It occurs to me this is the first time any of the band members have ever heard the word “case triple eight” and in Kevin’s defense the rest of them would probably be equally confused by Peaseblossom’s dialogue.
For today’s Christmas Music we have one of my all time favorites, Tom Lehrer. Regrettably I couldn’t find a live performance of this (if anyone in one is interested, Hong Kong Tenor David Quah, does a pretty good version of this but I’m afraid he comes off as way too nice.)
I don’t really have much of a plan for this year’s playlist other than keep things eccentric or at least interesting.
I’ve always been a fan of Will Vinton‘s work even at his most commercial. But obviously his side projects are a lot more fun. It’s funny watching this one now it doesn’t feel quite as irreverent as I had remembered it. Still watching the Three Wise Men trying to keep things serious while being interrupted by their doo-wop-singing camels are still fun… and it was either this or Quasimodo conducting Carol of the Bells.
On the suggestion of a friend I started experimenting with doing the ongoing theme of forgotten Oscar nominees whenever I didn’t have any better ideas,
I was beginning to start working on a Christmas playlist to start later this week and I started by starting to look for Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite when out of habit I searched for a Rhapsody instead and found his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.
Now I try not to repeat most of the better known Rhapsodies too much (you know who; Gershwin, Liszt, Brahms and Queen) the whole point of these posts are to discover new material. But to listen to two of the greatest American composers combined… well… please forgive me my moment of weakness.
From left to right they are
1. Kumkwaml – Underssea chief
2. Nulamala – Fool Dancer
3 Nuxalk – Human bird face
4 Nuxalt – Human face
My apologies when I was transcribing this I realized I didn’t know if the Salish words are the names of the masks or the names of the tribe that made it (though I’m mostly sure on 3 and 4)
The ride started out about average slowed down a little by the usual lights but well enough that I hit the five minute mark just as I turned into Greenlake. From there It went really well averaging a pace of 3.50 minutes a mile. But I was still certain that this was still in the new average category especially when I had to stop for a car and a dog and finally caught for about 30 seconds on my old nemesis… the light on 65th and Ravenna.
However when I got home I found that I had done it in 34.21 minutes an improvement from the previous record by over a minute! and while I am totally stoked my glee is slightly spoiled by wondering what my time would have been by catching that last light!