Tuesday, December 12, 2006

for southern rights

A Northerner, a Southerner and Heidi Klum are sitting together in a train going through the Rockies. Suddenly, the train goes through a tunnel and, being one of the older-style trains with no carriage lighting, it goes completely dark.

Suddenly there's a kissing sound, followed by the sound of a really loud slap.

When the train comes out of the tunnel, Heidi Klum and the Southerner are sitting as if nothing happened while the Northerner has a nasty red slap mark on his face.

The Northerner thinks, "The Southern fella must have kissed Heidi Klum and she missed him and slapped me instead."

Heidi Klum thinks, "The Northern fella must have tried to kiss me and actually kissed the Southern fella and got slapped for it."

The Southern fella says to himself, "This is great. The next time the train goes through a tunnel, I'll make another kissing noise and slap that Northerner again!"

Sunday, December 10, 2006

the echo of the wedding bells

Announcing another engagement!

See here or here for the details.

Monday, December 04, 2006

. . . play a song for me . . .

Have you ever stopped to consider the beauty of listening to music through headphones? My parents made me a present of an mp3 player the other day, and I must confess that though I have been forceful in my condemnation of the use of headphones in society (and I still maintain that wearing them in public is rude and thoughtless, antisocial and inconsiderate, not to mention shallow and vain) I have found the undeniable attraction that they possess.

It isn’t just that the music is louder. They say that ipods and the like are going to produce an entire generation of deaf children. I’m all for loud music. If you’re going to listen to something, listen to it. But that is not what makes headphones amazing. I think it has more to do with the container of the music. I don’t mean the machine that’s playing it, I mean where the music is.

When Evan plays Les Miserables on the stereo at home, the music fills the boxes that are the rooms of this house, floating in the air so that you almost feel like you ought to be able to see it. When Emily puts on Dylan in her Camry, the melodious tones are enclosed in the container of her car, a secret world that the other people on the road have no idea of. (Unless we’ve got it going real good, stopped at a red light!) When you’re halfway out in the backyard and Eric has the porch speakers playing Tony Rice, you can just hear the strains of guitar swimming through the expanse of the evening darkness to your ears. (Music through fresh air has a charm all its own.)

Each one is wonderful in its own way. But when I put on my headphones, and the Brandenburg Concertos are playing inside the walls of my own head, behind my eyes and inside my thoughts . . . that is magic.