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Post No. 2579
02/24/2009 07:03 PM
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Grateful Trio

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Post No. 2578
02/24/2009 09:35 AM
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Free Money

I guess Israel should accept Evangelical charity. Of course I've spoken to Jews, generally liberals, who feel that such money is tainted because they believe that Evangelicals only want to support Israel because they believe that the Jews have to be back there before Jesus returns and sends them all into hell. But I have argued that even if that is what some, or many, Evangelicals believe, so what. Take the money and run!

There is evidence of a new view in Christianity that accepts that people who don't believe in Jesus can get into heaven. I think that is a step forward. But there are Christians who worry that such a step will weaken the argument that people must believe in Jesus.

Judaism doesn't have this issue because:
1. it's what you do that counts, not what you believe
2. Jews are not looking to convert others

Many world religions seem to need to constantly grow, yet they are so big already. I think they are afraid that if even a trickle start to leave the faith, the whole thing will collapse. That would suggest that they are not built on a strong foundation.
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Post No. 2577
02/23/2009 11:42 PM
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Rostropovitch Yah!

Perhaps the greatest piece of Jewish music:

Slava does a great job considering he's not Jewish!

Post No. 2576
02/23/2009 01:56 PM
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Twitter? Nah ...

On topic: think this Twitter crowds and blurs the amount of info we already have. Plus it glues you even more to screen phone etc. oh, d ma e can arise switc so letr o kebrd? or sme mis ng ?

Post No. 2575
02/23/2009 01:53 PM
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Interesting poll: should Israelis take Evangelical charity?

Stopping by quickly, off topic: interesting discussion/posting over at Jerusalem Post in reaction to this article:
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Post No. 2574
02/23/2009 12:52 PM
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Is that your way of writing on Twitter? I hear it has a limited # of leterts os mabey pepoel wirte taht wya.
G O D 

Post No. 2573
02/23/2009 05:39 AM
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My computer is experiencing backH

twitter i am inglesmurcia/
twitter as alot of people w o link t ere.

I eard that cellodog won the oscar. It was a great film. we saw it in englis .
W y dont you see it?
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Post No. 2572
02/22/2009 06:10 PM
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Anybody on Twitter? Someone recommended it as a musician's publicity tool, but it seems like it might be trivia overload. Any opinions?
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Post No. 2571
02/22/2009 11:14 AM
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Aaron Minsky - Author

Well, I'm officially an author now ... I sold a book!

Yes, it wasn't exactly the grand beginning I had hoped for, but I did get to speak publicly about my book, Beyond Faith, and take questions. I found the conversations to be most thought provoking so I felt that my book really can do what it is intended to do - get people thinking and talking about the divisions in society and the solutions. The question is: do enough people care about this, and are they willing to plop down $25 to buy the book?

I also got to perform my Pacific Northwest Suite with Dave Tobey on violin. It felt good to play the piece and the audience also got into it. Overall it was an interesting event with a lot of mingling and an unusual mix of people. The environment was really cool too, to be in a room full of Tobey's brilliantly colored paintings. The whole thing seems like some kind of weird dream now that its over. But I guess that's what happens when you mix music, art, and religious literature together in a gallery in Chelsea, NY!
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Post No. 2570
02/20/2009 10:40 PM
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Von Cello gets Artsy!

Tobey Solo Art Show Reception to Feature Live Musical Performances

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - New York, NY, United States, 02/20/2009 - Painter/sculptor/violinist David Tobey will host a musical party for his exhibition of paintings at Pleiades Gallery in NYC Feb. 21st, at which he and Von Cello, originator of the first cello-fronted rock trio in history will perform live.

The opening party and reception is from 3 to 6 pm, and it has been expanded beyond what people attending a "normal" art gallery opening party usually might expect. There will be the traditional accoutrements of art, wine, cheese and snacks found at most gallery openings, but in addition to paintings, sculpture, food and drink, Tobey himself will be performing on violin with the well known pop/rock electronic cellist and composer, Aaron Minsky, whose name in the music business is "Von Cello". Musical Director Kirk Ehrenreich will also be performing on keyboard.

Tobey (, although he is not himself exhibiting his work at Art Expo New York at Javits Center this year, has complimentary passes to the Expo for the asking for anyone who attends the reception. Each pass is good for two admissions (a $30 value).

Most of the paintings and some of Tobey's welded steel sculptures in this exhibition deal with musical themes. This is a departure, but not a radical one, from much of his previous work that was mostly abstract dating back to New York exhibitions since 2003. Then, his paintings dealt mostly with the science of physics and with cosmology. This new direction is particularly appropriate since Tobey, in addition to being a painter and sculptor, is a professional violinist and string instrument teacher, a graduate of the Juilliard School, a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and a violinist who has performed in the orchestras of Broadway shows and for (many celebrity) private events, concerts and parties. More information on David as a painter, sculptor and musician can be found on Tobey's Website.

Minsky as Von Cello is the founder of the first cello fronted rock power trio in history. In addition to also being a string instrument teacher himself, Minsky's accomplishments as a musician include four CDs and the publication of over a dozen books of his music by Oxford University Press. A graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, he's also an award-winning member of ASCAP who has many other credentials as a composer and musician.

