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Post No. 429
11/08/2006 07:54 PM
  
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Good Humor

In order to keep you abreast of the ever-developing world of musical terminology, we provide herewith the latest additions to the esteemed Harvard Dictionary of

Music:

ALLREGRETTO

When you're 16 measures into the piece and realize you took too fast a tempo

APPROXIMENTO

A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch

FERMANTRA

A note held over and over and over and over and. . .

FERMOOTA

A note of dubious value held for indefinite length

FRUGALHORN

A sensible and inexpensive brass instrument

PLACEBO DOMINGO

A faux tenor

SCHMALZANDO

A sudden burst of music from the Guy Lombardo band

SPRITZICATO

An indication to string instruments to produce a bright and bubbly sound


TROUBLE CLEF

Any clef one can't read: e.g., alto clef for pianists

ANTIPHONAL

Referring to the prohibition of cell phones in the concert hall

BAR LINE

What musicians form after the concert

MAESTRO

A person who, standing in front of the orchestra and/or chorus, is able to follow them precisely
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Post No. 428
11/08/2006 01:40 PM
  
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Yes, thankfully there was limited voter fraud this election (at least as far as we know). America does tend to correct itself as it goes along. There are weaknesses in the system but there is still the possiblity to "throw the bums out", and this election that's what the people did. It seems that there were four issues that affected voters the most: Iraq, War on Terror, Economy, and Scandal. The Republicans came into town with a mandate to clean up the government, but they became the government. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And they had near absolute power, controlling both houses and the presidency, not to mention almost having control over the Supreme Court.

I think many in America voted Republican as a reaction to the overly liberal agenda that the Dems had. But the Repubs blew it and the Dems seem to have moderated. So we'll see what happens now.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 427
11/08/2006 02:47 AM
  
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the screwdriver is mightier than the pen?

im particularly happy that theres no talk of machine hacking. It gave my country a bad name here in surope that the usa had become like a banana republic with tampering. i think the pen must be not only mightier than the sword but must be the mightiest,no mechanical playing with the vote machine.Win the vote by standing on a soapbox and talking outside of homedepot, not inside by buying a screwdriver to hack the vote machine.It gives the usa more respect worldwide to have CLEAN machine....
inflatablecello 

Post No. 426
11/08/2006 02:47 AM
  
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the screwdriver is mightier than the pen?

im particularly happy that theres no talk of machine hacking. It gave my country a bad name here in surope that the usa had become like a banana republic with tampering. i think the pen must be not only mightier than the sword but must be the mightiest,no mechanical playing with the vote machine.Win the vote by standing on a soapbox and talking outside of homedepot, not inside by buying a screwdriver to hack the vote machine.It gives the usa more respect worldwide to have CLEAN machine....
Von Cello 

Post No. 425
11/07/2006 11:28 PM
  
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You Say You Want A Revolution...

As I predicted...the country sent Bush a loud message, "We don't trust you!" Maybe for once in his life he'll have to compromise and reach a concensus.

Also, look for a movement to impeach him. Payback for the impeachment of Clintion!

On deck: Hillary.
Von Cello 

Post No. 424
11/07/2006 03:41 PM
  
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Music for the Disabled

With all the election talk I forgot to respond to Edward about his group that plans to bring music to the disabled. I would be happy to perform for such a group so please keep me in mind. It was a pleasure to perform for Helping Hands in New York. I did a Von Cello solo set for a very appreciative audience.
Von Cello 

Post No. 423
11/07/2006 02:58 PM
  
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Nah. No one cares about Saddam. It is not even on the news anymore. It was a one day story. People seem focused on the ongoing war and on Bush's insatiable drive for power. I predict that the Dems will win big because the people want to send him a message. And the message is, "You are President, not King".
inflatablecello 

Post No. 422
11/07/2006 02:28 AM
  
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timing is everything sadams death call will rally repibs to vote
arnold wins in calif!!!
jeb enters race!!
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Post No. 421
11/06/2006 09:51 AM
  
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The Big Run

The NYC Marathon was great to play for once again. Von Cello was at the top of its form with John Diguilio on drums, Scott Guberman on keys, Eric Mauriello on bass, Patrick Hicks on vocals, and Von Cello on...you guessed it, the cello!

