I won two free tickets to the orchestra by finding a stuffed turtle hidden under a sculpture inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies.
Coincidentally, this happened only a week after Jennifer had made one of her infamous declarations. In an almost unimaginable confluence of events, Jennifer had to attend one of my organ concerts and “the evil clown music” (Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg) in the same week. Unfortunately, Pierrot was paired with Terry Riley’s In C. When it was finally over, she said, “OK, I’ve been to two concerts. I’m not going to any more for the rest of the year.”
With an extra orchestra ticket in my hand, I offered a meme contest for the extra ticket. The winner of the contest is my former student Rachael Kirschenmann who is extremely bright. There is a lot going on here. There is Bun Bun. There is Schoenberg and Schubert. I’m not sure who the other two are, but I want to know. I see a German Augmented 6th and Scriabin’s Mystic Chord. Finally, I’m saying, “Hmmm” which I apparently say in class. It is a multivalent sound that my students say can mean, “Oh, that’s very thoughtful” or “Oh, you are way off base” or “Oh, that’s clever” or “Oh, that’s crazy talk.”
Second place went to Samantha Peeters. She is another extremely bright former student with an acerbic wit and a gift for language. Samantha is also famous for writing the phrase, “He cured my leprosy” in the comment section of her student evaluation of my history class. Samantha’s entry has me, again, as Jesus. I don’t hate baths. I think Jennifer says it best when she says that I have “a European sense of personal hygiene.”
Super work everyone, and congratulations to Rachael. I’ll see you at the concert tomorrow!