Half a Meme

Jonathan Bellman

What is half of seven?  The fun half, or whatever I say it is.  This is the closest I’ll probably ever get to doing a meme.

The rules:

  1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Lisa Hirsch at The Iron Tongue of Midnighttagged me with this, the meme of Seven.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog – some random, some weird.
  3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
  4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
  5. If you don’t have 7 blog friends, or if someone else already took dibs, then tag some unsuspecting strangers.


Of these rules:  I choose to observe 1, 2, 3 of the 7 of #3, and not four or five.  To those who would observe I seem to have too much free time, ’tain’t true—hence the absence of real blogs.  Sorry.  Will try to remedy the situation soon, but the operative word is DEADLINES.


Seven random facts about me:

  1. I once called Stan Getz a schmuck, to his face.  (Long story.)
  2. I own a baseball signed by the 1965 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.  My brother and I were cleaning a house for a colleague of my father’s, and I found this thing on a windowsill.  I looked closely at it, and there the names were—Sandy Koufax, Frank Howard, Ron Fairly, Claude Osteen, Don Drysdale, Willy Davis…  I brought it to my Dad’s friend, who was Egyptian—he’d bought the house, so the ball was his property.  He looked at the ball with great distaste, and then had an idea, and said… “Do you want this thing?  Take it!  It is yours!”
  3. The hardest pieces I have ever played are Stravinsky’s Three Scenes from Petrushka,the six Grandes Études de Paganini by Liszt, and the American premiere of Gyorgy Kurtag’s chamber piano concerto …quasi una fantasia.  In all cases, I should have known better.
  4. In England in June, 1976, I met E.L.O. backstage at the Portsmouth Guildhall, and they did “Do Ya” (at that time just an old Move song, not yet remade) live, because I asked.
  5. I have been reamed in print.  (“Atrociously played”…NO MORE details forthcoming.)
  6. I once performed music of my own composition at the San Francisco Opera House.  (NO MORE details forthcoming, but it was not the concert of no. 5.)
  7. My favorite remarks I have ever received on teaching evaluations are “If he thinks he’s so great, he should get a job at a school for music” and “He encourages us to express his opinions.”

Three tags:

Eric,  Marcia, a. k. a. Terminal, you’re all hereby tagged, but I won’t do it the right way by leaving remarks on your blogs.  “Deadlines.”  Really.

About jonathanbellman

Professor of Music History and Literature and Head of Academic Studies in Music at the University of Northern Colorado. Author, *The _Style Hongrois_ in the Music of Western Europe* (Northeastern University Press, 1993), *A Short Guide to Writing About Music* (2e, Longman, 2008), *Chopin's Polish Ballade: Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom* (Oxford University Press, 2010), Editor, *The Exotic in Western Music* (Northeastern University Press, 1998), author of bunches of articles and reviews and so on. Likes to play the piano, the mandolin, and even guitar sometimes. A. M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar at UNC, 2011.
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2 Responses to Half a Meme

  1. Pete says:

    Please do tell no. 1!

  2. Peter (the Other) says:

    Maybe its a Pete thing, for I too, say PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! .. do tell. I have always heard that he (Getz) was one of that list (Miles, Mingus, Rich, etc. ) who were as ugly as there music might be beautiful. Not so “Sweet Rain”, after all.

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