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Post No. 2132
09/25/2008 10:06 AM
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promotion is everything
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Post No. 2131
09/24/2008 04:00 PM
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Neck and Neck

Iron Man is now within striking distance of Crazy Chicks. Beyond Faith is tied with New Orleans Jazz Man. And Blue Man has passed all but two of the International Cello Encores.

I don't know why but I find this fascinating.
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Post No. 2130
09/22/2008 08:44 PM
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Hard to believe I spent almost a year here:

Post No. 2129
09/22/2008 01:48 PM
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Different cello's!

Just a short distraction - check out the Viola da spalla here:
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Post No. 2128
09/21/2008 12:50 PM
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Blue Man Cello Group ... sorta...

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Post No. 2127
09/21/2008 11:52 AM
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Conductors IV

One of my best experiences with a conductor is when Lukus Foss guest conducted an orchestra I was in. We got to the climax of the 3rd movement of Tschaikovsky's 6th with its gigantic brass fanfares, and I expected him to be waving his arms all over the place, but he kept his hands tightly by his sides making two fists near his waist and he barely moved his arms; he moved them just slightly to keep the beat, and he had this broad smile on his face as he watched us that just seemed to say, "Go for it!" In response we really let go and let a wall of sound come flooding out!


Post No. 2126
09/21/2008 04:35 AM
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our teachers were right

gym class

Post No. 2125
09/20/2008 06:13 AM
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Conductors III

Thinking about it - in our amateur symphony orchestra we twice had a conducting workshop. During a day, 10 conductors-in-training and/or choir conductors needing to practice with an orchestra, came to practice with us and be coached by our conductor, who's a pro. That was great. And hilarious, too! Not to mention I was flat, after 7 hours of work (amateur, yeah yeah). I sat up close (being the cello principal) and so got to see mistakes and difficulties and hesitations and fear, all that, first hand. It was a revelation.

It's not that the orchestra plays by itself - well, in the best case, it will, but you still have to set it in motion! Achieving that is an art in itself.
It was a revelation also in that I realised precisely to what as an orchestra player one actually reacts, and how! People making large gestures inadvertently (say, choir conductors) quickly will have you turn up dynamics. Small gestures will do, but apparently that requires guts, and these gestures have to be extremely precise, otherwise it will be piano without any articulation.
Looking at the orchestra members, really making eye contact is crucial - if a conductor looks in his score a lot (for safety? out of lack of interest), you go on automatic pilot.
Facial expression/mimique (kudo's for Perkins)is very important too - can be minute gestures, but extremely important. Wind players could tell us even more about this. What more is needed? Consistency in the beat. No unnecessary waving about. Little talk or explanation. A smile or rewarding geste from time to time. Radiating energy, enthusiasm. In the seconds before starting, radiating that you trust the orchestra members are going to do great (even if you have a doubt here and there, say, 'cs there was little rehearsal time). Ah, and humor and the ability to laugh at oneself!

Post No. 2124
09/20/2008 05:42 AM
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Conductors II

I didnot know about this BBC thing, more info here , unfortunately all the vid's up on their website are forbidden ground for us living outside the UK.

All candidates start from scratch in this field. I think I admire Sue Perkins for having guts, for quickly learning to improve, concentration, for taking risks. See also her Firebird part

But now serious. Totally agree with what you say about the best conductors, and the rest of these last phrases!
Probably conductors often forget the real meaning of the word conductor: an electric conductor isn't the boss either - it just well ... merely conducts electricity!

I think anyway most conductors learn that (humbleness, not standing in the way, letting go) only later on, not right away. Conducting always has this notion of being the boss, being in control. Whereas the best examples of conducting I remember were where conductors hardly made any gesture (Roshdestvensky is one of my favourite conductors) or just let e.g. the soloist be guided/followed (whatever is applicable depending on the piece) by say, a wind player. I vividly remember the solo French horn in a certain passage in the Shostakovitch Cello concerto, with conductor Yakov Kreizberg completely motionless, letting it all up to him and the solo cellist (they are the only instruments that play there). The cellist of course cannot see the horn player, had to fully trust him and when that works, it's marvellous. That's what music is about! I loved the conductor taking that risk. Hey, but that's not what you can expect from someone who's just venturing out in the field of conducting.
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Post No. 2123
09/19/2008 11:34 PM
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Boy, it's been a while since I discussed conductors! When I used to be an orchestra player that was always conversation numero uno. Orchestra players love to huddle and complain about the conductor. And very often they are right in their assessments.

I watched this video of Sue Perkins:

I don't know how representative this is but I would not have been happy in that orchestra. In my (not so) humble opinion she is too dictatorial. She seems to feel that it is her role to "show" the orchestra how to play every phrase. I attribute it perhaps to nerves or inexperience. I see the role of the conductor as more like a train conductor. The train conductor does not tell the train how to go, he just makes sure that it can do what it was meant to do with the fewest impediments.

The best conductors help the orchestra members express themselves. The truly great conductor should hardly be noticed, yet such a conductor is ever more indispensable. It's like a good lover. The good lover does not dictate to his partner. His job is to help his partner bring out her fullest potential.

Post No. 2122
09/19/2008 05:49 PM
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Classical Idols -->

That was a great link! Didno't know such a thing existed. Indeed very British (esp. this "maestro"), I actually found the parts with Sue Perkins more interesting. Refreshing! Check out her first try and then see how it went from there - worth while.

