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April 18, 2014

Time, as you may occasionally hear those fluent in legalese observe, is of the essence*.

Which is not to say that I am setting a deadline by which this post must be read; there is no special offer with a closing date. I am using the phrase in its more colloquial sense, meaning that I don’t have long and just wanted to touch base. Mrs simonsometimessays is not feeling at her best this evening, and will require tea at any time. As we know, and Jack Buchanan pointed out, Everything Stops for Tea. Like the Police pointed out way back when it was, I have No Time this Time.

Well, a few minutes, perhaps, but I wanted to share that one; what a great song it is if you’re in a hurry. When you’ve listened to it (and I trust you – I know that all of you returning readers faithfully click on every link I ever include), go back to the beginning and admire some of the most dexterous drumming you’ll hear: Stuart Copeland is precise, incredibly quick and most remarkably light in his touch.

A pianist will need lightness of that order and more to perform Chopin’s Minute Waltz. Ironic, you might think, that the quickest version of this that doesn’t sound like it’s been created by a computer on uppers is 1m 49s long; sadly, though, there is no irony. The “Minute” in the title is supposed to be pronounced “My Newt”; at least according to the Great Wisdom in the Cloud, which no blogger may gainsay. But if that’s the case, why does everyone play it at a speed at which it would be inadvisable to waltz without first undergoing astronaut level endurance training?

And if that weren’t enough, try this extraordinary piano rendition of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee. I can’t decide whether I prefer a piano or an orchestra performing this; I guess that orchestral performance addresses the music rather than the virtuosity of the player(s), but I’m not sure that either of them quite trumps this a capella version. Yes, that’s what I said…

Presumably, they’re also in a hurry.

And that’s all I have time for. Time to rejoin Mrs sss and cool her fevered brow. I look forward to the time when I can say, with Louis Armstrong, We Have all the Time in the World.

 

* Those same folk (and I am one of them) will explain to you, if you are careless enough to provide the opportunity, that time being of the essence means that the performance of the duty under any contractual obligation into which you have entered must take place in the stipulated timeframe; otherwise there will be a fundamental breach of contract. Perhaps you’re sorry you followed the asterisk, now… In which case I offer as reparation a taste of the Dubliners: Seven Deadly Sins – in which you will discover that lawyers often serve a valuable purpose.

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