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Post No. 1254
09/07/2007 09:09 AM
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Your (or Aaron's?) Word for the Day

Atheman - (a proper noun. Pronounced:
An-Tha-man", plural "an-tha-men")

Definition: a cello player or other musician who is fully-lisenced to play our national anthem any time, anywhere. He will do so at the drop of the hat becuase the national anthem is his all-time favorite song. (His second favorite being, of course, the pop standard "My Blue Heaven"). Anthemmen are a mostly nocturnal species, living out their days dining on raw fish and avocados in New Jersey sushi bars, but can be seen with their cellos during day-light hours catching games of our national pastime on stone-cold bleaher seats. Besides newspaper columnists, no one has ever spotted an antheman in their origianl habitat. Irish playwright Oscar Wilde is said to have been raised by a heard of wild Anthemen, but despite parental encouragement Wilde did not learn to play the cello.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1253
09/06/2007 08:07 PM
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Von Cello - equal opportunity anthem man

Hey, you have your doorman, your policeman, your garbageman, and now you have yoiur anthemman. Or should it be antheman? Hmmm...another new word for Edward!

I can't imagine fighting about a sports team! Even if the team is from your area, the team members are from all over the country. So it does not even represent your region. It only represents some businessmen in your area who own the team!

When I saw the S.I. Yankees they were beating the crap out of the Aberdine Airmen, or whatever they were called. The truth is, I felt sorry for the other team and kept hoping they would get a hit so they wouldn't feel bad! I guess that's why I became a musician. I like when everybody wins.


Post No. 1252
09/06/2007 12:42 PM
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Stars and Stripes to You

I did read that article...congratulations Aaron. I remember you telling me in our interview one of your dreams was to play the National Anthem for a Yankees Game. Things are looking up for you, and hopefully they will be for that kid as well.

One peice of advice though, if you play a gig up here at Nectars to promote the Celtar album, you might want to shy away from talking about the Yankees....the students are back and this is Red Sox country.
It's funny that a mere sport like baseball inspires such heated debates and colorful, sharp, verbal arrows but it does up here....especially in college towns.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1251
09/06/2007 09:19 AM
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Yankees...from the minors to the majors

Did you check out the link?

I played the Star Spangled Banner for the Staten Island Yankees before a game at the end of August. It got reviewed in the local paper, The Staten Island Advance. I understand in the paper there was a picture too.

Well, guess what? I just got contacted by a major league team! I won't say yet who it is, but hopefully I'll get to play it for them and the tens of thousands of fans in the audience.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1250
09/06/2007 09:16 AM
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Inglish Class

When I was a student I used to always write "Inglish Class" at the top of my papers for English. Of course I did it to be funny. But then one day I had a teacher who actually took off 2 points for spelling!


Post No. 1249
09/06/2007 09:00 AM
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I'll see your Starnge and raise you a helicpoter....

So far we have Helicpoter, Starnge, Misastakes, and a few other new words added to our vocabulary....ain't the English language great? If you misspell something, you can easily reedeem yourself by giving it a difinition! I am officially calling this language "EDspeak". I'm gonna try to use those words the next time I play scrabble to see what reactions I get.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1248
09/06/2007 07:58 AM
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Starnger than fiction

Starnge - something that is so strange that it requires a stranger word than strange


Post No. 1247
09/05/2007 09:21 PM
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It certainly is!

Von Cello wrote:

"It's a starnge word, isn't it."

hmmm...."starnge". I think, Aaron, that you should have the honor of making up a definition for this word. This word will go in to my imaginary lexicon which I have been creating seeming with every post (i.e my made-up language).

....and to think i was to only one who misspells things here. I await your definintion with great exisitment and antisipashun.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1246
09/05/2007 11:34 AM
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Hormones are cool. It's a starnge word, isn't it. Hor-mones. Hmmm...

And now for some really big news:

Post No. 1245
09/05/2007 10:42 AM
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Disclaimer alert!!

Von Cello wrote: "It's funny, but I think the older generation would tell the younger one that what's really important in a relationship is to find someone who is a good friend, and will stick by you through thick and thin. But of course, the young are so flooded with hormones that they will never listen!"

I hope you won't get me wrong, here, Aaron. Of course I know that friendship and trust is important in any relationship. I am looking for a young woman who I can confide in and, hopefully she will in turn, confide in me. I want a woman who respects me for who I am for I shall do the same for her. The first thing I look for in a woman is she treats others, how she treats herself, and if she has a sense of humor (which may be the hardest thing to spot right away, which is perhaps why I'm still single). I figure if I look for personality first, then the looks will be free!