The alliance between the two string instrument musicians came about when Aaron connected with David's paintings and asked him if he could use one of them for the cover of his new book "Beyond Faith". One of Tobey's paintings had been the cover for an Oren Fader CD some years earlier, and this new painting for the cover of the book, was an acrylic that Tobey had created specifically for an American Cancer Society benefit in 2007. Ultimately, 25 more of Tobey's works wound up in "Beyond Faith", one at beginning of each of the chapters.

Over the next few months, the relationship between Minsky's writing and music and Tobey's paintings coalesced in both their minds. They decided then that a a joint musical performance would be of interest to collectors of Tobey's art; as might Tobey's paintings and sculptures resonate with Von Cello's many fans of both his music and of his literary work as the author of "Beyond Faith".

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to the reception, to audition the performances by the musicians that will begin around 4:00 pm., and afterwards to enjoy refreshments with the artist/musician Tobey and the musician/author Minsky (Voncello).
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Post No. 2569
02/20/2009 09:24 AM
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Von Cello vs. George Carlin

What could Von Cello find to criticize in the famous comedian George Carlin?

If the spirit moves you, give it a high rating!

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Post No. 2568
02/19/2009 12:18 PM
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I don't talk much about it, but I have been writing songs since I was 13. On the Celtar CD there are some relatively recent songs, but others are a few years old. But recently I started to co-write with a guy I used to be in a band with about 20 years ago! He found me over the internet and first broached this idea about 2 years ago. It took until now for me to clear my plate and get my mind into writing again.

It is a little like a marriage. At first you feel funny about sharing ideas. You don't know if you want your ideas challenged, and you don't want to hurt the other's feelings by rejecting his ideas. But now we seem to be getting past that. We are writing songs that neither of us would have written on our own. He pointed out that the best songs are usually written as a team (Lennon/McCartney, Gershwin/Gershwin, Rogers/Hart, Rogers/Hammerstein, Elton John/Bernie Talpin, even Garcia/Hunter). So maybe he has a point. We'll see if we can get a deal on a song.
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Post No. 2567
02/17/2009 08:39 AM
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Congressman Sedio

Frank is the congressman for Canarsie. That's her!
G O D 

Post No. 2566
02/17/2009 01:40 AM
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maria,, her bro is frank and anthony

sonny mano lives
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Post No. 2565
02/16/2009 05:45 PM
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Probably is! What's her first name?
G O D 

Post No. 2564
02/16/2009 12:23 PM
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in facebook i met a girl named seddio who graduated sshs in 75..any relation to seddio?
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Post No. 2563
02/16/2009 08:00 AM
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Party, Party!

It is a nice idea but for some reason I don't feel motivated to go. I mean, I would go if it was near where I live now, but to get to Mil Basin is about a 1&1/2 hour drive each way, and it would probably be on a night when I have a gig. On top of that most of the people would probably people I don't know, and some I probably am glad I forgot. I suppose that's the way it is at most reunions, but in our case our Junior High School had about 3,000 kids. Even back then I only knew a fraction of them.

Yesterday I had a reunion of sorts. I got together with the guys from Connecticut who helped with the Celtar album. Scott Guberman, of course, did keys, vocals, bass, and recording. Mark Paradis played guitar on Bird Song. Johnny Chang played the "cardboard box" on Bellly Button Ring, and did the video shoot and editing. It's been a year since I was out there, after spending dozens of days out there last year. So we spilt a bottle of Champagne and listened to the CD on Scott's amazing speakers and generally had a "party".

There were "issues" that came up towards the end of the recording sessions because the project took much longer than anyone expected and there were some clashes of opinion over the final mixes and the video, but a year has gone by and at this point everyone was happy to see each other again and to toast our success!

Long live CELTAR!
G O D 

Post No. 2562
02/15/2009 01:59 PM
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there is a girl ellen trying to put togther a reunion of exactly 72 bilderseers.. i thought shed get to you thru somebody from canarsie..i guuess shes well known..i of course cant attend cause im in spain..
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Post No. 2561
02/15/2009 09:28 AM
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Some Girl

There is some girl making phone calls and sending out emails. I think her name is Ellen. She emailed Neil and I think he called her back. He told her he might come, but he told me he probably won't. Then you knew about it. So she probably mentioned it on Facebook and the rumor mill started! I feel like we are the same kids from Canarsie spreading gossip to each other like a hurricane spreads wind!
G O D 

Post No. 2560
02/15/2009 04:03 AM
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That girl!!

what girl?
i only know that in facebook they (donno who exactly) is trying to organz a reunion of 1972 bildersee grads.and you and neil are such...donno any girl .
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Post No. 2559
02/14/2009 02:04 PM
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You are not God

You must have heard from the girl who is trying to arrange it. I never called her back and Neil told me he probably won't go. I know she is trying to drum up business but she shouldn't be spreading false rumors.

Meanwhile, check out this page:

I seem to be driving the Atheists crazy!!!
G O D 

Post No. 2558
02/14/2009 08:39 AM
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you and neil K. will be attending the bildersee 72 reunion.

Im GOD i know these things
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Post No. 2557
02/12/2009 09:53 PM
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It's now official. The site has been launched!

Along with the launch of the site, a million emails have been sent (to subscribers) and 1000 faxes to the media!

Buy the book and tell your friends!
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Post No. 2556
02/12/2009 09:51 PM
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Le Tango

I'll take your word for it What do I know? I'm just the cello player! LOL!

Post No. 2555
02/12/2009 01:36 PM
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Looks like cumparsita = little parade.
Steve can be our authority on spanish translation

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