9 Jan, 2009
Here at Cotolo Chronicles, the mood is always somber, never sullen. From
the beginning of planning this program, an incident that dates back more
than a decade, somber moods made for more productive programs and let's
face it, productive programs are far more appealing than unproductive
programs, which usually result from sullen moods of preparation.
We strive and thrive on what develops from the somber moods of creation.
Many times we have our productive production meetings listening to sambas
while expressing ourselves somberly. And somberly samba music is not
difficult to find if you know the correct stores to find such music (and
take it from me, one of them is not Walmart).
Were we to base our meetings on a sullen mood, we could never use a samba
as a musical element. Even the saddest samba cannot approach a sullen
mood. Once, a young samba musician attempted to write a sullen samba but
could not do so. No matter how hard he tried to add a sullen mood to the
samba he failed so miserably that he became sullen and could write no
It is said that Rome was not built in a day and it has been proven that
the great city took longer than a day to build because the builders
became sullen around noon.
A lunch break that turned somber into sullen
caused construction to slow to a crawl from after the lunch hour,
around 1 p.m., until around 3 p.m. when the workers began complaining
about falling into a deep depression. Rome was not finished in that one
day, running extremely over budget for the rest of the week of
All because the
mood became sullen.
Professionals who study such moods have been quick to note that the
difference between the sullen and the somber is wide and vast if not
vast and wide and that no matter the order of something being vast or
wide there is only a difference of distance involved, not to mention
the fact that such a distance could be either vast or wide.
In 1781 a team of researchers gathered in Kansas City to discuss the
differences between sullen and somber. But half of the researchers arrived
in Kansas City, Kansas while the other half arrived in Kansas City,
Missouri. It was later discovered that it was never mentioned which Kansas
City was the destination of the researchers. Months later, it was learned
that the man who planned the meeting did so in a sullen mood and although
two different meetings took place due to the mistake, both were deigned to
be failures due to the sullen planning.