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Post No. 2732
07/13/2009 01:21 PM
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Okay, imagine what heaven would be like. Do you see the pearly gates? Do you hear a heavenly choir of angels singing in the clouds? Do you feel yourself rising up to heaven as on wings?

Now click the link below and immediately shut your eyes. Do not open them! And just listen...

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Post No. 2731
07/11/2009 11:56 PM
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Finally Finale!

I spent last week at Villa Nova University. I took a course on Finale. That is a music software program that is used for composing and arranging. It is very intense.

I already used it to orchestrate a show tune that I wrote. It has the following instrumentation:

Vocal 1
Vocal 2
Vocal 3
Violin 1
Violin 2
Electric Bass

How cool!!!!!!
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Post No. 2730
07/08/2009 03:40 PM
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Moving Beyond Faith: Logical Argument for Jewish Thought - by Rachel A

Hey this is great - someone wrote an article about my interview with Rabbi Singer. You can read it here:

It's so great to see more than just my musical ideas getting recognition after all these years!
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Post No. 2729
07/04/2009 11:49 PM
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Grateful Strings with Von Cello

You can hear the Grateful Strings interview on WBAI in their website archives:

Listen to Morning Dew for 7/4/09, 9:30 PM.
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Post No. 2728
07/04/2009 01:44 PM
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Tonight, tonight!

Tonight's the night! Von Cello will be on WBAI along with the Grateful Strings! Listen starting at 9:30 PM EST.

WBAI 99.5 FM

Show: Morning Dew

Hey Ariel? You listening?
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Post No. 2727
07/03/2009 12:21 AM
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Aaron Minsky on Israel National Radio

Yesterday I got a surprise phone call from Rabbi Tovia Singer of Israel National Radio. He gave me two hours to prepare to be on the radio in Israel! It ended up being a great show.

Here is the link where you can listen to or download the show:

It gave me a great platform to discuss my ideas about Judaism. We also got into talking about music and how my religious ideas are similar in concept to Von Cello.

Von Cello 

Post No. 2726
07/02/2009 04:01 PM
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Friend of the Devil with Von Cello

Even better! Ladies and Gentlemen: The Grateful Strings on WBAI:
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Post No. 2725
07/02/2009 03:51 PM
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Grateful Strings with Von Cello

U.S. Blues

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Post No. 2724
07/02/2009 09:18 AM
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Canarsie comes to Canarsie

Marcus on a plane! Now THAT is big news!

When are you getting in again? And how long are you staying? Where will you be? And will you be moon walking?

Post No. 2723
07/02/2009 02:47 AM
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on and on and on

jackson on cello
minsky on israel
malden on credit
maris on third
faucett on charlie
mcmann on johnny
marcus on a plane

what a week!!
Von Cello 

Post No. 2722
07/01/2009 01:33 PM
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Minsky on Israel National Radio today!

Today at 4PM EST time, 11PM Israel time:
Aaron Minsky on the Tovia Singer show!
You can listen on line!
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Post No. 2721
06/28/2009 01:27 AM
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Michael Jackson on Cello!

Here it is, the Von Cello -Michael Jackson tribute:

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Post No. 2720
06/27/2009 11:49 AM
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Von Michael

Keep yours eyes open on Youtube for the Von Cello tribute to Michael Jackson. It is called:

Michael Jackson on Cello! - Tribute by Von Cello

It is uploading now! (June 27th, morning) and should be up soon. You'll be able to find it here:
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Post No. 2719
06/26/2009 09:05 AM
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He Beat It

It is stunning news, Michael Jackson dead at the age of 50. I don't know what they are doing in Spain but over here the news has been all Jackson all the time and you hear his music now filling the radio waves. For years it was almost banned due to his personal problems. No one wanted to be tainted by playing the music of a suspected child molester. But now that he is dead it's like the public is a repressed child and suddenly they can indulge again in their old vice, Michael's music.

One thing that amazes me is how important a musician can be. After all, what did he really do except sing and dance? Yes, he also got involved with charitable causes but were it not for what he did on stage no one would know about him. He seems to me to be the Mozart of pop. Both were child prodigies, the public was fascinated with both, and both died an untimely death. Even their music is similar in that both wrote lighter, almost ethereal kind of music. Neither had the tough macho side of a Beethoven or a James Brown.

Today I heard Dick Gregory say that he thought the allegations against Jackson were total lies, but I can't believe he would have spent 20 million dollars to buy one boy's silence! Sorry, I just can't buy that. There were other payoffs too. And who could forget the security devices he had in his bedroom where he "slept" with young boys. I know he was a tortured soul, and probably couldn't help doing what he did, but that doesn't make it acceptable. It's a strange and difficult situation. I guess he's not the only person with strange habits that became famous!

So fame is not all it's cracked up to be. I think it drove him crazy. But it was also what he lived for. Now the question is will he be remembered and for how long. If you think about it, he was largely forgotten as it was. I think Brian McNight said he was "the greatest artist". Gee, I don't know. Of course I never saw him live, and I bet he tore down the house, but if he is the pinnacle of art, then maybe there are greater things than art. But I think he was basically a great pop star. The King of Pop pretty much says it all. Perhaps he was the greatest performer of his time. But let's not forget that many others were gone, like Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin, etc.

Post No. 2718
06/26/2009 12:34 AM
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icons are dropping like flies

so now my late night friends are both gone,my sexually charged fantasy girl left me two days ago with her angel like hair and also my music friend who never stopped till he got enough.who next? yes its logical that the stars from the 70s would go upstairs in 30 yrs later but not all the same day..wen mary tyler moore goes thatll be it.