Post No. 2121
09/19/2008 09:58 AM
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so shall seek your ity

here in spain theyve alredy begun the mccain has won talk
as well as the america has lost its economoc power .
they say here social security willl lower payments then stop payments in 20 yrs

its the only way to payoff the debt that now exists due to the CRACK of 08
worse than the crack befor the depression a century ago. that means wen you are 70 your ss money might go byebye

are u ready?

imagine if it were true
soc security says that it will stop in 2028..
young workers dont giv an f and under 40s can save in time but the 50 and over?
they or we are dead..
unless of course a us pres invades an oil rich country to taqkover its oil..or olive oil??
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Post No. 2120
09/17/2008 10:02 PM
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Classical Idol

Here is a link I found because it was on the page of one of my youtube videos.

It is like American Idol except it is about people competing as conductors. Here a woman conducts the Elgar Cello Concerto. It is a very English video. Rather interesting if I may say so. Cheerio!
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Post No. 2119
09/17/2008 09:05 AM
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The Movie

Interesting observation. That David Icke character calls the news on the major media "The Movie". That ties in with your observation. If it is really all a grand kind of movie then McCain made the right choice. If he picked another guy like himself it would be two old white men. Now with the "Sexy Librarian" next to him he appears like a debonair older man... kind of like the "Charley" of "Charlie's Angels": the older man who is in charge behind the young fighter chicks. It's all about the movie, isn't it?

Post No. 2118
09/17/2008 07:34 AM
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and the winner is....

palin makes mccain him sean connery quality as was in last jb movie with ols sc

ill vote obame in madrid but i suspect mcc will get the nod
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Post No. 2117
09/16/2008 07:25 PM
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Agree or disagree, this one is funny!

Let me see if I have this straight.....

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're
"exotic, different."
* Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the
first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter
registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years
as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator
representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of
the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years
in the United States Senate representing a
state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on
the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's
Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city
council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000
people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people,
then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while
raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're
not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your
disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no
other option in sex education in your state's school system while your
unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in
a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city
community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values
don't represent America's.
* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI
conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until
age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession
of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.
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Post No. 2116
09/15/2008 10:03 PM
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This one is great...
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Post No. 2115
09/15/2008 04:45 PM
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The race is on...

Iron Man now within 200 hit striking distance of Crazy Chicks II. And Beyond Faith has passed all of the International Cello Encores save one!

Maybe I should have been writing books!
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Post No. 2114
09/15/2008 01:55 PM
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Osama Dead or Alive?

An interesting website called, "What Reallly Happened":


Post No. 2113
09/15/2008 11:35 AM
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The McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden variety review!

Canarsie wrote:

so sarah palin is helpin mccain
obama is goin down in the reports"

What do you mean here? Are you reffering to one of those pre-election polls where the majority of the country says who they would vote for if the election were today or tommorrow?
Did you see apoll where the majority of the country said they would vote for McCain/Palin?

I recently saw an interview with Palin on ABC news and ?I thought she did ok with it. Throught that interview I definately found out about her acheivemments as Gov. of Alaska, but I'm not sure how effective she'd be in washington, especially if presented with the task of becomming presiodent if anything should happen to McCain. Right now Obama/Biden will be on my ballot in November, but if McCain does win the election, the country won't be hurting too much - I've always liked McCain despite his views on Iraq. With McCain in the House I think America's effort sint he war would be a little more thought out then they are right now in the bush administraiton for the fact that McCain's been there; he's served his country in battle and Bush has not. Now if McCain could only see that Iraq is not America's war, and that we should be in either Afganistan, or more likely Pakistan....those places are where Bin Laden is likely to be has his terrorist cell which planned and executed the 9/11 attack, not Saddam and his cronies. Let's get the troops out of Iraq and where they belong. Of course, Afganistan and Pakistan wouldn't be home for our brave soldiers, but at least thse new campagnes would be purposefull. Operation Iraqui Freedom to me is like lite beer:

Yes, it's Iraqui Lite: all the war taste without all the plans and stragegy of wars that are more thought out. A smooth, crisp, violent bevergae brewed in the sands near the Tigris and Euphrates.

Saddam (or George W): "At the end of the day I like to kick back with a hot one; Iraqui Lite is the only war I'll drink".
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Post No. 2112
09/14/2008 12:07 AM
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Post No. 2111
09/14/2008 12:03 AM
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Beyond Faith by Aaron Minsky

Have you wondered about my book? Check out this video where I show the cover and explain it, and talk about how I came to write the book, and give some insight into what it seeks to explain.
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Post No. 2110
09/12/2008 07:45 PM
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Look what I started!

Thirty years later ... the next generation!

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Post No. 2109
09/12/2008 01:16 PM
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I thought that website was a joke. I HOPE it is a joke!

As for Sarah Pallin, love her or hate her, I think the fact that she was picked is the greatest piece of evidence to date that shows that the job of the President is no longer that important. There are many who believe that America is being run by people above the level of the President. If that were not true, do you really think they would let this lady be a heart-beat away?

Post No. 2108
09/12/2008 05:41 AM
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the rich jerk us off

id like to meet the poor jerk who didnt read the small print..this guy gets money from you if wen u follow his plan..its a pyramid.dle man

so sarah palin is helpin mccain
obama is goin down in the reports

in 2012 itll be palin vs hillary as mccain said only 1 term

where are the jews hispanics and italians ?
woman get there first?
then maybe a guy named
aviv mendez can get in

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