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Post No. 2157
10/10/2008 10:05 AM
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Yeah, that's absolutely a great way to play the good old BBC! Thanks TJ/Steve! Also got linked there by the guy in our orchestra who organises BBC rehearsals as a side dish to the regular menu (pff, well, eh, not that regular, we play Roussel and Poulenc and Ethel Smyth right now). I love the flow they convey, one just can't sit still. Bach's music rocks, as I think you said somewhere, Aaron.

As for the "Rubinstein/Heifetz/Mein Cello und ich" trio's - enjoyed that, esp. since they were sort of unofficial takes. But indeed the Casals/Thibaud/Cortot was more "unified", more "wanting to be one interpretation". Great to be able to see these old masters!
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Post No. 2156
10/10/2008 09:02 AM
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Hanging out

Steve, I saw your site and it really looks slick. I may update this site eventually. I don't think for what I'm doing that it will translate into a big increase in sales. I think it is very hard to sell CDs these days and its likely to get harder since most young people are downloading music. My CDs are on many download sites and I get a percentage from them (or at least I'm supposed to trust them that are sending the correct amounts). So I think of this site at this point as more of an an elaborate article in an Encyclopedia called the Internet. My favorite part is the guestbook. It has become an international digital street corner where people can hang out and post when they want to or just read the posts when they don't.

TJ, thanks for that link! I didn't know you were into classical music these days. True, there is nothing like Bach and that performance was interesting. I liked the way the whole group stood (except for that trumpet player, which was weird). It was like the orchestra was standing but the soloist was sitting. Definitely a unique way to do it. I wonder why they did it that way. Maybe he is disabled. Or maybe he just plays better on that strange valve trumpet sitting. Then again, maybe he just can't stand it! Get it? "Stand" it ...

Hey, with the stock market crashing and unemployment rising and dire predictions about the end of the world as we know it, at least we can still laugh!

Post No. 2155
10/10/2008 07:15 AM
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i suggest using vidios in this pages sidebar so the visiter can see hear music while reading putting the music in macys right near the dress section..ladies bought more music
men flirted more

Post No. 2154
10/09/2008 11:28 AM
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Even better still?

Post No. 2153
10/09/2008 07:50 AM
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change is good

are u ever thinkin about changn the vc webpage color or design?
i like it as is but change always leads to increased business
every shop from sears to the gap to virtual shops changes its storewindows ads slogans colors..even the usa changes its pres every 8 years

what about vc?

if yes any ideas?

my new store front my new storefront
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Post No. 2152
10/07/2008 10:34 PM
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Is it possible ... even better still?

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Post No. 2151
10/07/2008 08:38 PM
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Perhaps even more amazing...

And don't forget the exquisite second movementL

Just shut your eyes and feel the emotion.

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Post No. 2150
10/07/2008 08:20 PM
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Amazing Footage

Heifitz, Piatagorsky, Rubinstein play Schubert!

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Post No. 2149
10/06/2008 09:29 PM
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Some thoughts...

I had a conversation with an old friend. He said that there was no point in trying to get people to examine their beliefs because the world was never going to be a perfect place. I struggle with that idea. If the world will never be perfect does that mean we should not try to make it better? Or in trying to make it better are we making it worse? When you see the vast inhumanity that goes on among mankind sometimes you have to wonder if man is even worth saving. Nature too destroys all we try to preserve. In the end our whole planet will fall into the sun. Life can often seem pointless. I guess the hero is the one who fights for what's right despite the likelihood of failure. Can we, or should we, be heroes? That is the question.
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Post No. 2148
10/05/2008 11:49 AM
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A good conversation!

On my youtube page called Von Cello vs. Bill O'Reilly & Richard Dawkins there is an interesting conversation developing. If you are interested feel free to join in!

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Post No. 2147
10/03/2008 06:16 PM
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Ladies and Gentlemen... the next president of the United States!

Talk about priceless ... you can't make this stuff up.


Post No. 2146
10/03/2008 01:07 PM
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Know your frum from your from


In case anyone wants to forget the "situation" out there - here is a link I bookmarked for such an occasion ...
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Post No. 2145
10/02/2008 02:35 PM
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Do you know from frum?

Jew #1 - "Are you frum?"

Jew #2 - "Frum vhere?"

Jew #1 - "Not frum vhere, but just frum."

Jew #2 -"How could I be just frum novhere?"

Jew #1 -"Not novhere. Here!"

Jew #2 -"But I am not frum here."

Jew #1 - "So vhere are you frum?"

Jew #2 - "I'm frum over dhere."

Jew #1 - "You're frum dhere but not here?"

Jew #2 - "Vhere else?"

Jew #1 - "Vhy not everyvhere?"

