# Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout A Sharp-Dressed Man #socs

A friend of mine and I were at a restaurant once, and he was struggling with his cutlery. As I remember, he was trying to cut a steak with a dull knife. The next time the server came to our table, he said "can I have another knife? This one’s so dull you couldn’t cut a fart with it." Needless to say, I had a mouthful of water when he said it, and I ended up irrigating my sinuses with it.

In music, a sharp (that number sign thing above) raises the pitch of a note by a half step. On a piano, the note is the key to the immediate right of the natural note, which is normally a black key. So F♯ is the black key between F and G. A flat lowers the pitch by a half step, and is the (usually) black key immediately to the left of the natural note. So G♭ is also the black key between F and G. F♯ and G♭ are enharmonic, which means they make the same sound but have two different names.

There’s no black key between B and C, or E and F, incidentally, so B♯ is C and C♭ is B, E♯ is F and F♭ is E. Kind of. They explain why in music theory courses.

I had a question last week about what B Dorian mode is. The Dorian scale is the major scale, but starting and ending with the second note of the scale. B Dorian is the A major scale (A B C♯ D E F♯ G♯ A) starting and ending with the B (B C♯ D E F♯ G♯ A B). Again, they talk about this a lot in music theory classes, though there is a pretty good article on Wikipedia.

Sharp Corporation is based in Japan and they make all kinds of electronic doodads. They were one of the first manufacturers of pocket calculators. I worked with a guy back in college who had one, and one day I asked if I could borrow it. He gave it to me and said "that there’s a Sharp calculator!" Sharp, of course, is a synonym for attractive, like in the ZZ Top song…

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## 30 thoughts on “Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout A Sharp-Dressed Man #socs”

1. It’s interesting how much I love to sing, but music theory is hard work. It makes my eyes cross after a bit. My husband is the opposite, he is extremely shy about singing, but likes the mechanics. I thought you were going to tell us you irrigated your joking friend’s steak. It must’ve taken some restraint not to.

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1. No, I was a good boy as far as not laughing too hard so anyone would notice.

I took a year of music theory when I was in high school. The instructor didn’t show up half the time, but I learned some good things. I’ve learned more in the years since.

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2. Very sharp you are today (as usual). Great song and it is the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt too. Happy Saturday.

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3. I must admit that there’s just something about a smartly dressed man … I still have my Sharp calculator in my bottom drawer, although I’ve been using computer apps for calculating for a number of years now. How can one just get rid of such a treasure?

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5. Now that’s funny. I can just picture the semi suppressed laugh. I was hoping someone would go the ZZ Top route. Glad you did.

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1. It was at one of those 24-hour, breakfast anytime restaurants, and we were feeling little pain….

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6. Our minds drift along similar frequencies as always, John. I had forgotten about the Sharp calculators. I remember when I bought my first hex calculator. My husband could think in binary and hex doing calculations in his head. Not me.

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1. There are lots of music theory books out there. Why not pick one up? And YouTube is a tremendous resource, as is Wikipedia. Just a thought…

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7. Well, you made me LOL over your friend’s comments in the restaurant. Did the server find that funny or did your friend get “the look” from him?

I hope you have a sharp-dressed weekend, John. Enjoy!

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8. Nice job meandering through the sharps and flats, John. I learned something about music. Thanks.

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9. i love how one thing leads to another in your posts, you are a natural!

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1. Ed Thierbach says:

I see what you did there! Nice. 🙂

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