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Post No. 354
10/21/2006 11:42 PM
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Length Matters

As far as I know there is no limit to the length you can post, but if it rejects it for some reason, try spliting it.

I'm pretty sure Weird Al is Jewish. I thought every comedian was Jewish...execept for those "Blue Collar" comedians.

When we were kids if you said something funny in class, the teacher would say, "What are you, a comedian?", as if that was something bad.

By the way, I got an email that said that Franklyn Roosevelt was Jewish. Apparently his mother's line was Jewish, making him officially a Jew. Here, check this out:

"The Roosevelts were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (originally named Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano, FDR's mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews."

If this is true, then we already had a Jewish president! (And possibly two, as some think Lincoln was Jewish.) That also means that it was a Jew who defeated Hitler!! How fascinating is that?! That's beyond freaky!

Post No. 353
10/21/2006 10:20 PM
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Lengthy posts and music I did

By the way, I tried to add a long post of mine, but it woudl not let there a limit to how lengthy a post can be?

Anyway, they were some thoughts I had about the American music industry after catching some live Indian music the other night - don't miss a chance to Anoushka Shankar and her band when you can, they're incredible.
Support live, WORLD, music!!!!!

Post No. 352
10/21/2006 10:16 PM
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You learn something every day.....

Weird Al is Jewish? I did not know that!!!
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Post No. 351
10/21/2006 02:13 PM
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I am the walrus, goo goo ga chub

All I know about walruses (walri?) is that John Lennon said, "I am the egg man. They are the egg men. I am the Walrus. Goo goo ga chub"!

I was talking about the song "Imagine" the other day with another observer of rock culture, and I mentioned that I thought the song was idiotic. He totally agreed and said that what Lennon was doing was not really portraying his beliefs, but making a portrait of the misguided utopianism of the teenage mind.

Hmmm...I wonder if he was that cynical. I can "imagine" it either way.

Meanwhile I was up until the wee hours of the morning starting the new Von Cello recording project.
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Post No. 350
10/20/2006 09:41 AM
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Pretty Fly for a Cello Guy

One of the most notable characteristics of Jewish people is their sense of humor. Look at how many comedians are Jewish...Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Henny Youngman, Rodney Dangerfeld, Joan Rivers, Adam Sandler, Ben Stilla, Jackie Mason, Rich Little, Alan Sherman...and Weird Al Yankovic. Some believe that Jews developed their sense of humor as a way to deal with all the adversity they faced over the centuries. If you can't make things better, at least you can laugh at it. So when someone like Weird Al does a song like Pretty Fly for a Rabbi, most Jews laugh along. In fact, we seem to laugh especially hard when we see a good natured Jewish parody.

There's nothing really offensive to Jews about making fun of someone who haggles for a bargain, or loves to eat bagels with a "shmear", or says "oy" a lot. It's much more offensive when someone says Israel has no right to exist. That is not funny. That's threatening. But Jews don't find the making fun of their non mainstream cultural habits threatening. We know that some Jews look funny with the hats and the beards and the payes. So there's no harm in having some fun over it. But that does not mean that we don't respect the opinion of someone who dresses differently than the norm.

Post No. 349
10/20/2006 04:07 AM
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when you change the cords on your cello or change old ones for new ones.. is that called re cording ?

Post No. 348
10/19/2006 10:02 PM
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Here's the may begin

In responce to that youtube link, I got the feeling that this is just another scheme by the coorporate cretins to blow-up some hot, small-town kid who's a good dancer and has an ok, so-so kind of voice. Whichever bands win this competition will more than likely have to end up kissing major coorporate a##$ when the could have stayed in school and recieved a college education in the classics.....
oh, and the four bands who win will probably be made up of the boring, old "electric guitar, electric bass, and rock drum set" configuration too. Do I have my finger on the pulse of today's music scene or what?

"Where is the youth"? - Von Cello on Shillelagh Safari 8/4/06, in responce to the state of young, twenty-first century pop music consumers.

Post No. 347
10/19/2006 09:48 PM
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Bialy you can be......

oh man, bialys sound delicious, if you like onions that is. I wish Vermont had bialy stands, but since we don't that means I'll have to visit the big city once and a while to get one....while I'm there I'll also treat myself to some cheesecake with strawberries, and the fare of Little Italy. I like to say my blodd is Irish but my tastebuds are Italian.

I've heard the new Wierd Al song as well....I'm so glad that someone is satirizng hip-hop becuase artists in the genre are taking themselves way too seriously. It's not that I'm a professional, touring musician, but I think humor is nessisary to keep music something for the people.
BTW, Aaron, what do you think of Weird Al's "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi"? I'm not too familiar with the song, a parody of an outcast hit, but I know you like to discuss your faith.
My favorite Weird Al hit would have to be "Amish Paradise".