Jew #2 - "Oy, I vish I vas frum everyvhere, but vat can I do?"

Jew #1 - "I know vat you mean!"
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Post No. 2144
09/30/2008 08:57 PM
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Are you frum, my good fellow?

A Cotswold Village, Or, Country Life and Pursuits in Gloucestershire By Joseph Arthur Gibbs

p. 163 - Peregrine's Quaint Expressions.

"If you ask Tom Pergrine why these things are so, he will only tell you that after a few gales the 'springs be frum.' The word 'frum', the derivation of which is Anglo-Saxon, 'fram', or 'from' = strong, flourishing, is the local expression for the burstings of the springs."

Now isn't that interesting! I bet the Orthodox Jews who say, "Are you frum?" have no idea this word is derived from the Anglo-Saxons. Unless, of course, it is also derived from Hebrew or something else.

I always find history most fascinating.

Post No. 2143
09/30/2008 05:52 PM
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tsk tsk!

By the way, "frum" must be related to the Dutch word "vroom" (oo-sound as in boat), which also is close to but not exactly "religous" or observant.

shana tova ve-metuka lecha!
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Post No. 2142
09/30/2008 05:15 PM
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Who Knows?

That's because I took down the old version and put up a new one. I guess Frum Chat must scour You Tube and pick up any videos on Jewish themes. Either that or they just liked these two videos. They didn't pick up my other two videos about Beyond Faith.

Do you know what Frum means? It is a word that Orthodox Jews use to describe someone who is observant. Being observant is a bit different than being "religious". Actually, they never use that word. Maybe because it is so vague. What does it mean to be religious? Is that something you do or something you think? Maybe its something you feel. But being frum means you eat kosher food, you go to synagogue, you say a prayer before and after eating, etc.

The word "spiritual" is also vague. Some people say, "I am not religious, but I'm very spiritual." What does that mean? I guess it means that they don't subscribe to any particular religion but have feelings that about God, or angels, or that they meditate, or maybe that they believe in ghosts ... Who knows?

I had a cello teacher once who was in the Boston Symphony. We were working on a Popper Etude that had the marking "Religioso". I asked him what that meant, and he said, "Who the f&$# knows!"

Post No. 2141
09/29/2008 02:07 PM
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At the Frum Chat link, it says "Video no longer available" - better is this link:
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Post No. 2140
09/28/2008 11:52 AM
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Almost 100 hits on day one!

This video may turn out to be my hottest one yet. Almost 100 hits on the first day and already six comments. And the comments are rather heated.

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Post No. 2139
09/28/2008 11:22 AM
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Hu Ya'aseh Shalom

A web page popped up about one of my pieces from Ten International Encores!! Who knew?
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Post No. 2138
09/28/2008 11:19 AM
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Beyond Faith by Aaron Minsky

A web page has already popped up about my book, Beyond Faith!

"Frum Chat". Who knew?

Post No. 2137
09/27/2008 04:36 PM
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pm dies

and i just tried his salad dressing
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Post No. 2136
09/27/2008 12:57 PM
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And they're off...

Whoa! Iron Man has passed Crazy Chicks Pt. 2, and Someone to Watch Over Me is neck and neck with Crazy Chicks Pt. 3! Also of note is that New Orleans Jazz Man is leading the pack from Ten International Cello Encores, passing even Ride of the Mongolian Horsemen, and Beyond Faith!

Post No. 2135
09/26/2008 09:58 AM
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Post No. 2134
09/26/2008 07:52 AM
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The Sky is Falling!

I don't know how much our European friends have heard about this, but over here the President and his men are telling us that if we don't hand over 700 billion dollars in tax money to them immediately the economy is going to crash and we will have a repeat of the Great Depression! Yet, thankfully many people are demanding answers and investigations rather than just handing over such a massive amount of money at the political equivilent of gun-point.

I don't know if what they are saying is true or not, but I find it interesting how the Bush administration came in with 9/11 and now they are going out with a financial 9/11. The first one they blamed on terrorists. For this one they have no one to blame but themselves. And maybe that is why the American people are a little suspicious.
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Post No. 2133
09/25/2008 11:23 AM
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Speaking of promotion... every now and then I find a new site that mentions Von Cello and I see your name as the writer. Thanks for the promo! I even saw somewhere that you said something about how you enjoyed watching me on Letterman and Leno!

BTW, McCain cancelled an appearance on Letterman saying that he had to get back to Washington for emergency meetings on the economy, but then he did an interview with Katie Couric! That got Letterman pissed and he really went after him on his show. There is more and more press about how McCain seems to be avoiding getting confronted by the media, and even more so with Pallen. If they are trying to avoid the media now, one has to wonder what they would do after being elected.

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