“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” –Aldous Huxley

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I consider myself to be both a lover of ‘adult’ music and a pretty fair writer, but I’ve never felt capable of being an authoritative writer about music. For example, when I listen to music that moves me, I’m at a loss for words to express why it does so — case in point, the joy of re-experiencing this clip which I’d posted once before (OH, THE JOY! on 7/21/15):

I’ve played this clip several times, and it draws me in every time. Why? Is it the power of the music, the build-up of the way it’s staged, my identification with the gathering crowd, especially the children, reacting like they can’t resist the allure of beckoning Christmas or birthday presents? Beats me.

Speaking of Christmas and birthdays, Dec. 16 is the birthday not only of ODE TO JOY composer LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, but of another composer (as well as playwright, singer, actor, etc.) whose sophisticated songs are always like Christmas presents to my ears, NOEL COWARD. Here, from the 1933 Academy Award-winning best picture CAVALCADE, is one of my favorite Noel Coward songs:

But wait — there’s more! What’s more, I saved it more or less as the best(?) for last. I refer to none other than YOSEMITE SAM, who made his entrance into the world in STAGE DOOR CARTOON on Dec. 16, 1944. So, without further ado, I present for your listening pleasure, my man Sam performing a looney tune which is, without question, the most magnum opus of merry melodies since Ode To Joy (eat your heart out, Ludwig):

So, if you were born tomorrow (Dec. 16) and haven’t yet joined your birthday brothers in pursuing musical fame and fortune, I hope you will take note and give it a shot.

That’s all, folks!


30 comments on “OH, THE JOY! OH, THE JOY!

  1. calmkate says:

    Happy Birthday Mister M … why else would you know so much about this particular date 🙂

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  2. masercot says:

    Aldous Huxley is one of the most underrated writers of the last century…

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  3. calmkate says:

    the sheer joy of that first one brings me to tears every time … do wish we had easier access to orchestras 🙂

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  4. I adore the flash mob video. Doesn’t matter how many times I see it, I always get the chills!

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  5. I remember the impact of the flash mob video at the time. Powerful uplifting music. I later featured the song on my Poetry Corner December 2013.

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t think I have heard that Loony Tune song since I was a kid. Thanks.

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  7. Ricardol says:

    The day fast approaches when we will all have a computer-generated avatar singing a computer-generated biographical ditty about ourselves, a la Yosemite Sam, Sr. Muse. Not saying that it’s going to make the world better. Just saying it will be so.

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  8. 20th century blues…love the great Noel Coward version too. continue…

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  9. Ode to Joy made my day. Allow me to make yours with this video by Clarence Bekker –

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  10. Oops, wrong link. Here you are…

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  11. mistermuse says:

    Thank you, c.k., and same to you!


  12. EPIC! Ode to Joy and Yosemite Sam in the same musical lineup? Pure genius.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I guess that means we’re role models for tolerance and inclusion, S.S., appreciating both high brow and low brow. As for “pure genius,” that puts a bit too much pressure on me to live up to — how about we settle for slightly tarnished genius? 🙂

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  13. I’d like to see more comedies making fun of people who take guns and shooting and their ammo-masculinity too seriously aka Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd. More gumdrops!

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    • mistermuse says:

      I recall an old expression about a gunslinger “getting the drop” on the other guy (beating him to the draw). If I were “the other guy,” I’d welcome the gunslinger getting the gumdrop on me. I’d even open my mouth wide and beg him to keep shootin’!


  14. A great way of encompassing joy…

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