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Subject: Re: Rossini as Pundit
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 5 Jun 2017 16:47:46 -0400

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The reason I find the "Barbiere" parody sub-par is that it's not crafted particularly well - 
and the real joy of a good parody is that the writing isn't just mocking the subject but that 
it, in of itself, is clever writing. From the beginning when "ivanKA" had to be amateurly 
misaccented to fit it to the music, I lost some interest. Anyone can string a bunch of 
syllables together - the craft is in how to make them fit the music, at very least. 

Much as I despise Adam Sandler and always have - I think I liked his "Operaman" stuff 
better. I can't remember if he has the same kind of syllable flubs etc - but his 
outrageousness made it fun regardless. In contrast, this wasn't all that funny. And to be 
honest, kinda tedious after a while. Any good joke has to have a build to it. This didn't.

The "covfefe" piece was much better (except for the "Maria" and "Cats" segments which 
kinda fell flat, I thought - nothing to really say with either song except to merely plug in 
the word "covfefe") - the new lyrics fit the music well, and most of the song choices were 
fun and appropriate. And some of the progressions from one song to another were very 

I tend to disagree with Roger a bit - I do agree that we're dealing with very serious issues - 
but I think if parody/satire is really done well and really has something to say on its own 
terms, and not just done cheaply, it can be fun, and IMO it's a needed laugh. I feel the 
same about the varying successes of all the SNL parodies this year - I give a lot of kudos 
to Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy for their wonderful portrayals - and when the writing 
is good, they're fantastic - less so when the writing lets them down. 

On Mon, 5 Jun 2017 07:14:19 -0400, Roger Brunyate <[log in to unmask]> 

>On the contrary, I find the BARBIERe aria simply silly. I do have a sense of humor, but 
>situation that the country faces has become so serious (whether you support the regime 
>not) that a mere stringing together of names to music fails utterly to address it. Four 
>months ago, I might have laughed, but not now.
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