I guess I was letting my hormones take over in my previous posts there...I'll admit it.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1244
09/05/2007 09:35 AM
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Classical lifestyles

The funny thing is that most people assume that "classical musicians" are somehow different than "rock musicians". Of course, in my case, the two are one, which kind of proves how ridiculous that theory is. But even among those who are totally classical, they can be every bit as wild as rock stars. In fact, rock stars are often not nearly as wild as they appear. Many are rather narrow minded. On the other hand, many classical musicians are extremely open minded. After all, the great classical composers were often rebels and open to many new ideas. Yet most rock musicians, or pop for that matter, fit into a neat little box in terms of dressing a certain way, acting a certain way, holding certain political opinions. As one who has traveled extensively in both worlds, I have to say that classical musicians are probably more open minded in general.

My first shock about classical music came when I was studying with a cellist from the Boston Symphony who told me he decided to become a cellist after he saw Pablo Casals while on acid!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1243
09/05/2007 09:29 AM
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Unhealthy Lifestyles

The question is...does Drew Barrymore live an unhealthy lifestyle when she is off camera?

It's funny, but I think the older generation would tell the younger one that what's really important in a relationship is to find someone who is a good friend, and will stick by you through thick and thin. But of course, the young are so flooded with hormones that they will never listen!

Post No. 1242
09/04/2007 08:02 PM
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Word for the day (last post for tonite, I promise)

Cocerto: (pronounced "ko-ser-to". noun) a classically-inspiered peice of music in a dark, minor key a cellist or other musician plays while he wishes he were out for a night on the a jazz club...sipping a glass of expensive red wine...with a young, beautiful girl who looks like Drew Barrymore by his side with her arms around him.

Post No. 1241
09/04/2007 07:54 PM
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And now, a rant:

"Bellis suggested that the high death rate among older American musicians could be related to the continent's greater appetite for reunion tours, exposing the artists for more years to an unhealthy "rock'n'roll" lifestyle.
It could also be due to the poor medical outlook for impoverished American ex-pop stars who have no health insurance, he said".

Sure, the rock and roll "lifestyle" may be unhealthy, but had it not been for rock and roll, America would have had to endure "pop" right on through the sixties and seventies; songs like "lollipop", and "Earth Angel" that we had in the Fifites. But I've heard that those supposedly-clean cut pop and doo-wop groups had a dark side to them as to me, the "rock-and roll" lifestyle is really not just designated for rock and roll.....what about jazz musicians, or folkies? Country stars? You can't tell me that they don't have an un-healthy "lifestyle" off the stage. I guess I'll leave it to Von Cello could tell us about the "lifestyle" of the classical musican when they're not performing a cocerto or a symphony, or giving a master-class.
I think to label something a "lifestyle" is so demeaning; people just live, they do what they do, becuase God gives them the gift of fee choice, that's all. I don't know about you, but I felt those last two paragraphs of the artcle were just really bad, opionated examples of journalism.

Post No. 1240
09/04/2007 07:40 PM
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Men need women, rock stars need aging secrets

I agree with of these statements here...that racial/religious tensions fly higher in college, rock stars (at least the good ones) tend to die young, and that men want women with large breasts and long blond hair....or they want whatever their definition of "beauty" is. For me, if a girl my age looks like Drew Barrymore, then I'm gonna try to figure out how to "woo" her, as Shakespearian noblemen were wont to do. "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and temperate then the flow'rin buds of May".

But how'd you guys get so smart?
Von Cello 

Post No. 1239
09/04/2007 06:20 PM
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Obvious Facts

Rock stars die young...really? I didn't know.

It's like the study they were talking about this morning on the radio that found that men are attracted to beautiful women. Wow!

Who knew?
sonny mano 

Post No. 1238
09/04/2007 02:57 AM
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rock stars die young
Von Cello 

Post No. 1237
09/03/2007 08:54 PM
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College Days

I think most people face more prejudice in college than they do later in life. In college all kinds of people are brought together from many walks of life, and the prejudices that people were taught at home, come out.

I have found with anti-Semitism that I usually do not come across it be accident. But I find that if you start to question people, you very often find it in people you would not expect. For instance, you might have a friend who seems like a nice guy, and a reasonable fellow, but then, all of a sudden, in a conversation about Israel he might say, "Well the Jews had no right to take over Israel to begin with", and you suddenly realize that this guy has attitudes that are detremental to the survival of the Jewish people. If you question him further you may find that he blames the Jews for all the problems in the middle east, or maybe even blames the Jews for American wars or World Wars. Then you realize this guy, who you always thought was a fine fellow, is harboring anti-Semitic attitudes.

In college, where people get together and talk a lot, and also go to classes where they are encouraged to express themselves, it is more likely that you will find out about negative attitudes of the people around you. Adults tend to be more guarded because they don't want to engage in the kind of conflicts they had as students.
sonny mano 

Post No. 1236
09/03/2007 10:06 AM
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I will up your anti semite

truth is i faced more antisem in florida at college in 75 than in spain nowadays
Antisem is taught to people .Its not natural or coming from logic or deduction
Its like antiblack or anti catholic anti gay
People i think naturally geton well-In the states i think antisemitism is infact talked up andkids learn it pik it up as they grow. Why do parents teach it
Von Cello 

Post No. 1235
09/02/2007 11:18 AM
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See You In September

Is it September already? Of all the months it may be the most important. If you are not busy in September you must be out of work. The summer ends and the year begins like a month long rush hour.

