Victorian Humour !

There was a composer named Liszt,
Who from writing could never desiszt.
He made polonaises
Quite worthy of praises,
And now that he’s gone he is miszt.

There was a composer named Haydn,
The field of sonata would waydn;
He wrote the Creation,
Which made a sensation,
And this was the work which he daydn.

A modern composer named Brahms,
Caused in music the greatest of quahms.
His themes so complex
Every critic would vex,
From symphonies clear up to psahms.

An ancient musician named Gluck
The manner Italian forsuck;
He fought with Puccini,
Gave way to Rossini,
You can find all his views in his buck.

– Anonymous

Not Exactly Bob Darch !!

I grew up in a home where Ragtime was a strong influence . . Scott Joplin, Joe Lamb, and many others were played, and people like Bob Darch, and John Arpin visited our "Red Carpet Saloon" in Temperanceville, north of Toronto. The first Ragtime Society 'Bashes' were held at our home, hosted by my father, the late Jim Kinnear SR, editor of the "Ragtimer", the newsletter of the Ragtime Society.


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Descendants from Goro Fujita on Vimeo.

It isn’t often that an animation leaves me dumbstruck, but this one did the trick. Descendants is an extraordinary 14 minute animated short about the wish of attaining the unattainable and that out of every great evil some great good must come. The music is wonderful . . . 

The protagonists are a pair of flowers (the older more experienced voiced by Whoopi Goldberg in full form and the younger by Christy Scott Cashman). They grow on the edge of a clearing next to one another. One wonders from the start whether there is some symbiotic connection between them.

One is aged and world-weary, made bitter by an unexplained backstory - the other one still youthful, vibrant and inquisitive. Providence has joined these two almost as one and it seems this is how it could continue, until one day a company comes to the clearing conveying something unanticipated to their lives.

This short film started as a diploma project by Heiko van der Scherm and Holger Schoenberger at theInstitute of Animation (part of the Filmakademie Baden-W├╝rttemberg). It is a fascinating piece of animation – you can read about its history and how it was made here.