The definition didn’t get me very far, as it turned out. The Chiara String Quartet CD of Jefferson Friedman string quartets included two remixes by the "electronica supergroup" Matmos. Remixes of string quartets? What's that about?
I was forced to recognize that, on this matter, I might be an irredeemable member of the “trousers rolled” set. I just couldn't figure out why anyone would think Friedman's stunning string quartets needed embellishment.
Then I discovered a remix for which I have a definite weakness:
Of course, purists may insist on hearing Bing sing Berlin straight up:
But really, this is just my oddball way of saying:
HAPPY HOLIDAY TO YOU!
Starting Sunday, I’ll be offline much of the next two weeks. Even so, I hope you'll stop by and say hello. I look forward to catching up with one and all in the New Year, if not before.
I leave you with this, timeless and sage advice, as we head into 2012:
For those who might prefer another kind of silliness, here's a late-breaking addition, a tip-off from shoreacres (though perhaps I'm the only person on the planet who hadn't seen it until now). In our household, we definitely recognize this cat:
And here, another late-breaking addition, courtesy of Wide Open Spaces. The singer, Dar Williams, hails from the Hudson Valley:
And last, not least, holiday greetings from Arnold Schoenberg (compliments to George Wallace for spotting this one):