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Post No. 1957
06/06/2008 10:25 PM
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Encore, Encore!

The great thing about playing Ten International Cello Encores is that whenever you finish a piece, if someone yells, "Encore" you just play the next piece!

The show at Banjo Jims was very interesting and fun. One thing that I was happy about was that the other cellists mentioned how happy they were that I was there. I guess I'm starting to become a bit of an elder statesman of popular cello playing. One cellist said that he didn't know the cello was "cool" until he came in contact with the music of Aaron Minsky. That made me feel happy.

This weekend we will all be up in Ithaca College for the New Directions Cello Festival. My masterclass and concert are on Sunday. They tell me they will have a video hooked up, so hopefully we'll have a record of this unique experience.
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Post No. 1956
06/04/2008 08:53 AM
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Tonight Tonight

Tonight I will be premiering my "Ten International Cello Encores" at a club in the East Village called Banjo Jims. Here are the details:

What: Aaron Minsky
When: 8:30 P.M.
Where: Banjo Jims, 9th St. and Ave. C

I will be on a four cellist program called Night of the Living Cello II. My part starts at 8:30. I'll play the encores and then do a set of Von Cello tunes solo on acoustic cello with vocals. I may play the tune that we used for the video called, "Belly Button Ring". Other tunes might include, "Everybody Knows You Shouldn't Marry a Musician", "Spy Vs. Spy", "Feelin' Fine", "You Say So", "You Had to Honk", and "Cello Man".

Post No. 1955
06/04/2008 12:35 AM
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just heard from mitch diamond in tampa

whats the name of the reel?
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Post No. 1954
06/03/2008 06:46 PM
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Real vs. Pseudo

When I say its a "real' rock video I mean that it is not a guy sitting in front of a webcam. It is a video with hundreds of shots in several locations. It's a bit like an early Beatles movie: funny and good natured with many scenes of the musicians playing music and having fun.

Post No. 1953
06/03/2008 04:42 PM
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whats a reel rock video?
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Post No. 1952
06/03/2008 11:02 AM
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Video Killed the Radio Star

I have a video "in the can" as they say. It is a real rock video for one of the new tunes on the Celtar CD. It needs some editing before it can be released. I hope to have it up within a month. I also plan to make several videos in front of the webcam this summer. Maybe we can talk about how to do that.

In the meantime I just posted some video of a clubdate band and a couple of strolling violinists who I have hired through my company Castle Dream Productions.

Go here:
And click on the Video link.

Post No. 1951
06/03/2008 07:31 AM
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vc tube

what about a new voncello movie in youtube on the vc

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Post No. 1950
06/02/2008 11:49 PM
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What's up Doc?

Tonight I played for 100 nuero-surgeons. I know... it sounds like a joke. But it was a testimonial dinner for the head of the surgery department at Columbia Presbyterian... or some such hospital, at the Yale Club in midtown Manhattan. The same violinists that did El Caribe were on this one too. This is one of the best parts of being a musician, the fact that you get to see so many different slices of life.

Did I say slices?
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Post No. 1949
06/01/2008 10:13 PM
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Circle Game

Today I came full circle. When I was growing up in Canarsie I used to play club date gigs on guitar. When I started to play cello I felt that the cello and classical music would be a way to get out of that scene. But today I was back in Canarsie playing a club date on cello! We had a gig at El Caribe in Mill Basin.
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Post No. 1948
05/31/2008 10:15 PM
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I choose not to believe that.


Post No. 1947
05/31/2008 03:56 PM
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unbelievable but free


Post No. 1946
05/31/2008 03:55 PM
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unbelievable but free

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Post No. 1945
05/30/2008 09:22 AM
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Not many people named Harvey anymore. Did you know Harvey Kayro? He was one of the Canarsie icons of our youth. I remember Harvey Korman. He was a great straight man on the Carol Burnett show. I never put it together that he had the same last name as our friend Neil. I wonder if they were a distant relation.

Funny thing... I just took the trip I took with you with my wife. We went to visit Neil this past weekend but stopped off first in Warwick. We had a slice at that same pizza shop. Then we saw Neil and his wife and two sons. We got dinner at a nice new restaurant that is on a lake near his house. There is a whole strip of restaurants there now. I guess the business folks figure they will get the overflow from the new music complex on the site of Woodstock.

Yes, the icons of our childhood are slowly receeding into history. Makes you realize that we are getting there too. I went to a memorial of a friend from Manhattan this week. A guy in his late 50's. Died of a heart attack. Someone brought a picture of him as a young teen standing with some friends at the original Woodstock Festival smoking a "peace pipe". Our generation did it's dance, made some noise, and now are slowly fading away.

