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Post No. 1532
01/19/2008 09:12 PM
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Bin Laden is Dead

Speaking about Bin Laden...boy, you sure don't hear about him much these days. Hmmm...

Did you catch that video of Benazir Bhutto saying that he was murdered by the Pakistani secret police? Just do a search and you will find it. Quite amazing indeed! Not only because she said it, but the way the media has so thoroughly suppressed it. Can you imagine that Bin Laden is dead and the world leaders know it, but are hiding it from the world. It's either that or Bhutto lied or was misinformed. But if that was the case, then why haven't we heard about how that?

What did the movie say about Bin Laden?

As for going around the corporations, that's what I have been doing, but it is hard to make much money as an indie. Nevertheless, I intend to put out a lot more product over the next few years. I also now own I plan to get that going with my classical music and other non-Von kind of stuff.

I also would like to make some videos where I just talk about things...maybe religion and know, nice, easy, uncontroversial type things.


Post No. 1531
01/19/2008 05:07 PM
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y dont you bypass the companies and you tube your product? you record upload and sell cds.
just saw that film and i think the enfing sucked....Bin Laden?
the director is nuts..
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Post No. 1530
01/19/2008 02:41 PM
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Remember when you first heard...

One of the amazing properties of music is how it can transport you to a certain place and time. Here you are about 30 years later being reminded by some notes of music of Florida when you were around 20. And it feels like yesterday, which is the magic of it.

I was aware of that power and magic back when I was around 17. And I said to myself, "why should I allow these corporations who control the airwaves decide what music is going to remind me of these times? Why shouldn't the music of Beethoven and Bach remind me. So starting in 12th grade I stopped listening to the radio!

I only listened to the classical stations. I wanted to clear my mind of every note of popular music I had ever heard and replace it with the notes of geniuses. I thought that would improve my mind for one thing. I also thought it would raise my consciousness. I don't know if it did either of those things, but it did open up a new world for me. And now I have a hole in my pop radio listening. And that song, "At Seventeen" is in that hole. I heard it here and there, but it made no impression on me at all. I just remember it was kind of sad, like a sad chick song.

Why would I want to listen to some sad chick who learned how to play a dozen or so chords on the guitar, when I could listen to someone who mastered every instrument in the orchestra and wrote masterpieces? That's what I was thinking in those days.

Most of the other kids in Canarsie were still totally into the bands and singers that they found out about through the radio. And here all those years later, the songs of the radio are still in the memories of those programmed by the corporations.

Hey, I did not mean to ruin your memory. I'm just in a weird mood. It seems like the media had only gotten more controlling of the public. They create the reality that most people accept. That's part of why I say, "Thank God for the religious people!" (Pun intended.)

Why support the religious? Because they accept an other reality that was not feed to them by the media. If for no other reason, this is one good thing about religion. Believe it or not, going back to beliefs that are thousands of years old can free the mind from getting totally stuck in the present. Perspective! That's what its all about. Maybe in a way, those memories of Janis Ian, or Janis Joplin, are another way to fight the "tyranny of the present".

Wow! cool quote, if I don't say so myself.

Post No. 1529
01/19/2008 10:29 AM
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first yr out of canarsie in florida
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Post No. 1528
01/18/2008 05:30 PM
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Play your harmonica, Bob

Bob Dylan is a disc jockey? Wow, that's weird. I thought about having my own cable TV show. There are plenty of open slots in my town of New Castle. But it is such a small town that it hardly pays. There aren't many people who would see it. If I was on Manhattan Cable that would be different.

I've been trying to remember what my life was really like at 26. I'm pretty sure that was the summer I went to Mexico. On "Celtar" there is a song called "Lookin High, Lookin Low". Part of the lyrics go as follows:

"Way down in Mexico the moon was shining bright. The horse drawn carriage sped us swiftly thought the night. Inside the hotel room our passion fell like rain. But in the morning it was not the same."

True story. The girl was Italian. Between the two of us we could only communicate in the little Spanish we both knew. It was a whole night of "Te gusta?", "Si, mi gusta!"

That night was a highlight on a trip that was largely lonely. I did also write a cello piece that will be published as part of my "Ten International Cello Encores". It is called, "Mexican Nights". So, i guess back then I was in the early days of my solo cello piece composing.

