That twang of the clock-spring was the first tiny cry of the newborn telephone, uttered in the clanging din of a machine-shop and happily heard by a man whose ear had been trained to recognize the strange voice of the little newcomer.
For exactly three months after his interview with Professor Henry, he continued to plod ahead, along both lines, until, on that memorable hot afternoon in June, 1875, the full TWANG of the clock-spring came over the wire, and the telephone was born.
Still he fled on, dreading each moment to hear the twang
of a bow, and to feel an arrow quivering at his heart.
The bow-string twanged
, the arrow leaped upward, and Broken-Tooth, uttering a terrible scream, fell off the branch.
It chanced that out of one of the bundles there stuck the end of what the clerk saw to be a cittern, so drawing it forth, he tuned it up and twanged a harmony to the merry lilt which the dancers played.
"Seven, you jack-fool," growled the first speaker, and his bow twanged like a harp-string.
After I had signified my assent, Toby, without uttering a a single word, crawled along the dripping ledge until he gained a point from whence he could just reach one of the largest of the pendant roots; he shook it--it quivered in his grasp, and when he let it go it twanged
in the air like a strong, wire sharply struck.
The other is Yorkshire bred, and has twanged
his bowstring right oft in merry Sherwood; he knows each glade and dingle, copse and high-wood, betwixt this and Richmond.''
The well-paced song lineup covers her career from Angel With a Lariat through Invincible Summer, including such disparate numbers as her showstopping version of Roy Orbison's "Crying," the country rave-up "Big Boned Gal," her surprising hit "Constant Craving," and her perky '60s homage "Summerfling." She also reprises my personal favorite, "Pullin' Back the Reins," and comparing the new version with the 1989 original (from Absolute Torch and Twang
) illustrates the progress k.d.'s made as a singer and as a woman.
Other Off-Broadway shows that prospered during a summer when Broadway quietly strove to maintain its status quo included the boisterous Cowgirls, with its cheerful country-and-western twang
and a cast of six women of strong musical talents, and the brightly paced I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a revue dwelling on the fits, misfits, and sometimes outfits of two yuppie couples.
The model's pose, her slight contortion, sends the twang
of sexualized scenario through the work, in chorus with the equivocal dramatics of her self-display: on the one hand brazenly demonstrative, on the other, hidden-faced, constrained (hands locked above head).
are tuning up for a Christmas home town gig and a fourth album is on its way.
HAILED as one of the most promising new bands in the country when they unveiled their debut two years ago, The Twang
are braced for that notorious second-album test this month.
But she is forbidden from answering the phone because her Manchester twang
puts off clients.
Birmingham's brightest stars, The Twang
, are taking over the venue until the wee small hours and they're threatening to throw the wildest party in town.