| murcia what?
eburke wrote: Vermont doesn't even come close to green. Of course we are the "Green Mountain State" but I've seen photos from and TV shows shot in Ireland and England and holy moly - they've got more green then they know what to do with!
To that I say, "The grass is always greener on the other side!"
I can't believe you know "Fiddler's Green"! I actually have an audio clip of it on this site. If you go here:
click on the link for Celtar side 1. The last song is "Fiddler's Green". Here is the text from the page:
This side of the tape ends with a song that Aaron heard one morning on the radio from, Barnacle Barney and the Ex Seaman's Institute. This type of whaling song would later influence Aaron, just as he was influenced by almost every other sound that came his way. Aaron was impressed by the way the song speaks of death in a unique way: "Tell me old shipmates, I'm taking a trip mates, and I'll see you someday on fiddler's green".
Then on Celtar side 2 there is a cut of a song that I wrote from inspiration from this song. Here is the text about that:
Song 1 - "Whaling We Go!", is a whaling song, influenced by Barnacle Barney's song. Like that other song, this song seems to be a song about going to sea in ships to chase the great whites, but it is really a metaphor for life. Actually it is another song about the death of Aaron's grandfather. As the words say, "When the sun rises we hoist the sails up. When the sun sets we do fill up a cup. And then we drink to the ones that we love, far, far away". The ending is problematic, so Aaron, in a voice sounding like a wacky classical DJ, explains the difference between the two potential endings. As time went on, however, he came up with a new, more appropriate ending. This song stands as another song that Aaron wrote from the pure joy of composing without any concern for the commercial aspect of the music. Rather than putting his creativity into a tiny box that could be sold for mass consumption, he was searching for his own voice in the history of music.
| Wearin' o' the Green
"Just flew (Google Earth) to Burlington, VT - so nice and green"!
Oh, you want to see green? Vermont doesn't even come close to green. Of course we are the "Green Mountain State" but I've seen photos from and TV shows shot in Ireland and England and holy moly - they've got more green then they know what to do with! Vermont doesn't even know what green is, lemme tell ya.
Green is actually my favorite color, and it's the subject of an old Irish song called "The Orange and the Green", to the tune of blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan's "Rising of the Moon"
"Oh it is the biggest mix-up, that ye have ever seen.
Me Father he was orange and me mother she was green".
Then of course there's "Fiddler's Green":
As I walked by the dock-sdie one evening so fare,
To view the salt-water and take in the salt air,
I spied an' ol fisherman singin' a song: He said "take me away boys me time is not long".
Chorus: Wrap me up in my oilskins and blankets,
No more on the docks I'll be seen.
Just tell me ol' shipmates Im takin' a trip, mates
And I'll see ye someday on Fiddler's Green.
Green is a good color, isn't it?
In fact I just opened a bag of peanut
MnM's and the first two candies on top were green.....I am convinced that this is a sign that I must get myself to Ireland. (Aaron, you remember my theory that God has a sweet tooth, right?)....so God must be calling me back to Ireland: my ancestral homeland!
And also....skin flutes and phallic cymbals? Oh dear...I'm afraid I've led the guestbook down an ugly path.
| Going places
Just flew (Google Earth) to Burlington, VT - so nice and green! And it strikes me again that in the Netherlands, we're at 51 degr. Northern latitude, whereas you've got to go as far as the northernmost tip of the Island of Newfoundland in Canada to reach 51 degr. over at your side. Which gets way colder than here, 'cs we profit from the (still) warm Gulf Current.
| So many instruments, so ...
Whaw, all these new instruments! In our orchestra, we once played a work for 3 koto's (koti?) and symphony orchestra. That was cool! http://www.kohobeat.com/index.php?id=11
And here's a violinist crossing over into pop/rock etc.:
(haven't really read this yet).
| Cross cultural fertilizaiton
This clip takes cross cultural fertilization to a new limit:
Here we have 12 (count 'em) beautiful asian women playing a South American Indian song that was made famous in North America by Simon and Garfunkel, two Jewish guys from Forest Hills, New York!
