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Post No. 54
04/25/2006 09:54 AM
  
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I'm sorry to say I didn't recognize the Zappa tunes. They must have been from the late 70's or 80's when I wasn't following Zappa that much. One cool thing was that they had that black singer and woodwind player from Zappa's band...Napoleon Murphy Brock.He was very good.

On Sunday I took a cruise around New York with two jam bands: Zen Tricksters, and Max Creek. It was pretty cool to be floating around Manhattan listening to some good bands. The people on the cruise were mostly older dead head types. Kind of like "Ship of Fools".

Then yesterday I played a gig on the 78th floor of an apartment on Columbus Circle that just sold for $29 million. One of the guests was John Hilton. What a difference a day makes!

Now, if I could only play on the jam band circuit, then it would be working out right. But I'm still happy to get to do gigs in high places...although I guess the boat ride was a high place too.
NealSF 

Post No. 53
04/23/2006 07:38 PM
  
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Hey Von Cello, did you remember or recognize any of the Zappa songs Dweezil did? It sounds great that Chick Corea would join them.
Von Cello 

Post No. 52
04/21/2006 08:16 PM
  
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Well...Ta hooooooo! I must have spent at least 1000 hours sitting around with Barry and Max and assorted other crazy college buddies doing similar things. It's hard to believe those days are gone for good. At least I managed to catch that moment for posterity!

Another great moment happened a few years after Max was gone, but it included many of the same cast of characters...this time in my apartment. You can hear that one here:
http://www.voncello.com/music/FamousMinsky7.mp3

Last night I went to the Jammys. I missed some acts at the beginning, but I did get to see Dweisel Zappa with a new band called Zappa plays Zappa, or something like that. They play Frank's music. They were very good, and Dweisel even makes his dad's dead pan type comments. Chick Corea joined them for a bit. Then the guitarist from Umphrey's Mcgee came out and did a great duel with Zappa. Next Peter Frampton came out and did "Do You Feel Like We Do". That was fun to see live.

Later on, the Grateful Dead drummers came out and then about another 15 percussionists and they did an African based jam with two African singers. They did a great jam, and then another, but by the time they went on to a third I was missing hearing some melody, so we split. But overall, it was very worthwhile.

One thing I noticed is that one guitarist after another came out and played. They were all great, but I kept thinking that it would have been a really cool change to have a cellist come out and play...like maybe Von Cello?!!

Well...maybe next year!
mrunderstood 

Post No. 51
04/21/2006 03:20 PM
  
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LOL! Tahoo is a riot!

I remember Max imitating Rauscher. When he hears this clip, he's going to bust a gut laughing.

I've joined your Email list and look forward to catching you when you make a West Coast swing.

Thanks again!
Von Cello 

Post No. 50
04/21/2006 10:13 AM
  
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Max, Barry, and Me

Hey, we need fans in Oregon, so please sign up for the email list (link is to the right up top). It comes out once a month and keeps you up to date. If we ever play out your way I'd like to meet you.

By the way, there is an audio clip of Max, Barry and me on this site from when we were in college. It's a classic! I don't know if Max even knows about it.

Go here: http://voncello.com/recordings_vccc.html
Scroll down to the clip called "Tahoo". You can download or stream it, and there is even a play by play description of what is on the cut. It's amazing. I'm sure you'll love it. And tell Max!
mrunderstood 

Post No. 49
04/20/2006 06:31 PM
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Thanks for your reply.

I really appreciate your note. "MN" - okay, his first name is "Max," has a memory like a steel trap. I guess my memory's not half bad either! Well, I'm glad he told me, and I'm glad I got in touch with you.

Thanks again. Best Wishes from a new fan in Oregon!
Von Cello 

Post No. 48
04/20/2006 05:23 PM
  
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Wow, I totally forgot about that and still don't really remember it...so rest assured it's long forgotten. But I appreciate that you would be sensitive enough to try to set it straight all these years later! Thanks!
mrunderstood 

Post No. 47
04/20/2006 04:09 PM
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From friend of your Manh. Music School friend

Dear Von Cello,

I was surfing at lunch today and ran across your site. It's terrific! I'm hoping that I can correct a misunderstanding that goes all the way back to 1978. It has to do with a letter I'd sent a clarinet/sax player friend of mine whose initials are "MN" (he roomed with a trombone player - "BO"). When we'd write each other back then, we'd write fake names on the envelopes as a joke. A couple of months ago, MN and I were talking about old times and he said that he remembered when you'd seen the fake name on one of my letters and had gotten upset, as it appeared to be anti-Semetic. If I'd known this at the time, I would've set things straight immediately. I'd taken the name "Israel" from a gang member who appeared in a 1977 Crawdaddy magazine article I'd read about latino Coney Island gangs. (How could I make that up?) I see now how this could've been taken as anti-Semetic, or maybe anti-latino, but I can assure you that to me, it was a gang member's name, nothing more. I have now and have always had zero tolerance for racial slurs. Please forgive me for using this forum to post this note. I'm just sorry that I hadn't had the opportunity to do this sooner. All this time, you may have been thinking that MN had a creep for a friend. Not true!
Best Wishes for the continuation of your successful career!
Von Cello 

Post No. 46
04/20/2006 11:53 AM
  
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Tonight is the night of the Jammys! I'll be in the audience once again. But the good news is that I got my tickets direct from Relix, so hopefully I'll be in a section with other bands and industry people. It should be a great show.
Von Cello 

Post No. 45
04/19/2006 02:12 PM
  
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If you have the time, you could download one of our videos and put it up. Like this one:

file:///Software 1/Desktop Folder/voncellointro_hi.rm

If not, I'll get to it eventually. Right now I've got about ten things already going on.

