the minor premise

the minor premise

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A sign unto you

But for D, that music idea I had would have fallen completely flat. The best laid schemes of mice and men...

Fortunately, this came to my attention thanks to the Ironic Catholic. What a great community project!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Here's a little reprise of some some Christmas fun from 2009.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

You Have Been Tagged . . . .

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Random act of Christmas

I'm going to try to post Christmas music again this year just so my blogging doesn't go completely fallow. Lately, I've come across a few "Random Acts of Culture" videos in which incognito choirs burst into the Hallelujah Chorus in public places. I believe they've been very widely viewed, so for today I'm posting this less ambitious but no less enjoyable random act:

The improv group's site, linked at the video on YouTube, tells the story of how they pulled it off.

(Note: This performance also makes a good antidote to the Wonderful Christmastime video D posted below!)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fab Four Festival Flops - A Second Installment of Mood Music

Ever wonder from whence your least favorite Christmas songs came? So do we, and rather than actually find out the truth behind the music, C offers the following (originally posted as a comment to Mrs. Darwin's quick take about Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime":

After not being able to get in the car or enter a store between Veterans' Day and Christmas last year without being subjected to "Wonderful Christmastime," I formulated a hypothesis for the source of its inspiration. While I can't prove anything, my scenario goes something like this:

Scene one:
The lights go up to reveal not-yet-Sir Paul in his studio on the phone. A large calendar on the wall clearly shows it is November 1.

Paul: What's that? A Christmas Special? An original song? When's the shoot? In a week? Well, I'll see what I can do.

Scene two:
Paul is now slumped over a piano, twiddling a pencil. Blank staff paper rests on the music stand. The calendar now has the dates of November 2-6 clearly crossed out. An ice cream truck passes by in the studio window, and a half dozen tinkly notes can be heard as it goes out of sight. He sighs, and scratches on the staff paper. He hums the theme once or twice.

Paul: Not bad. Now for some lyrics. Christmas. I need something Christmassy, but that won't bother anyone who isn't celebrating...(thoughtfully) have a, the rhythm's wrong...have a wonderful Christmas...better...(singing) may you have a wonderful Christmastime!

[The phone rings].
Paul: Yeah, yeah, it's ready to go! I'll see you in the morning. Toodles!

He addresses the staff paper with renewed vigor as the lights fade out.