All kitschy stuff, I suppose. So imagine my delight to find this from the coolest of critics, John Rockwell:
Ives's voice ... had the sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities and without the pretensions of operatic ritual. It was genteel in expressive impact without being genteel in social conformity."The sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities:" just what we the staff and management at Underbelly central strive for every day.
*Ives also prepared us for Flanders and Swann and in particular, their response to the first Soviet space mission:
Russia is red, diddle diddleWho would have guessed that, 50-odd years on, Russia would not have the moon, but England would still have the queen?
England is Green;
They've got the moon, diddle diddle,
We've got the queen.