Friday, November 13, 2009

Baroque News

I was jamming with the Baroque Choral music station on Pandora radio earlier cause that's the kind of wild dog I am, when I ran across this description:

“Georg Philipp Telemann was born in Magdeburg, the son of a Lutheran deacon who died in 1685, leaving the mother to raise their three children alone. The youth showed remarkable talent in music, but was temporarily discouraged in his chosen pursuit by Puritan Lutherans, who told Telemann's mother that he would turn out no better than ‘a clown, a tightrope walker or a marmot-trainer.’”

It seems like they’re saying that as a bad thing. A tightrope walker? Who wouldn’t want their fatherless kid to turn out as an aerialist? That’s so cool. You know if he was around now he'd have a dynamite little number featuring a soundtrack by Erasure and be the hit of Cirque du Whatever. And don’t get me started about them hating on marmot trainers. When I consider the danger untrained marmots present to our community, why I just have to say “Forget you, Puritan Lutherans.”


  1. Honey, I suspect there are many other reasons you spurn the puritan lutherans. But I'm just sayin' .. . .

  2. I'm just guessing that having the kid turn out to be a marmot would be a step above being a marmot-trainer but I don't come from a circus family so what do I know?

  3. And what is wrong with training Marmots?

  4. Inspired by Mr. Peenee bringing Marmot Training to the forefront, I give you BURGHER.

  5. I once had a vaudville act that involved a ring of fire, a slip n' slide, & 3 marmots. We were not allowed to play Kansas.


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