Sent by Reader Alison, this is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Enjoy this seasonally appropriate exploration of editing.
Photo Memory of the Week
Poetry of the WeekA wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the helican!
Source: A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican, Dixon Lanier Merritt
Posted: 2023 Mar 17
Music of the Week
Posted: 2023 Mar 24
Tweet of the Week
Australia plotted by every mapped stream and river... all 1.3 million of them pic.twitter.com/7sx7LgemOM
— Amazing Maps (@amazingmap) March 11, 2023
Thanks Isabel, and those tags/keywords are right on – Laughing Frequently, indeed!
Marion – Quite brilliant, I think, from the concept to the writing to the video and musical execution.
Tom – I thought the musicians and singers in the crowd would like it.
I admire the ingenuity that can pounce on a common small niggle and turn it into an art form. Thanks for the fun and for the inspiration, Isabel. Singing this Christmas carol will never again be (the) sane — I mean, same!
Laurna – IKR? The artistry at all levels in this piece is astounding IMO. I do wonder how he chose his YouTube name (Ramses the Pigeon). I’m thinking there’s a story there . . .
Yup, just what we talked about. Our choir director usually directs us not to breathe where the commas are in order to make the music flow. Thus, I ignore all punctuation in singing. Choirs can get away with this by what’s known as “stagger breathing”, in which each person silently breathes in places other singers are not breathing. And no one seems the least bit interested in the detailed meaning of the lyrics, just the overall sentiment of the song. Which is good, given how some songs are written, as we lamented on Friday. Thanks for the video!
Judith – Well, when it’s not a legal contract, the overall sentiment would seem to be sufficient. 🙂 Interesting to think about choir management, which has not been in my line at all, from either side.
The interesting thing about choirs (chorales, even orchestras — musicians in general, perhaps) is trying to get them to act as a single living entity. Singers, horn players, etc., have to breathe as one. Apparently, even their heartbeats tend to coordinate.
The project work you used to do, Isabel, required people to think as one (for the duration of the project, at least). Musical rendering requires people to live and breathe as one (for a few minutes). They may have radically different politics and/or morals, but for those moments of performance, there can be no individualism.
Jim T – Ah. An interesting connection to something I do understand. 🙂 Thanks.
And when this happens, there is flow — the “hive” mind in a good sense. Some of the peak experiences in my whole life have been singing in a choir of 60 voices — a capella.
As for horn players, the better they can SING through their instruments the better.
Barbara – 🙂 I did not know you had sung in a choir, a capella or otherwise.
Isabel – my nomination for the editor’s anthem.
John – Noted. Awards ceremony to be held post-COVID.