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Bassoons, caught in a bad romance

“Come quickly!” Benevolent Dictator Jamie said last week, rushing past my cubicle (oh yes, I have a cubicle). “I have something for your blog!”

And she did.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


9 thoughts on “Bassoons, caught in a bad romance

  1. Jenn!

    Had I know you’d love musically insane bassoon music, I would’ve sent these long ago! 🙂

    Post & Enjoy!

    Dr. Carney

    Posted by Dr. Carney | May 17, 2010, 10:18 am
  2. Truly it isn’t, but that’s for neither you nor me to decide the insanity of your sanity, or is that the other way around? Your implicit insanity propenses forth quite lovely indeed from your thoughts!

    Dr. Carney, just moments ago…

    (I apologize… galumphing bassoons always make me a bit nutty…)


    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”

    He took his vorpal sword in hand:
    Long time the manxome foe he sought —
    So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
    And stood awhile in thought.

    And, as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!

    One, two! One, two! And through and through
    The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
    He left it dead, and with its head
    He went galumphing back.

    “And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
    He chortled in his joy.

    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    Lewis Carroll

    (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

    Posted by Dr. Carney | May 17, 2010, 7:51 pm
    • Man, the initial email only sent your own reply, not the poem text. I was all set to respond with “He left it dead, and with it’s head he went galumphing back!” only to discover you were one step ahead of me. So you force me to do this:

      Fury said to the mouse
      that he met in the house
      “Let us both go to law–
      I will prosecute you.
      Come, I’ll take no denial,
      We must have a trial,
      For really this morning I’ve nothing to do.”
      Said the mouse to the cur,
      “Such a trial, dear sir,
      With no jury or judge,
      would be wasting our breath.”
      “I’ll be judge, I’ll be jury,”
      said cunning old Fury,
      “I’ll try the whole cause and condemn you to death.”

      (This really OUGHT to be shaped like a tail…)

      Posted by Jenn | May 18, 2010, 6:51 am
  3. “You are not attending!” said the Mouse to Alice severely. “What are you thinking of?” 🙂

    Tell me, Jenn… do you play croquet?

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

    Posted by Dr. Carney | May 18, 2010, 10:15 am
    • I did my thesis on the relationship between Carroll and Tenniel and how it affected the Alice books. Having given them such close scrutiny, I find the Disney movie to be a surreality of an entirely different sort, the sort that begs the question: what were they SMOKING? Especially they bit with the walking pencil.

      But in all the best ways, of course, because it’s Disney and I’m staunchly loyal.

      Posted by Jenn | May 18, 2010, 10:24 am
  4. That’s quite the thesis, Jenn!

    I have only recently become familiar with the original 1903 movie of “Alice in Wonderland” – I’m assuming you know this film? One of our composition students composed original music for this silent film (and it was excellent!) and that was first time I was even aware of this!

    Here’s the link, just in case:

    The scenes with the cat are my fav 😉

    Disney? Smoking something? Noooooooooo NEVER! All those movies and songs and stories and rides and ideas come from freshly squeezed imagination mixed with pure heart love!

    Heh, right.

    Posted by Dr. Carney | May 18, 2010, 10:38 am
  5. Mouse Under Glass – well played!

    Posted by Dr. Carney | May 18, 2010, 2:49 pm

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