Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Thing of Shreds and Patches

Deb asked what my current favorite toe-tapping song is.

I'm sure there is one, but I have an ear-worm of such relentless fury that I cannot hear anything over ALL THE INNER SINGING. That song? "Wandering Minstrel," from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan. Laugh it up, you naifs. If you had a child who really liked Gilbert and Sullivan and you were just so very grateful it wasn't Ke$ha that you didn't complain when Mikado was on all the time, it would get stuck in your head, too. And why is it in there? Because I focused on "Wandering Minstrel" to get the last ear-worm out of my head.

"Three Little Maids."

And now they're playing in my head simultaneously.

I love my daughter very, very much.


Anonymous --Deb said...

I tend to hum the Pirates of Penzance, myself (mostly thanks to Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, and Rex Smith).

6:45 PM  
Blogger Lord Lillis said...

That's funny, as I was just remarking to my wife that buzzing around in my head is a jingle for a commercial I haven't seen in 30 years. Funny, how the mind works.

I'm with Deb about Pirates of Penzance. My brother and I have been known to bellow "With Catlike Tread" at parties (which leads to misunderstandings of a rather serious nature concerning our personal lives).

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Strangely enough, I've just finally (I think and hope) gotten rid of the longest lasting ear worm I've ever had in my life. It was Jackson Browne's Doctor My Eyes. I guess it could have been worse, but it lasted for the better part of a week.

I actually went look up the lyrics because I was so aggravated by the repetition of the same few words over and over again.

It got replaced, within the last day or so, by something I heard briefly and have now forgotten. But the new song went away so quickly, I'm still a little afraid that the original song will come back again. I can feel it lingering in the back of my brain. Not that far back, either.

Writing - and thinking - about it right now isn't helping, so I think I'll just go focus on something else now.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my dad used to sing G&S tunes to us as he drove us to school. "A Wandring Minstrel I" was one of our favorites because he would get this insane look on his face- kind of like he had eaten too many prunes and was looking for a restroom...
I miss him and I miss hearing that song. You could do worse in the ear worm category. Good for you for introducing your kid to G&S, Quinn.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Leta said...

Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan's "Iolanthe" makes a nice palate cleanser. :-)

11:27 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

We did The Mikado for our (snooty, super-preppy, private) musical when I was a sophomore in high school (I was one of the 3LM) and that was when I discovered my great affection for G&S. The bit that goes

To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
In a pestilential prison, with a lifelong lock,
Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block!

became a warm-up for all other rehearsals, concerts and shows thereafter throughout my high school career. Our choir could sing that in near-perfect unison *really* quickly.

There are definitely worse kid-inflicted earworms, by the way - mine has been going through an Eye of the Tiger phase with occasional repeated playings of Copacabana.....

2:57 PM  
Anonymous susie said...

HA! My kids are huge G&S fans too. I can truly sympathize with the earworm annoyance.

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Okay my question is kinda strange.

So I totally think if I lived in your community or you lived in mine that we would totally be BFF. I don't think it has anything to do with the fact that you were the little girl in Goodbye Girl or on Family (well to be honest that is a draw but not the only draw, I mean, I admit it, how cool would that be?) But I love your writing, you make me laugh, you homeschool. We would totally get along. I don't particularly like cats but I am sure you wouldn't hold that against me.

My question...what is it like from your side when meeting new people (I guess where you live there are tons of famous people so it wouldn't be odd being friends with other famous people). Do you worry about crazy stalker people who just want to know "Quinn Cummings, former child actress"? Or do most people just nonchalant "nice to meet you, former child actresses are a dime a dozen, impress me as an adult person?"

7:27 AM  

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