FTT #47

Well, I was sick over the weekend, and then behind on work because I had been sick, and what with this and that I fell off the wagon on my blogging.  But it shouldn’t be a problem; if it comes down to it, I’ll follow Tina around for half a day with my laptop in hand until I’ve caught up on FTTs.

But today’s Funny Thing happened at work.  As I strolled from my office to the photocopier, I became aware of a crowd of students spilling out of Dr. Grove’s office, and that from his office was emanating the loud, distorted, angry sounds of “metal” music.  (Or maybe that’s metal “music.”)  As I floated over to the door, Dr. Grove himself saw me from his post behind a Led Zeppelin video.

“Ah,” he noted, “this is one of those moments in WCC education that needs, er, explaining.”

It turned out to be his music class.  They had come to his office to watch videos of rock and other musical genres as part of a seminar discussion.  At that moment they were trying to decide whether the distortion level on Robert Plant’s guitar meant that his “music” was just noise, or whether it actually has some kind of unique musical appeal.  They listened to some atonal “highbrow” music for contrast, a strange and wandering piece that made me feel I was being brainwashed via some kind of disorientation technique.  Dr. Grove suddenly noticed me still standing at the door, and he paused:  “Did you need to say something to me?”

“No, I didn’t,” I assured him.  Then I smiled:  “But I might say something to you later.”

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Author: Dr. Holmes

Dr. Jeremy Holmes teaches Theology at Wyoming Catholic College. He lives in Wyoming with his wife, Jacinta, and their eight children.

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