Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In which the protagonist must admit...

...that he learned both the meaning of syncopation and singing in harmony/multi-part singing[1] from a little girl appearing as a foil for Paul Simon (but clearly outshining him, in an adorable way) in a 1970-something episode of Sesame Street.

[1] In German I would probably call it 'zweite Stimme', which seems to be close to, but not identical to 'singing in harmony', given that the the German word conventionally implies some amount of improvisation on the part of the one singing the second voice. Is there a more appropriate word in English as well?