February 21st, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

In today's strip, Lynn reminds us that to her, music means something that she can sing along to as part of a group. Anything else is random noise that terrifies her because it requires her to expand beyond a very narrow comfort zone.

(Strip Number 370, Original Publication Date, 23 February 1983)

Panel 1: We continue on with Lynn's latest attempt to get the masses to resent her brother by having Elly listen to one of Phil's compositions with Georgia on flute. Elly is less than impressed by the bee, bop and blue she's just listened to.

Panel 2: An exasperated Phil tells her "WHAT?? Come ON, Sis!! It was great....possibly the best piece I've ever written!!"

Panel 3: "How can you call it random, discordant noise??" Answer: "She's a very bland, timid person, clinging to Mommy's legs because the unfamiliar and new terrify her."

Panel 4: Her trying to console him by telling him that with practice, he can evolve to the point where he can write something that people can sing along to reminds us of another answer to his question: she's also an idiot who thinks that music can only be one thing.

Summary: The problem is that the notes in the book don't address her withering contempt for her brother's career or her own gutlessness and hatred of anything not related to being a placid suburbanite living off her husband. It instead crows about her not having to explain how he and Georgia met.