I don't think there have been too many songs satirizing Catholicism, other then Zappa's risque "Catholic Girls"...unless you count Lewis Carol's "The Walrus and the Carpenter"...some may argue the carpenter is Jesus Christ, and the walrus represents the hindu elephant God Ganesha. This is all in Kevin Smith's "Dogma", one of my favorite movies. It is argued in the film that "The Walrus...." is "an inditement of organized relgion". That is one way of looking at it, yes, but is it the "right" way?
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Post No. 346
10/19/2006 07:34 PM
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Gigs, gigs, gigs

It's been a good season for gigs. This weekend I'll lead a classical trio at a hotel on Park Ave., and I'll be playing in a jazz quartet at a castle in Long Island. I'll also be doing some recording for the next Von Cello CD!
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Post No. 345
10/18/2006 01:39 PM
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Electronic Teachers

That link was interesting. I didn't realize there was so much music education going on on line. I should really look into that. I don't know if I like the idea of replacing the concept of one teacher with one student, but I wouldn't mind being the one to make the money from the on line business. I guess economics rules the day in many cases.

Speaking of teaching...I had a student turn me on to a new Weird Al Yankovic tune. There is a rap tune out there now called "Ridin' Dirty". I think it is about riding in a car with drugs or weapons. (I haven't had the time to really listen to the words but it seems like something like that.) Anyway, Al once again found a great song to satire. His version is called, "White and Nerdy". You can check it out on Windows Media. It's hilarious!

Post No. 344
10/18/2006 12:51 AM
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log on play
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Post No. 343
10/16/2006 09:56 AM
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50th Anniversary

Last night was the 50th Anniversary of the Cello Society concert. It was a very sweet event. There is a certain comraderie among cellists that is rare. In the group I was in we had everyone from cellists of the Metropolitan Opera, to Juilliard professors, to New York freelancers, to Juilliard students...oh, and a guy named Von Cello. Our conductor was Donald Palmer, who was once a bassist for the New York Philharmonic. Another cellist in the ensemble was Einar Holm (known as Jeff) who was my teacher during my year in Ithaca. It was a lot of fun to mingle with these cellists as well as the other cellists who played on the program. There was a reception afterwards and the audience and players mingled and all seemed to have a great time.

The only thing missing was bialys. A bialy, by the way, is like a bagel but unlike a bagel it doesn't have egg as an ingredient. It has a soft crust that is closer to pizza bread. The whole in the center does not go all the way through. It is flat and covered with fried onions. When a bialy is hot, just baked, it has a taste and a smell that is heavenly.

The guest of honor at this concert was Bernard Greenhouse, a famous cellist, and first president of the Cello Society, who just turned 90! I had a nice chat with him and he is now the proud owner of a copy of my "Judaic Concert Suite". I got to hand copies of my books to various cellists including several Juilliard professors, so hopefully Minsky's etudes will start to be heard in those hallowed halls.

Post No. 342
10/15/2006 04:22 PM
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you tube, dont you?

Post No. 341
10/15/2006 03:47 AM
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can anyone send bagels to me in spain or find me a storethat does online buying and can ship? Ill gladly pay you back on next tuesday.
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Post No. 340
10/15/2006 12:33 AM
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Is it bigger than a bread box?

You see, here we have proof of how the internet is revolutionizing the world! If it were not for the internet, this young man from Vermont would never know what a bialy is, let alone get the joke about Bialystock!

I guess most of the world, or at least America, knows what a bagel is, but the bialy still remains part of the esoteric knowledge of the Jews. In fact, when we were kids, there was a bagel store on one corner of E. 81st St. and a Bialy store on the other corner! That is how distinct these two items were to us. They represented two different much so that they Bialy store fire bombed the bagel store when it moved in! (At least everyone thought they must have done it.)

Since the Bialy store was there first, I grew up eating bialys, not bagels. And I didn't even like bagels much. For one thing, I thought it was not right for the bagel store to set up right across from the bialy store, so I wouldn't eat their stuff for many years. Finally the bialy store started selling bagels. And after a while the bagel store struck back, selling bialys. Who knows, maybe by then they were in cahouts.

By now you must be dying to know what a bialy is...but I have to go to sleep now. Tomorrow I have an early rehearsal with the Cello Society. Then I'll be writing songs with a partner, and that night I have the Cello Society concert at the 92nd St. Y. Maybe I'll be able to grab a bialy somewhere near by. (Although Manhattan seems to be more of a bagel place.)