I managed a building for my spending money and lived in an apartment in NYC. In those days it did not feel all that glamorous to live in NY. I was mugged, or should I say almost mugged, a number of times. The streets were dirty and noisy. For most of the years I lived in Manhattan I was dying to get out. So, in those years I would always take long trips to foreign countries and write cello etudes.

It was a time when friends from high school and college were getting married and moving on. I was torn between wanting to start a family, and enjoying my prime single years. I had a lot of girlfriends but a lot of heart break. I kept joining bands that went nowhere. I started taking educations courses as a back up. I wanted to stay free so I could go on tour in a moment's notice, but also felt very frustrated that I could not take a job where I could make a good living. It was a time of waiting for life to begin.

Post No. 1527
01/18/2008 11:06 AM
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Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 26?

I like my life at 26....and 2007 was indeed a very good year for me. Comming into 2008 I've got a stable part time job which I've been doing for a year now, I'm part of a small but successful and meaning community theater group, I am getting in shape with a personaly trainer, I am the host of a radio show (and the co-host of a different show), and I just bought myself some audio recording software (like a home studio for your lap top. Haven't used it yet but I hope to write and record my own songs and make a CD someday. I'd like to give half of the proceeds to Vision, Strength, and Access Arts of Vermont, the organization which sponsers the Awareness Theater Company).

Yes, life is good for me.....the only thing missing is I would love to be in a band as well. I am hanging out with a musician friend quite a bit these days....his name is Justin and he's a senior science major at the Universty of Vermont. He plays a bunch of wind instruments: saxophone, recorder, pennywhistle, harmonica, jaw harp...etc. We've jammed a bit but us two would probably make for a wierd "band" or "group". (Though I would imagine there are stranger musical ensembles that exist out there). I don't even know if Justin would be interested in recording something with me...I'll have to see how that develops. But I think being in a band would be cool, and I base that on all the cool, independent Vermont musicians (and independent New York musicians of course) I've met. I've played so much interesting music on my show from others that now I want a little peice of the action; it would be greatto play a recording of myself on my own show, or to actually sing something live. Just look at Dylan...I believe he has a show on Satellite radio. Doesn't Snoop Dogg have his own radio show too? (I would listen to Dylan over Snoop anyday, though I might have a better chance of understanding what Snoop is saying as apposed to Bob)
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Post No. 1526
01/18/2008 09:29 AM
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Post No. 1525
01/17/2008 09:00 PM
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And I was going to say...why not invite the bagpiper to come record on "Celtar" if you're still at the recording phase....or perhaps for anther album. I think a cello-bagpipe collaboration would sound great.

Post No. 1524
01/17/2008 08:58 PM
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What was that one? I know, don't tell me.....let's see,...

"Things just haven't been the same since then. Mama sold the farm, and Pa, well...he's just been fishing and fishing. Lil' sis ran off with that crazy Johnson fella, and all I can do is hang my head and cry".

Isn't that from a song? Or a TV show? Reminds me of "The Waltons" even though I've never seen a single episode. I'm starting to get to the point where I'll recognize song lyrics, or movie lines, or my friend's faces, but I'll forget their name. Did you experience the same at 26?
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Post No. 1523
01/17/2008 01:54 PM
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Billy Was a Big Mouthed Bass. Ethel was...

I actually owned that Big Mouthed Bass. When I pressed the button and he started singing, "Take me to the river. Drop me in the water", I just had to have him. I would still have him except we needed a Chanukah present fast for one of my nephews, so we wrapped the fish in fish wrapping paper, and told him we did it on purpose to make it funny! He fliped when he saw the fish. He screamed, "I know that fish! I can't believe you bought me that fish!" Whew...that was lucky!

I was offered the chance to add some cello to an mp3 of a bagpipe. This guy was doing as CD of alternative bagpipe tunes. I wanted to do it, just so I could say I was the first cellist in history to record with bagpipe. A doubious honor at best, but what the hey! Unfortunately I took too long and the CD went out without me. Too bad!

Things just haven't been the same since then. Mama sold the farm, and Pa, well...he's just been fishing and fishing. Lil' sis ran off with that crazy Johnson fella, and all I can do is hang my head and cry.