We played in Harlem right in front of Marcus Garvey Park on 124th St. and 5th Ave. Among the many people who stopped to listen were some of the homeless people who hung out in the park. One was a self described drunk by the name of Rosemary. She was actually a very sweet lady, but she did have a tendency to scream out lyrics to songs, that were not necessarily the ones to the songs we were playing! At one point she sang a take off on the song "Jenny From the Block". She sang, "I don't care about the beers I got, I'm just Mary from the block"! At the end of the show Scott offered her a cigerette. She said, "No thanks I don't smoke!" We all started laughing, but I was impressed. In her own way she was concerned about her health!

Overall the atmosphere was very up. These big events are when New York is at its finest. The band played very well. Departing from our usual style we did a few blues tunes and even got into a country jam based on Turkey in the Straw.

Later that night I went down to the East Village to play at the Living Room doing a solo set. I played very well as the four hour Marathon set really loosened me up. It was a great Von Cello day!
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Post No. 420
11/06/2006 09:41 AM
  
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The Big Thud

It's weird but there's something wrong with the timing of this announcement. If Sadam had been found guilty and hung a few years ago, we'd all be singing Bush's praise, but now it has the feeling of too little too late. How strange! I think if they hung Hitler, even ten years after the fall of Germany, people would still be thrilled. But with this guy...we should still be happy that an evil dictator is going to die, but I think we have seen that his country is so hard to control that one almost understands why Saddam had to be so tough. Of course, in his case, he went way beyond tough. There is no justification under heaven for the torture and abuse that he and his sons gave out. But somehow, we feel that his death has not led to a better Iraq or a safer world. In fact, it seems that his removal has made Iran stronger, and they are a bigger threat. Plus there is so much anger at Bush for the way he mishandled the war, that people are just sick of the whole thing. The Iraqis are dancing in the street because Saddam is going to die, but they'd be dancing in the street even more if they knew that Bush was going to hanged! And THAT is the problem. Who are we saving? And why?

So the verdict against Saddam lands like a big big thud, rather than the explosion it should have been.

The appeal is only natural. His lawyers need the opportunity to question the way the trial was run. It was a bizarre trial. Several of Saddam's attorney's were killed. So was the family of a judge. How insane! And one has to be angry at Bush for not taking control of the country, but letting chaos reign. Maybe the trial was completely unfair. We know he was an evil dictator, but did he get the chance to talk about how the U.S. armed him? Or how they didn't intervene when he gassed the Kurds? Maybe we were to blame for helping to create him? The whole thing stinks.

By the way, that part in the wedding where the minister says, "If there is anyone here who knows why this wedding cannot lawfully proceed, speak now or forever hold your peace", is only in the Protestant ceremony. I don't think the Catholics do that, and I know the Jews don't either. I can see why it was added, but it's always a moment of humor to me, as I imagine someone breaking in and screaming, "I LOVE HER! STOP THE WEDDING!" But, of course, that only happens in the movies.
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Post No. 419
11/06/2006 08:50 AM
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Appealing the appeals.....

Now maybe I know nothing about the nature of the court system world-wide, and it's likely that I don't, but why does Saddam have to go to an appeals court if the original court already determined the death penalty is his destination? Who's going to appeal him other then his supporters? This kinds of reminds me of what the priest says at a wedding: "if there is anyone here who feels that this couple should not be married, let him speak now and hold his peace". I'm asking, what's the point of implementing an appeals court for a blood-thirsty former-dictator with no respect for the citezens of his own country? Let's not forget all those human rights violations.
Now I don't usually support the death penalty, but if it will mean ridding the world of people like Saddam Hussein, then so be it. But more importantly, what is our governemnt doing to find and capture Bin Laden, the guy we were supposed to go after? We have Saddam, that's great, but we never finished the job. Saddam's military never made an attack on American soil, Osama's men did. Bush and Co. have to sort out their priorities if they ever hope to win undecided votes....they definately don't have mine I can tell you that much.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 418
11/05/2006 08:57 AM
  
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nyc marathon can become the nyc killathon
be cardful.only 2 more days to midtern exams if a bomb takes out the brooklun bridge or watever bridge, itll be bush again till 16
Von Cello 

Post No. 417
11/05/2006 07:12 AM
  
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Reving Up

Let's worry about that tomorrow. Today is the NYC Marathon and Von Cello will be playing on 5th Ave. and 124th St. from 11 - 3!
inflatablecello 

Post No. 416
11/05/2006 04:49 AM
  
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sentenced to hang? why not life in prison? kill him now and hell be a martar..more terror more shit...
eaburke81 

Post No. 415
11/04/2006 04:25 PM
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Hands-Down, Von Cello tackles the issues

I think it's great that you're supporting awareness of physical and mental handicaps, Aaron. I applaud your efforts. I don't know if I told you but I was born with a learning dissability among other things. I too am raising awareness through my commuinty theater group....I have been since this summer. We're in the planning stages of trying to set up a weekly coffee house/open mic type venue for the disabled in our community...perhaps you'd be interested in comming up to play for this if it gets off the ground? Our theater troupe doesn't have much money but I would do what I can to acomodate you.

