Stuff & Nonsense

About Time

About Time

This clock in our electronic music studio at UNCG doesn’t work: it’s permanently stuck on one time. If you get why this is, you’re officially a music nerd.

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Communication from Alien Vessel: “People of Earth, inform us of the true meaning of this custom you call ‘Christmas.’” Message Received from Earth: “Well, [static] Jesus was born in a manger, and [lots of static] so we stuff their stockings [static] give them toy animals [static] like monkeys, [static] in nativity scenes [static] from Santa […]

A Very Music Theory Christmas

A Very Music Theory Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything…. … and, if you’re looking for something to play on it, how about a brand new CD from Thornfield, or a slightly older CD from me? (Note: May not actually be playable on a Philco Port-O-Sound Cart. Check with your local […]

If you can't beat 'em....

If you can’t beat ’em….

Slovakian violist Lukáš Kmit was performing a concert in an Orthodox synagogue in Presov when some [insert your own insulting noun]’s cell phone ringer went off. Although he was visibly annoyed, Kmit’s response was simultaneously classy and hilarious. Here’s the obligatory viral video: According to the videographer, “Lukas says that it is better to take incidents […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Tacky Nativity Scenes 3: Electric Boogaloo

Hey, everybody! It’s the last day of Kistchmas, so let’s play Holiday Mashup! Here’s how it works: You take the Nativity story and something else that’s nothing at all like the Nativity story, and you put them together and see what you get! Ready? Go!   The prophets fortell the chosen one Who makes my […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Tacky Nativity Scenes 2: The Kitsch that Stole Christmas

Welcome back to our annual celebration of Kitschmas! Today’s theme is: Nativity scenes made of things that should not be used to make Nativity scenes. Brace yourselves….   You never sausage a nativity! It’s made of bacon, yet it’s still in bad taste! (Sorry. I know that jokes that bad aren’t kosher.)   What child […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

Tacky Nativity Scenes: The Squeaquel

A year or two ago at Kitschmastime, inspired by the Crescat, I delved into the world of tacky nativity scenes. I don’t know what I was thinking. But, like all bad ideas whose time has come, it turned out there was far too much material to use in one year. So, speaking of bad ideas, […]

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

Calvin and Hobbes, Revisited

This just in from the Department of Really Awesome Things that Made My Day: Yes, kids: it’s the heartwarming adventures of mischievous little John Calvin and his possibly imaginary sidekick Thomas Hobbes. Imaginary because he might not have been born for another century or so, but who cares, this is fantastic. (Fun fact: Bill Watterson […]

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

Playing The Melodica: We Will Do More Better!

For everyone who’s seen me play with Thornfield, there’s an inevitable recurring question after each show: “What in the world is that thing?”   <— (me)   <— (that thing)         The somewhat anticlimactic answer is that it’s a Melodica. It’s not exactly the most common instrument in the world, though a […]