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OT a bit: symphonette (was [Theory] Types of numerals)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Thursday, January 19, 2006, 16:54
Peter Bleackley wrote:
> staving Roger Mills: > > >Then there's the little-used "symphonette" (I can think of only one > >offhand)...,
>Interestingly enough, the only use I've heard of "symphonette" before is
> "My story's infinite, > Like a Longines symphonette, > It doesn't rest..." > > from "Birdhouse in your Soul" by They Might be Giants >
That's the one!! (possibly the only one :)) ) In case no-one else is familiar, Longines manufactured watches. One used to hear their Symphonette on the radio in pre-TV days, they played "light classics" and show tunes. In the 60s/70s the Firesign Theatre may have referred to it (or perhaps an invented Symphonette, I haven't heard this album in years) in one of their offhand little bits, spoken so quickly that the silliness didn't immediately hit you--- (quote)..."performed by the ......Symphonette and the St. Louis Aquarium choir..."


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>