A tidbit is a delicate bit or morsel of food; a choice or pleasing bit
of anything, such as news or gossip. An arts tidbit can range from a little
known fact to a major, well-known idea; it can be a modest original thought
you just had or a conceit of rabid invention. Whatever it may be, an Arts
Tidbit is about the arts and the wider environment that gives them their
Arts Tidbits can be original (of your own
invention) or taken from or inspired by virtually any source—a
piece of literature,
a song, a lecture or text book, something an artist or other personality has said or done,
a magazine, a speech, and event in the news, a television program, an
amateur recital or play—almost anywhere. They can be about current or upcoming events or about pieces of
history. They can be serious or comic, deep or superficial. They can be useful or
of no practical value. They can be tips or hints—things
to do or things to avoid.
Tidbits vary in intent and effect. They may:
- Treat almost any aspect or subject in the arts.
- Arm visitors with ideas for finding what
they want to know about the
- Alert visitors to what has been going on in the world of the arts.
- Instruct about something worth knowing about the arts, however
significant or minor.
- Amuse or titillate.
- Inform, educate, or
- Remind visitors about something
about the arts they may have forgotten or
here are a few examples of tidbits to start you on your way
Electricka invites you to submit a tidbit that you feel would be interesting to Electricka's visitors
and help them get more out of their contact with The Muses.
Here are a few samples of arts tidbits. They may give you an idea for a
tidbit of your own:
- Orson Welles thought Chimes at Midnight to be his best work.
Today, Chimes is largely overlooked, and for good reasons; but his first movie, Citizen
Kane, is known around the world and is thought by many to be one
of the best movies ever made. Who can explain it?
- Aaron Copland, who studied and wrote classical music, started young, at age 15; but not
until he was age 36 did his music change so that it would have meaning
for a large U.S. public audience. His most popular works were written in
the brief 10-year period from 1936 to 1946. Thereafter, he stopped
writing this type of music altogether. After he stopped writing his new
kind of American music, he summed it up with
these words, "I no longer feel the need of seeking out conscious
- When Napoleon discovered that his troops were wiping their noses on
their uniform sleeves, he ordered that buttons be sewn on their sleeves
to discourage the practice. His orders worked because a button up the
nose is no fun. That is why buttons are sewn on the sleeves
of men's coats today. Besides discouraging their use as a handkerchief,
today buttons serve no purpose other than decoration.
- In German and Scandinavian mythology, the erlking is the king of the
elves, a spirit or personified natural power that works mischief,
especially to children. Schubert used the myth to compose an art song of
the same name that is one of the best, most gripping art songs ever
- Dr. Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel), the world famous writer and illustrator of children's
books, worked for Warner Brothers Animation Studios during World War II,
where he wrote movies for the war effort. He served with Frank Capra's unit of
the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he made cartoon training films for
American soldiers. In that capacity, he created a famous cartoon character known as Private
Snafu to educate and boost the morale of the troops.
- In the vernacular of the Broadway theater, an Annie Oakley is a free ticket to a theater or a pass.
is called that because such tickets are punched to prevent resale. Once
punched, they resembled the playing cards used as targets by Annie
Oakley, the famous American Wild West sharpshooter, whose offstage name
was Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee. The musical Annie Get Your Gun is based on
stop!—before you proceed...
How to submit your arts tidbit for publication
You are being asked to write and submit an arts tidbit for
publication by Electricka. Your write-up should be a brief description of a single
tidbit drawn from the field of the arts that you
believe would be of interest to Electricka's visitors. Your arts tidbit will be published at
Electricka's feature called Welcome To Quote Of The Day.
Publishing your description is a simple, 2-step procedure:
- Read this guideline. It explains everything you need to know to prepare
your quote for submission.
- Fill out and submit an Arts Information form. It explains everything
you need to know to send your arts information for publication.
Submit your arts tidbit now
- Electricka does not notify visitors of where and when to find the arts
information they submit:
- To discover if your arts information submission is published,
feature called Arts Tidbit Of The Day and
look for it there:
- Electricka publishes the arts tidbits she receives
in order of receipt. Since she displays only one arts tidbit a day, it may
take many days for your tidbit to appear. Please be patient and keep
Submissions to Arts Tidbits generally meet these requirements:
- About the arts.
- When you report the facts on which a tidbit is based, you have the
option to express your personal opinion or comments about the facts. If you add
clearly indicate which part of the tidbit is objective and which is not.
- Multimedia optional.
- Links to other web sites must be approved by Electricka.
- Written at least in part by a visitor to Electricka's web site or by a
collaboration of visitors.
- Primarily in English (foreign language names or expressions or other constructions are
fine, if appropriate).
- Short, sweet, and to the point. Less than about 50-500 words. As short as a sentence or as long as a
- About a subject, topic, or theme of the author's own
choosing. (Subjects taken from or related to the arts, Electricka's web
site, and the muses are especially
- 100 percent original with the author(s) except for properly credited
quotations, citations, references, videos, photos, artwork, film clips, animations, music,
sound bites, etc.
- The facts or information on which your tidbit are based should not
contain private information or intellectual property. One or more of the
- Copyright or patent has expired or never existed.
- Tidbit is in the public domain; it does not belong to anybody.
- You own the legal right to publish information you acquired from someone else.
- You have oral or written permission from the owner to publish.
- Completely finished by the author(s) when submitted. The Muse
Your Arts Tidbit can be accepted for publication even if it is not written especially for this feature.
It does not have to be submitted by the author(s). Electricka's policies
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