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August 17, 2011

Midweek Madness: Carol Burnett and company 'perform' contemporary music

The midweek point is almost over -- forgive me for not getting this posted sooner, oh you devoted followers of my Midweek Madness feature. I've had so much so much madness in my week (sometimes just mad) that I kept getting distracted. Enough of the excuses. On with the show.

When I received Mobtown Modern's enticing season announcement Tuesday, I started thinking  that an appropriate Wednesday diversion would be a take-off on contemporary music by Carol Burnett and friends. Of course, this skit is ...

terribly offensive to, and woefully ignorant of, contemporary composers and performers. Downright shameless, even. Possibly libelous. But, just between us, I think it's still pretty funny:

 

 

Posted by Tim Smith at 1:59 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Clef Notes
        

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Classic. Have you seen the movie "Untitled" yet?

I'll have to add that the ol' Netflix queue.

Hilarious! It does remind me somewhat of what I thought as a college freshman when I saw a performance of Crumb's "Ancient Voices of Children" with Jan DeGaetani while on a college January term trip to New Orleans (1973). We were supposedly becoming "cultured". At that time I was just baffled. It was all downhill for me when she started singing into the open piano.
I like to think that I've come quite a ways since then.

Haven't we all. Thanks for the comments. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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