Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

“Willow Weep for Me”

August 17, 2015

(Mostly about music)

The song came by in the middle of the night: an elegant jazz-piano version. Unfortunately, I missed the information about the performer, but I then found out a good bit about the song.

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Morning: mandolin, mandoline

August 16, 2015

This morning’s name was mandolin, the musical instrument (in the lute family). And that led almost immediately to mandoline, the kitchen utensil (a vegetable shredder). They turn out to be very closely related.

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Search for the magic slogan

August 2, 2015

Today’s Dilbert, with a brainstorming session at the office:

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All they need is a magic slogan, in three words, clearly explaining everything the new product does. Labels — names — aren’t good at doing this task, and slogans (which are primarily designed for conveying emotions) are even worse than labels.

And yes, Alice, “Keep Doing It” is in some sense already taken. Several times, probably.

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Clown time

August 2, 2015

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:

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A fine pun for a Sunday. But you do have to know about this:

“The Tears of a Clown” is a song by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Tamla Records label subsidiary of Motown, originally released on the 1967 album Make It Happen. It was re-released in the United Kingdom as a single in September 1970, where it became a #1 hit on the UK singles chart. Subsequently, Motown released “The Tears of a Clown” as a single in the United States as well, where it quickly became a #1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts. (Wikipedia link)

On YouTube:

Name play in the comics

July 30, 2015

Two cartoons this morning with plays on proper names: a Mother Goose and Grimm playing on Simon & Garfunkel, a Bizarro playing on the Big Bang theory and possibly also The Big Bang Theory:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in #2 — Don Piraro says there are 2 of them — see this Page.)

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Land of 1,000 Dances

July 26, 2015

Following up on my “Name Rhymes” posting (with examples from Cab Calloway and Paul Simon), Mike Pope wrote to remind me about Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1,000 Dances”, with a rather different rhyme scheme involving names. From one version of this song (there are many):

Got to know how to pony
Like Bony Maronie
..
Do the Watusi
Like my little Lucy
..
Out in the alley
With Long Tall Sally
Twistin’ with Lucy
Doin’ the Watusi

In my earlier posting, the rhyming words are adjacent in a line. Here we have rhyming couplets, but still involving names.

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Name rhymes

July 25, 2015

Heard recently as music accompanying an NPR show: Cab Calloway performing “Everybody Eats at My House”, rhyming (or half-rhyming) food names and personal names, beginning:

(1) Have a banana, Hannah
Try the salami, Tommy
Get with the gravy, Davy
Everybody eats when they come to my house

(Four-line verses, with three that rhyme food names with personal names, plus a constant final line. The verse form should probably be called a Calloway.) (more…)

Morning names: naked mole rat, Penn Palestra

July 25, 2015

A double-header this morning. I have no idea where the naked mole rat came from. The Palestra at Penn was undoubtedly prompted by the music of Palestrina, which was playing on WQXR when I woke — though it turns out that palaestras and Palestrina have nothing to do with one another etymologically, nor has either of them anything to do with palisades.

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Morning names: The Secret of Susanna, The Jewels of the Madonna

July 15, 2015

They came as a pair, two operatic works whose names have the same syntactic pattern. Only a bit later did I realize that they were works by the same composer, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari.

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Dead Tongues

July 15, 2015

News from the 2015 Linguistic Institute (at the University of Chicago), from Stephanie Shih: a performance yesterday by Dead Tongues, the (un)official band of Stanford Linguistics. Plus a stunning Lingstitute2015 logo for the band by Stephanie:

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Cue the Rolling Stones.

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