I just went to a performance of The Music Man at the local middle school, and apart from the irony of seeing all these parents gush about their children's incompetent performance after seeing a show in which parents are parodied for doing that exact thing, it called to mind that my recent post about this show left a couple of things out.
For one thing, there's the librarian's argument at the end that it's really okay to be swindled as long as the swindler is making your ho-hum Midwestern life more exciting by giving you something to look forward to, even if that hope will inevitably be dashed. I can't say I've ever found that argument very convincing, but maybe it was just another insult to Iowans.
And then there's my pet peeve: the scale which the chorus sings in the song "Shipoopi", to the lyrics:
Those aren't the right syllables for the scale they sing at all. Charitably, we could call it a mixolydian scale, but the notes really are so-la-ti-do-re-mi-fa-so. Surely Meredith Willson knew better. Maybe it's those ignorant Iowans again. Can't be because their local librarian/music teacher/intellectual hasn't taught them the right notes, can it?