Sunday, April 29, 2012

Subculture

There's a Seinfeld episode where Jerry tells Elaine everything he knows about the arts has come from Looney Tunes.

True that.

Jerry may have been the first to put that on TV, but certainly not the first one to verbalize that thought.

710 thinks I snagged him under the pretense that I like opera.  I can't say I really do. Circumstances were such, back in 1985, that I would tell him about my sister singing opera. I even had a vinyl copy of La Boheme just to familiarize with piece before performed it.  710 saw it and assumed I had more culture and taste than I really do.

You're talking to the guy who tells the U.S.S Enterprise / toilet paper joke once a year like clockwork.

I enjoy some classical music, but I can't tell composer from composer and I have a short attention span when it comes to the genre. I guess I could have stopped after 'I have a short attention span'.

Many a Saturday morning, 710 will put on PBS, where they have an MTV-like show for classical pieces. Classical, meaning it ranges from Copland and Bernstein back to Bach and Verdi.  Some are clips of symphonies playing, or arias being sung. Like anything - some good, some bad, some tolerable, some just highly annoying.

But it's nice that while 710 can appreciate the higher culture in life, that I can make him laugh during it.  ...well, now and again.

Take yesterday morning, between clips PBS played some interlude music that happened to be from the Barber of Seville. Oddly enough, my first exposure to this opera was when in the Little Rascals, Alfalfa decided he didn't want to croon anymore and be a serious artist. It didn't work out.

My second exposure was Bugs Bunny doing hair on Elmer Fudd.  Bugs also "did hair" on that monster too. ...and he wears dresses and lipstick.  Something might be up with Bugs and gender identity.

So while the interlude music played, 710 looks over and me, and I use my hands to air massage a make believe scalp (see the title image). Without having to explain myself, he starts laughing, as he knows exactly what I am up to....and laughs.

Clearly, it is not impossible to maintain a household of high and low culture.  For the record....I'm the low part.


Song by: New Order

7 comments:

Eric Arvin said...

Ha! Cute.

cb said...

Everything I learned about cross-dressing and camping it up came from Bugs Bunny.

anne marie in philly said...

how do!
let me cut your mop
let me shave your crop

the rabbit of seville RULES!

BosGuy said...

I'm with you. Im not opposed to going to the symphony every now and again, but I can't guarantee you that I won't nod off for a few minutes.

Cubby said...

:-)

Ur-spo said...

My favorite production of the opera "Il Travatore" is in the Marx Bros movie "Night at the opera". Priceless.

Erik Rubright said...

Klingons! Uranus!

Low culture rocks! I'm the petri dish of it!