24. April 2009 · Comments Off on Um … I Don’t Think So! · Categories: Links, Read Online

If you’ve ever watched “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Desperate Housewives” or “Brothers & Sisters,” or any drama on ABC other than “Lost,” you probably know what I’m talking about. Whenever one of those shows goes into a comic scene, the musical score immediately starts featuring a jaunty oboe, or pizzicato violins, or a tinkling piano or some combination of the above. The point is to explain to the audience that the scene they’re watching is supposed to be funny, and that it’s okay to laugh even though the previous scene was dead serious.

I’m going to guess that the writer doesn’t really mean oboe. Oboe isn’t usually used as “jaunty”. We are the ones who play when someone is sad. We don’t do happy like the flutes or clarinets and even bassoon. I could be wrong, of course, but I’m just guessing ….

I skimmed it here, but I don’t have time to read the whole thing right now. Gotta get to UCSC.

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