Channeling the Muse

Der Herbst (Die Muse Polyhymnia) - Francesco del Cossa - from is best done in the morning, after the second pot and well before the third has been given the chance to detune the limbic system. As you know, the limbus is easily overdriven, leaving pantomime as the only reliable means of communication. Used as gestures of good faith, hand signals and grimaces have their place at the dinner table, but in the morning, a mime is a terrible thing to waste.

In the morning, you also don't want the babbling of someone else's muse bleeding in from an adjacent channel. Channeling the correct muse first requires a stable frequency reference, which can be found in the surplus aisle of your favorite vintage outlet, and in spades at your local hardware store. Thus stabilized, the muse is free to impart wisdom, eloquence, and the local agriculture report, all delivered in the classic style of artists such as Francesco del Cossa, who is dead.

Not all muses share the same channel, so to avoid abusing a musical muse or misusing the muse of delirious writing, knowing the frequency of the desired muse before channeling will avoid the embarrassment of a quarter note where a word should have been, a whole note in place of four, or the humdrum cadence of words intended for mere communication. Tuning to 11.780 Hz brings the heartbeat of the world, but sometimes 145.800 MHz provides all the amusement I really need. 



  1. Just because I'm not commenting doesn't mean I didn't find this one quite funny.

  2. Torn between moderating and not moderating your no-comment comment, I decided to take the more moderate path.