Archive for Music

Mysterious Warbling

The TV show 1899 is one of those shows where everything is Mysterious. In particular, the music and sounds effects are very very Mysterious. Which of course means that the captions have to convey how Mysterious the sounds are. Fortunately, the captioners were up to the task. Below is a list of about thirty captions […]

To an eel

The headline of this New York Times article did its job by getting me to click through to the article: When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray But that’s not all. The article includes three brief videos. Here are their captions: When an eel wants a squid […]


A friend posted a photo of some post-Passover leavened bread products. To which Michael Bernstein replied: When are yeast colonies gonna RISE UP, RISE UP (Quoted with permission.) Now I kinda want to see a whole Hamilton parody in which all of the characters are food items.


I just finished reading Prof. Peter Schickele’s 1976 book The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach, which I’ve been glancing over occasionally ever since I encountered it on my father’s bookshelf as a kid, but which I had never read in full before. (Even reading just the titles of some of the PDQ Bach pieces—especially the […]


On Tumblr a year or two back, in a discussion of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” user bigscaryd noted that the phrase “tag your favorite line of hallelujah” scans to the meter of the song. Which led to other people creating new meta-verses to the song. Like this from animatedamerican: you tried to read the words […]

Walking into bars

I really enjoyed this set of “…walks into a bar” jokes about various aspects of language. Some examples: A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly. A bar was walked into by the passive voice. Two quotation marks walk into a “bar.” A malapropism […]

Music descriptions in TV captions

When I watch TV, I generally watch with captioning enabled. There’ve long been captions of various sorts to indicate when music is playing, but I feel like in the past couple of years, the captioners have started getting more creative in their descriptions of the music. For example, in the first three episodes of the […]

iii: So, Mimi…

Whenever we speak, we make music. Well, okay, that's not entirely true. But in voiced (not whispered) spoken English, every speech sound has a pitch. In most utterances, the pitches stay fairly constant from one syllable to another, though pitch rises at the end of a question and falls at the end of a statement; […]