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Post No. 3004
12/15/2010 11:38 AM
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i'm dreaming of a white....

I saw those guys in white when I saw Sri with Carlos many years ago. It was so peaceful and heavenly, that it was almost absurd. Just like in the von cello tradition, someone yelled out "Carlos!" in the midst of all the bliss. All is bliss. All is bliss. All is a detergent.
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Post No. 3003
12/14/2010 10:18 PM
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Holy S&^%

Hey, I'd love to see or hear that routine. I once went to see John McGlaughlin and Carlos Santana when they were both very steeped in following him. There were all these guys dressed in white jump suits with crew cuts doing security. It was a very uptight militaristic environment. McGlaughlin told the crowd he was not going to begin until there was a moment of silence. It took quite a while to get the crowd, who came to party and have a good time, to quiet down. Finally there was a brief pause of silence and I watched McGlaughlin's hand. Just as his pick was about to hit the string, when there was no going back, I screamed out "JERRY!"

Post No. 3002
12/14/2010 06:02 PM
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go to the dean

You know, i've never seen ira and sri in the same room at the same time. (and i did pronounce his name "chimnoy". i'm sure i did.) in fact, i did a comedy routine called the "great holy one in a million" based on the day i met sri a long time ago.
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Post No. 3001
12/14/2010 03:31 PM
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Your bad is good

But did you always pronounce it Chinmoy? I always thought it was Chimnoy. I guess a last name that begins with chin seemed weird so my mind thought it was Chimnoy. Then again, maybe that's how I heard someone else say it. Either way having a character like Sri introduced to my life at the tender age of 13 or 14 was kind of odd. Not that I have anything against him, but I never met anyone like him in Canarsie. Maybe Ira Kluger...

Post No. 3000
12/14/2010 02:51 PM
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my bad. (spelling counts)

You're right. It is Chinmoy. Not sure why I did that. Well, dyslexics of the world... untie! A dyslexic walks into a ... bra ...
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Post No. 2999
12/13/2010 03:12 PM
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To Chimnoy or to Chinmoy - that is the question.

I see you spelled his name Chimnoy. I always pronounced it that way but it seems that the real spelling is Chinmoy. I wonder if the mispronunciation was a Canarsie thing or if people widely mispronounced his name.


Post No. 2998
12/13/2010 12:28 PM
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Sri for yourself

Sri Chimnoy, Sri Chimnoy, Sri Chim Chiree, good luck will rub off with von cello and me....
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Post No. 2997
12/10/2010 06:05 PM
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Aaron Minsky and Sri Chinmoy

Remember Sri Chinmoy? He was the guru to many rock stars including John McGlaughlin. Somehow Von Cello ended up on a tribute page to the spiritual leader.

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Post No. 2996
12/10/2010 04:38 PM
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I Am A Walrus?

George Martin of Beatles fame bring a walrus to Israel!

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Post No. 2995
12/06/2010 11:07 PM
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Yo! check this out

On this blog a cellist talks about getting a free cello lesson from Yo-Yo Ma and running through a Minsky cello duet with him!

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Post No. 2994
12/06/2010 10:05 PM
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Minsky's Three American Duets for sale in... Estonia!*est

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Post No. 2993
12/06/2010 07:28 PM
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The Good High Alaska Boogie in Korea?

Click on the video at the top of the page to see an amazing jazz performance of my piece.
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Post No. 2992
12/04/2010 03:47 PM
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The Kids Are All Right

The Good High Alaska Boogie... in Wisconsin?


Post No. 2991
12/03/2010 04:43 AM
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Deadl..., uh, Headline

Me too love it!
And great we're back home here!
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Post No. 2990
12/02/2010 06:41 PM
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Dead Cello - the article!

Strings Magazine article on Dead Cello:

I love this sentence at the top of the page:

News and Notes
Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform without Riccardo Muti; Aaron Minsky delivers cello repertoire for Deadheads; Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell join NY Phil board of directors; Sarah Chang steers clear of DSO calamity; the Jaspers take Oberlin residency; plus News Briefs and 5 Minutes with . . . Alisa Weilerstein
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Post No. 2989
12/01/2010 10:21 PM
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New and Improved Shakedown Street

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Post No. 2988
11/28/2010 09:08 PM
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Enough is Enough!

Give 'em hell Ron!

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Post No. 2987
11/26/2010 07:09 PM
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Vus is Dus?

Someone I don't know transcribed one of my cello pieces for marimba!

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Post No. 2986
11/26/2010 06:59 PM
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Glad to be Back!

Some of you noticed that this guestbook and the whole Von Cello site was down for about a week. I was having troubles with my web host but things look like they are back to normal.

Let me welcome you back with another video of the Von Cello Band at the 2010 NYC Marathon: Shakedown St. into 2001 A Space Odyssey into Shakedown St.

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Post No. 2985
11/15/2010 09:26 PM
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Space Oddity - David Bowie - Von Cello

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Post No. 2984
11/14/2010 11:29 AM
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The Aaron & Perry Show

Old video, new name, still great!

"Blue Sky" into "Herbies" into "Blue Sky"

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Post No. 2983
11/14/2010 11:25 AM
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The Grateful Blues

The Blues as it used to be!


Post No. 2982
11/13/2010 04:10 AM
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The Pope and the rabbi

Too funny!
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Post No. 2981
11/11/2010 03:23 PM
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In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
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Post No. 2980
11/11/2010 12:54 PM
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The History of the Jews in Europe, Pt. 112

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal.

He'd have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; and if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a "silent" debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and rabbi sat opposite each other.

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.
The rabbi looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.
The rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
The rabbi pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened.

The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs."

"Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us."

"I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin."

"He beat me at every move and I could not continue."

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the rabbi how he'd won.

"I haven't a clue," the rabbi said.

"First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger."

"Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I told him that we were staying right here."

"And then what?" asked a woman.

"Who knows?" said the rabbi. "He took out his lunch so I took out mine."

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