[lit-ideas] Re: Hey, did you happen to see (the most beautiful country in the world)?
- From: "Donal McEvoy" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "donalmcevoyuk" for DMARC)
- To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:19:07 +0000 (UTC)
write Popper! The Musical!>
How the globe trembles...
Predictably, many years ago as a student, we joked on this but ran out of songs
to adapt for it. We had "Verification/Falsification" to the tune of
"Dedication" ["Verification, you need verification...that's what you need/If
you want to be the best, if you want to beat the rest/Verification's what you
need", giving way to "Falsification, you need falsification" etc]. A global
smash of jukebox musical proportions? No.
Of course, given enough time, and if Popper's significance as an intellectual
figure rises in public understanding, anything is possible. But what songs
could be adapted to fit the story? And could it be done other than as comedy?
Popper's post-war life [not work] became so (relatively) uninteresting that, as
Bryan Magee explained when buttonholed at Edinburgh National Gallery many years
ago, Hacohen in his Popper biography had nothing much say after 1945.
I think Wittgenstein! The Musical! has more cradle-to-grave potential
(somewhere in the middle, Popper could sing "Falsification" as a walk-on part
disrupting the Vienna Circle's "Verification"). Also in the middle act, a
factionally divided Wiener Kreis could chorus "It's the Vienna Circle of
strife" (to Elton John's "Circle of Life"), as W abandons them and the
Tractatus for his later thought - teutonically singing "I'll be your private
language", with a sneer, to the tune of "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner
("language so private/I define all its terms by myself!"). In a pivotal scene,
W intones a rewrite of Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St.Augustine" ["...teaching
souls to name/His hand showed the object meant/In a simple language
game/Between his hand and what was shown/Much was left unsaid/Showing that the
sign alone/Is little more than dead"]. This sombre song gives way to "Rules,
Glorious Rules!" to the tune of "Food, Glorious Food!" ["Some rules/Are
mathematical/Others/Take a sabbatical"] In the last act, a dying W surveys his
life to the tune of "Wonderful life" by Black - "And so/Tell them/All of
them/It's been a wonderful, wonderful life!"
Ah, my meds are ready.
From: david ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 17:27
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Hey, did you happen to see (the most beautiful
country in the world)?
David may have this year. I haven't - and had to offload my posh meal in Cairns
Not only did I see Orkney and Aberdeen, the one lovely the other slightly less
so, I have photos that prove the sun shone on three days. If that happened
more often in Scotland people attending the Edinburgh Festival might spread
out, bleating as they wander like beaters through the heather and the
pheasants, startling the occasional pair of lightly-kilted breeding noble.
“Dammit. You’ve made us drop our Agricultural Subsidies."
Best way to get there Donal is to write what the world needs: write Popper!
See here for details:
David Ritchie,Portland, Oregon
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