Claws For The Weekend: Morecambe and Wise and Previn

The other day I caught an old clip of Morecambe and Wise. The Morecambe and Wise Show was a staple part of my childhood tv viewing, especially at Christmas when their show used to attract phenomenal viewing figures.

The clip I saw was the one which features the composer, conductor and pianist André Previn. In it he gets lumbered with Eric Morecambe as his pianist as he attempts to conduct the Grieg Piano Concerto. I like how he admirably manages to keep a straight face whilst the orchestra behind him are in hysterics.

That line where he says to Morcambe “You are playing all the wrong notes”

to which the comic replies:

“I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.”

It reminds me of a conversation I had with my exasperated six year old daughter last week. I cannot recall what she was asking for, but she was not pleased with my negative answer. Folding her arms and stamping her foot, she admonished me:

“You give all the wrong answers!”

To which I replied “I give all the right answers. You ask all the wrong questions.”

Cue yet another stamping foot. She would make a great tap dancer. Or grave digger.

Do you think sometimes questions can be more important than answers? And is this but a trivial one?

I will leave you to think on that over the weekend, along with a link to the clip that I mentioned.

Keep smiling. See you on the flipside.