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The "Being Nice" Meme

I got a note from Peter Cresswell who is spreading a meme that asks us to name three people with whom we frequently disagree and say something nice about them. Cresswell says this about me:

First cab of the block is a Sicilian [1] from Brooklyn. Chris Sciabarra PhD, PhD, PhD favours extensive footnotes [2] over forceful prose and chairs over buildings, [3] and while his musical taste is generally execrable [4] -- current 'Song of the Day' on his site is 'Boogie Nights' for Freud's sake [5] -- he can write the hind leg off a very big donkey.

Footnotes Added by Sciabarra
[1] I'm actually half-Sicilian and half-Greek. Then, again, the Sicilians are part EVERYTHING.
[2] I hope that all this qualifies as "extensive footnotes."
[3] The only reason I mentioned my partiality toward chairs in that SOLO HQ thread was that I was comparing it to the puke that is sometimes paraded as "art" on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art. In truth, however, I'd take the Empire State Building over any chair. :)
[4] Jesus Christ! Ever since Charles Rolo called Atlas Shrugged "execrable claptrap," these damn Objectivists have used that word!!!
[5] And this is why I don't open up my "Song of the Day" listings to comments. Peter would never be able to control himself!!! In any event, I can't help it that I like to dance!!! :) But my list of favorite songs is going to go on for as long as I'm alive, and it includes a few hundred titles right now, stretching from classical to jazz to disco, and from "Ain't Nobody" to "You Must Believe in Spring." Sheesh! Surely we intersect on some of those songs, Peter! Make up your own list if you don't like mine.

Oh, wait. I forgot. This is supposed to be "The Respectful Disagreement Meme." Or the "Being Nice" Meme.

Okay.

Peter Cresswell and I have exchanged music. And he's a very nice guy. :)

Well, that's all for now. No reason for me to come up with three people I disagree with to say something nice about them. I already have a reputation for being too nice to too many people! Bah humbug.

Comments welcome.

Comments

Love the footnotes. :-)

Intersection achieved on perhaps twenty-five percent of songs. Coleman Hawkins 'Body and Soul' and Artie Shaw's 'Begin the Beguine' just terrific, but going down your list I lost it again when I got to 'Boogie Nights.' Make that twenty percent.

"No reason for me to come up with three people I disagree with to say something nice about them. I already have a reputation for being too nice to too many people!"

Ain't that the truth. ;^)

"Bah humbug." Exactly. :-P

LOL ... I shall periodically ask you for an update here at Notablog. We'll check back in another couple of months.

But, hey, even 20% of the 318 songs listed so far means about 67 songs. That's pretty good. If somebody said: "You and Peter have agreed 67 times," that would astonish me!! :) And I ~bet~ you even skimmed over a few songs you really liked or maybe hadn't been familiar with, and ~would~ like if you'd heard them. :)

But just wait till I start adding more and more Ellington. He's due for a major infusion. And stay tuned for lots more symphonic stuff. I mean, the possibilities here are endless.

(Just trying to continue "being nice"... )

"But just wait till I start adding more and more Ellington. He's due for a major infusion."

Now that will ~definitely ~up the degree of agreement. :-)

"Peter Cresswell and I have exchanged music. And he's a very nice guy. :)"

O hell, dont' let ~that~ get out. I'm trying to create a reputation here. ;^P

Nice guy???? Excuse my scepticism.

There you go, Peter! At least one person ("Excuse me") suggests you might be an SOB.

Your reputation is safe. :)

Happy Independence Day to all:

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