Colombo and Cats on Rainy Days

Colombo and Cats on Rainy Days

One incredibly rainy day, Ted and I decided to stay home to keep an eye on the cats, who were quite disgruntled at being confined indoors. Quincy and Cocoa were just getting to know each other, so we also thought it prudent to monitor their actions.

Everything appeared to be fine, so we settled in to watch one of Ted’s favorite shows, “Colombo.”    Here is an example of small bits of underscore that captured Ted’s attention while watching.  This sheet actually includes several different examples, and I cannot vouch for the accuracy of my memory regarding the date of the day in question.

This is how the cats chose to amuse themselves that day.  No wonder the house was so quiet.


  1. David Bishop
    August 13, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I can almost hear Ted’s mental wheels whirring, Barbara. I love the note “the kicker” at the end…wonder what he meant? Ted would have loved a discussion over on the Society for Music Theory listserve concerning a particular succession of chords from the movie “Inception” (music composed by Hans Zimmer): G-minor to Gb-major in first inversion to Eb-major to Cb-major (and repeat), with the top line G-Gb-G-Gb. Really beautiful, and it’s got a lot of theorists trying to “explain” it.

  2. David Bishop
    August 13, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Oh, and the cats are gorgeous!

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Greetings David!
      I played those four chords several times where Ted wrote “the kicker,” and I wish I could tell you what he meant. It could have something to do with emphasizing a moment in the scene he was watching?
      I am sure Ted would have had something to say about the chords you mentioned in your comment, yes, he loved to analyze chords and their particular functions, but only gentle discussion – no heated arguments please.
      Sometimes during a scene on TV he would share a concept with me momentarily- in passing. I’d give almost anything to remember everything he said!

      Thanks for the cat compliments, and I must agree. That day Quincy and Cocoa unrolled an entire brand new roll of t.p. Ted and I were so engrossed in Colombo we didn’t even notice.

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