The Definition of Ironic

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Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera is a collaboration of two guys who played together in a Rhode Island garage band in the 1960s. This is a fictionalized account of lives that took different paths, but always remained connected by strands of shared music. These are not professional musicians or performers, just two guys who still play. They are novices in technology, playing by ear. They set a budget of $0, and used cell phones to record images and sound.

Ironic that SB Bill (Hinesburg SBs) sends this on the day that Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera makes its official debut!

A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg





noun: A mediocre musician.


From music + -aster (a pejorative suffix). Earliest documented use: 1838.


The pejorative suffix -aster (meaning something that is inferior, small, or shallow) gives us some delightful words when it comes to name-calling. A reviewer brands a poet a poetaster (an inferior poet) and the poet might call the reviewer a criticaster. There are also the terms mathematicaster and philosophaster, but let’s remember that a grandmaster is not an inferior grandma.


“It was no longer a sanctuary, but a howling place. … indigent musicasters … chanted unfortunately.”
J.K. Huysmans; En Route; Dutton; 1895.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is by character and not by intellect the world is won. -Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer (28 Sep 1868-1956)

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Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera is here!

Part 1 is available for your viewing and listening pleasure on the Grendel page at

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