I am also looking forward to your "Celtar" album...a "Kinder, Gentler Von Cello"....lol!!!
That's a refference to Bush Sr. if I'm not mistaken, but it's a light-hearted quote nontheless. I would be more thne happy to spin this new disc when it comes out.
Von Cello 

Post No. 414
11/04/2006 12:00 PM
  
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Von Cello Live!

Tomorrow, Sunday, Von Cello will be playing for 37,000 people. We will be at 124th St. and 5th Ave. in Manhattan playing for the NYC Marathon from 11:00 to 3:00! Hope it's not too cold!

Later that night I'll do a solo Von Cello set at the Living Room downtown at 8:00. This show will be a fundraiser for Helping Hands, a group that provides music for the disabled.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 413
11/04/2006 11:22 AM
  
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we have 2 big parties left right
several local parties
but in general its left or right
know that here its coalition
winner doesnt take all......like in israel
the pres is the party with the majority but the govt is always divided
now we are the left...
eaburke81 

Post No. 412
11/03/2006 07:58 PM
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It's My Party and I'll lie if I want to!

I would have to agree with you, Aaron, the U.S. could stand more then two parties. There are small, miniscule parties who run in Vermont, such as the Localist party, the Green party, the Independents, and even a party who call themselves "Impeach Bush Now". It is a shame, but I don't think the candidates running in the these parties will get enough votes as compared to their Democractic and Republican challengers, though if you're voting here in the US, you really shouldn't vote for a party, you should vote for an individual person who just happens to be a member of a certain party. People in The United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales) vote for parties rather then people to take control over the House Lords and Commons....I belive this happens in Canada as well. (I know this becuase I watch Canadian TV frequently...mostly for the politcial comedy and beer adds).

So Steve, how does this party system work in Spain? How many parties does your government have?
Von Cello 

Post No. 411
11/03/2006 03:58 PM
  
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Vermont Political Weather

Thanks for that update. The politics of Vermont is interesting indeed. For a tiny state, it certainly has a history of independence. Bernie Sanders...yes, I first heard of him years ago when, if I'm not mistaken, he was the mayor of Burlington. My friends who live up there, but grew up in Brooklyn, got quite a kick out of living in green, mellow, Vermont, and hearing the mayor speak with a loud Brooklyn accent.

I'm very torn on this election myself. I would like there to be an opposition to Bush, if for no other reason than all the attempts he's made at taking more and more power for himself. His attitude is very uncompromising...almost as if he is afraid that if he gives an inch, his whole facade will crumble. On the other hand, the Dems have been criticizing him but not really offering a plan of their own concerning the war. So I am not happy with either alternative. I'd love to see a third party. Maybe Joe Lieberman can lead a new party proposing a middle path. Most of America is in the middle, yet we are presented with only the extremes.
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Post No. 410
11/03/2006 09:54 AM
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Your friendly, neighborhood Vermont weather and politics report

Halloween was gorgeous....the temp was around 50 degrees with sunny skys and no rain....I dressed up like a pirate and handed candy out to the kids.
I'd say half of the trees here in Chittenden County still have leaves, half have lost theirfoliage....the tourists have left and another foliage season has come and gone. There are hints of snow in the clouds today and the high is around 40 degrees.
As for Vermont politics, this election will be a heated one. Running for the US Senate we have Bernard Sanders, a controversial, independent who considers himself a socialist with 10+ years experience in the US congress. His opponent and sworn enemy is republican business owner Rich Tarrant, who has never held public office before but has enough money to make it seem like he's been big in politics. These two candidates have been going at it ever since the summer like two, warring caribou locking antlers for the right to reproduce with a mate. Then we have the race for Vermont rep to Congress....this one's going to be hard for me because I agree with oints made by both Democractic Candidate Peter Welch and his opponent Republican Martha Rainville. Both Candidates call for an immediate time table for withdrawl of our troops in Iraq. Martha Rainville also happens to be a relative of one the priests at my alma mater....who to vote for?
Running for governor of Vermont are a number of people, including a French teacher at St. Michaels, and an amusing, Indpendent, pot-smoking novelist from the far-flung town of Chester, Vt. named Chris Ericson. She is also running against Bernie Sanders and Rich Tarrant for US Senate. I saw a televised, Vermont gubernatorial debate the other day and she denounced almost everything that the Vermont and federal government did as "un-constituitonal". Maybe so, but Vermont has done a number of good things politically in the past. Sure, we may be the least-integrated state in the country, and our colleges may be the most expensive, but I belive that on thos elists they put out about the quality of life in each state, Vermont ranks pretty high, and Burlington, VT is of course, "The Most Livable City for The Arts".
Von Cello 

