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Post No. 2082
08/27/2008 01:20 PM
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Von Cello wrote:
"I have sometimes worked teaching music to children with various disabilities (if that's the word)".

My theater directer uses the phrase "people of all abilities", and I normally use that one too. I was born with slow physical and mental processing, and a non-verbal learning dissability in math (which also effected my performance in science classes), but all that means is that I am in-efficient in some area, but I exell in other areas of my life. I would have to say I'm blessed with my ability to walk and talk - activites which present some people born with differences with majr difficulty...I find it easy to speak clearly, though sometimes it takes me a while to put the exact phrases I have in my head into words, but when they do get out luckily those words can be understood and heard clearly by whomever I'm speaking with (though sometimes I do have a hard time putting sentences togtether logically...I guess that's part of my slow processing).

Aside from these things I was born with, I am a completely normal 26-year old who currently live alone, cooks for himself, cleans his own apartment, has a job, and pays his own expenses. I presently don't have the roomate, the car, or the girlfriend (I hope someday I'll find the right girl), all three of which would stereotypically go along with the college grad-type apartment, but for right now I'm happy with what I do have.
I am fortunate that working part-time allows me other time in my week to devote to the things I am intwerested in, such as radio broadcasting and my community theater group, the Awareness Theater Company, which works to bring dissability rights and issues to community at large. I perform along side of of other people whom were born with physical and mental differences, some of whom have cases more severe then mine, it is inspiring to see them work and thrive on the stage.

Now what specifiacally do you teach children with special needs, Aaron? Classical music appreciation? Cello demonstrations? Histroy of music? Would you ever be interested in leading a workshop up here? The Awareness Theater Company is sponsored by Vision, Strength, and Access Arts of Vermont, based out of Winooski, VT. (VSA for short). I have their number if you are ever interested.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2081
08/27/2008 10:47 AM
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Dancing Disabilities

Thank you Edward for those thoughts. First of all, feel free to share any of your thoughts about disabilities. I have sometimes worked teaching music to children with various disabilities (if that's the word). At those times I have felt the power and importance of music as a tool for helping others.

As to the dancing as praise, there are places in the Bible where it talks about the Jewish people dancing. Even prophets danced. Of course it was not the twist or the monkey or the hustle! They did a spiritual kind of dance that was used as a way to lift the spirit toward God. There is a passage, I believe in Kings, where King David dances ecstatically before the Ark of the Lord as they were carrying it to, I believe, Jerusalem. He danced with total abandon and his wife became embarrassed and made some insulting comments about him losing his dignity. She was later corrected by a prophet, perhaps Nathan (as you can tell it's been a while since I read this part of the Bible) who told her that it is commanded to "praise the Lord", and what better way to praise him than with your whole body!

If anyone out there thinks I'm making this up, look this up in the Bible and feel free to post it here.

That is why at Jewish weddings Jews are so into dancing. Whereas in many other cultures the people sit and eat or stand and drink and that's about it. But vive la difference!

Post No. 2080
08/27/2008 09:03 AM
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Words I did not know and now I do...

Simcha, yeshiva, bialy, ringalevio, dancing as a form of praise...I'm learning so much on this guestbook. I don't think I would have ever heard these words and concepts before had I not met Von Cello, who not only shares his great music, but his great culture and Jewish faith, with the world. I only hope that I've been able to teach my freinds and family something about life as someone born with learning dissabilties...I guess we all act as teacher at some point in our lives; we all have different ways of looking at the world and I think teaching those ways to others leads to a decrease in ignorance. Ignorance is never good. Dancing, apparently is good. Luckily there are other ways of praying becuase I'm not too god a dancer. That's why I'm a drummer.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2079
08/26/2008 02:37 PM
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Simcha means joy in Hebrew. It is also the word for a wedding. Religious Jews will say, "Are you going to the simcha?" Dancing at a simcha is actually considered a commandment from God. The more you get into the spirit of merriment, the more praised you are.

What strikes me as sad is that there were anti Zionist (or what many would consider anti Semitic) comments on this page. I see comments like this all over the internet, including on many You Tube pages. I don't know if anyone noticed but I did respond on the page we are discussing with a comment of my own. So many times I am tempted to respond, but one can spend all day responding, so I usually don't. But in this case, it pissed me off that someone would use a page with old men sharing a sweet happy moment to spread political venom.

