is my new favorite blog. Fred Himebaugh is an Ann Arbor-based choral conductor and composer whose music, enticingly excerpted on his site, has a hand-carved hymnal beauty. He is also, ja, funny. I posted his variations on the "dancing about architecture" motif below. I've now found his suggested names for sensitive-quirky rock bands of the Death Cab for Cutie type. Favorites are “Anthropomorphine,” “Charismatic Megafauna,” “Orthogonal To Blackness,” “White Like Ike.” (He doesn’t have permalinks, so you have to scroll down to Sept. 20.) As Fred mentions, classical ensembles like Ethel, Eighth Blackbird, and Alarm Will Sound are getting in on this “Huh?” act. Here is my list of possible names for the next generation of would-be hipper-than-thou classical groups:
Karl Ditters von Diddydorf
Collapsing Talmud Edition
Samuel Barber of Seville
Hans Pfitzner Blues Explosion
The Revolution Will Not Be Chromaticized
Kind of lame, I know. Help me out, blögôsphère (as classical bloggers might be called).