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eaburke81 

Post No. 1304
09/27/2007 11:06 AM
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Drumming up support for jazz!

Well, I know "Everybody plays the Fool", but I guess it takes a special person to play the box! What he's doing isn't too far off from Spanish cajon (ka-hone) drumming often heard in flamenco music, where players (usually gypsys) sit on a wooden box fitted with internal snare wires and play different surfaces of the box with their hands. The cajon is becomming a popular instrument in many other forms of music, and djembe and dumbek-style drums are now being made with wooden heads. I recently picked myself upa small drum thats of a bongo-cajon-type fusion. "Hands Down" (excuse the pun), it's sound is incredible.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1303
09/26/2007 01:44 PM
  
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Percussion

I actually should have put the word "percussion" in quotes. This excellent drummer, Johnny Chang, played with brushes on a cardboard box! But the way it was recorded it adds just that little bit of rasp to the drum part that was already there to brighten and define it. I never would have thought of it, but hey, Johnny came up with the idea and wanted to do it, so why not? It sounds great and the best part is that he will get credited on the album for playing the cardboard box!
eaburke81 

Post No. 1302
09/26/2007 09:22 AM
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Von Cello's Great News!

Hey, you can't go wrong with trumpet and percussion! I await this new CD with great anticipation!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1301
09/24/2007 08:46 PM
  
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Celtar

Well, it seems the Celtar CD is becoming a West Hartford phenomenon. We just had a female singer lay down some lines on one song, and what do you know...two of Scott's friends, who happened to be over, came up with ideas of how they could add to the CD. So now we have some new trumpet, guitar and percussion tracks! This CD is such a labor of love. I can't wait for it to be finished.
sonny mano 

Post No. 1300
09/23/2007 12:09 PM
  
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it was in manhattan in ed sullivan theater
We arrived at 2 and thev directors asked mark ro show his act while camera men thought of positions. We sat in the green toom for 2 hours while celebs entered and left...i think a beautiful girl was on that day singing but name? i forget!
we sat with dave a little buthe was with his bro who is a producer there too!
dave came ina side door and paul entered with us.after the taping we went to a restaurant to eat but no dave nor paul...
Von Cello 

Post No. 1299
09/23/2007 11:47 AM
  
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Heeeeeeere's Paul!

I couldn't imagine bringing a cell phone into a shul on Yom Kippur to begin with, let alone videoing someone, and then selling it! If that doesn't earn you at least a week in hell, I don't know what does.

That's very cool about your brother being on the show, and you helping him. What was it like? And how did you know that Paul was Jewish. He is one person lthat most people would not think of in association with the word Jew. Even I was surprised with how well he spoke the Hebrew prayers. He must have grown up Orthodox or else just studied hard for his Bar Mitzvah.
sonny mano 

Post No. 1298
09/23/2007 07:23 AM
  
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summer 07 as u kno i was state side. My step brother Mark Stolzenberg is a professional clown and he works on leno and letterman.with the grinder girl and hoop girl, Mark is the guy on the unicycle who balances a ladder on his chin while riding the cycle..One day in aug 07 he gotacall from letterman to fill a spot that very night. He asked me to be his asst and help with equippmrnt..We werein the green room that day and we met paul as well as david..both grabbed a cafe and chated a bit .i knew he was jewish.
sonny mano 

Post No. 1297
09/23/2007 03:00 AM
  
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shaffer is the

you could have videoedthe thing with a cell fon and then sold it
Von Cello 

Post No. 1296
09/22/2007 11:54 PM
  
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Yom Kippur

I went to a synagogue today to attend the Yom Kippur services. The seat behind me was empty, but then I head this guy behind me singing loudly in Hebrew. When the congregation went down at the end of a certain song, he would go up. I finally turned around to see who he was, and what do you know? It was Paul Schaffer! That's right, the guy from the David Letterman Band. And sitting next to him was Lew Soloff, who once played with Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Knowing these guys were behind me, and hearing them talk and sing, definately made this a unique Yom Kippur. I mean....how many people have heard Paul Schaffer sing in Hebrew?!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1295
09/21/2007 01:29 PM
  
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Police State

Another day, another report of a student tasered! This time it was a girl who was tasered before and after being put in handcuffs! This is clearly police brutality. I think the college age generation is being served a warning.

