Wednesday, June 20, 2007


With an adept step into the world of music criticism, Maureen Dowd offers stylistic (and stylish) analysis of Hillary Clinton’s new campaign song in today's New York Times. “It doesn’t bode well for the cultural health of the country that Hillary picked a song by Celine Dion, who combines the worst of Vegas and Canada.” One wonders what the best of Vegas and Canada would sound like.

It reminds me of a parlor game we played in the Juilliard dorm. Some assigned text stated: “Ned Rorem is America’s Poulenc.” So, I wondered, who is France’s Ned Rorem? Discuss! These things quickly spiraled into arcana: If Havergal Brian is Britain’s Howard Hansen, then . . .

Please add your own!


Anon said...

Robert Goulet -- sings in Vegas AND is quebecois!

James Roe said...

You're spot on, SOHJ.

"When I sing full-on I use my whole body. I open my throat and let it fly out." - Robert Goulet