This page is for Extras—items that don’t fit into any other category on this site.
Happy New Year, 2018!
My turtle, he’s like me: In spite of having to take subjects like algebra and geometry (which I could never figure out), he has never used it. Neither have I. (Here’s a question: What is an Algebra? I wouldn’t know one if I saw him on the street. I think it’s something Al Gore invented.)
Question: How does a fawn pray?
Answer: “Deer Lord . . .”
Here are two pictures of me–BC and AC (before coffee in the morning, and after coffee.)
Something I wrote on April 17, 2012:
I opened my eyes. Had I slept? She was lying beside me. I glanced over at her supine form. She was gazing at me with an unmistakable desire. Her dark eyes looked up, seeking mine, trusting, yet searching, as if to plumb the depths of my thoughts, seeking answers.
I reached out to touch her face, then her slender neck and shoulders. As I did so, my fingers played with the small ornament she still wore–charming against her neck–which I had given her so recently. The shiny surface betokened our relationship, and revealed to all but the most insensitive that she was mine alone.
Again she glanced at me, and with hesitating gestures revealed her desire to get off the bed, and for me to help her stand down. I was reluctant to move, to yield to her wishes, but then I recalled, as I had so many times before, that a small dog like her couldn’t jump down off the bed by herself.
The following are a few of the quotations I have collected. (Students: If you have any quotations that are real good zingers, send them to me.)
Speaking of social media, texting, etc.: Never have lives less lived been more chronicled. –Dennis Miller
I was born at a very early age. —Groucho Marx
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. —Winston Churchill
He has Van Gogh’s ear for music. —Billy Wilder
The latest survey shows that three out of four people make up 75% of the population. —Anonymous
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. —Beethoven
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. —Lao Tzu
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. —Albert Schweitzer
I keep all my socks in a drawer and never take ’em out. —Mark Sevier
Only one third of the world is asleep at any given time, the other two thirds is up to something. —Dean Rusk
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. —Beethoven
Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. — Miguel de Cervantes.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. —Groucho Marx
In “Now, Voyager,” Charlotte Vale has announced to her mother that she has broken off her engagement:
Mrs. Vale: What will you do with your life? Charlotte: Get a cat and a parrot, and live alone in single blessedness.
MUSIC THEORY What is music theory? This is from the Preface to my Theory of Harmony:
Music can in some ways be likened to the water in a waterfall. The water moves according to certain laws of physics. It can’t say, “I want to go that way, left,” or “this way,” or “back.” It moves according to the law of gravity and other physical demands.
In the same way there is a myriad of indefinable principles or laws which make musical tones move this way or that; in song, to enhance and meet the demands, natural and contrived, of language; in pure musical contexts, impelled by interaction with other tones and rhythms and according to durations and pulses. And there are definable laws or principles, like the action of tendency tones, like the principle of dominant motion, like voice leading principles, that make musical tones and combinations of tones and durations act the way they do. These definable principles are the what we refer to as theory.
Thanks for directing me to your website. The extras I love, as you knew I would. I will check back often to see what you have added.
A quote that my grandmother said when my sister was a little spoiled and unhappy…….”Billie, if you had the world, you would want it fenced in…one side stewed and the other side fried.” Thought that pretty much summed up the situation. lol