Letting off steam...
I lived in a building with steam heat in Manhattan. The boiler would boil water which would shoot up the pipes in the form of steam. That would heat up the radiators until the radiator vent would shut. Then the steam would turn into water and come back down into the boiler. For this reason the boiler had to be partially drained at least once a week. You would run the water into a pot and keep emptying it until there was no more rust in the water.
Now I live in a house with air blown heat. I'm not really sure how they work. I think they burn oil to make heat and then the blowers send the air up through the vents. This kind of heat works faster but it also gets cold again faster because there is no radiator to stay warm.
What does this have to do with music you ask? For me, I had to manage a building to make ends meet when I lived in New York City. So practicing scales and arpeggios were mixed with trips to the boiler room, trips to the basement office, trips around the building with exterminators, architects, plumbers, and inspectors, etc. My life was much different than what I expected. I guess in a way it still is. But isn't everyone's life different than they expected.
My father used to say, "The plans of mice and men oft go astray". I'm sure he got the quote from Milton or someone. He didn't usually use the words, "oft" and "astray".
i guess the comment pit here is basic letting off logic steam
in spain its the same . however,since all sides can do this behind the scenes wheeling ans stealing it should be fair , I ts like when one day you get too much change the next you discovery after youve left, that you got too little..It works out in the end altho its not how it should work. it should work out as it goes..
sometimes youre the bug and sometimes your the windshield
however i prefer to be the wind!!!!
| From Israel National Radio
So the election is now determined by CNN? I don't remember hearing that Hillary dropped out.
so its definitely obama vs mccain cnn said so this morning---i always thought a jew would be pres before a black .
| Warren is a heavy dude!
No, I haven't seen my friend Warren's video. Thanks for thinking about me. Very cool.
| No Joking Matter
I knew you were joking. But I did put a good word in for you and they want to meet you tomorrow at 6 A.M. in Grand Central Station in the bathroom on the main floor.
But all joking aside...and this should be of interest to our good friend from San Francisco, Neal.
Did you see the new Warren Cucurillo video? It's not a music video, but a talk show appearance on the Alex Jones show. On that show he reads from an interview with Zappa that has never been broadcast where Frank talks about the moves to install a dictatorship right here in America as far back as the 1960's. He seemed to be aware of things that many people are just getting hip to through the internet. Check it out:
| sex and violins.....
"Just be careful because a bow can be a dangerous weapon"!
hmmm....Reminds me of a movie line.....
Cop in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" to a knight with a shield:
"hey, that's an offensive weapon that is"!
And I bet "Aqualung" would sound awesome on the cello...any Jethro Tull song would.
I was only joking about the request to "put in a good word for me" to the young cellists you played with. It just seemed like the perfect, goofy responce after our discussion on the topic of dating.
Anyway, once "Celtar" is finished, do let me know when you'd like to come up to Vermont to promote it. I'll see what I can do.
| The Cellets
it was a fun gig. For the cocktail hour I led the group in a set of 12 rock standards that included Aqualung and Sweet Dreams. Then we joined the band and played for a few hours doing tunes from Madonna to Bon Jovi to Beyonce.
The girls were dressed in little black dresses with high heels and plenty of makeup. At times they reminded me of the girls in the Robert Palmer video, Addicted to Love. It was definitely fun to watch them and I think they enjoyed watching me get into it too.
I don't know them well enough to fix them up with anyone. Actually I know at least two have boyfriends. But hey, you could always sneak into one of these gigs, make believe you were invited to the wedding or Bar Mtizvah, and cozy on up to one of them on a break. Just be careful because a bow can be a dangerous weapon!
| collections anybody?
got in the mail the whole collection of odd couple from the 70s. i mean every episode ever made . Started to watch 1 or 2 then got into it and spent about 4 days goin thru the entire collection. Now i miss oscar and felix.You kina grow attached to them with such intensive viewing. gas this ever happened to you?
| when I was twenty six, it was a very good year.....
"Von Cello and the Cellets? Should be fun"
hmmmm.......ask them (The Cellets) if they're single, and tell them there's a young guy in Vermont who loves the cello very much
Put in a good word for me, will you Aaron?
| Von Cello?
Oh yeah, I almost forgot! This is the "Von Cello" guestbook.I have been so caught up in politics lately. I am also so busy between teachiing and playing that I barely have had time to do much else. I want to do a lot of new videos with the webcam. In the summer I'll have time. We are working on a video for the new CD but that will also probably take a few more months.