Oh well, such is life. Eat, drink, dance at simchas, and be merry!

Post No. 2078
08/26/2008 11:40 AM
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Responce to post entitled "Let's Party"

Whoa! I didn't know you-tube folks were invited to the Democratic National Convention!

I may have to have those guys "bust a move" on my show for Channukkah '08.

Post No. 2077
08/26/2008 10:07 AM
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Post No. 2076
08/25/2008 07:00 PM
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Post No. 2075
08/25/2008 10:32 AM
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hello von cello

hey there, still here. always good to be thought of. von cello is good.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2074
08/24/2008 11:03 PM
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Let's Party!

Edward, I think I found the perfect guests for your next show:
Von Cello 

Post No. 2073
08/24/2008 01:14 AM
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Bob Weir telling it like it is.

You gotta love it!
Von Cello 

Post No. 2072
08/24/2008 12:36 AM
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Commercials fry your brain

The whole point of a commercial is to get you to remember it. Often that is done by being really stupid and/or annoying. There was one many years ago for 7Up. Come to think of it, I haven't heard a commercial for that in years. But it was just this guy saying, "All I can say is 7Up is the greatest. All I can say is 7Up is the greatest. All I can say is 7Up is the greatest. All I can say is 7Up is the greatest." That one was so stupid I remember it to this day.

Neal Goldstein used to post here. I wonder if he is still around. But when we were in junior high school we used to laugh about this commercial that showed these really tough looking black youth shooting hoops in a burned out school yard and in between shots that would yell at the camera in a threatening way, "Quit busting up our schools". It was an add I guess intended to generate sympathy, but we would imitate them and say, "Quit busting up our schools. We want to do it ourselves."

How about that brilliant ad that read, "This is your brain." And it showed an egg. Then it said, "This is your brain on drugs." And it showed an egg frying in a pan.

I saw a great poster that had one more picture. It was an egg frying in a pan with bacon and it said, "This is your brain on drugs with two strips of bacon."

Speaking about frying your brain, check this out:

Von Cello 

Post No. 2071
08/23/2008 10:03 AM
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Honestly now...

Yesterday I went to a memorial service for the mother of a musician. Actually Edward, I think she once contacted you. I'm talking about my friend the Celtic Harpist. Anyway, her mother wanted a party rather than a real memorial so there was music and food and reminiscing.

One older lady spoke of her friendship with my friend's mom. She said that she was a very honest person. Then a few minutes later she said that when she complained about things her mom would say, "Don't let anyone know. Put on a happy face. Everything is fine."

Post No. 2070
08/23/2008 09:22 AM
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I meant to write: " the beep, which may OR MAY NOT exist.....". There, I'm done now.

Post No. 2069
08/23/2008 09:15 AM
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Glad to be back!

Hey Aaron, and LN Cello. Glad you liked my just all kind of came out suddenly during a slow Friday morning at work. I think too many people today don't speak up if something's bugging them; I certainly saw this during my college days. My fellow students did have alot that they did not agree with, but they did not do or say anything to change the system...all they did was "bitch", if you will, about their problems or their concerns. I think to do what I did in my previous post - intelligently question "the establishment" with reason - is pro-active in creating the type of society which will be a haven for people who are strong enough to stick up for themselves. Enough wining, it's time for action....that's how I feel about it, anyway. I guess I've always been a brutally honest person...even before my college years. Now how's this for brutal honesty?

"Hello, I'm not here right now. Really. I'm not home. Who knows where I am but I'm not here. I have not picked up my phone. You could leave me a message, but what's the point? Who knows when I'll be home again? Oh, one more thing....nothing is real. Mull that over while you leave your name and number at the beep, which may or not exist. Ok, bye". (BEEEEP)
Von Cello 

Post No. 2068
08/22/2008 03:01 PM
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The best part of Vermont...

What is the best part about visiting Vermont? Well... the maple syrup is great (but so is the syrup in Canada), the mountains are great (but so are the ones in New Hampshire), the stores and restaurants are great (but so are the ones in New York)...

So what can it be?

There are NO BILLBOARDS allowed in Vermont!!!

What is the best thing about California? Is it the Pacific Coast, the national parks, the Grateful Dead, the laid back attitude...

No, it's Rabbi Lederman! Here is his latest joke:

Messages heard on people's answering machines!

