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Post No. 657
01/08/2007 02:33 PM
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Von Weasel

My dog, Cleopatra Von Weasel, must have created this page:
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Post No. 656
01/08/2007 02:26 PM
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Rhapsody Judaica

This CD which contains my Judaic Concert Suite is now for sale in England!
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Post No. 655
01/08/2007 02:25 PM
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What language?`

This site lists Minsky etudes for exams, but I don't know the language. Maybe Japanese? Anyone know?
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Post No. 654
01/08/2007 02:22 PM
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Aaron Minsky Rocks

This page lists Aaron Minsky under the heading of "American Rock Musicians", along with many famous rock stars.
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Post No. 653
01/08/2007 01:56 PM
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Cello Babes

Check out these "cello babes" who list the Three American Duets of Aaron Minsky in their repertoire:
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Post No. 652
01/08/2007 01:52 PM
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Yo, Yo-Yo

On this page it lists famous cellists starting with Aaron Minsky and ending with Yo-Yo Ma!
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Post No. 651
01/08/2007 01:48 PM
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I left my etudes in San Francisco

Hey Neal you can now get the etudes of Aaron Minsky at the San Fransisco Library!,-1,,E/browse
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Post No. 650
01/08/2007 09:01 AM
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I never watch any shows that have anything to do with cops or lawyers...or doctors for that matter. No offense to them, but the times in my life that I have needed anyone from those professions were not, shall I say, the high points of my life. So why would I want to sit down in my free time and watch people acting like them on TV? Or worse, those shows where they show the cops arresting people. It's bad enough that people commit crimes, or do things that shouldn't be crimes but are considered that, and they get arrested. But why would I want to sit as a spectator and watch tragedy fall on these folks?

One of the reasons I decided to get into music is that music, at least traditional classical music, is about creating beauty and harmony. When I was a teenager and my family would be sitting in front of the TV watching the news about the latest "subway killer" or "uptown rapist", or some drama about a hospital or a detective office, I would go upstairs and listen to some Bach, Beethoven or Brahms.

I used to own apartments in the city. The thing that drove me out of the business was not my tenants who didn't pay rent, or the contractors who didn't show up, or the low lifes who burlarized my! It was the lawyers and the courts! I could not stand the way they treated me as a criminal from the moment I walked into those old gray buildings. Yuch!

To each his own, but I'll take a concert stage or a party or a studio any day over a gray hell hole with hard wooden benches, no windows, no air conditioning, no manners, no humanity...

fred and murry 

Post No. 649
01/08/2007 02:19 AM
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i live in spain but want there a tv series about crime and police with jerry as cop? law and order???
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Post No. 648
01/07/2007 10:57 PM
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The Borsch Belt

You have to remember the father character. He was the one who helped the girl who had the botched abortion. He was also the one who didn't like the Patrick Swazye character. But then, at the end, when he realized that it was the "nice boy" who was going to college who got the girl pregnant, he finally apologizes to Patrick, and then Patrick does his sexy dance with his daugther. If you remember the movie, the father was an important character.

I can't believe I know this, but this stupid movie is on almost every week on Oxygen, the "women's" cable channel. And my wife can't watch it enough! I her case, she used to spend summers in the hotels in the Catskills with her mom when she was a kid. That was around the same time as the movie. So maybe it brings her back to her childhood. As for me, I was in camp in the Catskills, but we were too busy getting into the sixties rock scene to care about the folks dancing in the hotels. Yet, I ended up marrying one of them! Go figure!

Post No. 647
01/07/2007 08:38 PM
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Dirty Drive-Thru Drumming with a college degree

I have seen Dirty Dancing several times, but I do not remember the dad character.
On Orbach's was Frank Zappa who asked in his auto-biography "Where do good drummers come from, anyway"?
(The drum set is, of course, a lout set of intruments....when and where do drummers find time to practice? I'm actually wondering the same thing about good pennywhistle players, such as Andrea Corr of the Corrs, and Paddy Maloney of the Cheiftains).

yes, my job is fairly satisfying and rewarding - since joining the socially conscious theater group Im with Summer of 06, I seem to have been thrust into the human servics field without having studied psychology or education, or related fields in college. It's allright though, I love using my talents to help people...there's alot about that in Catholic docrtine, and in Jesus' teaching too. The funny thing is my mother is a receptionist too, for St. Michael's College Office of Admissions. (One big reason I was able to make it through four years there). She's been joking to others that I've "joined the family business", as it were. (Incedently, my dad is a manager at IBM, so in reality I've joined half of the family business).

