Minuet in F major, (K. 2)

Oops! I forgot to post this yesterday (the true Mozart Monday); I guess this week we have Mozart Tuesdays. And so soon in the series! I’m sure this is the least of the hangups I will encounter.

This is the longest piece yet by young Wolfgang, with the playthrough I listened to clocking in at 48 seconds. It’s a fun little piece, with a theme that includes a bit of dissonance that’s disarmingly charming. The second part starts with a weirdly dissonant thing as well, which surprised me when I heard it.

That being said, it’s really a one-trick pony. It’s just that theme moved up and down the scale with a little variation in the fourth through eighth bars and maybe a little minor variation later? Anyway it’s fine but I’m chomping to get to the longer better stuff.

She-ra and the princesses of power, season 2

I was too young to watch the original He-Man or any of its spin-offs, including She-Ra. However, I love cartoons (especially those on Netflix), so when I saw She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on the list last year, I was, in a word, intrigued. I watched the first season and was completely impressed by the world building, the ensemble cast, the pacing, and the overarching themes. While the show is still very much a show for children — the repeating She-Ra transformation and hand-waving of the wonkier parts of the politics of Etheria are examples — it held my interest with its surprisingly well-rounded characters as they navigate growing up in the middle of what’s basically an invasion.

Season 2 of She-Ra continues with much of the same qualities, though it’s half the length — 7 episodes instead of 13. Apparently, Netflix is splitting up seasons of new cartoons to give them a shorter release schedule,the article linked says that the creators have four 13-episode arcs planned. which is fine — because the ending of Season 2 is pretty unsatisfactory, seeing as it ends in the middle of an arc.

Beware! Minor spoilers ahead.

In Season 2, the Princesses of Power are stuck defending their front from the evil Horde, while the Horde attempts an end-run around their defenses. Adora is also continuing in her training to become She-Ra while contending with semi-functional centuries-old Old Ones tech, as well as worrying about her best-friend-turned-arch-enemy Catra. Catra, for her part, is worried about staying on the good side of Hordak, as well as keeping the business end of the Horde afloat (which, of course, is harder than it looks — as a comedic scene illustrates). She also has complicated feelings for her abusive mother-figure, Shadow Weaver, who gets her own flashback episode in this season. The season is rounded out when we meet Bow’s parents, two Old Ones historians and both dads. I was really impressed to see this kind of representation in children’s TV, though of course She-Ra has a lot of other LGBTQ-coded characters and relationships too.

One thing I found myself continuously questioning was the larger picture: Who is Hordak? Is he a lone operator, or a low-level operative of a vast alien empire? (We get hints that he’s definitely an alien, and that he’s trying to phone home, but that’s all.) Where are all the other invading forces that Hordak must have come with? Why does he recruit (or kidnap and brainwash) Etherians? For that matter, who were the Old Ones? What happened to them? How are they related to the Horde, if at all?

Hopefully the answers to these questions and more will be answered in a future arc. I’m really drawn into this world but I want to know more about it.

birdsong

The bird outside my window
is going about her business
whatever it is      singing
is a lot of it apparently
or whatever that noise may
be called that she does with
her throat      not that
it’s bad    of course it’s
not bad I love birdsong as
much if not more than the
other people around me
now I definitely sound like
I’m lying   don’t I     I
am telling the truth though
just guiltily   sometimes
the truth is like that
packaged in a box labeled
with shame      but inside
there is only a bird
singing for who knows what
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