Tonight I am leading a rock string quartet with written arrangements for tunes like Dancing Days and Black Water. Me and three girls in their twenties. Von Cello and the Cellets? Should be fun.
| who wants to mate with me?
whos the vp in each party?
can mccain choose rice?
can hillary go with obama or gore?
will ben laden suddenly appear in bushes hands?
what will happen to g bush after nov 08?
will voncello add new vids to his youtube fan page?
| Jewish College Humor
| Where are you going?
For me the "where are you going" phase hit me in high school. By college I knew I was going to be a musician. But I guess even now I wonder what the future holds in store.
I don't remmember many songs asking, "where are you going?", but the Dead had a lot of lyrics about life. They were more like philosophy rather than questioning. Lyrics like "Goes to show you don't ever know. Watch each card you play and take it slow. And wait until that deal comes 'round. And don't you let that deal go down. Oh no."
I worte a song when I was 18 that summed up that youthful angst of not knowing what's ahead. Here are some of the lyrics:
"Back again. Back again. Back again. Gonna go around the circle another time. Back again. Back again. Back again. Gonna go around the circle another time. I'm 18 now. 18 wow!
Take it as it comes. Leave it as it goes. Think all you want. Just remember that no one knows. I'm 18 now. 18 wow!
I remember when 18 seemed so far away. I can imagine now, when 18 will seem so far away. I'm 18 now. 18 wow!
Now I think I know...makes no sense to wonder why. Laugh and cry, and go around to the day you die. I'm 18 now. 18 wow!
What can I say? Think I'd like to take a holiday. But there's no time to spare. So I think I'll end the song right here."
| Where too, Mister?
""Do you know where you're going to?/ Do you like the things that life is showing you"?
Personally I prefer:
"Where are you going?/With your long face/coming down/don't hide away./Like an ocean/you can't see what you cant' smell as the waves crash down.
I am no superman, I have no answers for you.
I am no hero, aw that's for sure
But I do know one thing...
That's where you are is where I belong. I do know where you go, that's where I wanna be".
- "Where are You Going"? by the Dave Matthews Band.
Yeah, those lyrics are pretty dumb too but I guess songs aksing where we're headed in life just seem attractive to college grads like me wondering what road they're gonna take in life.
| Do you know?
"Do you know where you're going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know?"
What a dumb song that was!
I would say:
He who does not know is ignorant.
He who thinks he knows is arrogant.
He who knows he knows is either very smart or an idiot.
As for me, who knows?
I don't really do all that much research, but I have grown bored of television and much of what's on radio, so instead of checking out what the corporations are feeding us, I tend to go to weird websites ane read. I particularly like videos and audio clips because I can listen while doing other things.
When I was just out of college I didn't spend as much time on current events. I think the internet is what makes this possible. Without the net I too would have thought that Dr. Pepper was a soda and not the man who uncovered the conspiracy to assassinate Dr. King.
It's like really cool...I think.
| Got THINK?
Yes, i must admit I did not listen to the Dr. Pepper artcile (I was at work when I saw that post and my computer and office computer does not have speakers or headphones). I did read a bit of the synopsis of the article which introduced the topic of the King conspiracy, but I paid it no mind, deciding to listen to it at another date. I just couldn't stop laguhing at that guy's name! I can only imagine the ridicule he must have had when he and his friends would go get some fast food:
"So Pepper...you want a large Dr. Pepper to go with that burger"?
Where was I? Oh yes...conspiracy theories. I wouldn't be surprised if the King case really is real...anything can happen and has happened with the American Government. Heck, I've even tohught that WWPV's e-board is trying to take away my regular listenership by switching my timeslots around on me...I'll admit sometimes my mind does turn paranoid but unfortunately I have not done as much research as I probably dshould have studied to justify those paranoid thoughts.
Aaron, I salute you for finding the time to read and pay attention to current events. You've got real facts behind your arguments and for that you're my intellectual inspiration. Now that I'm out of college I find I don't read as much as I should.
Now I THNIK it's time for another topic....
I think people of my generation just naturally get into the habit of saying "think" most of the time. Hey, at leas it's better then saying "like" alot. Yeah, I think I like saying "think". I don't think I know everything, I just think....I'm a philospher.
"One is wise becuase he knows he does not know". - Socrates
| I think...therefore I do not know
eaburke wrote: "I think Obama is doing a little better in reaching out to the country at a time when we need it most. He's reavhing out to white voters, blacks, latinos, I think he really cares about the future of the average, middle-class American family over the large coorporations who benefit from Reagan's (and now Bush's) Trickle-Down program."
