Music

A Triplet of Limericks

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A 3-in-1 special! A Flying News exclusive! * * * The Musical Dunce There once was a right funny fellow who played on the bass and the cello. He thought himself clever when he played them together, ’til he fell to the ground with a bellow. * * * A Woman Named Sue There once […]

Sprinkle, Sprinkle Little Tar

– a travesty – [read in monotone, avoiding melody, while eating fried chicken] sprinkle sprinkle little tar / how i blunder in the char / feathered for the world to fry / like a poultry in disguise / sprinkle sprinkle little tar / how i blunder in the char. “Le Poète inspiré,” by Jean-Bernard Restout. Public […]

The Flying News: Suggested Uses

If you have been a devoted reader of The Flying News for any length of time, you may, in your spare moments, have caught yourself wondering something like this: “Why am I reading this stuff?” Well, really, that’s something to be kept between you and your psychologist. If, on the other hand, you’d like to […]

A New Brand of Shock Rock

Shock rocker Monroe Charles began his career in the late 1980s with songs about all things evil: guns, drugs, and satanism. However, a few years ago he realised he was starting to lose ground as his audiences were no longer shocked by the same old themes. Since then he has completely revamped his songwriting to […]

The Dictionary as Literature

As well as being a fascinating work in its own right, Gaspar Bouchard’s latest work, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary: The Novel can be seen as an apotheosis of the post-antirealist movement. This book brings that movement’s characteristic antipathy to plot to a triumphant consummation. The dictionary, having no order other than the conventional order of […]

Swedish Heavy Metal Group Sings Virgil, in Latin

Inside sources report that Swedish heavy metal group Svart Död is preparing a new concert tour highlighting performances of Virgil’s Aeneid in Latin. Lead singer Lukas Bergström explains that: While heavy metal typically appeals to a fairly restricted demographic, classic Latin poetry has a much wider audience. We hope to broaden the appeal of heavy […]

Sign Language Institute Offers Advanced Music Interpretation

The South Carolina Sign Language Institute is now offering courses in advanced ASL Music Interpretation. If you’ve ever watched a sign language interpreter translating music into signs, you’ll notice that, while the words of the music can be rendered very literally, the interpretation of the music is not nearly as precise. The rhythm is more […]

Holiday Uncheer©

Cheer, as everyone knows, can mean (among various other meanings that I am not interested in discussing today) three distinct things: (1) A feeling of gaiety, mirth, or cheerfulness;1 (2) A loud shout or acclamation expressing applause, joy, enthusiasm, cheer (1), or approbation; and (3) Alcoholic beverages of all kinds, particularly those set forth to […]

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