
We did watch MARLEY & ME
on DVD one evening, and shed
a bucket of tears during the
scene where he has to take
Marley to the Vet's, and put
the old dog to sleep. It was
a replay for us of putting
Taffy down a couple years ago,
or maybe a year and a half
ago, I've repressed it.
I enjoyed writing JEHOVAH'S
WET DREAM last week as yet
another poetic challenge from
Lynne over on APPLEHOUSE
POETRY. I used a form I bumped
into earlier in the week,
the old one, two, three word
stanzas/lines; kind of cool.
Facing yet another work week,
and I never know what will
transpire. June can not get
here too soon I tell you.
Sorry about your latest
virus. They seem to love you.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Not a virus, I think but wood dust and old varnish that I inhale when I'm planing down spruce from an old piano soundboard.
This happened once before.
It's pretty much cleared up.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't plane the stuff
I smack it into shape.

....Spruce Willis

9:16 AM  
Blogger Moptop said...

Does "movement" mean the same thing in the USofA as it does in the UK?

11:22 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Moptop;
When talking about politics it does.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!
One solution is to cough quietly into your hand to muffle sound or cough when the orchestra is playing fortissimo -- or between fortissimo chords when others in the audience will think the composer wrote a cough at that spot. Come to think about it: why don't you write a cough or coughs into your scores: 2nd violin part: on third beat in this measure: "(ff) COUGH!!"
Tschuess (COUGH)
Anonomann

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, moptop, there is the
movement of the lovely colon
that we all so look forward to
on a daily basis, or just putting
something tangible, some sort of
solid matter into motion, or
possibly the vibrations when one
combs their hair, or maybe in
the the UK, "movement" is a simile
for thought or creativity, after
all over there you all knock each
other up with every rap on a door.

..........Professor Putz

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living with any government is a matter of following some asshole or another and trying to avoid the various political movements, left and right as we try to make sense of this silly arrangement called life.

.....Voltaire.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Blue Bunny said...

yes, this hapened to me too and now i banned from goeing to see enny music in austin. e

xcept i to goes to storytime at the libarry and they do welkomes me wit open arms and let me whissle and sings there.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Blue Bunny said...

i didnt know voltare knew to say asshole. he wuz menny talinted.

11:44 AM  

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