Today I heard the song, Ohio, on the radio. "Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. We're finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming. Four dead in Ohio".

The generation of the 60's woke up. If this generation doesn't wake up soon...

I think it was Dostoevsky who said that a perfect world in which you are not allowed to stick out your tongue would be hell.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1294
09/20/2007 04:30 PM
  
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Issues

One of the big issues right now is that the President of Iran wants to visit the site of 9/11. Makes you wonder what's up his sleeve. But right now much of the media here is focussed on OJ. Not orange juice, but O.J. Simpson. Seems he and a bunch of guys robbed some guys at gunpoint in a hotel room in Las Vegas. No, I'm not making this up. He said the stuff he stole was his! Now there is a media circus outside his house.

Maybe Ahmadinijad should visit O.J.
sonny mano 

Post No. 1293
09/19/2007 02:46 PM
  
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the future

if you bomb me i plan on bombing you.
little did we know back in 70 in bildersee that our preemptive strike idea would be used by iran 30 years later
Von Cello 

Post No. 1292
09/19/2007 09:51 AM
  
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Interesting discussion

http://conservativeculture.com/2006/11/ucla-student-tazered-refused-to-comply
Von Cello 

Post No. 1291
09/19/2007 09:41 AM
  
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4 Dead in Ohio

YouTube - UF Student tasered at John Kerry SpeechUPDATE COMING SOON MORE VIDEO FROM PROTEST TODAYUPDATE COMING SOON MORE VIDEO FROM PROTEST TODAYI couldnt get to my camera in time to record his entrance, ...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqAVvlyVbag
eaburke81 

Post No. 1290
09/19/2007 08:17 AM
  
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You -Tubed? When, Where?

Do you know where I could see that video? I heard about it on the radio today, but I have not seen it yet.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1289
09/18/2007 11:12 PM
  
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Ouch!!!!

How about that college student who was asking Senator Kerry a question, when a bunch of security guards grabbed him and hit him with a tazer! There is footage of him screaming in pain! I hope this becomes a rallying cry for college kids across the country. I don't know how much faith I have in this generation to rabble rouse, but this seems like it could be a turning point, if they can get organized.

I don't care what he said, or what he did in the past. Seeing our country treat students that way makes me feel like we're living in Iran.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1288
09/18/2007 01:29 PM
  
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Green

The Green Party says: Green eggs and ham is the way to go!
eaburke81 

Post No. 1287
09/18/2007 12:16 PM
  
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Party-hearty

And the Green Party says organic maple syrup is the way to go. The Impeach Bush Now Party doesn't care what people use to sweeten things with as long as Bush gets kicked out of office.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1286
09/18/2007 12:05 PM
  
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Republicrats

Republicans say: High fructose corn syrup is the moral and correct choice. Anyone who does not support HFCS is un-American!

Democrats say: We don't deny the moral benefits of HFCS but we believe that people have the right to choose other sweetners and not be branded as unpatriotic.

You could go on and on with other groups...
eaburke81 

Post No. 1285
09/18/2007 09:29 AM
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Word of the day

"Aearosmith": (proper noun. prounounced "Ay-are-oh-smith")


Bluegrass/rock/jazz/polka/Indian/Celtic supergroup founded in 1792 A.D. by a super-team of Oscar Wilde on accordion, Winston Churchil on bagpipes, Ravi Shankar on sitar, Abraham Lincoln on baritone saxophone, Harriet Tubman on banjo, Sally Ride on guitar, and Von Cello, of course, on cello.