Post No. 2717
06/25/2009 01:27 AM
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sometimes icon,and sometimes icont

when the icons of my past die away it makes me feel mortal which i am. but i dont like the today who are 35 never knew johhny or ed as they were 15 when j and e retired.15 yr olds went to bed earlier as i did when i was 15.doesnt it make you feel antique when you mention the beatles and some 30 year old says i heard of them . or mary tyler moore a kid i never understood why my dad was so happy to see george burns on tv. who the hell is gb? i used to say. now my kids say to me ,who the hell is maxwell smart?well, in your face this summer ill be. flying in 7 july to 21 aug.still puffing the cigars?
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Post No. 2716
06/23/2009 04:05 PM
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Gratefully Dead

I didn't know what you were talking about until I just saw on the news that Ed McMahon passed away. I guess they can have their pick of great guests now.

I'll be on the radio tonight. Joey Reynolds. It will air somewhere between 3 & 5 A.M. EST. Luckily the actual interview will be long over by then! We'll be discussing my book Beyond Faith along with a well known rabbi, Rabbi Jacobson, and a judge named Shannon Taylor. I may also play some cello...maybe some Dead.

Post No. 2715
06/23/2009 08:33 AM
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ed and johnny back together again

the tonite returns as ed mcmann rejoins johnny carson on the tonite show stage. back together again after 19 years apart.

an now...



angels applaud but alas thers no music cause doc isnt there yet
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Post No. 2714
06/22/2009 10:15 PM
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I Ran

Now I know why they call it Iran. Did you see all the people running from those security goons in the white shirts!

It is a very interesting situation. It's kind of strange how Obama is staying out of it. I suppose it's a good idea to not make America the target or give the regime a wedge. On the other hand it's kind of strange to see a democracy movement starting and the U.S. sitting back as people get beaten and killed. On the other hand, the U.S. had an election stolen in 2000 and the people did nothing. Maybe we are under even more control than the Iranians but our government is much more subtle about it.

I hope the Iranian people succeed in bringing more democracy to their country, but I can't help but remember that whether or not they have more democracy the majority of the people hate Israel and have anti-Semitic ideas. So repressed or free, either way they are a threat.

Post No. 2713
06/22/2009 08:36 AM
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Dry Bones - spot on as usual

Dry Bones:
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Post No. 2712
06/19/2009 04:43 PM
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Dean Friedman

I never heard of Dean Friedman before TJ made his post. As I said, there were a few years there when I didn't listen to pop radio at all so I missed his rise and fall. His name sounds more like an accountant than a rock star, or maybe an attorney.

"I'd like you to meet my attorney, Dean Friedman. His sister Francine works for the government of Philadelphia."

Maybe it's just my own bias that hears his name as not rock starish. I mean check it out:
Mick Jagger, Rod Steward, Sid Vicious, and Dean Friedman.

But anyway, I think he was describing a type of hippie chick from the New York area of that time who was often Jewish. The Italian girls, by and large, were slicker and into the tight jeans, high heels, blown out hair, and red lipstick look. While Jewish girls could be more often seen with unstyled hair, wearing peasant blouses, ripped up Levi's, and sandals. Of course there were many girls around the country who did this too, but probably Dean Friedman lived in the NY area and since he was probably Jewish too, he probably associated the "hippie chick" with a Jewish girl. There's a certain sexy admiration that he had for this girl and the fact that she's "Jewish" kind of adds to it in a way that's hard to define.

I'm sure I'm totally over analyzing what almost seems like a song you would write on the back of a matchbox while waiting for a bus!

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Post No. 2711
06/18/2009 09:46 AM
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Ariel the Jewish girl

I don't quite get why he mentioned that she was a Jewish girl. I haven't heard any songs where they say "she was an Italian girl" or "she was a Buddhist girl". Of course there are those songs that are in jest like "Catholic Girls" by Zappa or that Billy Joel song about Virginia who was Catholic, but in that case he mentioned it because he didn't want her religion to keep them from "having fun". But rarely is there a song about a guy who is falling in love with a girl where the religion or ethnicity is mentioned. Any ideas as to what he was trying to say?

Post No. 2710
06/18/2009 06:18 AM
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was in gainesville univ florida wen first heard she was a jewish girl song..was about the time of sat night fever.hey never heard of a song called the cellist.
hey,hes the cellist..
played it not by ear but by mouth
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Post No. 2709
06/17/2009 11:29 PM
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Yep, a little after high school. It was in that period of time when I didn't listen to any popular music so I missed it. But it is cool and brings back a lot of memories.

While that was being played on the radio I was listening to Beethoven and playing Bach Suites on my cello up in Ithaca. Just in the last few weeks for some reason my ears are opening up to "New Wave" music. Hey I'm only 30 years late!
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Post No. 2708
06/17/2009 11:26 AM
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The good olds days of BAI

Judging from the imagery of that song it must have been written when we were in high school. It could have been a song one of the guys we knew wrote for one of the girls we new. Back then BAI was a hip alternative station that any Jewish kid would be proud to call his own. In recent years I have thought of it as, to borrow from the WINS slogan, "All hate of Israel, all the time". In the past week or so there has been a takeover of the station from the parent Pacifica Radio and since then I haven't heard much if any anti-Israeli programming. So maybe the higher ups in the corporation finally realized that a station that puts down the Jewish country all day is not going to raise much money from the large Jewish population in the New York area. Let's hope that BAI can stick to programming about liberal causes and alternative music rather than the bashing of a small country across the ocean that does no harm to any New Yorker.

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