What is your favorite poem? Can you recite part of it from memory?
Easy, Jabberwocky. It’s a piece of total and utter nonsense from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of course, the whole book is full of nonsense, but this poem is largely constructed of words that don’t exist. It’s a perfectly cromulent solution. Below, this is just working off memory, I swear!
Twas brilling and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble
All mimsy were the borogroves, and the momraths outgrab
One two, one two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker snack
He left it dead and with its head he came galumphing back
And has thou slain the Jabberwocky? Come to my arms, my frabjous boy
Ok, that was totally and entirely from memory. Not bad, especially when you consider half the words don’t exist. There is a middle part I left out, right before the battle. However, the battle and subsequent result… I think I nailed that perfectly. Let’s see how we did? Here is the last part, about the battle. Yup, look above… almost nailed the second half verbatim!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
It’s no big surprise, but I am not generally a fan of poems. I think it’s self indulgent blathering and navel gazing. You, of course, will then say ‘what about lyrics? You claim to love music so much… those are just poems!’ Shut up. No they aren’t. Lyrics have ae job. They are serving the song and the mood. Lyrics get up every goddamn day and go to work. Poems sit around all and don’t do shit except congratulate themselves for being so thoughtful.
Because I truly am the hero of the proletariat®, I wrote some much and put Lewis Carroll’s word do it. It’ called Dreamland. Look at these words. Beyond perfect and beautiful. Now that I have a band, I need to put that song to work. I think I forgot the music. Anyhow, here is Lewis Carroll’s ‘Dreamland’. I should have mentioned that one above, as I have 90% of those words memorized.
When midnight mists are creeping
And all the land is sleeping
Around me tread the mighty dead
And slowly pass away
Lo, warriors, saints, and sages
From out the vanished ages
With solemn pace and reverend face
Appear and pass away
The blaze of noonday splendour
The twilight soft and tender
May charm the eye: yet they shall die
Shall die and pass away
But here, in Dreamland’s centre
No spoiler’s hand may enter
These visions fair, this radiance rare
Shall never pass away
I see the shadows falling
The forms of old recalling
Around me tread the mighty dead
And slowly pass away
What is your favorite work of visual art? Can you sketch some of it from memory?
I love Dali, in a big way. I think he is the greatest artist of all time. When we were in Spain, we went to his museum in Figueras and it was amazing. I think Picasso isn’t fit to clean his empty dishes. Like Alice in Wonderland, Dali had a wonderful sense of the totally absurd. This painting comes to mind, because the painting and the title of said painting are just… terrible. Today, we’ll feature a lesser known piece by Dali called “The Ghost of Vermeer of Delft, which can be used as a table”. I don’t think that is necessarily high art. I think it’s dumb, which is why I love Dali.
If you think you don’t know Dali, you do. Take a look at this painting. It’s certainly his most iconic. Now, there is another part of the question. Could I draw it from memory? Well, I kinda think I can, and did. Take a look at the original, and my quick sketch. Teaser alert… I am not going to tell you which is mine, and which is his.
Now; keeping in mind I have no artistic ability… or even and desire to have the abillity, this is pretty darn good!
What is your favorite piece of music? Can you sing or hum any of it from memory? Bonus points if you can sing a line of harmony from it.
Golly, that question is too big. Music is my thing, and there is no song I can’t just pop off. Wait, I gotta give you something, right? Wifey was singing this when we were changing the sheets- she started singing the Monkees theme song… and it’s still in my head. Now it’s in yours. What a great song!
Since you brought up the Monkees, here are a couple of interesting facts about them. They were the first group famous for not writing, recording, and anything of their songs. Know who wrote a lot of their songs? Neil Diamond!
Here is your second tasty Monkees trvia. Jimi Hendrix first tour of him being himself (as opposed to being a side man and session man) was opening for the Monkees. Even better, he was kicked off for sucking! It makes sense if you think about it. Does a 10 year old girl wanna hear acid blues? Especially from a huge black man hopped up on everything?
What is your favorite dance form? Can you dance it yourself, however badly, or is it something for which you are mostly a spectator?
My favorite form of dancing is none. I hate to dance. Really, really do. Ask my wifey. Going to weddings kills her, because of course she wants to dance. I try, and I’ll do a couple dances, but it really makes me feel uncomfortable. I can admit this, though. When the Grateful Dead is playing live (from anywhere, a record player, on tv, in concert whatever) I will dance. Tell no one, capiche? Snitches get bitches!****
What is your favorite work of literature? Have you committed any of it to memory?
I think I have answered that in the previous questions. I have a literature degree, so books are a big deal to me. I love them. My favorite book is the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ series by Lewis Carroll. I have written about it exhaustively here. My second favorite book? Lamb, the Gospel of Christ as explained to Biff’ – by Christopher Moore
*** Snitches get Bitches®
holy shit, I just coined that this very second. Man, that was good. I need to patent that shit!