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Post No. 1504
01/12/2008 11:23 AM
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They Weren't Giants

They Might Be Giants are all but unheard of any more. Or is it anymore? Anyway...or is it any way?


Who came up with anyhoo? Or should I say Hoo came up with anyhoo?

That's right...Edward Hoo!

Actually Hoo might be a giant. Hoo knows!

They Might Be weren't giants but ...

They Might Be Funny!

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Post No. 1503
01/11/2008 08:00 PM
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You're dumber than you've ever been...and now you're even dumber...and now...

Morty and Saul, are out one afternoon on a lake when their boat starts sinking. Saul says to Morty, 'So listen, Morty, you know I don't swim so well.' Morty remembers how to carry another swimmer from his lifeguard class when he was a kid, so he begins tugging Saul toward shore. After ten minutes, he begins to tire. Finally about 100 feet from shore, Morty asks Saul, 'So Saul, do you suppose you could float alone?' Saul replies, 'Morty, this is a heck of a time to be asking for money! '


Post No. 1502
01/11/2008 03:48 PM
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Older by They Might Be Giants

You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older
And now you're even older
And now you're even older
You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older
And now you're older still

Time is marching on
And time is still marching on

This day will soon be at an end
And now it's even sooner
And now it's even sooner
And now it's even sooner
This day will soon be at an end
And now it's even sooner
And now it's sooner still

You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older
And now you're even older
And now you're even older
You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older
And now you're older still
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Post No. 1501
01/10/2008 07:20 PM
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You are mime!

The difference between old and elderly, ay?

Maybe its like a piece of ice. From far away the surface looks the same. But when you get close you see it has all kinds of bumps and holes.

To me, old is just aging. We are all older than we were yesterday. Someone old has just been around for a long time. But elderly implies frailty. The elderly are not long for this world, but someone old can get older for many more years!

Post No. 1500
01/10/2008 11:50 AM
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Excuse me, sir, do you have the mime?

It's ironic, really. Marceau spent his whole life trying to get out of a box.....

And is there a difference between "old" and "elderly"?

Marcel Marceau must have had that thing that Victor Borge had as well. Borge talked in his act, of course, he was not a mime, but he didn't have to say a word to get the audience to laugh. His expressions were timeless and his piano playing was superb. He was a true entertainer of the people.
I am also inspired by the comedic timing of Robin Williams...I don't know how people like him can know to say exactly the right joke in exactly the right accent at exactly the right time, but Williams is, by far, I would argue, America's greatest comedian.

This is a fun topic: this talk of clowns, mimes, comedians and musicians and all. I feel at home here, even though Iv'e never been to a clown college, or learned miming or ventriloquy, or have studied at a music conservatory. I have a little artistic training or music theory under my belt, but I still have a little bit of artistic ability inside of me and I enjoy expressing myself.
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Post No. 1499
01/10/2008 09:40 AM
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Silence is Golden

Edward wrote: "There would be no clouns, no mimes(RIP Marcel Marceau)"

Cloun - a clown that is a person, place, or thing.

Marcel Marceau, what a genius! He made a whole career out of saying nothing! I once saw him perform. I think it was Carnegie Hall or some other major venue. He did a routine called "The Ages of Man". Just with him alone he started imitating a baby crawling, then learning to walk, then he did a kid's walk, then an adolescent's walk, a man's walk, a middle aged walk, an old walk, an elderly walk, and then the final steps before death. It was all continuous and you knew exactly what age he was up to at each step. Who could think of such a thing? And who could execute it so well! By the end I had tears in my eys...and the guy never said a word!

In his memory, let's have a moment of silence.


Post No. 1498
01/10/2008 09:05 AM
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Where's Wierdo?

As Von cello once wrote:

"You definitely didn't want to be thought of as s weirdo back then! LOL"!

As Jimmy Buffett once sang:
"There's a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us".

If no one was weird, then this world woudn't be any fun. There'd be no comedy music personalities - no Wierd Al! No Spike Jones! No!

