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Monday, April 10, 2006
With a Captial T...
There is a line in one of the songs from the musical "The music man" that goes like this, "We got trouble with a Capital "T" and that Rhymes with "P" and that stands for Pool!"

The musical is about a huckster who goes from town to town selling band instruments. In order to sell them he convinces the townsfolk that they have a terrible problem (in this case a rapid decline in morality as indicated by the new pool hall) - that can only be slaked by the influx of something positive - "band instruments."

We did the musical in high school. I played a bit part, and my best friend played the lead. He always played the lead. When we did the crucible he could make himself cry right there on stage, "But it's my name..." - and that had the audience weeping in their seats. Pretty good for high school.

Anyway, that is an aside.

I like the way the huckster plays upon the sympathies and fears of the towns people - it is classic psychology inflated for the sake of humor - but classic none the less. The association of Billiards with calamity however ridiculous (in this case, the rhyme between the letters T and P) is also classic.

I know, I know - you think I am going to swing this around and talk about preachers and teachers who mishandle the word of the Lord.

But I am not. I don't really have to. Isn't that sad?
posted by Daniel @ 9:58 AM  
11 Comments:
  • At 10:27 AM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Even So... said…

    My family always loved that movie. It points to so many things that are, as you say, sad.

    Even So...

     
  • At 12:10 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Jim said…

    And here I thought you were gonna weave the ULI around the T&P. How silly of me.

    I was also a band member in school. Trumpet was my game.

     
  • At 1:46 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    No doubt it kept you out of the pool hall. ;-)

     
  • At 2:02 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Jim said…

    Yep, the pool hall was evil.

     
  • At 2:53 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    You're a nut.
    And a nutter.
    :-)

     
  • At 3:02 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    Wait - is that directed at Jim and I? Lol. I hope I am the nutter.

     
  • At 5:19 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Jim said…

    It must be you Daniel, it's your blog after all. Besides Susan couldn't possibly think I had anything nutty to say?

     
  • At 12:57 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Mike Perrigoue said…

    I took my wife (then girlfriend) to celebrate our one-year of "goin' steady" to the Music Man...dinner theatre. It was awesome. I really enjoyed the movie as well. Thus my downward spiral into musicals began...and I'm not afraid to admit it!

    And yes...I like "The Sound of Music". How many thirty year old males will admit that...and argue with you if you tell me I'm a wuss?

    (Boy, I must be married and have two little girls...and two female cats.)

     
  • At 8:24 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    Initially, it was directed at Daniel for the post, but Jim, it probably sticks to you as well.
    I suspect you're both nutters.
    :-)

     
  • At 12:17 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    As I'm off to search the Web for a good description of the U and I in TULIP (I find the T,L and P completely logical and verifiable experientially and Scripturally, but am unacquainted with explanations of the U and I)...
    I realize that if you tweaked the words a bit from "We got trouble with a Capital "T" and that Rhymes with "P" and that stands for Pool!", you've got the first and last letters of TULIP. Howzabouthat?
    (ps - What's the scientific word for experientially? It escapes me. In science, when something is proven by experience. What is that word? It's not "experientially," but it's similar to that word.)

     
  • At 2:07 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    Empirical!
    Aren't empirical data those proven by experience?
    You don't have to answer that; It's just been driving me crazy for a few hours.
    Found good explanations for U and I on the Bible Bulletin Board.

     
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