All posts tagged: A to Z Challenge

Villa-Lobos…

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer, and has been called the most significant Latin American composer of the 20th century… I’m not quite sure who has called him that. Just as I’m quite sure there are probably other Latin American composers who might take exception to that statement. Oh, there it is… I see it now… Some guy named Simon Wright called Villa-Lobos that. I wonder if Wright was right… Or was he, perhaps, left, when Wright said that? Inquiring minds wanna know… *AHEM* The incomparable Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Sung by the almost equally incomparable Kiri Te Kanawa…

Useless web…

Oh, are you about to waste some serious time right now. I can spend hours here, clicking and re-clicking. Go to this site… *WARNING* There are some rather disorienting things that may pop up from time to time. Flashings and wavings, loud noises and the like. Bad songs, sung badly… you get the idea… And for all of the time I’ve wasted, I don’t think for a moment that I’ve seen every useless site on the web… no matter how much the author may have tried to catalogue them all. You have to play with the websites. Sometimes the joke is in the url itself. Sometimes there is no joke. But it’s all a great big ol’ waste of time… ENJOY! A few of the better ones are: http://www.riddlydiddly.com http://leekspin.com http://tomsdog.com http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com http://iloveyoulikeafatladylovesapples.com … and… http://heyyeyaaeyaaaeyaeyaa.com … but perhaps my favorites are… http://www.sanger.dk http://haveahairymovember.com Image found… well… here.  

Thomas Tallis…

Thomas Tallis was an English Renaissance composer who lived from c1505-1585. We think… We don’t really know – nor do we know much about his much younger student William Byrd. Between the two men, English music was elevated to new heights, from which a lot of what we have now has descended. And yet no one seems inclined to question their authorship, like they do that of another prominent English artist from the around same time frame, and the same geographical locale – whom we also know little to nothing about – whose birthday we traditionally celebrate on this date. As far as the A to Z Challenge and Shakespeare’s birthday lining up… Missed it by that much… But I digress… Still… The notion that Christopher Marlowe wrote the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet seems rather ridiculous, when you come right down to it… 

Rabbit shenanigans…

The “R” post has proven rather reluctant to raise its ravishing regard. I don’t know why this might be the case… I don’t have any particularly strong reservations about the letter “R”. I’ve even been known to be quite respectful of the letter, come every September the 19th. Which, as all of you will instantly recognize, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.