Post No. 339
10/14/2006 10:16 PM
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Words I do not know........

Could you explain for us Vermonters what a "bialy" is? If it's anything like a bagel then it should be delicious.

This is probably not related to whatever bialys are, but there was a Mel Brooks movie called "The Producers" in which Zero Mostel played "Max Bialystock".

Post No. 338
10/14/2006 10:04 PM
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smells like a good deal!

Not a problem, Aaron. It was great to beable to actually meet and talk with somebody whose music I spin regularly, rather then playing some randomn salsa band I've never heard of from a large, multi-national World music distribution label that I never contacted personally.
I think all interactions in the music business should be as personable as ours was. I can't thnk you enough.
Von Cello 

Post No. 337
10/13/2006 07:19 PM
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No Soap Radio

I like the smell of that!

Post No. 336
10/13/2006 09:09 AM
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Different smells for different dells

You need a wood-stove, Aaron, when it's cold in Vermont for 6 out of the 12 months of the year, and if a wood-stove is all you have in your farm-house like in my grandparents' situation.

Totally unreleated, but this week I found the copy of "Excalibur" I had presumed lost. It was tucked away in the studio shelves under "E". I also found "Rules" and "Breaking..." shelved srangley in the hip-hop shelves. (Looks like you're competing with Eminem again for some reason).

But I put both copies of "Excalibur", "Rules", and "Breaking..." on the rock/op shelves together. The poster you signed is hanging up on the wall. A few student DJs have played your music, but I don't know what their rections were. I thought you'd like to know that I reccomend your music and website to my audience everytime I play your albums.

Post No. 335
10/13/2006 02:04 AM
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Post No. 334
10/12/2006 07:33 PM
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Smells like Teen Spirit

" the old woodstove, fragrant candles, fresh linens, and whatever is baking or cooking in the kitchen"

Wow, how cool is that? That seems to me what every American grandparent's house should smell like. Where I grew up, that wasn't the case. There was no wood stove, candles, etc. in my grandparent's apartment, downstairs from us in Canarsie. And when they moved to Florida, there was none of that either. The smell of lima beans and a touch of flank steak, cooking in a stew called "beblach" is a smell I remember from my grandmother. From my granddad, it would be the smell of oil or wood being cut, as he spent a lot of his free time doing capentry or mechanical work.

I think one of the most memorable smells that people who grew up in Canarsie had was the smell of fresh bagels and bialys cooking on Flatlands Ave. and E. 81st. St.

The other memorable smell would be that of the dog shit that lied in the street all summer between the cars parked along the streets. Perhaps it was that smell that inspired one neighbor on my block to put up a big sign on the phone poll in front of his house that read, "Walk your OWN dog in front of your OWN house!" (Like your dog was going to make only in front of your house!) But I guess that problem was largely allieviated when the city passed the "pooper scooper" law that made people have to pick up after their dogs. in the big city!

Post No. 333
10/12/2006 01:23 PM
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whoever smelt it.......
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Post No. 332
10/12/2006 08:32 AM
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Smellpression - the art of expressing oneself through smell.

I often express myself through smell. In fact, there is a smell I would like to emit right now!


Post No. 331
10/12/2006 08:14 AM
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Nice nose!

Wow....creative ideas transmitted by smell. Artists have manupulated laser and ultra-violetlight before, but I've never heard of a peice of art using smell....other then that controversial statue of the Virgin Mary a few years ago that was fashioned out of human excrement. (i.e. doody or crap)
Getting away from smells like that, maybe an exhibt could be displayed that smells that remind one of the past - one smell memorable to me is my Grandparent's farmhous in rural Vermont. This smell is a mix of the old woodstove, fragrant candles, fresh linens, and whatever is baking or cooking in the kitchen....I learned to cook from my grandmother, and partly from my mom and dad.

You could really use smells to convey still life's too....get out that fruit basket! What about that "new-car" smell topped off with an air freshener? Or the smell of hair burining in a hair dryer? ....though you would need a model for that.

Post No. 330
10/12/2006 12:07 AM
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if people were all deaf ,music would not exist, but do you think lighticians would or smellicians ? I mean if our species couldnt hear but just see and smell, maybe instead of music we wud have light or smell as away to express ideas dreams and love.Maybe we would today be buying dLds digital light-discs with a smell thrown in and the beatles would have written love light-displays
maybe perfumers are artists tieing together notes in a perfume to convey ideas. i know painters are artists as well.but the dominant media is MUSIC. Theres no top 40 picturews altho there is flickr and youtube...

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