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eaburke81 

Post No. 1429
12/18/2007 10:40 AM
  
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And I'm still here as well....and yes, I too, am good.
I've meant to write, but it feels liek I've almost run out of things to talk about what with my job and my theater group, being so busy... There's still my radio show, of course (Fridays 8-10pm E.S.T on http://www.wwpv.org) and I've also been working out with a personal trainer trying to keep in shape, which isn't always easy.

Hmm...guess I had more to talk about then I thought. :^)
I hope Chanukkah was good for all and I am looking forward to a joyous Christmas.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1428
12/18/2007 09:26 AM
  
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Good

And Von Cello looked at his guestbook. And he saw that his friends were still there. And he said, yes, it is indeed

GOOD!


TJ 

Post No. 1427
12/18/2007 08:18 AM
  
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NealSF

is good.
canarsie 

Post No. 1426
12/18/2007 08:02 AM
  
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sand ,the new money

dont forget the biggest reason to enter iraq

sand quality
the american people demand the best quality sand on their beaches and iraq everybody knows has the best
thats the real reason for invading iraq according to the national cancer society.Americans cant live without their big wide beaches and thus require clean nice sand.
they dont ask where it cane from or who died,,they only want the sand!!!
the cia had been planning the attack for years using the codename
SAND SWITCH

bushs father was in on it and also shwarzbegger cause the calif beaches need new sand constantly.


just joking!!
steve spain
NealSF 

Post No. 1425
12/17/2007 10:19 AM
  
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Von Cello...

is good.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1424
12/17/2007 09:57 AM
  
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C-Span

I was checking out a call in show on C-Span this morning. People were commenting about the fact that Joe Leiberman just endorsed John McCain. Several people called in from around the country and said that McCain and Leiberman were in the pocket of the Israeli lobby, and they blamed our entering into the war in Iraq on Israel. Oy!!!!!

I'm so sick of the "blame Israel first" crowd. Even if Israel never existed Bush still would have invaded Iraq. There were plans to invade Iraq being put forth by members of the Bush cabinet, including Cheney, back about ten years before they invaded. The Project for a New American Century, of which these people were a part, recommended that Iraq be invaded so the U.S. could take control of its oil.

There are many reasons that the U.S. invaded Iraq, such as oil, putting a base in the middle east right between Iran and Syria, avenging the threat that Saddam made on Bush's "daddy", removing a brutal dictator from power, spreading democracy, creating a labratory for experiments with crowd control, nation building, counter insurgency, etc. None of this has to do with Israel. In fact, there are many in Israel who would like the U.S. to back off of the whole middle east and let Israel fight its own battles without the U.S. to stop it from winning all the time.

The bottom line is that this is a very complex situation and those who just want to blame the whole thing on Israel seem to be expressing some underlying hatred of the Jews. One guy called in and said, "I'm not an anti-Semite. I have good friends who are Jews". But that does not matter. It's the idea that "the Jews" are always to blame for what others do. We are in Iraq because our president wanted to be. That is the only fact of which we can be sure!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1423
12/15/2007 01:44 PM
  
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The Life and Times of Von Cello

We seem to be in a transition. For several years on this guestbook we had a lot of participation. People would just drift in having found it though internet searches. I think Neal Goldstein just drifted in that way. I think T.J. too. We used to hear from them and also folks like Perry Seigle and Howard Brody. Sometimes old freinds would drift in like Lizbeth Levy. Every now and then we would get some anti-Semite and then there would be a series of arguments posted. Then Steven Marcus made his appearance and we got into a long period of discussing the belief in God. Edward Burke made his debut after Von Cello interviewed on his radio show in Vermont and was a rather steady contributer for a few years. But now all contributions have slowed to a drip, and it has more or less become a diary for me.

I think the biggest culprit was those damn spammers. Once the started posting all that spam we had to convert the guestbook into its current form which requires registration. That seems to put off a lot of people. We get almost no one new signing up. I think people are just adverse to having their email address tracked. But what else could I do? The spammers made the book nothing more than an advertisement board.

Perhaps the other problem is that Von Cello did not land a major record deal, so it has remained kind of an "underground" phenomenon, known to thousands of people, maybe hundreds of thousands, but probably not millions. And the band is not out there playing as much as we were. But life goes on, and Von Cello still lives! Right now we are more into a writing, recording, and publishing phase. Look for several publications in the next few years.

