[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Twofer

>> Does it really matter if you have a tin ear?  I mean does it really
matter if you have a tin ear?  

If you're a musical performer it does. You might, if suddenly afflicted
with loss of pitch, transpose what you are playing into the wrong key,
setting the stage (again) for a harmonic train wreck when the piece you
are playing transposes further, sending you whirling about the circle of
fifths like a chimp clutching a ceiling fan, arousing discontent and
malignancy from your audience, who rush outside for soft refuse or
rotten produce to loft in your direction or improvise with material at
hand, disconcerting you further, and inciting you to curse Franz Liszt
for triggering the practice of playing without a musical score, evoking
the petrific ghost of Liszt to appear on stage singing Mozart (in tune)
and to drag you down into someplace like New Jersey only darker and
smelling more like cheese. Accidents do happen.

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