Classically Wiggly Wack

A colleague of mine handed me an album entitled Beethoven’s Wig: Sing Along Symphonies. After listening to the opening title track, I can’t get Beethoven’s big, curly, white wig off my head (even though I never put it on). One of the questions that comes with the liner note is, “Where is the most far out place you could find a recording of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony?” My answer is the album itself, but when I look in the back of the booklet, the answer is “Outter Space.” I just get a kick out of that as well as Richard Perlmutter’s lyrics to the world’s most recognizable classical pieces including Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody #2,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” and Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” I asked my colleague how the hell did he find out about this CD, and his reply was, “All you need are kids.” Damn, I can’t wait to get musical inspiration from my own kids.