More! A metameta, because I thought it was great.
Music's a bugger to describe in words too. I've just had the following conversation with someone on MSN, when trying to explain Beethoven's never-ending cadences (friend of a friend of a friend's father reckoned that Beethoven just couldn't come) to a friend who knows nothing about music:
Me: a cadence is like saying "That's it," at the end of a story, or of a paragraph, in a smaller way. Often used for ending phrases, and used importantly for ending movements. "That's it" is two words, right?
Her: What's a movement? [Digression to explain what a movement is.]
Me: Beethoven does the equivalent of this:
That's it! That's it! That that that that's it, that's it, that's it, THAT'S IT, THAT'S - IT. It itty-itty-itty-itty-itty-IT.
(multiply by about ten)