There would be no clouns, no mimes(RIP Marcel Marceau), no balloon animal experts or jugglers, or swoard swallowers or magicians or one-man bands; there would not have been Zappa and his so-called "freak rock" in the Sixties! Can you imagine! I belive that "being wierd" is the phenomenon that keeps the arts and creative juices flowing. It defines artists and non-artists alike and makes us humans unique from non-humanoid animals, by that, I mean our ability to express ourselves in limitless ways. In short, if we were not wierd, then we would not be, as Jimmy Buffet also sang, "The People Our Parents Warned Us About".

In every person there must be a slight degree of madness. It builds character, literally!
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Post No. 1497
01/09/2008 03:09 PM
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Eye Opening

This is the correct link:

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Post No. 1496
01/09/2008 02:54 PM
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Eye Opening

With Bush in Israel today I checked out Israel National Radio, and what I heard was amazing. If you have some time, listen to this and let me know what you think:

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Post No. 1495
01/09/2008 01:45 PM
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Remember that word? Weirdo? I can still hear people from Canarsie saying, "Hey what are you, a weirdo?" You definitely didn't want to be thought of as s weirdo back then! LOL!

I was popular from 9th grade until the beginning of 11th. 10th grade was my happiest year in Canarsie. I was in the band "Spunk", we were playing all the Sweet Sixteens, and I was friends with a lot of people. I had long hair, was into the "cool" music, and was "in" on the party scene. But by 11th grade I suddenly realized that high school was almost over and I would have to make some heavy choices. I guess most kids didn't have to worry about a career so early, but in music you have to decide very young and by 11th grade it was already quite late!

So all of a sudden I totally withdrew from the parties, I cut my hair short, threw out my jeans and started wearing slacks and dress shirts. The kids thought I had "flipped out". But what I was trying to do was make up for lost time and become a serious classical musician. Then when I went to my first college, Boston Conservatory of Music, I had a cello teacher, a member of the Boston Symphony, who wore jeans and denim shirts and told me he decided to become a cellist when he saw Pablo Casals play live while he was high on acid! That really flipped me out! It showed me that the "classical world" I thought I was entering was not all it appeared to be. Slowly from that point on I made my way back to rock music.

One thing I learned along the way is that a lot of classical musicians are much more "hip", or drugged out, than one would think. And a lot of rock musicians are much straighter, and even nerdier, than one would think. I hate to say it, but it's all showbiz!

Post No. 1494
01/09/2008 02:57 AM
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weird you go???

l suppose I was a weird kid,aaron says
aaron we were kids and that means being weird experimenting everything
My parents were a bit protective and sent me off to univ florida far far away to study. My pals in canarsie fro my lil gang ended up not finishing university or even gettin into alcohol addiction etc. Goin to univ is not a sign of success or happiness but it does open doors which if one wants openable ,college can be a key
Weird? I think we were all strange in canarsie. a kind of make believe suburbia,make believe YOU MADE IT neighborhood. We thought canarsie was the top,the highest one could go.
You were probbly a very popular guy back then, a regular guy id say.nothing strange altho your dad was 1 of the the few college men in our neighborhood
.I was weird i think cause my bubby spoke yiddish with me my dad polish and my mom english. i had that high forehead

your not weird now nor ever were you.
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Post No. 1493
01/08/2008 10:32 PM
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The Transition

Having posted that link I decided to listen to it for the first time in a while. Aside from the historic Celtar playing there are some good songs on it that I wrote on guitar at that time (during 12th grade). I also was amused to hear my self-effacing humor about the likelihood of any of the songs becoming hits. By then I was already looking past the idea that I would somehow get a hit, to figuring out a way to have a musical career that would last.

The one song that really jumped out at me was near the end and is called, "The Transition". That song more than any other describes what I was going through at the age of 17. As it says, "Well I'm gonna try, or I"m gonna die." I was already aware that it was now or never to really get on the case to make my musical dreams come true. It was a very difficult time for me. While other kids were enjoying their last year of high school, partying, dating, going out and having fun...I was sitting in my room day after day doing nothing but practicing the cello and writing songs.

l suppose I was a weird kid, to be so concerned at such a young age to leave a legacy. I guess even back then I thought I might become famous and should therefore chronicle my thoughts and feelings. And now all these years later, I may not have become nearly as famous as I had hoped, but still I have made somewhat of a mark, and one day the information that I saved may become important, at least to some people.

