Monday, May 13, 2013


Sitting and listening to the D'oyley Carte Opera Company singing Pirates of Penzance gave me an immediate sensory memory of sitting in Dad's warm and airless little shop, listening to the record player he had in there.  Even though I have listened to this very song performed a number of times, quite recently -- maybe four? -- by the actors who made the musical movie.  You know, Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt, Angela Lansbury -- those guys.  But something about the full-throated chorus of men singing

"Here's a first-rate opportunity/ to get married with impunity/ And indulge in the felicity/ Of unbounded domesticity..."

brought that smell of wood glue and warm dust rushing back.

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