Post No. 1522
01/17/2008 09:20 AM
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"Billy Big the Mouth Bass"

That should be "Billy Big Mouth Bass". But anyone reading my post who regulalry shops in American strip malls knows what I'm talking about.

Post No. 1521
01/17/2008 09:16 AM
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Introducing the "Bass-O-Matic", and I want more texture!

Von Cello wrote:

"What a cool concept...a president who plays the bass"!

For the longest time I prounounced the instrument "bass" like the fish "bass". I kinda knew it was the wrong pronunciation, but I always thought it sounded cool to say that someone played "bahss" guitar! (As in the popular, electric, novelty wall-hanging Billy Big the Mouth Bass).

But politicians and music isn't that recent of a phenomenon.....Bill Clinton played the sax, and Vermont's former Governer Howard dean played acoustic seems like everybody up here plays the frickin' acoustic you can't make it as a singer-sorngwriter if you don't play guitar, or you can't make it as a jazz musician if you don't play sax or trumpet, and it certainly seems like you can't join a drum circle unless you have a djembe (but all the djembes I've seen for sale up here are too freakin' expensive for people with my budget to afford)...all of these are popular instruments up here. I tried the guitar back in high shcool, but I realized that there are so many other instruments out there waiting for me to pick them up and play them...why should the modern American musician be limited to guitars, bass, drums, keyboards,
and now synthesizers and programming! IUf you ask me, I think "American" music is borning, mainly for the reasons of the "textures" of the songs from the instruments used.

Now Celtic music, that's got some real "Texture" to it. A mandolin or any of it's off shoots (bouzouki, octave mandolin, mandocello) makes guitar-like sounds but with a much mroe sophisticated tone. Fiddles are good, but like guitars, it seems liek you can't make it as a Celtic musician today unless you play the fiddle. Low whistles and Irish flutes have a good, low haunting sound to them (this particular Celtic disk jockey prefers them to the higher-pitched pennywhistles), Harps are incredibly stunning (visually and musically) and bagpipes....whoa, talk about texture! You put a drone behind any meoldy and it has instant texture. And you know what else? there are bagpipes played all over the world, not just from Scotland and Ireland, and each one has a specific and unique tone. Not to be out done, cellos are becoming increasingly popular in celtic music as well, and I think it's safe to say that cellos have way more "texture" then violins. I will conclude with my argument that off all the quote-un qoute "Western" musical genres, Celtic music is the king, or queen, of musical texture.

Disclaimer : Eaburke81 is not a professional, recording, touring musician, but simply a music "geek" who jams occaisionally with jaw harps, thump pianos and numerous percussion instruments. He thinks Von Cello is "Da Bomb".

Post No. 1520
01/17/2008 02:22 AM
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polician or musitics

all politicians are poets and write the words that make you vote
whens vc going to youtube a vid about voting in 08 ? cellotics?
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Post No. 1519
01/16/2008 09:45 AM
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Mr. President Bass Man

I always like when music and politics mix. For instance, has anyone noticed that Mike Huckabee, the presidential candidate, plays the bass guitar? I find it so cool when, after a rally, he puts that bass strap over his shoulder and starts rocking out! My wife asked me, "Is he good?" And I say, "Yeah, he's pretty good." And she says, "Is he like a professional?" And I say, "He knows how to play. He's not what you would call a 'great musician' but he definitely knows how to walk a blues tune".

What a cool concept...a president who plays the bass!

I don't know why, but that cracks me up.

His theme song should be "Mr. Bass Man". Anyone remember that one?
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Post No. 1518
01/14/2008 11:44 PM
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President or Pharaoh?

Tune in and see why some Orthodox Jews are now saying that George Bush is EVIL:

If that link doesn't work go here:
and click on the link at Temple Talk.
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Post No. 1517
01/14/2008 07:05 PM
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Maria Baby!

This from

Maria may not be the all-time prettiest woman to have ever worked for a cable news network (even if many of her dedicated devotees would fiercely argue that point), but she would likely win a beauty contest at her home station of CNBC. This Money Honey's holding it together very nicely -- especially for a women in her 40s. Maria uses makeup sparingly to highlight her attractive features, like her classic Italian eyes and lush lips. The late Joey Ramone wrote a song in homage to her looks and financial knowledge entitled "Maria Bartiromo," which included the syrupy lyrics: "Those eyes make everything OK, I watch her every day, I watch her every night, she's really out of sight."

