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August 8, 2012

Midweek Madness: Bing and the Beatles

I confess, devoted and needy Midweek Madness fans, that I sometimes feel a wee bit guilty going all madcap when things are so glum out there. But then I come to my senses.

I realize that I just have to carry on this infantile practice of trying to provide a whiff of levity every Wednesday, because so many people are struggling to deal with this confusing, cruel world. They may not make it if they don't receive my few minutes of distraction.

So I carry on my task, hoping that I can bring comfort, in the immortal words of Ethel Mertz, to "your drab, dreary little lives."

This week, I stumbled across something so deliciously absurd that it made me momentarily forget my cares and woes, so, hey, it's bound to do the same for you -- an annoying Beatles song from the famed White Album (even John Lennon thought it was awful) given a stupefying production number featuring, of all people, Bing Crosby, who ...

clearly hadn't a clue what he was singing. The choreography around him is priceless:

Posted by Tim Smith at 7:13 AM | | Comments (1)


"Now for my next number, here's a little tune written by those Rolling Stone fellas. It's called Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out. So if you got any ya-ya's, folks, let's take him out now and pass 'em around. Buh-buh-buh boo. Maestro, if you please..."

Fabulous image. Thanks for that. 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).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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