Meanwhile, God willing, we are only at the halfway point. I only hope that I can keep being creative and producing deeper and more insightful work as the years go by. In this way Beethoven is my guide. His music got so much better as he aged, like a fine wine. And finally, at the end of his life (that was still way too short) he produced music that just floats above all that came before.

I am spending a lot of time doing a final edit of my book about Judaism. I don't imagine it will sell much better than my music. Probably it will sell less. But there is hope that it can be an important book and may change someone's life out there. I really like the idea that I will have an intellectual book out there and not just music. I wanted to have a deeper impact on the world than just, "He wrote some nice music", or "He was a one hit wonder". There aren't many musicians who tried to enter the literary world and make their mark. So, for whatever it is worth, I am going to jump in as hard as I can!

"I'm gonna try. Or I'm gonna die!"
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Post No. 1492
01/08/2008 04:35 PM
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Primitive Times

That is from a tape recording I made when I was 17 years old! I guess we had home movie cameras back then, whatever they were called, but people didn't generally record themselves on film alone in their homes. You are mixing the Youtube generation mentality with the old style tape recorder mentality.

Actually, I think it is amazing that I had the foretsight to at least make a tape recording of the beginnings of my new Celtar cello style back in 1975. Even though I joke around about it on the tape, somewhere inside I knew it was something that should be recorded.

The great thing about it is that I have the proof that I was the first one to come up with this idea. Today there are more and more cellists coming up playing rock, and I've even seen pictures of people playing in Celtar style. Some of them may be tempted to claim to be the originator of the style, but I have the proof!


Post No. 1491
01/08/2008 03:34 PM
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upload said tape to youtube and we can all see it
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Post No. 1490
01/08/2008 12:56 PM
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The Dawn of a New Age

I guess I was absent that day...or year. I never heard that song before. By 1975 I pretty much had stopped listening to the radio and began creating my own style of cello playing. In order to do that I had to clear my head of all the radio noise that was crowding out my own creativity. Then, once my brain had become "unwashed" I was able to do something new.

Here is a copy of a tape I made in 1975:


Post No. 1489
01/08/2008 03:44 AM
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the song from 1973 south shore hs[URL=][/URL]

Post No. 1488
01/08/2008 03:42 AM
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the song from 1973 sshs

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Post No. 1487
01/07/2008 03:07 PM
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Color Blind Society

John Edward's wife made a good point. Someone said to her that with the possibility of the first black or female president, why should people vote for a white male from the south? She said that if we are supposed to be a color blind society, and that is why blacks and women can run, on the other hand, white males should not have their chances diminished either. That is why I wonder if Obama is not getting a bit of free ride because of his skin tone. I think having a woman or black as president is not as important as people may think. Look, we have a black secretary of state. Did that change anything? We have a black on the Supreme Court. Did that change anything? The qualification has to go beyond gender and color. That being said, I can understand the problems people have with Hillary's past, not to mention Bill's...and just the idea of a Clinton or Bush as president for so many years is scary. But we also need to know a hell of a lot more about Obama and anyone else who looks like a real contender.

As for a Jew I should be more afraid of Huckabee since he is such and Evangelical. But at least if someone is a real Christian we know a little about their sense of morality. I think many of our leaders pose as religious, but when they get in power they get corrupted by the power. If someone is truly religious they will probably be more moral overall. No one is talking about forcing anyone to join a particular religion, but the founding fathers realized that religion was a civilizing force. They pretty much assumed that this would be a religious country, and therefore they trusted the people with freedom. I don't think they believed that freedom without the influence of Judea-Christian values could work.

Post No. 1486
01/06/2008 08:02 PM
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Mamba? oops...that should be Obama. Of course if some one was running by the name of Mamba I would vote for him or her ultimately based on how cool their name was!

Post No. 1485
01/06/2008 08:00 PM
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Discontinue use if you have an election lasting more then 4 hours...