1.. Hi! John's answering machine is broken. This is his refrigerator. Please speak very slowly, and I'll stick your message to myself with one of these magnets.

2.. A is for academics, B is for beer. One of those reasons is why we're not here. So, leave a message.

3.. Hi. This is Shloimy: If you are the phone company, I already sent the money. If you are my parents, please send money. If you are my financial aid institution, you didn't lend me
enough money. If you are my friends, you owe me money. If you are a Shadchan, don't worry, I have plenty of money.

4.. Hi. Now you say something.

5.. Hello. I am David's answering machine. What are you?

6.. Hello, you are talking to a machine. I am capable of receiving messages. My owners do not need siding, windows or a hot tub, and their carpets are clean. They give to charity
through their office and do not need their picture taken. If you're still with me, leave your name and number and they will get back to you.

7.. This is not an answering machine - this is a telepathic thought recording device. After the tone, think about your name, your number and your reason for calling, and I'll think
about returning your call.

8.. Hi. I'm probably home, I'm just avoiding someone I don't like. Leave me a message, and if I don't call back, it's you.

9. If you are a burglar, then we're probably at home cleaning our weapons right now and can't come to the phone. Otherwise, we probably aren't home and it's safe to leave a

Post No. 2067
08/22/2008 01:24 PM
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Hey Edward, great u r back. I missed out mostly too here, but did some quick reading and had noticed you hadn't been around for quite a while.

Eh ... about ads - I'm a TV-less person - always been. Never regretted. That said, I don't think it's any better here in Europe, from what I see on ads on billboards (oops, we imported those too!) and on buildings and in stations and in .... well, everywhere. No escaping! Still try to ignore them.

Post No. 2066
08/22/2008 09:46 AM
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Hi 'yall....and a rant!

Hey guys - I've been away from the guestbook for a while but Von Cello's recent visit to my radio show (along with his stupendous performance on it) inspired me to come back. I have not had a chance to read any of the threads here, nor view any of the videos, but I will be sure to.
Instead, I wanted to start a new topic, more like a new rant: commercials. They've gotten really stupid these days...anyone with me here? McDonald's (with whom yours truly used to work with in his teen years) has a commercial for their big mac featuring ultra-hip, urban teens doing hip-hop-style dancing to an original song about the big mac ((onions-lettuce-pickles on a sesame-seed-bun") Ok, the song;'s kinda catchy, I'll admit, but the stupid part of the commercial is that here are these inner-city teens who obviously keep themselves fit by skateboarding and playing basketball, and they're eating big macs. The people I saw working at McDonald's in small-town Essex Junction, VT back in the late 90's were over-weight, sloppy, and probably on welfare. So I think what we have here is a dispensation, if that's the correct term, between what we see in the commercials and what really happens in the real world. Hypocrisy? False advertising? How about slapping those between two-sesame seed buns and calling it a McBottomLine? 'Cause, that's surely what McDonald's and and other companies are reaching for, right? Anything to pull in the gullible middle class and make a few McBucks.
That's a stupid TV commercial, but it's not just delegated to one genre, oh no....
This morning on the radio during a break from the Bob and Tom show, Wal-Mart had a commercial prompting people to buy their ice cream. The line at the end of the commercial was : "Because it wouldn't be summer without ice-cream, or Wal-Mart". Hmmm....last time I checked wasn't summer, and all the seasons, a result of the Earth's orbit? If all the Wal-Marts on the planet were to be blown-up as a result of terrorist bombing raids, would summer just cease to be, and spring goes right into Fall from here till the end of eternity? (Actually I wouldn't mind that so much).
And Wal-Mart ice cream? Has Middle America not stepped up to the creamy indulgence that is Ben and Jerry's? I have never tried ice cream from Wal-mart and I think I may have to just once to see what the fuss is about, but I mean, Jeez! When I think of Wal-Mart I think of marked-down school supplies and thrift-store quality jeans...frozen dessert is the last thing from my mind. "Hey kids, who wants ice cream? Let's got to the big box stores and buy it in bulk". Kids: "Yay"!
To me, summer means keeping cool on oppressively hot days (when it's both hot and humid), but also canoeing on the lake (which I did for the first time this summer and loved it), hanging out with our family friends and a few Labbat's Blues (that's Canadian beer) at their camp by the lake, and partaking of Vermont's answer to ice cream minus Ben and Jerry's: the cree-mee! (For those of you not born in Vermont: the cree-mee is like your soft-serve ice cream, only better. You can get cree-mees here in almost every flavor known to man but hands down the best flavor is maple if you want a real Vermont experience.
(Here I go again making myself hungry).
Anyway, I guess I'll close this post by saying I hope you'll take in commercials with a skeptical open minded and don't take everything for what they appear to be on television; for it's only a reflection of the world the big corporations want us to see. Thanks for reading.

