This morning we listened for the first time to James Barron's NYT Front Page podcast. We'd been noticing it for months and fully intended to check it out, but you know how it is most mornings.
So imagine our surprise to discover, at the top of the podcast that we finally found a few minutes ago, that the NYT has added something distinctive and amazing to its coverage of the news: a musical theme!
We've now listened to it several times, and can state definitively that the NYT favors the string section of the orchestra. Yes, of course it's classical music...duh! Written in a minor key, it's essentially the urgent playing of violins (or were those violas? cellos?) against the backdrop of a tympani drum.
We ain't Anthony Tommasini, but we'll say it's roughly the musical equivalent of a teletype machine clattering in the distance -- a newsroom tune, if you will. It opens the podcast and then settles into a groove of gentle pitter-patter under James Barron's mellow pipes. He's an NPR clone, by the way, pleasant yet serious, and gets props for correctly pronouncing sad new arrivals in the lexicon, like luger.