Art song, lied, lieder, mélodie, canzona, song, or boring, German, turgid, fat people screaming? The art of lyric poetry being set to music for one voice with piano accompaniment has a bad rap among many. You mean we gotta' sit there while somebody sings at us in a language we don't understand about babbling brooks, wifty-eyed maidens and stupid swans? No sets, no costumes, no pulchritude? And you can't dance to it? Gimme a break.