Post No. 409
11/03/2006 09:00 AM
  
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I heard Bush today out somewhere like Montana. He said, "It's good to be in a place where there are more cowboy hats than ties!" And the crowd cheered! Yet Bush is an upper crust New Englander who went to Yale! THAT is the genius of George W. Bush. Hillary also went to Yale, but could you imagine her saying that? Or Kerry? Or most other Democrats. To win in national elections you have to understand the various regions of the country and reach out to them all.

Steve, what is politics like in Spain? What are the issues? What are the candidates like?

And Edward, how's the weather up in Vermont? Do you still have any leaves on trees? Where I live most of the leaves are gone, but about ten miles to the south the fall colors are still peaking.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 408
11/02/2006 02:46 PM
  
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Think that somethin big really big will happen soon to resurrect that god ol 9 11 feeling
a bomb ,aterrorist is found ,atomic bomb explodes thanks to terrorist tek!whats bigger than a twin tower and has 21 legs and goes ka booom? must be foxnet workable
Von Cello 

Post No. 407
11/02/2006 09:17 AM
  
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The Trouble With Kerry

The recent flap over Kerry's comment that "if you don't study hard you end up in Iraq" demonstrates one of the big problems with the Democrats. We all know that the Dems have policies that are more helpful to the poor and middle class than the Repubs. We also know that the Repubs push through a lot of laws that favor the rich. Yet many poor or lower middle class people, especially white people, see the Dems as elitist and the Repubs for the common man.

How do the Repubs do that? Even though they are rich, a lot of them are business people, and business people know how to reach out to the common man because that is where the money is. If you can get everyone in America to give you $5, you end up with over a billion dollars! So smart business reaches out to the general consumer. Many Dems are highly educated people from upper middle class or rich familes (like the Kennedys). They think that they can reach out to the lower classes by proposing programs that will benefit them. But they don't speak their LANGUAGE!

Listen to the way Bush speaks. He is not a redneck from Texas. He went to Yale for crying outloud! But he sure as hell speaks Texan. Listen to Kerry. He sounds like he never stepped out of upper crust New England. The common man out in the heartland gets turned off and feels that a Kerry does not understand him. He doesn't even want a hand out from a Kerry. He'd rather slug it out and look up to a Bush, thinking that one day he may become a Bush.

So, the bottom line is that the party of the rich is the one that the lower class whites feel most comfortable with. As Kerry's comment shows: you can be very book smart and an idiot when it comes to life!
inflatablecello 

Post No. 406
11/02/2006 01:28 AM
  
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votacious votal votingly

vote and vote often
a vote for me is a vote for -------?
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Post No. 405
11/01/2006 07:28 PM
  
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Where is the youth?

Thanks for reminding me of that quote! At the time I think I was wondering how the youth allowed the corporations to so control their musical taste that shows like American Idol could become the biggest thing, while there are virtually no young instrumental heros like Hendrix, Zappa, Tull, or Garcia.

The trouble with any kind of electronic voting is that the results can be altered by anyone who is good at hacking. That is why there should always be a paper trail. If there is doubt about a result people can count the paper ballots. You see, after that crazy election in Florida where it was hard to tell from the paper ballots how people had voted, depending on whether the "shads" were hanging or punched all the way through, they should have created better paper ballots. Instead cynical people tried to move to electronic ballots, knowing full well that electronic results can be altered.

It seems that the "powers that be" are now so smart that "the youth" don't have a chance at really opposing or affecting the government. They are so caught up in trying to be cool in various ways that they don't have the concentration to do much politically. And anyway, I don't know how aware of things kids can be. I look at the world much differently today than I did when I was in college. I think I am much smarter now because I have had many years to observe things. One of my favorite quotes is from Churchil who said something like, "If a young person is not liberal he has no heart. If an old person is not conservative he has no brains".

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