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The Essay
Show #14
Muffins and Marionettes
David Gunn
Bon radio. Cela m'est égal. Il fait du brouillard. Il fait de la pluie. Il fait chaud. Il fait beau. Il fait du vent. Il fait du soleil. Il fait nuit. Il se fait nuit. Il se fait tard. Il se fait vieux. Il se fait à sa nouvelle vie. Il me fait pitié. Deux et trois font cinq. Il ne fait que crier. La maison qu'il a fait construire est grande et belle. Le temps, c'est de l'argent. L'avion et labas! L'avion et WGDR avec beaucoup, je ne le vois Plainfield, Vermont.

Yes, it is indeed Kalvos & Damian's New Music Sesquihour Expansive, for today's show, due to technical difficulties within our control, is a massive 210 minutes long, starting ... now.

It's muffin and marionette weekend here in America's autumnal breadbasket, where puppets, automatons, zombies, sycophantic undergraduates, gloomy serfs and slavish cat's-paws -- whose behavior is controlled by the will of others the world over, but especially here in northern Vermont -- rise up and demand payback for the previous year's indentured servitude. Often clamoring for freedom or at the very least a vacation, they usually will settle for a plate of bread or muffins. Hence, the name weekend.

We had a composer-o-the-week scheduled for today's episode #14, but we've heard nary a peep from her or him, so Kalvos & Damian may be forced to substitute real music.

It is also Suffrage Day today, the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, or le flambeau oriange, which gave American dames the right to vote as well as a free case of laundry detergent. In honor of that festive occasion, Kalvos & Damian present the following salute to feminism and liposuction ... (Jonathan & Darlene's "I Am Woman")

We'll play more tunes by actual women composers later in the show.

August 26th is also the anniversary of the first French language lesson. Two hundred years ago today, Henri de la Merde published his great French-English-French Canadian translation opus, "La Grande Language Anglais Francois S'il Vous Plait," a how-to book on transendental transliterativeness, upon which all future language lessons were based. To this day, de la Merde's name is spoken reverently in cafés all over Lichtenstein, where he had a restaurant. To honor that date in history, we will intersperse our musical chitchat with selected passages from le flambeau oriange.

Also, to help us through the lengthier passages of the late afternoon, when we're normally far far away, we've brought along some snacks, which we will be happy to share with you, the listening audient, but only if you call for an appointment. That number once again is 802 GLIPSOB. An operator is about to be standing by.

Today's episode of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Sesquihour is sponsored in part.

And now, to take us out of the realm of inky black tuneless clairvoyance and into a fat lot of good musical tidbits, it could be Kalvos.