The National Anthem

  1. Who’s on First? Last week it was fractions, and I spent some time trying to explain how “equivalent” differs in meaning from “equal.” We used currencies and first names as examples. Then we got into national anthems. I’ll spare you the transcript, but there were several iterations of: Mr. Sipe: Yes, but what’s …

Riddle Me This

  What’s the difference between a bridge and a middle eight? Andy Smarick’s recent State of the Bridge Address (“bridges are generally—there’s no graceful way around this—simply godawful”) made me realize: I didn’t know the difference between the aforementioned song components. The NME helped me out, kind of: The middle eight is the eight-bar B …