And now for something completely different

Q: Strange Brew, Sundown, BourrĂ©e, My Sunday Feeling, BS&T medley with and without Al Kooper, Perry Mason theme, old and new ad jingles, Super Session’s Season of the Witch, Sunny, various things by the Association, etc. A: the first of these are what someone who wakes up at 5am hears for a half hour, in that order. You think that’s weird? The Newport Jazz Festival in 1969, which we attended, featured Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, the Mothers of Invention, Sly and the Family Stone, and Ten Years After, among others. We may have an unusual playlist in our mind feeding us toons, but what’s George Wein’s excuse?

Duh, we figured it out. For a while we have pondered, with some concern, the fact that we have melodies, soundtracks, and lyrics appearing, as if out of nowhere, in our mind, often as we were waking from deep sleep. Unusual, we thought, possibly very odd.

But how did Mozart do Eine Kleine Nachtmusik? How did Bach do Toccata in d minor and all the rest that we know so well, like the cello suites? It seems that the answer is that, in part, the melodies appeared to them. We’re just a lowly creature in that universe, though we must say we’ve enjoyed the new little tunes that came to us. However, when your song begins “Tiny Poolbug you sure look cute, when you’re wearing your birthday suit,” you ought to seek another line of work, or perhaps professional counseling. Ha Ha.

White Tower, sandwiches that look like meat, that’s the kind we like to eat. Hamburgers, coffee there is extra large, that’s the way they hide the frogs. (Georgetown, anti-war DC demonstration 1971. Grrr.)

Hey, you can choose the depressingness of today, or the fun that was Firesign Theater, Allan Sherman, and Tom Lehrer. Your choice.

2 Responses to “And now for something completely different”

  1. Eric Fithian Says:

    “…when they see us coming, they all try ‘n’ hide…
    but they still go for peanuts when coated with cyan-hide!
    Poisoning pigeons in the park…

    We’ll poison them all amid laughter and merriment–
    except the few we take home to experrriment–”

    And then there was “The Masochism Tango” …

    Truly a great loss when Tom Lehrer let his Social Justice/leftist rage over Kissinger getting the (essentially meaningless) Nobel “Peace Prize” drive him into retirement.

    “Meaningless”? Look at the list of those upon whom that committee has bestowed that Prize [*cough* Obama *cough*]…
    …and it has little but the name in association with the other, practical, Prizes…

  2. doc molloy Says:

    …the fact that we have melodies, soundtracks, and lyrics appearing, as if out of nowhere, in our mind,” Quite so. Some time back I stepped out of the shower and a tune came into my head, finally i placed it as Tangerine and I remembered it being sung by Rita Hayworth in a flick set down Argentina way with Jack Lemon but on you tubing it I was surprised that it was from the 1942 flick The Fleet’s In.. youtube Harry James Tangerine and watch the lovely Helen O’Connell belt out the second up tempo verse with clever lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
    Tangerine, she is all they say
    With mascara’d eye and chapeaux by Dache.
    Tangerine, with her lips of flame
    If the color keeps, Louis Philippe’s to blame.
    And I’ve seen clothes on Tangerine
    Where the label says “From Macy’s Mezzanine”.

    Note the crucifix proudly worn around her neck. Those were the days..

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