A Minor (dis)Chord

PHOTO PROMPT ©David Stewart

“God, this band…”


“Awful. Just awful.”

“Oh you… you boring old sod! You have no soul! Your musical appreciation stops in 1982, no wonder you can’t comprehend more intricate forms of expression! Jazz is art, aural painting, instrumental poetry. Jazz musicians are sharing their improvisation to inspire the audience. Open your ears for once and open your mind too.”


“No wait. You listen for once. Move past Genesis and Huey Lewis. It is NOT hip to be square.”


“Yes? You what?”

“I… think they’re supposed to be Christmas carols.”



“Oh my, they really are shit.”

Word count: 100

A musically inspired prompt picture for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneer this week – and after a few weeks of somewhat depressing and dreary stories, I thought I’d lighten the mood a bit. I envisaged this as a friendly-yet-argumentative dialogue piece from the get-go, and revisited some friends from a February post. I actually have clear mental images of these two characters, even though all they have done is argue…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. 🙂



Post Script: There is a really subtle (really subtle) literary reference in the music I’ve chosen in this 100 words – 10 internet points if you can tell me where it is from.

Published by: wildbilbo

My name is Kristian Thoroughgood, alternately known as KT to my friends, or @WildBilbo on twitter. As of August 2015, I am forty years old. Australian. My blog is intended to be both a place for me to polish my creative writing muscles (not a double entendre) and for others to read and comment on my musings. Expect short stories, articles, essays and other brain dumps. My opinions are my own, and whilst I take care to be at least moderately informed about any topic I speak or write about, these opinions are subject to rapid change in the face of passionate arguments and greater evidence. Please note - on my blog, Evidence beats Passion.

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42 thoughts on “A Minor (dis)Chord”

    1. Oh no, the fear of every writer – a reader who clearly knows more about the topic I wrote about. I should have googled for more than 15 minutes!

      Thanks for being gentle.
      (& Thanks for reading :))

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  1. Dear KT,

    I think I’ll just keep my music preferences to myself at this present juncture. I guess I don’t get points but I do like the title. I prefer things in a minor key…but without the dischord. 😉



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  2. Great story…I loved the Huey Lewis line..sooo funny, Huey not so much…hahahaha! But I could picture this in my head though, with the band playing. I run from these. Really good 🙂

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  3. Dear Bilbo,
    This resonates on so many levels – a well-told tale of interminable middle school concert nights, my unappreciation for improvisational jazz, the arrogant intelligentsia of musical criticism…la, la, la.
    Yours truly,
    A boring old sod.

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  4. The chap extolling the virtues of the “jazz” band (until he finds out what they’re trying to play) reminds me of a sketch I saw once in a modern art gallery where someone was waxing lyrical about a chair and what the artist was trying to express with this simple piece – until a museum attendant sat on it and started reading the newspaper 🙂
    Great fun story!

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  5. This one got a hearty chuckle! This is the sort of argument I have at home – the self-righteous ‘you need to…’ and then you find you were barking up the wrong tree all along.
    Christmas episode of BBC quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks usually has disguised Christmas Carols as one of the rounds (Thrash Metal was particularly good). These guys could definitely get that gig.

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