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A Little Silent Night with Your Eggnog?

October 4, 2010

Interesting post on NPR today.  There’s a Facebook movement afoot to get John Cage’s 4’33” – controversially famous for being 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence – to the top spot on England’s pop music charts this Christmas.

It’s a proud Brit tradition, this #1 song thing, right up there with televised dart competitions, mushy peas, and a 609-performance run of Jerry Springer: The Opera.  You might remember 2 years ago there was a historical development in this race for the single of the year: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was in solid running, not once, not twice, but with three different versions of the song – his own, Jeff Buckley’s, and Alexandra Burke’s, who ultimately won.  It was all over entertainment news.

This time around, the public is trying to give “silent night” a whole new meaning by making 4’33” THE best-selling piece of music in the country in the last week before Christmas.  I wonder, would UK radio even give 4’33” air time if it won?  Who knows, but I’d give up my Justin Bieber poster collection for the chance to hear it.  Especially the part at 2:57 with that unexpected crescendo… gives me goosebumps every time.

Want to join the movement?  Click here.

Want to read what the NPR article had to say?  Click here.

And make sure to check out my original post on this piece.

And finally, I leave you with the talented ‘Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre’ and their unforgettable performance of the Cage classic:

PS.  You didn’t seriously think I have a Justin Bieber poster collection, did you??  As if!  Then I wouldn’t have room for my ‘Sexiest Composers of the 16th Century’ velvet art…

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