Thursday, December 13, 2007

Five questions I can't answer

It's been ages since I've done a question post. I know it's usually 20 questions, but hey, it's the holiday season and we're all busy--who needs more pressure? So here's a simple five, with a musical theme:

1. Why is nothing more pleasurable than wallowing in a really sad song? (Current favorite wallow: "Kitty" by the Pogues)

2. Since I am basically all in favor of booting Christ out of Christmas, why do I love religious carols and despise pop Christmas music (Vince Guaraldi emphatically excepted)?

3. Why do I spend more time thinking about practicing the violin than actually practicing?

4. Why the hell is "Astral Weeks"--the song, I mean--called "Astral Weeks?"

5. Cecilia Bartoli or Kiri Te Kanawa?


Anonymous said...

I can't answer any of those questions. But regarding #2 -- did you could take Christ out and put Ceiling Cat in? Because the Bible is being translated into lolcat.

Anonymous said...

That should have been "did you know you could*

Anonymous said...

#1 What about "He Stopped Loving Her Today"?

#2 Why love religious carols either?

#3 It's the idealist in you.

#4 I dunno.

#5 Kiri, of course. What about Domingo or (yuck!) the late fat man?

BitterGrace said...

I could, Renee, if I wasn't slightly troubled by how much Ceiling Cat sounds like Amos 'n' Andy. Srsly, I think lolcat is funny, but I have the feeling I shouldn't.

The again, anything that ridicules the Bible can't be all bad ;-)

Bozo, nobody can wallow like the Possum. As for #2, it is cruel of you to answer my unanswerable question with another one! ;-)

Your answer to #3 is excellent, yet leaves me with another question: How do we get rid of her?

Kiri, really? Are you sure? You're probably right, but that Cecilia is so damn cute.

As for your question--Placido. Did you even need to ask?

Nancy said...

H-m-m loving songs that recognise Christ baffling? Could it be that place w/in that seems empty, and that God placed that actually has you looking to fill it -- and having been there done that -- I know Jesus can really change your life if you but ask God to show you. Don't mean to be freaky. But really I have been there. Isn't interesting that the Bible is often denigrated but not Budda, Allah....Shows you the power of God's word is a threat..yet lives on. Check it out. Merry Christmas!

BitterGrace said...

Hi, Nancy. If you visit here very much, you'll find that I get around to denigrating the patriarchal god in all his guises--Christian, Islamic, etc. Think of it as constructive criticism.

Perfumeshrine said...

#1. Man is a masochistic creature par excellence. It's this which differentiates him/her from animals IMHO.
#2.Religious carols were written with fervour. Not so pop songs...
#3.Thinking leaves no place for disillusionement. (Violin can be haaaaaaard). Or you're a procastrinator like me :-)
#4.Don't know the song. Funny title, though.
#5. Kiri. (and Placido of course!)

Nancy said...

Just some thoughts Bittergrace.

If you could boot out Christ there would be no Christmas.

No 2007.

No religious carols.

No hope of reconciliation w/God.


1. Because no one likes separation--disconnect.
2. The religious songs reach to the depth to your soul.
3. Cause it's easier.
4. Because of deja vu, deja vu?
5. Kiri

BitterGrace said...

Helg, I love your answers. You and Bozo have nailed #3, I believe. #4 is kind of a trick question. It's a Van Morrison song, and I doubt Van himself could say where the name comes from.

Nancy--Exactly! Solstice is the reason for the season, as a very clever Pagan once said. If we could boot Christ out of Christmas, we could get back to the real thing.

As far as I know, 2007 is expected to arrive on schedule throughout the non-Christian world. Alert me if it doesn't.

You're right about the carols, and I would miss them, but we can always crank up the volume on "Sandinista!"

As for reconciling with Yahweh, I'm afraid our thing just didn't work out. He's all yours.

I'm glad we all agree on Kiri, whatever our other differences may be. I need to go dig up my copy of her "Four Last Songs" so I can indulge my human masochism.

BitterGrace said...

"As far as I know, 2007 is expected to arrive on schedule"

Oops, meant to say "2008," as I assume Nancy did, too.