And about hamburgers....Wimpie did say that tuesday quote, didn't he? I used to love watching the old Popeye re-runs. I say hamburgers aren't edible without a slice of swiss cheese, mayo, onions, and mushrooms on them. A little fast-food trivia for ya, did you know that they eat french fries with mayo in Belgium? And mayo on cheesburgers is a Canadian thing...I know that from the movie The Whole Nine Yards , with Bruce Willis.
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Post No. 646
01/07/2007 08:01 PM
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Beat the Drums

That is a job that you can be proud of! It is great when people do something for a living that actually helps other people.

The thing I hate about FOX is all these "News Alerts". When I see those words flash across the screen I'm expecting to hear that the Soviets have finally launched that nuclear strike we all feared back in the 60's! Not that the Duke rape case has a new twist! Sometimes I watch Chris Matthews and Keith Obermann on MSNBC. After I hear them bash the government and rip down everything Bush is trying to do, I feel a great sense of warmth turning on FOX to hear Brit Hume and the boys talk about how the rest of the media is not reporting about the schools the army has built or the large streches of Iraq where there is peace and people are living well.

Like I say, the truth is somewhere in the middle, but the constant rants against our government get me tired after a while. Mostly because I don't believe them. I mean, I believe we do a lot of bad things, but folks like Chris Matthews are clearly Democratic partisans so I really don't believe his spin any more than I do Brit Humes. It's just that I find it more enjoyable to hear good news sometimes.

Today I played in a band with Jerry Orbach's son. Do you know Orbach. He was an actor. Played the dad in Dirty Dancing. My wife has made me watch that movie 100 times. Anyway, the son is an amazing drummer!
fred and murry 

Post No. 645
01/07/2007 04:03 AM
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cat sup
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Post No. 644
01/06/2007 11:36 PM
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"I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!"

Post No. 643
01/06/2007 06:28 PM
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Moods, Fox, Jobs...are they related? Read on to find out.....

I know what you're saying about getting bored with one tyhpe of music for a long period of time....I started my last radio show with John William's "Cantina Band theme" From "Star Wars: A New Hope", then I selected some bluegrass tunes from the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou". Then decided to play a few recorded sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus. From there it was a mixture of classic rock (Beatles, Doors, Santana, Yusuf Islam, etc...) and Celtic music for the rest of my time slot, with Debussy's Arabesque on solo piano thrown in in the middle of it all. I sandwiched my show with "Cantina Band" again to close it out. So you see, Aaron, my moods change rapidly, and without warning...I just made sure to include as many Celtic titles to satisfy the "Shillelagh" part of my show. The "Safari" part definately shows my weird, randomn side.

But anyway, in terms of Fox News, sometimes I end up watching, and getting some actual, factual info from it. Mostly, though, all I get from the network is a sense of forboding doom. Today they were covering the severe, winter weather out in Colorado. The National Weather Service now has a color-coded alert system in place to warn travelers about the risk of avalanche occurances. (Yellow, orange and black were only some of the colors shown, black being the most dangerous or most heightend risk, of we have Homeland Security to thank for this or what)?

as for my new job - I have been hired as a receptionist at Parent To Parent of Vermont. Our non-profit organization works with and supports parents of children with special needs. We help them financially, socially, we help them advocated for their children at the state level; we try to make raising a child with special needs as easy as possible for the parents.
I work four days a week for $11.50/hr, (I have tuesdays off!) and I go in to work at the same time each's so good to get out of the house! I also like what I do and am exicted to go to work every morning (but tuesday, of course). I'm working my way up to something, I can just feel it.
fred and murry 

Post No. 642
01/06/2007 04:58 AM
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i wrote aaton von cello andgoogle gave me this
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Post No. 641
01/04/2007 06:23 PM
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Well Said Fred

Well said and very funny! Nevertheless, I am a bit of a TV news junky. Of course you have to read between the lines and wade through the bull, but you can find interesting things on TV. Some of the commentators are very good, like David Gurgen, who served at least three presidents (of both parties) in the White House.

I know a lot of people hate FOX, but I find it very refreashing, if not important, to hear their slant on the news to counteract the anti-government slant you hear so often, especially on public radio and the BBC. I think one should listen to it all, and realize that the truth is more likely in the middle.

I guess I do the same thing with music. I'll listen to some rock music but after a while I'll want to balance it with some classical. Then once in a while I'll season my ears with the latest pop hits.

Anyway, what's your new job?

Post No. 640
01/04/2007 05:33 PM
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It's that "News" Car Smell!

Personally, I didn't catch Saddam's hanging, probably becuase I don't watch much TV anymore - our media today is, as you said, so over-stimulated. Our newspeople today hype everything so much that it seems impossible to get a peice of news without a big ol' slice of bias, patriotism, drama and sound-byte pie.....pies, of course, can wreak havoc on your waistline.
I realyl can't stand to have all of my senses bombarded at once, so I prefer to get my news from the radio - either VPR, NPR, WIZN "The Wizard of Rock"***, the BBC World Service which broadcasts on WWPV when student and adult DJ's aren't...lemme tell ya, hearing news is much more pleasurable then seeing all that bull#$%^ on TV.

