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Spinning Song

do doot do doot do doot do doot
doodle doodle doot .. doooo doo doooooooo
doodle doodle doot .. doooo doo dooooo

That's all I remember. I ought to practice more.

My mom has been practicing piano every day since we got her that player piano for her birthday. She's absolutely loving it. She even has gotten to the point where she can play chords with one hand and notes with another - something she swore she'd *never* be able to do. The other day she told me she didn't understand why I had such a hard time knuckling down an practicing as a kid. Then she started naming all the songs from my childhood lessons that she loved (including Spinning Song), which made me almost want to knuckle down and practice. Almost.

(Not much of an entry, I know.... still reading A Year of Living Biblically. Really enjoying the book. Not enjoying work at the moment, but that comes and goes. Had a *great* visit with my BFF&niece this weekend. My face is still hideous. I'm still kinda bleh. I'm still lacking in will power but at least it is Lent so I have a bit more resolve. OH - watched one of the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries this weekend. It was shot in 1975, so in addition to being a good mystery it was also a hoot just from the perspective of tv shows from the 70's. It was a period piece, so the costumes and set were 1920's yet somehow you could tell it was a product of the 70's. Also watched three QI episodes I hadn't seen before, so win!!)


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Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
You got her a PLAYER piano???? I've always wanted one of those. I always feel like buying the scrolls whenever I find them.

Man.... I want one.
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
It's a player piano, but the player part is nonworking. There is the possibility it can be fixed, but that's a low priority. Actually, Mom doesn't care at all - but Monkeys and I think it would be neat.

We got a great deal on it!!! The price tag was $250 when Monkeys first spotted it. It was marked down to $150 and they lady at the consignment shop said make an offer. We paid $75 !!! I think she would have gone lower, even, just because the darn thing was so big and bulky they wanted it out of the shop. It's stripped and unfinished, some of the ivory (?) is off a few of the keys, it's out of tune, and a couple of the strings are broken - but it still sounds really cool and Mom loves it. :D
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
That's a GREAT deal. Sounds like most of the problem can be easily fixed.

Oh man... I've wanted a player Piano ever sense I first saw one.
Feb. 24th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Also - to make it even cooler - this particular consignment shop donates all proceeds to PAWS.
And when we picked up the piano I also got to drop off a bunch of towels since animal shelters are always needing towels. So I found a convenient place to donate those in the process. Yay!

Fingers crossed for you to find a player piano for a good deal, too. You never know what you are going to find in consignment shops. :D
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Was that the Ian Carmichael series? Never liked him as Wimsey myself--there was a later one on Mystery! that worked a great deal better (it focused on the Wimsey/Harriet romance, running from Strong Poison through Gaudy Night).
Feb. 27th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Yes - the Ian Carmichael. It was called Clouds of Witnesses (I think?).

I enjoyed him! But I haven't read the book or seen any other incarnations, so I had no frame of reference as to how well he embodied the character.

I do want to see more, now.
Feb. 27th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Lord Peter in the books can occasionally take a kind of Woosterish manner, but he's not really as silly an ass as Carmichael plays (though he's certainly a good silly ass--that was pretty much his specialty as an actor). The Edward Petherbridge series from the 80s is also out on DVD.
If you like Carmichael you might look for a movie Left Right and Center. He plays a conservative political candidate whose campaign is complicated by falling in love with the opponent ("This woman came from a notoriously liberal school--though obviously it's a very good school because look at the quality of its graduates!")
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Ah, I see what you are saying.

We watched another of the Carmichael shows this weekend – "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club"

So far I don’t see him being as scatterbrained as Wooster. In this last show he seemed in control of every event, even to the point where the times it looked like he was mistaken in his suppositions or actions in reality he was setting up a trap two moves ahead of everyone else. Any bumblings or Woostering to me seemed like a façade to try to put someone off – like Columbo. Except, of course, Columbo is using a shabby coat and bizarre questions/comments to make himself seem a harmless fool whereas Wimsey is using his elegant clothes and uppercrust comments/questions in his effort to make himself appear a fool. (Or I suppose Monty Pythoners would say a “twit.”)

I was actually a bit stunned by how dark the Bellona club was. I don’t want to give away the ending if you haven’t read it/don’t recall it, but if you have/do I am very interested in your opinion. Both Monkeys and I were surprised not by the identity of the murderer or how he was found out but by how the case was resolved without having to go to trial. There as been a huge shift in societal mores, I guess, and I had a hard time accepting it as a good resolution! Or maybe even then it wasn’t intended to be a good resolution. Maybe it was supposed to be that disturbing. Maybe *that* was the unpleasantness at the Bellona club, not the murder and deception. Wimsey certainly didn’t look happy about his suggestion, so I know he didn’t like it – but he still suggested it and the murderer still carried it out. Even so, I don’t think today’s network executives would end a televised adaptation quite that way now. Then again, maybe lethal injections aren’t as scary as being hanged, so they wouldn’t warrant such extreme alternatives.

Also, I would like to know more about one of the other characters in this story. I think one was a multiple personality, but it seemed like they cut off his story without giving a full explanation. I’m wondering if the book gives more information.

In this or Wooster or any such period piece, I’m always amazed by the class differences, the deference to “Lords,” the snobbiness of butlers, and the seeming disregard for the lower classes by the upper classes. I don’t know if it is exaggerated for effect or if it really was like that. I am pleased the Lord Wimsey seems to treat all kinds with a little more respect and plays off the class system – although he is definitely a part of it. I loved the artsy, liberated ladies in this story.

Speaking of liberated ladies - Left, Right, and Center sounds like a lot of fun!! I'll have to tell John about it. :D :D :D Thanks for the suggestion!!!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
I don't know if the Carmichael series did "Strong Poison" but you'd really like Harriet Vane, I think. Very independent and freethinking.
I don't remember Bellona Club, though I've probably read it; I'll have to check my Wimseys.
There was a great deal of that deference for the upper classes, but it was losing ground (but it was still the image books presented to the world) and shifting to the useless impotence parodied by Wodehouse. According to historian David Cannadine (Canadine?) the upper classes started losing power around the 1880s (in 1880 10,000 people owned 2/3 of the land in Great Britain) and it was greatly increased during the 1920s and 1930s: They had less money (the estates were becoming insanely expensive), fewer official positions and a lot of them in the Great War just wound up dead.
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