Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sigmund

Schizophrenia isn’t that rare a condition. I imagine that all humanity suffers from it to one degree or other.

Take food for example: a large cheeseburger with fries and a strawberry milkshake obviously appeals to one cranial hemisphere, while the other yearns for duck confit served with a balsamic reduction and a nicely crusted pomme dauphinoise.

It’s just one of those things. Claude Debussy and Black Sabbath are not as far removed from each other as we might like to think. Ozzy may not have had a timpanist to call on when injecting some lachrymose, sensitive, moments into his paeans to covens cavorting on gravestones, but I’m sure Claude would have been delighted with a bone dead drummer capable of injecting some venom into his rhythm section.

I suppose it’s all a question of perspective. Viewed from either end of the telescope high and low cultures are mutually incompatible. Glyndebourne and Glastonbury may share something in the alliterative sense, but they inhabit entirely different mental universes.

If I had my way, all violinists would be compelled to plug in, and all Yamaha organ players forced to plug out. There’s something in me that says a switch labelled ‘samba’ is an offence against humanity.

17 comments:

S.I.D. said...

Yes, especially when that samba beat in the electronic organ is playing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer... all fucking Christmas Day!

suburban wonder said...

Hmmm, cheeseburger sounds good. So do pommes dauphinoise. Washed back with a Veuve Cliquot '68.

I must be crazy.

First Nations said...

if i eat pommes dauphinoise and listen to Elvis then my head will explode?
*runs off to try*

Rowan said...

oh I agree with ya on the "switch labeled samba" for sure! Especially since my daughter is currently taking keyboard lessons....imagine samba beat based twinkle twinkle little star. Oh brother.

Interesting thought though...I have to wonder whether schitzophrenia isn't just a capablitity we'd all have if an area of our brains "unplugged" when it should be plugged in.

Sniffy said...

Moods are ace, they can be used to justufy things that may seem irrational at other times. I'm in the mood for dancing, for example.

I'm in the mood for steak pudding, chips and gravy.

Fantastic.

I'm in the mood for going awol.

garfer said...

Whatever you do avoid Greece. It's full of greasy wops spouting quotations from Aristotle and ripping you off with the taxi fare.

Bournemouth is infinitely preferable. I have my eye on a lucrative zimmer frame franchise there.

The Other Half said...

Someone mention schizophrenia?

The other half said...

Yes, I think so.

Was it you?

the other half said...

Nope wasn't me!

the other half said...

Ok then, bye

the other half said...

Bye!

pissoff said...

I'm in the mood to sleep.

And I'd like to know what Sniff needs to "justufy?"

S.I.D. said...

Did she mean "just toughy? Or am I justufying her never to be repeated error?

Arabella said...

Because no one else has......I'm in two minds about this post.
Sigh.

MHN for short said...

"There’s something in me that says a switch labelled ‘samba’ is an offence against humanity."

This reminds me of a quote in Auntie Mame, :"She's an offense to the human eyesight..."

It sounded like the same type of lament. :-)

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