Aearosmith's first chart-topping hit was "Political Junkie", on which Lincoln sung lead, but it was banned from public radio play by Adolph Hitler, who needed the airwaves to broadcast his pro-High Fructose Corn Syrup, anti-honey propaganda. High Fructose Corn Syrup was first made by Hitler dressed in a poorly-made Oscar Wilde costume in 1620 A.D. High Fructose Corn Syrup is the most evil, most gaseous, and most explosive substance known to man. While most commercially-made sweeteners' amps only go to ten, High Fructose Corn Syrup's amp can be kicked up to 11, making it the loudest sweetener in England. You can not escape High Fructose Corn Syrup. Only the mighty band Aearosmith has the power to keep the dastardly H.F.C.P away from you for a week, then it comes back like the Black Riders in the Lord of the Rings movies.
eaburke81 

Post No. 1284
09/18/2007 09:07 AM
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Addenda.....

And btw, "Politcal Junkie" would be a great album or song title

"Political Junkie", by Von Cello

Isn't there an Aearosmith tune with the word junkie in the title? Or I could be thinking of The Stones or David Bowie.....or Nirvana.
eaburke81 

Post No. 1283
09/18/2007 09:00 AM
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Big dead skunk in the "middle" of the road....

Von Cello wrote:

"...All of this shows how the left wing often screws itself and the middle left by going to extreme.
The fact that we have Bush is as much the fault of the far left as the far right".

I would have to agree with you Aaron. It's this current trend of partisan politics that really turns me off from the whole government thing. Here in America it's not (or it shouldn't be) al about this party or that party; that's how they do it in Canada and England and other constitutional monarchies. Here in America it should be about who has the most morals, the most chracter and who knows best the principles our country was founded upon by those old dead white guys in wigs and britches with false teeth. What are parties but platforms which support individual candidates? At least I thinkt that's what they should be used as. I am a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party, but these days I consider myself independent, or in the middle. There are some morally good democrats, and some morally good republicans too. I vote for who I think will do the best job. I was not a political science major in college, but I know for a fact that politics is not and should not be, a popularity contest.

And just yestersay I heard on a student radio show, somone had taken sound clips of Bush's voice and had him sing a medley of John Lennon's "Imagine" and Lou Reed's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side". The comedy music site jibjab.com has also made Bush a rock star by having him sing such songs as "Deck the Halls" and a parody of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"
Von Cello 

Post No. 1282
09/16/2007 12:29 PM
  
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Political Junkie

Aside from music and religion, politics has always been one of my interests, This week was interesting. The issue should have been about Bush's handling of the Iraq war, but moveon.org placed this ad calling General Patraeus, General Betray-us, and that gave the right wing the chance to call them unpatriotic. Then Guiliani tried to paint Clinto with the same brush since she also questioned the general. So all of this shows how the left wing often screws itself and the middle left by going to extreme.

The fact that we have Bush is as much the fault of the far left as the far right.
eaburke81 

Post No. 1281
09/16/2007 08:50 AM
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I second that.

I agree, Aaron. The fact that America is this great "melting pot" makes me want to stay here even though Bush is still in office.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1280
09/15/2007 11:53 AM
  
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In the Inn

Pretty funny, but just to make the record straight, the founding fathers of America were very open to Jews and Jewish ideas. Even on the Great Seal of the United States you find the 13 stars, representing the 13 colonies, in the shape of a Jewish star. Samual Adams made a great written defense of the Jews. One of James Madison's children married a Jew. I think part of throwing off the culture of Europe was to embrace, rather than shun, the Jews. The ways of the Indians were also embraced to an extent. While the Americans did kill many Indians, and that is terrible, they still named many places by Indian names, and a segment of America was influenced by the Indian love of nature. I think we also picked up their love of tabacco and other drugs, not to mention herbal tea, tomatos, corn and other things. Non native Americans came from Europe, Africa, and some from Asia, but the country developed its uniqueness by combining all these influences, including Jewish, into a new country with a new outlook. That is why I feel so comfortable here, and can take pride in the colonial structures that still survive.

See you in the Inn!

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