Well, right now I'm trying to decide between Barak and Hillary. I know nothing about odds or polls in terms of politics, but I think the best CHANGE that all the candidates are talking about would obviously be the statement America would make to the world by electing either a person of color, or a woman, to the White House. From the moment we know who won the popular vote on Election day - day one- I think the world would see that America has the sense and decency enough to open the door of opportunity, decency, justice and equality to everyone. But I like a few things Edwards has talked about, and I have always liked McCain, but right now if comes down to either Mamba or Clinton for me.
I'm sure Huckabee is a decent, morally-upright man, but as I said before, i think the whole line separating church and state would be blurred to a great extent if Huckabee or Romney is elected. King Henry VIII trounced the Pope, and made himself the head of the Anglican of England.Do we want that to happen here in the US? Do we really want to say the Pledge of Alleigience at Sunday Mass, or Shabbat services? Or sing "How Great Thou Art" at the town hall every Election Day?
I think it just makes sense, now that this the 21st century and we're looking towards the future, to put either a person of color or a woman in a place of power as high as the commander in chief's. It would also be good, but probably not likely, to have a person born with a mental or physical disability as President. I think that would say to the world that America judges their citizens not on average IQ or brain function, but on strength of character and integrity. We need more unconditional love (agape) in this country.

And now for the real topic of this posting:
Aaron Garr Minsky

"Garr"? What a cool middle name!
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Post No. 1484
01/05/2008 12:46 PM
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Vote Shmote!

To be honest, I don't know who I would vote for. I like some things about Huckabee. For one, he believes the citizens should be armed to protect them against the government. That shows me that he is aware of the dictatorial aspirations of some of our current leaders. I thought Edwards was speaking out strongly against the corporate stranglehold that allows our government to do things that the vast majority of citizens oppose. As for Obama. Who is this guy? What does he stand for? All I ever hear him say is lets turn the page. If he wasn't black would anyone care about him? At least the race is becoming more than a coronation for Clinton or Guilliani. But I question whether or not anyone who can actually win, will be in a position to really change anything.

Here is a representation of what most of the candidates are saying:

Post No. 1483
01/05/2008 02:27 AM
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new york political debate

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Post No. 1482
01/04/2008 01:12 PM
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"Moonlight in Canarsie" by Aaron Garr Minsky

Moonlight on my street
Wond'ring who tonight will be beat
Moonlight in Canarsie

Crazy Sal just shot a cop
and dragged him along up the road.
People you meet in this romantic setting
are running away from the loaded

Handgun in your face.
Kicking ass, Flatlands Avenue.
Moonlight in Canarsie.

You and me and Crazy Sal in Canarsie!


Post No. 1481
01/04/2008 10:35 AM
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I sang "Moonlight..." with my college chorale. If I remember correctly, some of the lyrics are as follows:

Icy fingerwaves,
ski trails on a mountainside,
Moonlight in Vermont.

Telegraph cables they sing down the highway
and travel each bend in the road.
People you meet in this romantic setting are so hynotized by the lovely

Evening summer breeze,
Warbling of a meadow lark,
Snowlight in Vermont,
You and I and moonlight in Vermont....

I think it was written in the 40's, and ther verses were written in haiku form.
It was hard to learn at first. but it's a beautiful melody, and it speaks of all the things I love about my home-state.
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Post No. 1480
01/04/2008 10:24 AM
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Moonllight in...Canarsie?

There is a great song called, "Moonlight in Vermont". But it is hard to imagine someone writing a song called, "Moonlight in Canarsie".

I always felt that our life there was kind of sick. I used to beg my father to move, but he said, "It's the same everywhere". Yet I instinctively knew that wasn't true. I used to talk to my grandfather about how I would like to live in a place that is quiet and peaceful. He said, "What are you talking about? You need to be around people". I guess that was the Brooklyn mentality. You just HAD to be around a lot of people, all the time.

I can't even imagine what it would have been like to grow up in a place where you pretty much stayed home after school. When I would sit around the house on a Saturday, my mother would say, "Why don't you go outside and get some fresh air". I used to wonder why I need fresh air. What was wrong with the air in the house? My mother used to also say, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". Wbere did they get those expressions! If I had a kid, I'd be happy if they wanted to stay home, especially if it was to work. Different mentalities, different times.

Yet, here we have Edward who grew up in a peaceful way and doesn't want to look back. And Steve, who grew up in crazy Canarsie, and loves looking back. I don't know what we can learn from that except that as crazy and sick as it was, there was also something fun and comforting about having so many friends and so much action going on around you. I also miss it in a way, but I love the quiet times I can experience now. It is so special to me. And I do notice the moon where I now live, and love the way it peeks out from between the bare branches when I look up at the cold starry sky.

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