Maria's fashion sense falls somewhere between Italian-American woman from Brooklyn and cable business news journalist. The flashier and more provocative elements associated with the former are subdued by the typically conservative style of the latter. She may not be setting any fashion trends for ladies in her age range, but she does occasionally sex up her image by wearing a leg-revealing skirt or leaving a couple of buttons on her blouse unfastened. Either way, her style's not nearly as stuffy as that of 98% of her market-analyzing colleagues, but we'd like to see her play up her feminine image as much as possible.

We secretly wish we could have a one-on-one financial advice meeting with Maria Bartiromo -- even if we don't have any money to invest.

If this isn't mature, hot, successful hitter babe chique, than what is? Look at those eyes!

Post No. 1516
01/14/2008 06:30 PM
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see and be seen

I looked up Marie Bartiromo from cnbc online. i saw a couple of pix here. I've never seen her on tv, and yes she looks like a hitter girl. she's from bay ridge.
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Post No. 1515
01/14/2008 04:08 PM
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The Money Honey

Honey and money make me think of Maria Barteloma. Did you ever catch her on CNBC? She looks exactly like you'd expect some of those hot hitter chicks from Canarsie to look, assuming they took care of themselves and had the money to spruce up like her.

Anyway...I believe there is a difference between really expressing yourself and making music for money. Look, even Beethoven was trying to make money, but his main concern was to express himself and make music for the ages. I know that I feel differently when I write to express myself or to make money.

In all honesty, after the next Von Cello CD, I think I may make a turn into writing pop songs and TV music to make money. In order to do that I have to virtually clear my head of the notion of creativity and self expression. The goal will be to create teenage expression, or TV expression. It will be an interesting change and I will be curious to see if I can do any better financially that way. But my focus will be on being commercial.

Hey, everyone else is cashing in. I guess that's America 2008!

Post No. 1514
01/14/2008 11:28 AM
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are only in it for the ... honey

Post No. 1513
01/14/2008 11:27 AM
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Yes, "commercial" used to be a dirty word, but I'm sure those songwriters and bands wanted to make money, too, and not work "regular" jobs. I think composers/songwriters try to write their best/creative music, please themselves, and along the way, hopefully please others, and make some money. Otherwise, it's back to working "regular" jobs like most of us.
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Post No. 1512
01/14/2008 11:13 AM
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They Might Be Mashugah

Sorry, I just had to say that.

I loved the early Tull...Benefit and Stand Up were the "cool" albums. Aqualung was a good album too but started toward a more commercial sound. After that their sound was more and more ccmmercial. Of course, back then the word "commercial" was a dirty word. The whole idea was to create original music that expressed something new. Commerical music was music created to make money. Today, it seems that almost every famous group is making music for the money. The Hip Hop community make no bones about it. Back then the whole idea of making music for the money was so absurd that Zappa made a joke by calling an album, "We're Only In It For the Money". I joined a band in high school by the same name. It was a goof. Could you imagine...making MUSIC for money?

Post No. 1511
01/14/2008 10:22 AM
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they are giants, not midgets

"Birdhouse" is a great song. It's about an night lite. Look it up. I also loved Jethro Tull back in the 70s.
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Post No. 1510
01/13/2008 04:12 PM
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Now this is what *I* was listening to in 1973!

Wow, I can't believe I found this! This is gold!
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Post No. 1509
01/13/2008 04:03 PM
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Fat Man

Jethro Tull had a song called "Fat Man". It was one of my favorites back in high school.

"Don't want to be a fat man. Have not the patience to ignore all that. Would rather be a thin man. I know my problems came from being fat."

Then later he says, "I've seen the other side to being thin. Roll us both down a mountain and I'm sure the fat man would win."

But the best part of the song was the instrumental background that sounded like a Turkish coffee house on acid!

Post No. 1508
01/13/2008 12:23 PM
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the short sort

on that path is a short story not as good as a novel?
or a short order cook not as qualified as a wedding party chef?

Shortning bread as tasty as the italian loaf?
Shorts in winter as good as longjohns?
and finally,, the short end of the stick is not as valued as its longer brother?
better to see the grass
the penny someone dropped
to go under the turnstile to the ll train
Short changed to long

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