Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mausi: Ayn Rand's "Laughing Song"

In Facets of Ayn Rand, Charles Sures remarks about the famous author's musical preferences, saying:

"She loved, more than any other music, what she called her 'tiddlywink' music—those lighthearted, irresistib­ly gay melodies, many from the pre-World War I period..."

"...She had a record­ing of some­thing we all called 'the laugh­ing song,'4 which we never tired of hear­ing. The singers start to laugh as they are sing­ing; their laughter is so contagious that long before the song is over every­one is laugh­ing along with them."

You can hear that "laughing song" for yourself, most likely for the first time, above.

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  1. If you liked this song, are a fan of Rand's We the Living, or simply are interested in hearing another one of the songs that she liked, see The "Shimmy" Song.

  2. Thank you for mentioning Facets of Ayn Rand. This casually written little book deserves a slow and thoughtful reading--to make explicit the points that are sometimes only implicit or understated in the text.

    In reading it, I acquired for the first time, a realization of the depth of Ayn Rand's personal struggles as a thinker and writer of genius surrounded by individuals of lesser stature, some hostile and some benevolent, but none operating at her level.

    One of my favorite vignettes is Charles Sures's brief story of Ayn Rand's response, at a stamp convention, to being treated rudely by one of the vendors. She handled it perfectly.

  3. Thanks for sending this post into the Objectivist Round Up this week--makes a great addition!

  4. Oh, too bad the video was removed. I was dying of curiosity as to what that music sounded like. xD