News from all over:
With the exception of a distant summer spent almost exclusively on the Massachusetts Turnpike, I’ve never been much of an audio-book guy. But now that books are coming out in audio-only format, I might have to listen. First up is a new thriller conceived by Jeffery Deaver and written by a round-robin of mystery authors. The title? The Chopin Manuscript.
“The Chopin Manuscript” is the tale of a former British war-crimes investigator and musicologist who comes across a rare manuscript by 19th century composer Frederic Chopin that was buried by the Nazis during World War II. Murder and mayhem naturally ensue.
Naturally. (I love the war-crimes/musicology combo. I imagine a dashing academic nailing a witness at Nuremberg with a subtle explication of watermark discrepancies on variant manuscripts of the Horst-Wessel-Lied.) One gets the feeling that Chopin is replacing Beethoven as pop-culture’s go-to classical reference.
War crimes? The arts? Randol Schoenberg is on the case!
Meanwhile, in England, Bösendorfer redeems the movers.
We’re Running Out Of Media To Plunder Dept.: the musical-comedy adaptation of the TV show “Happy Days” continues apace, helmed by ubiquitous 70s tunesmith Paul Williams:
The biggest challenge, Williams says, was finding a way to make Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli sing. “He’s such a cool guy, how do you get him to open up to his concerns and fears and sing?” he asks.
The answer was found in two words: Pinky Tuscadero.
Funny, I was expecting “Frederic Chopin.” Anyway, if I’m going to see a TV-inspired musical, Neal Fox’s “Thank You, Dan Rather” sounds a lot more fun. (Although a well-placed comma in this headline could make for a really interesting show.)
And a reminder: only two more days to bid on the Beethoven-hair diamond. (At least that foolishly-spent money will go to a good cause.)