When my spouse, with his fairly deep knowledge of classical music and his tendency to reach into memory for words and come up with their least likely linguistic doppelgangers, tried to explain the history of the zarzuela, his brain swapped in the vuvuzela.
"Someone," I said, "really needs to compose a zarzuela for vuvuzelas."
"It won't be me," said Dan. "They Might Be Giants could probably pull it off."
And suddenly I knew the right person for the task. Andrew Huang has made quite delightful music using, for instance, one thousand pairs of jeans, a truly enormous sheet of paper, and, in this cover of the Breaking Bad theme, equipment that could be found in a meth lab. Anybody who can fit 26 genres, in alphabetical order, into a three-minute song, would surely be undaunted by the zarzuela. Alas, his current version of the song challenge seems part of his fundraising project on Subbable, with the very reasonable goal of allowing him to make a sustainable living. Hooray for sustainable livings! But this is not the year for me to throw five hundred dollars at commissioning a musical composition, not even a zarzeuela for vuvuzelas, not even from the endlessly watchable Andrew Huang.