Music May Have Charms, But…

Back in high school I had a musical friend who wore a sweatshirt displaying the whimsical artwork of Sandra Boynton and featuring the quote “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.”

Having earned a BA in English and theatre in college, I now know that the quote comes from the 1697 play The Mourning Bride by William Congreve. Of course the popular quote above is in fact a rather egregious mis-quote, but it is the one we all know, therefore I shall use it as I see fit. […]

CB And The Sad Tree

In the classic animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, young Charlie Brown is sent out by Lucy to purchase a tree for the Christmas play all the kids are rehearsing.

As Charlie is departing on his quest, Lucy instructs him to buy a “big, shiny aluminum tree.”


After passing by all the trees that match what he was sent for, Charlie spies a sad-looking little pine sapling, the only real tree on the lot, and decides it is perfect. His friend Linus is with him, and warns that the forlorn tree isn’t what the others are expecting. Undeterred, Charlie purchases the pathetic tree and brings it back to the auditorium, where he is immediately ridiculed for his choice. […]