The Dead used to sing "Not Fade Away", but fade away we must. Even many of the Dead are dead. But I wonder if they are still Grateful.

Post No. 1944
05/30/2008 06:35 AM
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'm so glad we had this time together Just to have a laugh and

the os has removed another unused icon from the desktop of my childhood
harvey korman bites the dust today.
see you on youtube
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Post No. 1943
05/29/2008 08:22 PM
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Go Hagee Go

To apply this to Hagee... he was talking about the idea that God had predicted the Holocaust and used it as a way to return the Jews to Israel. That to me is not a controversial thought at all. If one really studies the Jewish scriptures I think they will see that this is a reasonable intepretation of various prophecies. So what is wrong with Hagee pointing this out?

I guess some people do not want "religion" to apply to anything but their own internal thoughts, but to me that is putting God in a box. Didn't Jethro Tull sing, "He's not the kind you have to wind up on Sunday."
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Post No. 1942
05/29/2008 02:06 PM
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Granted, he said, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's", but he still got involved in criticizing many people in the power structure of Israel. He criticized the leadership of the Pharesee sect, which were the majority of Jews. He apoke out often about what he felt were injustices. He also became an activist and actually whipped those who were lending money in front of the Temple! (Of course, I have heard it argued that there was nothing wrong with lending money in front of the Temple, but that is another story.) Surely Jesus went beyond the non-violent civil disobediece of Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Could you imagine if King took out a bullwhip and started to whip a store owner who wouldn't seat blacks, or a bus driver who sent a black to the back of the bus?

How my friend squares an activist Jesus with her concept that priests mustn't discuss politics at all, I do not know. I think people want to put Jesus, or whatever their image of God is, in a safe box where they can go to meditate and feel relief, rather than confronting the scriptures that describe the actions of those they diefy.
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Post No. 1941
05/29/2008 10:04 AM
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Wet Bones

Well, feel free to post it here.

I had a discussion with a friend who is a self proclaimed "conservative". She totally sided with McCain in repudiating Hagee. She said that politics has no place in religion. She goes to church to commune with God and if the priest speaks a word of politics she leaves.

But if I remember correctly, didn't Jesus make a few political comments himself?

Post No. 1940
05/28/2008 01:56 PM
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Hat tip Dry Bones

Of course, the question of whether or not Jesus is the messiah remains a matter of disagreement, but I admire how Rev. Hagee does not let that one problem (however large it may be) get in the way of all of the things Jews and Christians have in common.


Credit where credit is due - I happened upon it today thru my daily read at Dry Bones - and immediately had to think of the post I read here. I even left a comment at DB (I hardly ever do), but it got lost in the bitbucket it seems
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Post No. 1939
05/28/2008 01:34 PM
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Thumbs up for Hagee


Post No. 1938
05/28/2008 11:37 AM
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Rev. Hagee

Late reaction after I read the post about Rev. Hagee - interesting to see what he wrote himself about it:

No time to make excerpts right now, it's worth a read.
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Post No. 1937
05/28/2008 11:31 AM
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Not Yet Beyond

All that is left is for me to take a picture for the back cover and to figure out how to link the new Bibliography to the table of contents. Do you happen to know how to do that in Word?

As for the picture, I am thinking about taking a picture of me in a yarmulka, tallis, and tefilen, playing the cello!

Post No. 1936
05/28/2008 01:40 AM
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beyond faith
when will i be able to get my copy ? signed by author
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Post No. 1935
05/27/2008 01:57 PM
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Beyond Faith

My book, Beyond Faith, is almost ready for submission. I would say it should be ready any day now. One of the things I have been waiting for is a statement from the illustrator. He just sent it to me, and here it is:

"I think of God as the Creator, consequently I believe that creativity is the way God expresses His vision. Having grown up in a Jewish family, with parents who were an artist and a musician, I was surrounded by the Creator though their creativity. Through the powerful forces of music and art I have found solutions for my own artistic expressions of creativity. Therefore, due to the combination of my Jewish and creative heritages, when Aaron Minsky spoke to me about participating in this project, I was happy to add my images to Beyond Faith."
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Post No. 1934
05/25/2008 01:38 AM
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Words are Sexy!

Did you know that words are sexy? Neither did I until I saw this:

Only on the internet!

Post No. 1933
05/24/2008 04:27 PM
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haha, very cool!

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