It seems all the world is away this weekend. I'll be mixing the new Von Cello CD. As they say, "The music never stopped".
Von Cello 

Post No. 1234
08/31/2007 12:21 PM
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Well...what our good friend Steven did is take a post that has been circulating around the internet, and change a few words such as Murcia and English teachers, and make it his own. There seem to be two issues here. One is when people turn on others with hatred and kill them. The other is when people, having done that to one group of people, then become blind to the sins of another group of people. There are some in Europe who have come to an epithany that they have been overly open to Muslim immigration due to their guilt for the way they treated the Jews. However, the Muslims who are comiing in are not like the Jews who were there before. Among those Jews were Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, Seaurat, Chagall, Issac Beshevis Singer, Jaques Offenbach, Felix Mendlessohn, Jascha Hiefitz, and many others. The children of Jews who escaped Europe included George Gershwin, Mel Torme, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and many others who helped create the American Songbook and the era of Broadway shows and jazz standards.

What have the Muslims of Europe created? Can you name ten European Muslims who have created works of art, music, science, or politics that have benefited mankind? Can you name one? (And don't do a google search, just on the spot, can you name one?) This is not to say that they are all bad. We must also realize that they are new immigrants and maybe need a few generations to settle in. But we must also realize that they come out of a culture that very often shuns music and art, that puts religion above science and politics, and accepts violence and murder as positive things when done in the name of Islam.

This is what Europe traded for the Jews. And, quite naturally, a lot of Jews feel bitter and almost a sence that Europe is getting smacked by its karma. My question is whether Steve noticed this more, now that he spent another summer in the good ol' USA?

Post No. 1233
08/31/2007 10:29 AM
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Your word for the day

Well, I did it again! I managed to misspell another word, and that means a new word is added to my made-up language! (look at past posts for other un-intional misspellings which I have assigned randomn meanings to...Von Cello can attest to this).

Misastakes: (plural noun, pronounced "miss-a-steaks"): past events containing those "I only wish I had known then what I know now" kind of moments.

Example sentance: "Back in the late Eighties, and early Nineties, rat tails and racing stripes were fashionable ways for young boys to wear their hair. Even I had them back then. But that was a total misastake, I'll tell you what"

Post No. 1232
08/31/2007 10:18 AM
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This guestbook never fails to amaze me. The regular guests here in this book give us jokes, witty sayings, crash-courses in music theory and musical history, and from time to time, deep, serious things to think about as in the post below. If only the rest of the internet had this much class.
The famlies and friends of victims of the holocaust will forever remain in my prayers as witnesses to the worst attrocity of the Twentieth Century, and a sorry time for all mankind. The capacity of group of people to be pushed to enxtreme hatred of another group of people, and acutally act on the hatred in extereme ways sickens me to no end. I will argue also, that the Spanish Inquisition was the worst attrocity of the Midieval Period, for that as well was carried out by a group of people who held a deep hatred for another group of people. I should confess, I am a Catholic and the Inquisition is just one of the many misatakes my church has made over the centuries.....I cannot fathom how wicked the human mind can be! Is there no hope for morality and a respect for all human life? Perhaps as the Twenty-First Century rolls onward people will start to wake up and realize how stupid (and how soooo Twentieth- Century) killing their neighbor, and churning out anti-anything propaganda, is.
That is my thought for today. Thank you for reading. And now, in the immortal words of Zappa: "Don't forget to vote".
bildersee 72 

Post No. 1231
08/31/2007 09:35 AM
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6 times 10 to the 6th

I walked down the street in murcia, and suddenly

discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz.

We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20

million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture,

thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen

people, truly chosen, because they produced great and

wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of

life: science, art,english teaching, international trade,cello, and above all,

as the conscience of the world. These are the people

we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we

wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the

disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million

Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance,

religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and

poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support

their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the

third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the

government, they plan the murder and destruction of

their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for

fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of

Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future

for their children, their determined clinging to life

because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for

people consumed by the desire for death for themselves

and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1230
08/29/2007 11:12 PM
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Making Yankee History

Usually, when the Yankees make history it is due to the most home runs, strike outs, or other statistics in ball playing, But today the Yankee farm team, the Staten Island Yankees, made history by having yours truly, Von Cello, play the National Anthem before the game. It was truly inspiring to play it before so many standing people, inside a stadium, with the ocean and the New York skyline in the background.

The crowd loved it, and when I went back into the stands, a young boy with a baseball cap looked at me with his eyes all aglow and said, "Do you give lessons?"

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