Besides, what's cuter than Sara?
canarsie 

Post No. 44
04/19/2006 10:37 AM
  
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http://www.youtube.com/group/voncello
the foto is sara until someone puts a 2nd video there. then a shot from that new vc video will be the cover and saras vid will go away as its there to keep open the group.if u join, u can up any video there.
Von Cello 

Post No. 43
04/19/2006 10:32 AM
  
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Okay...what's the url?

I guess one has to decide if seeing images is better than writing. The internet has been interesting in the way it has brought people back to writing, and to typing. Do we really want to see each other talking on the screen? On the one hand it is more real. On the other, it removes a certain anonymity.
canarsie 

Post No. 42
04/19/2006 08:32 AM
  
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has von cello thought about a small video blog where he could leave comments in 3d as opposed to or in conjunction with 2d written comments as we have here? there is a von cello fan page at you tube
Von Cello 

Post No. 41
04/18/2006 09:55 PM
  
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Well, I remember when people used to invite friends over, set up a projector screen, and show "home movies" of kids playing in plastic pools in the back yard, or kids having a pizza party. But today, you made a little home movie of you and your kids sitting in front of the computer, and now it is on line where anyone in the world can tune in. I don't know if it is ultimately for the good or ill, but it is a brave new world.
canarsie 

Post No. 40
04/18/2006 04:09 PM
  
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as opposed to the cutting floor?
Von Cello 

Post No. 39
04/18/2006 01:15 PM
  
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Very cool Steve. You really are on the cutting edge.
canarsie 

Post No. 38
04/18/2006 03:35 AM
  
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follow this link to see you tube in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hJwI769-ZM
Von Cello 

Post No. 37
04/17/2006 04:14 PM
  
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You-what?

What is you-tube?

The main thing that is holding us back from a lot of performing is nailing down a good bass player. For some reason it is very hard to find a good bassist, and when you find even a half way decent player, they tend to come with tons of attitude. I never saw anything like this in the classical world. But it is widely known that rock bass is a problem. So, I will be spending the next few weeks (hopefully not months) auditioning bassists.
canarsie 

Post No. 36
04/17/2006 08:34 AM
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precedent linking

please post the links to any voncello appearances. if needed i can load them into you-tube for other fans to enjoy.
Von Cello 

Post No. 35
04/15/2006 04:32 PM
  
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Meanwhile, behind the scenes, I rehearsed several weeks with a bassist and drummer but had to get rid of both for various reasons. We are about to audition for America's Got Talent, that new NBC American Idol type show. So I had to make sure I had the A-Team for this audition. Luckily some Von Cello members from the past were free for this. Its a long shot, but if we got it, we'd be on national television at prime time.
Von Cello 

Post No. 34
04/15/2006 12:35 AM
  
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By the way, the second part of the seder (the part that most people skip) has prayers that have repetitions and can be used as a meditaiton. If you follow all of the seder rituals, including drinking four large cups of wine, by the time you finish the final meditative prayers about the messianic days, you should feel buzzed, as if you are high, or perhaps as if you meditated in the Buddhist fashion. In other words, the seder can be a spiritual vehicle to take you to another place.

But most people just view it as a Thanksgiving meal with some required reading.
Von Cello 

Post No. 33
04/15/2006 12:26 AM
  
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Many Jews have a seder but don't really feel the spiritual levels of the day. When it says that God "freed" the Jews from slavery, what does that mean? On the basic level they were freed from physical slavery, but on a spiritual level they were freed from time. It's almost as if the Jews live in a time capsule. While the other nations come and go with the ravages of time, the Jews remain more or less unchanged.

History can be looked upon as a series of battles against the Jews. 3,000 years ago it was the Egyptians. 50 years ago it was the Germans. Today it is the Palestinians and Iranians. It is truly amazing how the Jews remain under constant threat, yet survive. Perhaps that is the meaning of Passover. The tribulations of time pass over our heads. And could this happen without there being a God?
NealSF 

Post No. 32
04/14/2006 10:34 AM
  
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Good point. Ah, so that's why this guestbook is different from all other guestbooks.
Von Cello 

Post No. 31
04/13/2006 11:47 PM
  
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I guess that's the old "be here now" concept. I think it is a good idea to stay in the present most of the time. I did read a comment by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He said that Passover is the Festival of Freedom, and the main thing that enslaves people is time. By retelling the Exodus each year, we tap into a type of timelessness. We sit around a table and do the same thing year after year, and connect to those who did this 2,000 years ago, and will do it 2,000 years from now. It's not "be here now", its more like "be everywhere now". Move beyond time to that secret world of timelessness.

That's the cool side of Judaism that most people never see.
NealSF 

Post No. 30
04/13/2006 06:06 PM
  
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hey, that utube.com is a great one. always great to see mr. zappa again.

and yes, i think the jewish culture (and others) are often talking about the past, avoiding the present and the future. the present moment is the place to be.

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