Monday, September 14, 2009

Music Glossary 2

Well, since I need to give you part two of the alphabetical musical definitions, I needed to find something that would kind of go with that.

So I came up with this.

It's ten things you probably didn't know about the Beatles, and I confess I didn't know any of them. See if you can spot the infamous Postal Service connection.

And those of you who still go to garage sales, print the cover of one of the albums in the article so you'll recognize it if you find it. It's worth more than $10,000.



Intonation: Playing an instrument with your feet.

Jazz: A form of music wherein each musician plays what they want, when they want to.

Keynote: A message left for the spouse who forgot his keys.

Lamentoso: With handkerchiefs.

Messiah: An oratorio written by Handel and performed nearly every Christmas by choirs that are almost good enough, accompanied by musicians who need the money.

Neoclassical: Music that makes you long for the classics.

Opus: A penguin in Kansas.

Passing Notes: Two oboes attempting to play the same score.

[selected from aha, with edits and additional material by Mark Raymond]


WORD for YOUR WEEK: Sometimes sad music will fill us with "melancholic" feelings, or another person will be feeling melancholy, or someone may sing "My Melancholy Baby" to you. But what does that word mean? It's originally from two Greek words: "melan," meaning "black," and "chole," meaning "bile." In Ancient Greece, if you were feeling melancholic, you were coughing up black bile ... and that's certainly enough to make anyone feel sad.


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