Saturday, July 14, 2007

George Melly

Lovely obit of the flamboyant English jazzman and writer George Melly in this week's Economist. This is the first I've heard of Melly, but will nonetheless mourn the loss of a man who, among other things, saw in deafness "Surrealist word-games in which question and answer were unrelated, or only incidentally and wonderfully so: 'What is reason? A cloud eaten by the moon.'"

Incidentally, the other English "trad jazz" musician mentioned in the article, Humphrey Lyttelton, now 85, leads the horns on Radiohead's amazing "Life in a Glasshouse" (2001).


Karen said...

I like that Lyttelton "duly progressed" to Eton.
How come no link to Economist obit?

Karen said...

why "generously" heterosexual (Melly obit)?

alice said...

yeah, weird. like a generous helping of homosexuality, or like he learned to, erm...give rather than just take.