You use the phrase "I think" twice in that paragraph and I THINK that is very telling. Who really knows what Obama thinks? Who really knows what he will do?
It reminds me of Gary Hart. When he ran his slogan was "New Ideas". He kept talking about how we needed new ideas, but he never said what those ideas would be!
Obama keeps saying, "Change", "We need change". How absurd! What is change? And what type of change do we need? And how exactly is he going to bring change?
Sometimes I think all these candidates have a meeting in a big gym and they break up into groups and create posters. Then they show the posters to each other. McCain has a poster that says, "We need change". Then someone says, "Nah, give that one to Barak". Then Barak comes up with "Two Americas". And someone says, "Nah, too ethnic. Give that one to Edwards".
It's all a bunch of hooey!
(Finally got to use that word.)
Edward wrote: "King is just as much an inspiration to me as he is to millions of Americans and to people around the world. Like him, i also have a dream....that one day people born with so-called "neuro-typical" brainwave behavior can mix and intract more freely with those diagnosed with adevelopmental dissability; that we judge someone not on the level of their overall I.Q, but ont he strenght of their character and morals; that one day a person diagnosed with a dissability will be elected President of the United States......What? Stranger things have happened."
We already have had a mentally ill person elected as president...maybe more than one!
If you listen to the interview with Dr. Pepper, you will find out that there is a lot of evidence that your hero, Martin Luther King, was killed by our own government. In fact, Pepper represented the King family in a civil lawsuit against one of the government officials that they believed was in on the conspiracy and the WON THE CASE! They proved in a court of law that King was assassinated by a combination of CIA, FBI and military operatives. They also proved that James Earl Ray was innocent!
Why was this not front page news? Just more evidence that a lot of truth gets hidden from the American people by the corporate owned media.
Once you look into this, it is most amazing that this is not discussed year by year on his holiday. We all pay lip service to this great man, but who is brave enough to come forward and expose the coverup?
Martin Luther King truly died for our sins. And he dies each year as we all perpetrate the sin of fear.
Wait a minute, do we acutally know that? I beleive Obama is neck and neck with Clinton so I think it's still anyone's election.
I like the language Obama has used so far, and how he spoke last night last night on the radio: he said "Our" time has come. He's addressing us rather then himself and I think that's the kind of "Change" he's looking to bring to America: a country where the poeple have a little more say in what goes on. If this is true, and if Obama is elcted, I hope he will be able to take some power away from the electoral college, and put more of it back into the hands of the popular vote. Obama is speaking very much like Vermont's former Governer Howard dean did when he was running for president...of course Dean did not come out on top, and thwe media made him the laughing stock of the nation but I think Obama is doing a little better in reaching out to the country at a time when we need it most. He's reavhing out to white voters, blacks, latinos, I think he really cares about the future of the average, middle-class American family over the large coorporations who benefit from Reagan's (and now Bush's) Trickle-Down program.
so itll be hillary against mccain
wholl be their vps
| Fruitcakes with "Coke"-Intelpro to wash them down
That article on Cointelpro was eye-opening but not at all surprising to say the least. The thing that stuck out for me (and gave me a good chuckle) most of all is the name of the guy who was interviewed: Dr. Pepper. That's a good soda right there.
King is just as much an inspiration to me as he is to millions of Americans and to people around the world. Like him, i also have a dream....that one day people born with so-called "neuro-typical" brainwave behavior can mix and intract more freely with those diagnosed with adevelopmental dissability; that we judge someone not on the level of their overall I.Q, but ont he strenght of their character and morals; that one day a person diagnosed with a dissability will be elected President of the United States......What? Stranger things have happened. For an example, read below:
Just take the news accompanied with the Super Tuesday results. I can't remember what state they said this happened in, but voters who used paper ballots were given pens designed to be used with elctronic voting machines. It was reported the voters asked the voting officials why their pens were not working and a number of them were told that the pens contained "invisible ink".
So these people can work on assisting in the electoral process but a person with autism or Down's Syndrome can't be elected President??! Did you know that only 1/5 of people with dissabilities are registered to vote? We're people too...we're citizens also and we deserve to have our voices heard.
Ok, sing it with me now:
Fruitcakes in the kitchen,
Fruitcakes on the street,
Struttin' naked thro' the crosswalk
In the middle of the week.
I bake cookies in the oven,
I see cookies on the bus,
There's a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us.
"Fruitcakes" by Jimmy Buffet
| Willie Nelson
Any Willie Nelson fans out there?
If you are not one yet, you may be after you hear this.