Addinsell and Wynette?

All my life I’ve loved the hauntingly beautiful theme from Richard Addinsell’s “Warsaw Concerto.”  It may be a bit hackneyed for some, but it is one of my favorite pieces of music in all the world.

But recently, a rather horrible thing happened.  It occurred to me that this wonderful theme has the same first four notes as Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.”

[Sighhhhhhhhhhhh…]

Well, I’m determined not to let that ruin it!

The theme is repeated several times throughout the piece, but the most robust occurrences start right after 6:30 in this version.

It’s a great piece for a rainy October afternoon.

Enjoy!

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Robots Say the Darnedest Things

Just got off the phone with the menu robot at CVS pharmacy. (You can refill a prescription without talking to a single human being!)
At the end, it said this:
“To ___, press 1.
To ___, press 2.
To ___, press 3.
To ___, press 4.
To ___, press 5.
To end this call, press 6.
Or hang up.”

From student work on Shakespeare…

A student paper says, “At the age of 18 William married Anne Hathaway a 26-year-old elderly woman.”
I feel ancient.

A little later, the same paper reads, “Their youngest daughter is Judith who grew to marry a tavern owner named John Quincy who was 4 years younger than her at the time.”
I guess maybe he caught up to her later on.

And, believe it or not, this follows in the same paper: “In Shakespeare’s life he wrote at least 37 plays, some we don’t know about.”
The curiosity is killing me.