Post No. 2065
08/22/2008 06:07 AM
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Cello and Bass

That was great - I have a disc (about 1997) somewhere of a French couple playing bass and cello. Btw, did you ever come across the Cellonator - ?
Von Cello 

Post No. 2064
08/22/2008 02:59 AM
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What is this world coming to?

Is this a sign of the times?

(A guy who just subscribed to my youtube page posted this video on his.)

Post No. 2063
08/21/2008 07:12 AM
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ICS, uh?

yeah yeah, got that - Internet Cello Society
Von Cello 

Post No. 2062
08/20/2008 04:32 PM
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International Cooperation Society

Hey LN, thanks for the translation! It's not every day that a cellist from Germany comments on a video from a cellist from the United States and then the U.S. cellist checks out the German's site and posts his bio on his own guestbook, only to have it translated from German to English by a cellist from the Netherlands!!!

What a world we live in today!

Post No. 2061
08/20/2008 03:46 AM
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At the age of 13, Michael Schlechtriem was already a student at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, DE. Among his teachers were Radu Aldulescu, Boris Pergamenschikow, Gotthard Popp, with whom he finished his studies with honours ("cum laude"), as well as the Amadeus Quartet. Apart from his job in the Muensterer Symphony orchestra he is especially interested in chambre music performances: several CD-recordings (e.g. "Siddharta" after Herman Hesse for cello and piano, "Der Geigenbauer von Venedig" ("The Violinmaker from Vienna"), both works by Matthias Bonitz, 1996 and 2004, resp.), radio recordings, e.g. his debut in 1996 in a recital at the Budapest radio as well as his interest in wrongly forgotten music. Among those are the Russian premieres of the cello sonates by British composers Arnold Bax and Alan Rawsthorne in the Philharmonie in St. Petersburg, his regular advocacy for the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, whose Cello Concerto he performed with the Philharmonie Suedwestfalen under Neil Varon and at whose memorial concert at the occasion of his 100 birthday he performed in 1997 in London, as well as the performance of the Cello Concerto by Nikolai Miaskowski in the year 2000 in Muenster, DE. In 2004 was his debut in some of the large concert halls in Japan as chambre music partner of the Muenster-based pianist Noriko Kitano.

In 2007 the Duo Schlechtriem/Kitano again performed succesfully in Japan and was meanwhile engaged by the impressariat Nathalie Kouznetzoff in Muenchen

Recordings with Michael Schlechtriem are to be found as legal downloads a.o. at

The CD-production "Siddharta" and "Der Geigenbauer von Venedig" - works by composer Matthias Bonitz - can be found at
Von Cello 

Post No. 2060
08/19/2008 10:18 PM
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I've Got You Under My Skin

Here's the latest celtar version of the Cole Porter classic: I've Got You Under My Skin:

I know somewhere my first guitar teacher, Mr. Forrest, is kvelling in his grave!
Von Cello 

Post No. 2059
08/17/2008 07:51 PM
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All the Things You Are

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Post No. 2058
08/17/2008 11:30 AM
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Hey, here's a shout out to DJ Seamus (aka Edward Burke). It was great to see him again up there in Vermont! We had a great interview for over two hours. I did a little live playing, but this was the first time songs from the yet to be released Celtar CD were played over the airwaves. He also played some cuts from my Ithaca College debut of Ten International Cello Encores.

Topics ranged from reincarnation to politics to the state of music in America to discussing my soon to be released book Beyond Faith.

This fall will be an interesting and busy one as I release a CD, a music book, and a non-fiction book. On top of that a famous classical cellist will be premiering my Dead Cello suite in several places. I'm glad to be having some restful summer days. This past week saw me hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and doing some shopping that included the purchase of a 13 foot long ox cart! Won't that look cool on my front lawn!

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