For most bands, this would be the end. But for Von Cello, we are still just begining. I have a 5 year plan, a 10 year plan, and a 20 year plan. Well...not exactly, but I see no slowing down in the future. We are just going sideways and looking for new ways to express what is an uncontainable flood of inspiration and hope.
canarsie 

Post No. 1422
12/15/2007 10:22 AM
  
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first week 7th grade friday night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrBe09SIENA[URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrBe09SIENA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrBe09SIENA[/URL]
Von Cello 

Post No. 1421
12/14/2007 09:40 AM
  
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Rock-a-phonic!

I keep hearing about the Trans Siberian Orchestra. I think it's some kind of rock orchestra. Well, last night I was part of a rock orchestra with 5 violins, cello, flute, guitar, bass, drums...oh yeah, and harp! We did the tunes I mentioned and some others like "Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers, and "Break on Through" by the Doors.

I had a great time but the crowd, which was a coporate group didn't react much. I started to realize that the many of the workers were young, like a 20's - 30's crowd. To them, this is their parent's music! There were also many foreigners, from Asia and South America. Chances are a lot of the crowd didn't know these tunes!

In any case, we had fun and some of the people got into it. I guess once a type of music starts being performed by orchestra it is a sign of age. Orchestras tend to be preservers of the past rather than cutting edge attention grabbers. But that's cool, because in music it seems that the best stuff is in the past. Although I hear that Von Cello guy...
Von Cello 

Post No. 1420
12/14/2007 08:01 AM
  
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Rock-a-phonic!

I keep hearing about the Trans Siberian Orchestra. I think it's some kind of rock orchestra. Well, last night I was part of a rock orchestra with 5 violins, cello, flute, guitar, bass, drums...oh yeah, and harp! We did the tunes I mentioned and some others like "Black Water" by the Doobie Brothers, and "Break on Through" by the Doors.

I had a great time but the crowd, which was a coporate group didn't react much. I started to realize that the many of the workers were young, like a 20's - 30's crowd. To them, this is their parent's music! There were also many foreigners, from Asia and South America. Chances are a lot of the crowd didn't know these tunes!

In any case, we had fun and some of the people got into it. I guess once a type of music starts being performed by orchestra it is a sign of age. Orchestras tend to be preservers of the past rather than cutting edge attention grabbers. But that's cool, because in music it seems that the best stuff is in the past. Although I hear that Von Cello guy...
Von Cello 

Post No. 1419
12/13/2007 11:05 AM
  
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Neither snow, nor wind, or even hail

Neither snow, nor wind, or even hail, can stop the giging of the Von Cello male!

Yes, despite a major snow storm today, I will be making my way to a music gig. Tonight I will be playing such songs as Aqualung, Iron Man, Kashmir, and Wild Horses, with a bonafide rock orchestra.

Should be an interesting night!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1418
12/12/2007 12:06 AM
  
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Have the conservatives gone liberal?

Have the conservatives gone liberal? Or is this issue beyond the phony lables of "liberal" and "conservative"?

Check it out: http://www.jbs.org/nau
Von Cello 

Post No. 1417
12/10/2007 10:21 AM
  
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Have a very Country Chanukah!

http://www.juliesilver.com/index_flash.html

Von Cello 

Post No. 1416
12/10/2007 10:17 AM
  
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Friends, friends, friends...

Glad to see you guys are still out there. (And I mean "out there"!)

Just kidding.

Eburke wrote: "And I haven't wished you a Happhy Hanukkah yet!"

Well, thank you, and a Merrhry Christmas to you!

Aside from being "the most wonderful time of the year" it is also "the most awkward time of the year", as people wonder whether to say Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah (or Hanukkah, since no one seems to know how it's supposed to be spelled), or Happy Holidays. Not to mention Kwazy Kwanza, Rowdy Ramadan, and Aluminating Atheists Day! (Yeah, I know it is spelled illuminating, but I needed an "A", and who cares about spelling when it comes to atheists anyway!).

You know what I say, if you don't believe in a loving God, F&%@ You!!!!!!

eaburke81 

Post No. 1415
12/10/2007 09:31 AM
  
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I'm still here!

