I can't imagine a scenario in which I would agree with much of anything Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has to say - but I can't help but to admire his way with words. In some of his recent dissenting opinions, Scalia has shown more than a few rhetorical flourishes and brought a few colorful words back into the lexicon. This piece draws its rhythmic material from my two favorites: jiggery-pokery (used in his dissent when the Court ruled to preserve Obamacare in June) and argle-bargle (invoked in his dissent in United States v. Windsor, the case which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act).
This piece is dedicated to my friend Chris Congdon. We were classmates and friends at Ithaca College, where we found ourselves inspired in the Intro to Composition class that changed our musical paths forever. We haven't seen each other in years, but I remember Chris as darkly and bitingly funny; this piece is a tribute to that sensibility.