archive of posts from December, 2014

New Year’s Schnippit

23/12/63 I am never sorry to find a year has gone. They’re most of them lousy anyway. The loveliness comes fleetingly, here & there

Kenneth Williams

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Stuff & Nonsense #1109

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My iPod [29/12/2014]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
Morrissey and Siouxsie | Interlude [Extended Version] | 1994

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Stuff & Nonsense #1108

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Stuff & Nonsense #1107

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Bad Music Schnippits

First there is the innocently stupid, the insipid song; then the intentionally stupid, the song ornamented with all the stupidities that the singer takes into his head to make … Next comes the vicious song which corrupts the public and lures it into bad musical paths by the attraction of certain capricious methods of performance, brilliant but with false expression, which is revolting to both good sense and good taste. Finally we have the criminal song, the wicked song, that unites with its wickedness a bottomless pit of stupidity, which proceeds only by great howls and enjoys adding noisy melees to the long drum rolls, to the sombre dramas, to the murders, poisonings, curses, anathemas, to all the dramatic horrors that provide the occasion to show off the voice. It is this last which, I am told, reigns supreme in Italy …

Hector Berlioz c1840

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Stuff & Nonsense #1106

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