Monthly Archives: April 2020

Age of wonder — t r e f o l o g y

I wasn’t told that my nanny was not human, but made of metal, with wires and springs, until after I had left for school. But that didn’t make me miss my Nanna Toaster any less. via Age of wonder — t … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Language, Media

Language • Actor Will Smith started out as a well-respected Philadelphia rapper. He wrote his own lyrics, and sometimes he used profanity in those lyrics. However, one day his grandmother read a page of lyrics he had written, and across the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Illnesses and Injuries, Improvising

Illnesses and Injuries • Joey Ramone, lead singer of the Ramones, suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, making him do repetitive and unnecessary actions. Before leaving an elevator, he would sometimes get in and get out of it 10 times before finally exiting … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Good Deeds, Husbands and Wives

Good Deeds • When Emma Calvé first traveled to Paris to get singing lessons in preparation for an operatic career, she sat by an attentive elderly gentleman on top of a stagecoach. Unfortunately, the elderly gentleman was a little too attentive, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Free Speech, Friends, Gays and Lesbians, Gigs

Free Speech • The punk group the Sex Pistols sang their song “God Save the Queen” during Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Year, which celebrated her first 25 years as Queen. The song contained the depressing refrain of “no future” and rhymed … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Free Speech

Free Speech • During the McCarthy era, free speech was frowned upon — unless your free speech consisted of saying things no more controversial than this: “I love my mother.” African-American entertainer Paul Robeson used his First Amendment right of free … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Food, Free Speech

Food • When Emma Calvé was studying singing as a young student in Paris, she was very thin — so thin that she shocked the burly butcher whose market was next door. The butcher believed that she needed to eat more … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Food, Free Speech

Food • When Emma Calvé was studying singing as a young student in Paris, she was very thin — so thin that she shocked the burly butcher whose market was next door. The butcher believed that she needed to eat more … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Education, Fans

Education • Conductor Arturo Toscanini could get the best out of an orchestra. Occasionally, the members of one of his orchestras would be amazed at the beauty they had created under his direction. After a rehearsal of Debussy’s La Mer, a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 2 — Death, Education

Death • Duke Ellington died of lung cancer, and he knew he was dying. In the last days of his life, he sent his friends his final greeting. It was a card on which was a cross. In the middle of … Continue reading

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