Hey V.C. - sorry I haven't written in a while, but since you said a few things about Zappa I figured it might be time for me to come back:

"The trouble with Zappa was that he would mix in all of this obscene sexual material. I guess for a guy like Zappa free thought means going in any direction, from government policy to sexual romps in shady motels. To me, he would have been a more effective and important voice if he didn't go off that deep end".

Yeah I would have to agree with you. Zappa does have a tendency to drive the inuendos a little overboard - you will never hear me playing songs like "Magdalena" on the air....it's not that I condone everything sexual, sex is certainly a big part of our society today...but people see so many sexual things on TV and at the movies, do they really need to hear about it on the radio? Do we really need a Howard Stern or a Don Imus? Bob and Tom, now, most times they are truely funny - I mean, they present humor without sex and bathroom talk, but more times then not they certainly crack a few boob jokes on the air. When they do that I think "Come on, guys, cheap jokes at the sake of women isn't really commendable". Don't morning talk show hosts realize this? (I've actually become now a devoted "Bob and Tom" listener in the mornings, and to my amusement they liven up the news segments by incoorperating such sound effects as the "sodomy bell" and the "feces horn".... now wouldn't that make for an interesting classical peice? "Minsky's Cello Sonata in G for cello, sodomy bell and feces horn". It's scary where my mind goes sometimes, isn't it)?


But what were we talking about? Oh yes, Zappa, sex, morning radio. Sex is good in little doses but too much ruins a society. Zappa wrote a great book letting society know the stories behind his songs (The Real Frank Zappa Book , with Peter Ochiogrosso).

And I haven't wished you a Happhy Hanukkah yet! I hope that you, your wife, and family are having a good holiday. Best wishes and shalom to you, Aaron.
sonny mano 

Post No. 1414
12/10/2007 07:01 AM
  
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here i am

just back from 1971.well i have been chatting via skype with a friend from those days..she showed me pics from 9th grade bildersee taken on THE BLOCK. sad part is that it seems like yesterday that we took those pics.right before summer break and sleep camp. the parents in said pics were around 45-50 yrs old. Most are dead now and thats scarey. We are now 45-50..
Von Cello 

Post No. 1413
12/07/2007 01:25 PM
  
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Where's Zappa when we need him?

Ah...Frank Zappa. Where is he now that we need him? He was that rare figure who was not afraid to look under the rug and comment on the unseemly part of American society. As we head into a climate where students are being tazered ("Hey, don't taze me bro"), people ("terrorists") are being thrown into prison without trial, a private army is sent to New Orleans, and soldiers partrol the streets of New York and other cities with machine guns drawn, where is a voice like his?

The trouble with Zappa was that he would mix in all of this obscene sexual material. I guess for a guy like Zappa free thought means going in any direction, from government policy to sexual romps in shady motels. To me, he would have been a more effective and important voice if he didn't go off that deep end.

Nevertheless, I am struck by the loud silence I hear on the radio and notice more and more how our media is being controlled.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1412
12/06/2007 08:57 AM
  
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Oh well...

Guess everyone's busy. Here I am...all by myself on my lonely guestbook.

I guess this is a symbol of the new and wonderful world we have created through the use of technology. Everyone sits at home and types. Who could have imagined such a thing when we were kids? I hated the whole idea of typing. I never learned how. It wasn't until I was in my late 30's that I finally learned.

Yeah...so people sit at home and type. Then after a while they don't even type. They just sit at home and read. Then after a while they don't even read. They sit at home and watch TV.

As Frank Zappa wrote in a song, I forget which one, on "Overnight Sensation", about TV, "You will obey me while I lead you, and eat the garbage that I feed you, until the day that we don't need you. Don't go for help, no one will heed you. Your mind has been totally controlled, it has been stuffed into my mold, and you will do as you are told until the rights to you are sold".

Then the black girls come in and sing, "I am the slime on your video, moving along on the living room flo. I am the slime from the video. Can't stop the slime, people look at me go."

Von Cello 

Post No. 1411
12/04/2007 01:40 PM
  
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Lonely Questioner

Maybe it's just me, but I find it very interesting that European Union would use as an emblem, the Tower of Babel.
Did the ones who did that do it just to be cute, or is there a hidden agenda? The Tower of Babel was an attempt by man to take control of the world to such an extent that God would lose all influence. It was called a "tower" but that is figurative. A tower was something a King would build around his castle or the walls of the city to protect him from the enemy. In the case of the Tower of Babel, the "enemy" was God, the God of Israel. So is the European Union signalling that they too seek to build a "tower"? Not a physical tower, but a psychological tower of secuarlism, through which God will be totally blocked out? Or, put another way, a society with new rules, not the rules of the Bible, or of Judeo-Christian values, but of the values of the ruling class that is building the tower.

