The xkcd of 1/24/11 (#851, “Na”), passed on by Facebook friends:
An avalanche of musical repetition.
On a report (from the 25th) on a recent Arby’s ad:
Arby’s Reuben Gets a New “Rachel” Variant: Arby’s latest sandwich is the new, limited-time Turkey Rachel, which is being offered as a variant on their Reuben that comes with roast turkey and housemade coleslaw rather than the corned beef and sauerkraut
To come: the sandwiches, their ingredients, their names.
From my subconscious this morning: Zez Confrey (definitely a memorable name), and then comfrey.
Today’s morning name, memorable because the Anglo-Saxon personal name Ethelbert is rare (and has been for centuries, though there apparently was a brief fashion for it in the 19th century) and now is seen as funny, even “dorky”.
Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin (November 25, 1862 – February 17, 1901) was an American pianist and composer. … His best-remembered compositions are the piano piece Narcissus from Water Scenes and the songs “The Rosary” and “Mighty Lak’ a Rose” (Wikipedia).
The man at the piano:
“Bein’ Green” (also known as “Green”) is a popular song written by Joe Raposo, originally performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and later covered by Frank Sinatra and [an enormous number of] other performers.
In the Muppets version, Kermit begins by lamenting his green coloration, expressing that green “blends in with so many ordinary things” and wishing to be some other color. But by the end of the song, Kermit recalls positive associations with the color green, and concludes by accepting and embracing his greenness.
Another morning name, but this time I know where it came from — an Exploring Music program (heard on WQXR) from earlier in the week (on the theme of the week, “I Didn’t Know About You”, about music the host hadn’t been familiar with). From Wikipedia:
Reynaldo Hahn (… August 9, 1874 – January 28, 1947) was a Venezuelan, naturalised French, composer, conductor, music critic, diarist, theatre director, and salon singer. Best known as a composer of songs, he wrote in the French classical tradition of the mélodie.
A brief song by Hahn, “À Chloris”, performed by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, can be heard here.
Two unrelated morning names today: the actor Peter Sarsgaard, the Berlioz symphony Harold en Italie.
Today’s Bizarro, with a play on abduction:
So: abduction by aliens (‘extraterrestial beings’) — but for what purpose? In a significantly conventionalized use of alien abduction, the purpose is probing human beings, but here the purpose of the abduction is a more common one: kidnapping for ransom (where it happens that the kidnappers are alien creatures). There are other possibilities.