Byzantine Music and Ice-cream
Magda: Pistachio ice cream mode.
Me: Sounds like plagal of the first to me. I would say more, but I'll save it for tomorrow
Magda: ?? How does pistachio ice cream mode sound like plagal of the first???
Me: Well, if you must know, it is not the simple, classic goodness of chocolate ice cream (plagal fourth). Nor it is the exquisite mint-chocolate (third) [...] It is good, but it is a bit different - so therefore, plagal of the first. I think first would be something really simple and straight-forward, like vanilla.
Unfortunately, I am not much of a connoisseur of ice-cream, so my comparisons ended there. I kept thinking that second mode would have to be something that seems straight forward but has a twist, plagal second something Oriental, fourth something rather unexciting, and grave (in its "natural" form) something that takes some getting used to. Any suggestions?