Who knows? But one should question the use of this symbol, shouldn't one?

Von Cello 

Post No. 1410
12/01/2007 07:01 PM
  
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Tower of Babel...in Europe?

Von Cello 

Post No. 1409
11/30/2007 01:40 PM
  
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Cheers

There was an episode of "Cheers", that great show from the pre-Seinfeld era, in which Woody had a very rich girlfriend. Woody was invited to her birthday party, and not having much money, he put his heart into writing a song for her.

Well, at the party it came time for presents. Her uncle bought her a new Mercedes, her dad gave her a diamond necklace. Then she asked Woody what he brought. So he said he wrote a song. He went over to the piano and played his song. When it was over she was all smiles and said she loved the song. Then she said, "Now where's my present?"

You can imagine how it went after that.

Very funny!
eaburke81 

Post No. 1408
11/30/2007 10:42 AM
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I'm beggining to write alot for Christmas......

I would have to say that I really, realy enjoy the Fall too...I was born in the begginning of September (which is really still the summer, but I think September is widely recognized as a Fall month but I digress). I love apple cider, and pumkins, and the colors of the leaves...which then changes to hot cocoa, candy canes, snow, mutli-colored lights on the trees and the soft glow of candle-light in the windows of New England farm houses. I must say that Fall and Christmas are two very magical and wonderful times of the year, times for family and friends to get together and celebrate old customs....yes, I am Christian, and I love Christmas mainly becuase it is the birth of our Lord. I DO NOT love the malls, the shopping, the lucrativeness of Christmas. Every year I say I want to make everybody's Christmas present, but the problem is I am not artsy or crafty in the least, so I find I have no choice but to shop. This year, though, I think I will mostly write poetry for the people on my list, because I can write better then I can make something...not that I'm the next Rob Frost or Emily Dickinson by any means, but I love to write anything that comes to mind.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1407
11/30/2007 09:06 AM
  
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The Reign in Spain

Hey Steve,

I played last night for your Queen! That's right, I played for Queen Sofia, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissenger, Barbara Walters, and a host of other characters. Oh yeah, Penelope Cruz too.

No, it wasn't a Von Cello show...too bad. But I was in a string group that played up in the balcony of this new ballroom on Park Ave. We had about 20 strings plus piano and woodwind doubler.

One of the highlights for me was when we played "The Rain in Spain" for the Queen of Spain!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1406
11/29/2007 01:18 PM
  
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

They say this is "the most wonderful time of the year". I don't know if that is true. What about the summer? Is it not wonderful to go to the beach, to have long days and balmy nights? Many people travel, hike, and explore. Is that not wonderful? What about the miricle of spring as all of nature comes alive? The return of the birds' song, the smell of the grass...How about fall with its myriad of colors, cool breezes, and crystal clear nights? The smell of the first logs burning in the fire places, Thanksgiving, the harvest, Sukkot, Halloween?

I think the idea that this was the MOST wonderful time of the year was invented by marketers, either for Christianity or for retail stores.

Then again...I was born in the winter, so maybe it really is the most wonderful time of the year!
eaburke81 

Post No. 1405
11/29/2007 12:29 PM
  
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Here We Come a Waltz-a-Ling.......

I think waltzes are the one thing I truly feel confident playing as a percussionist, and it's my favorite rhythm to be honest. 1, 2 3, 1, 2 3....
and most polkas are in a kind of march rhythm. 1 2, 1 2, 1 2. Those are fun. For those of you who don't know, I play hand percussion as an accompaiment to my theater director who plays accordion. It's great fun, and I think I can honestly say I've become a more confident musician playing with her.

But anyway, I had a good thanksgiving and I'm looking forward for Christmas too....this is my favorite time of year. There's plenty of holiday music avaliable to play, and you can hear a whole, large-sized stocking load of it on my radio show at it's new time. Warning! Seamus plug comming up: Shillelagh Safari with DJ Seamus. Fridays 8-10pm E.S.T. http://www.wwpv.org/.

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