by Charles Joseph Smith
absolute music — Music one loves to listen to.
allemande — Means ‘to the mandate!’
bass — Another word for ‘boss.’
boogie-woogie — The art of shaking.
downbeat — Being off-rhythm.
grand piano — A piano filled with 1,000 bucks inside.
half-note — A very short note; a postcard.
horn — A corn stalk that shouts.
ictus — The itch.
jazz — A sound of a yellow jacket dancing.
kazoo — A point where the magician disappears.
kettledrum — The sound of boiling tea.
note-value — The cost of a note.
organ — A musical liver.
percussion — Cursing with the use of spitting.
recap — Putting the cap on again.
tetrachord — Teetering on a line.
unison — A mnenomic for ‘You in sin.’
viola — A lively woman.
violin — Anything suave.
white key — An angel’s advice.
xenaxis — The center of music in any area, such as Paris.
y — The shape of an eighth-rest.
yodel — A model that is shaped like an ‘y’.
zither — Running swiftly hither.