***wouldn't it be cool if TV newscasters were either rock radio DJ's or rock musicians?

Hey, hey, hey! This is Tim Russert (speaking in a loud, low voice)
commin' at ya here on "MEET THE PRESS....AND BE BLOWN STRAIGHT TO HELL" (You hear squealing, heavy metal-style riffs on an electric cello here).
Saddam's execution footage - WE USED IT for our latest VIDEO!!! (Insert heavy, tom fills here)

ok, may be not. All and all though, I think TV news is starting to look like reality TV in style, and in all the bitchy arguments the pundits get into.....just imagine if Chris Matthews, George Stephanopolous, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric were confined to a luxurious Miami Beach house with nothing to eat but bugs, and they'd each have to use a treasure map to find old spanish doubloons hidden around the house - if one finds all his or her coins first, they get to choose who leavews the house.

Sorry........I'm really wierd today ....I just started a new job, so I guess that's why I haven't been writing....and I guess that's why I'm wierd.
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Post No. 639
01/04/2007 09:39 AM
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Stimulation Overload

It's weird but since New Years I haven't felt much like writing, and it seems neither has anyone else. Maybe we are all just overloaded with news.

It seemed years ago that there was more of a sense of right and wrong. "Hitler was bad. It was right to kill him." But now we have Saddam Hussein killed and the media keeps talking about how bad it was that he was insulted by the folks doing the hanging, while he remained "dignified". What alternative universe have I fallen into?

Would there have been such sympathy if Hitler had been jeered? Saddam is lucky they didn't torture him to death. Why should they not have? After the Iraqi Olympic team came back home after losing a game, Saddam crammed them all into a little room that was too short for them to stand and too narrow for them to lie down. There was no air conditioning in the dessert heat and they were barely fed for days on end. When people died, their bodies were not removed and the others had to try to survive in that stench. Saddam Hussein deserved at least something as bad. He should have slowly died in a room with rotting corpses and rats and coachroaches, while a video played over and over of his victims and their relatives screaming at him!

Instead he got a few "Go to hell's", and a few "Muktatar's", and then the floor fell out under him. And the part that gets me is THIS is what the media is focussing on! GONE are the stories of his attrocities. You would almost think he was a poor soul who was victimized!

I'm not saying that the current Iraqi government is not corrupt, or even that the U.S. is quilty of many crimes itself. And I'm not saying that hangings shouldn't lack "dignity". But, for crying out loud, is there no sense of right and wrong anymore? What is worse, jeering at one of the monsters of our generation, or torturing thousands of people to death?
sonny mano 

Post No. 638
01/03/2007 03:12 PM
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try for music... seems a good page to be heard on s marcus
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Post No. 637
01/01/2007 05:04 PM
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2007...what a strange number. I don't know why but it just strikes me as weird. Even the way the year is begining. Saddam, Ford, Brown...and I just got an email from a guy I haven't seen in over twenty years telling me that he and his wife both have boyfriends! (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

As for me, I did a lot of music this past week. I laid down cello tracks on 6 or 7 songs for the new VC CD, I recorded my Ten International Cello Encores, and I played with the Modern Orthodox band, Omek Hadavar. We played two gigs in Cedarhurst.

Today it was rainy and foggy. I took a drive past the properties of Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren. They live just down the road from the John Jay Homestead. Life goes on here in America even as life becomes more and more insane around the world.

Happy New Year!
fred and murry 

Post No. 636
01/01/2007 02:11 PM
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ironically. hussein was driven to the place of final rest in a ford and gerald ford was driven in a lim and learn
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Post No. 635
12/30/2006 02:19 PM
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What a day this has been!

What a day...first the hang Saddam Hussein, then they fly Gerald Ford's body to his burial site, then they have a concert in Georgia with the body of James Brown lying in his blue jump suit in an open casket while all of these famous black musicians sing songs like "Sex Machine" on the stage behind him! And then to top it all off, Neal shows up on the guestbook for the first time in months! Wow!!

Post No. 634
12/30/2006 08:53 AM
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Or should that be
Yusuf Islam: Behind the Cat?....
Cat Got His Tongue?

Post No. 633
12/30/2006 08:50 AM
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TV or not TV?

And don't forget to watch "Dictator Swap", or "The Real World: Bagdad", or how about "Extreme Make-Over: Totalitarian State Edition".
And comming soon:

Yusuf Islam: Behind the Music!
To be followed by:

Von Cello: Behind the Bow!

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