I like stuff. And I think it’s good to make lists of the things you like (OK, it’s fun to make lists of things you hate, but let’s look on the bright side of life today, shall we?).
(More)Things That Make Me Happy (in random order)
- Marshmallows. Fluffy, yummy goodness. They’re among my favorite candies to eat. And shoot. (Now about that launcher…)
- Palindromes. Cool ones, like Do geese see God? and Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas!
- When someone posts a comment on RtB.
- In-tune singing. Can’t be overrated.
- Cherry pie filling. The no-sugar-added kind, right out the can.
- Fluff. Mixed with #5. Awwwww maaaaan….dass beautiful.
- When Jakey comes to visit.
- A good book on a cold night under a warm blanket.
- Musical theater. Most of the time.
- Hearing Lars laugh.
- Going to breakfast with good fiends, and….
- Reconnecting with old ones.
I wish I could add “getting ready for school” to the list today, but alas. And it’s not the going to school part. It’s the getting ready part. It simply takes too much effort to get this face prepared for safe viewing by the general public.
I think I have a good idea of why #1 is in bold print. I was just trying to explain to somebody last night about #4. There are certain things about vocal music that you just can’t emmulate. The sonority of an in-tune choir is not something easily replaced. This is going to sound insane, but the closest thing to emmulating the human voice in sonority and intonation is the trombone. No other instrument has that sort of tonal versatility. I learned how to play the bass trombone so that I could be the bottom layer of a jazz trombone section just to experience a little bit of that. But I digest…
[in my best Shirley Q Liquor voice & neck wiggle] “Oh, no you didt-nnt!!” (to Stein). We sax players may have a bone or 2 to pick with you on that comment about the trombone being the closest thing to emulating the human voice in sonority and intonation.
Take for example the growling throaty tones or the subtle whispering “foo-foo” of the tenor genius of John Coltrane. How about the light & melismas of the virtuoso Charlie “Bird” Parker (on a side note, know how much this stuff rocks?? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersax )
Don’t make me start with my trombone player jokes…..
OK…since you asked:
Q: What is the difference between a dead skunk in the road & a dead trombone player?
A: The skunk was on his way to a gig…
Hey, I would love to agree with you there. I’m a saxophone player by design. I majored in it in college.
OK.. you’re forgiven, then **wave**
Aw WOW. #13 – Shirley Q. Liquor