Plenty of Uhru, P'a P'a, skin flute, and phalic cymbals!
Oh yes, LN_Cello...I've known about the erhu for a while. It's a beautiful instrument to be sure and can double as a violin or cello any day! (It's certainly a lot more sophisticated than the didgeridoo).
There is an erhu player who plays with a pirate band based out of Washington state: they are Pirates R Us, with their album "Songs of Modern Piracy".
I will definately add the erhu to my list of the instruments I'd love to hear with the cello, just 'cause I think it would be fun to try to discern one instrument from the other. (Of course the smaller erhu would have to be playing in the same octave as the larger cello for this particular game to work).
Now the erhu player I saw featured on Von Cello's you-tube link....I'd like to add her to a different list entirely.
You know, I wouldn't mind dating an Asian woman...Eastern cultures are extraordinarily vibrant, enlightening and beautiful. The musical traditions are supurb and the food.....oh God, the food! Just think, If I had an Asian girlfriend maybe I'd get to eat free from Chinese restaurants....the few GOOD ones we have up here in Vermont.("The Single Pebble" being one of them if you ever find yourself in Burlington, Vermont looking for dinner somewhere). On another point: Call me old-fashioned, but I am a bit turned off by China's and Japan's yen for technology.
| The secret mysteries of Asia...
| er, hu?
Note to self: wrong. That just as reads fast. Rather it depends on whether or not you have any idea what the other person is writing about.
Edward, how about adding this instrument http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88mZLf_gUa4
to yr list?
| Holy Island!
Indeed amazing - it reads fluently! Probablycostsmoretimetotypethantoreadandbythewaywithoutinterpunctionitreadsnotfastatall.
You are invited to a school gravitation. It will take place on April 10th in Long Island City. The school and everything around it will gravitate toward a tiny black hole that will shallow it whole. Then again, some say the whole will swallow it hole. But it is a grave situation, in fact, very gravy, somewhat groovy, and a bit grading...or is that grating?
Now I realiz4 that thap isn*t th7t funknee but I h8ve f89nd t=at you acn writ$ so#e w**rd spell1in2 and plpeo can sti99 re!d it!
| Feelin' gravi(tational).
| Once, twice, three, shoot!
When I lived in Forest Hills there was a Chinese restaurant called, "Cho-Sen Garden".
Anyway, you can make jokes, but when that black hole starts eating your house and your wife and your kids, you'll be singing a different tune!
| another example or anti plazma talk
as representative of the plazma people im tired of you teaching your kids in your shuls that plasma people are bad and that we killed mars
this is antiplasmatism talk and is wrong and leads to racism
we are the chosen element as in the old element table
| Don't be happy, worry!
Killer plasma ready to devour the Earth
Reports by Robert Uhlig David Derbyshire and Roger Highfield
Last Updated: 1:26am BST 07/09/2001
SCIENTISTS yesterday issued warnings of two new menaces to mankind that could either swallow up the Earth or turn the universe to jelly.
Particle scientists, who spend much of their time immersed in a theoretical world so arcane that anyone else struggles to understand it, warned yesterday of a wall of death expanding across the universe at the speed of light, obliterating everything in its path until no matter - anywhere - is left.
Dr Benjamin Allanach, a research associate at Cern, the European particle laboratory, said that a chance fluctuation of the "vacuum universe" would disintegrate all atoms. He said: "The universe is perched on a terrible precipice. It could catastrophically tunnel to a new state, disintegrating every atom."
And if that does not wipe out all known life anywhere in the universe, Dr Allanach said so-called killer strangelets could "eat up the Earth from the inside out".
Should either of these doomsday scenarios occur, then the most likely starting point is the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a machine 2.4 miles long in Long Island, New York state.
By colliding gold nuclei at huge energies, the RHIC is investigating "quark-gluon plasma", a state of matter in which the fundamental sub-nuclear particles, called quarks and gluons, become unstuck and swill around in a kind of particle soup that should have been around shortly after the Big Bang.
Dr Allanach warned that if experiments with the RHIC go wrong, it could produce a new hypothetical kind of particle called the killer strangelet.
In a catastrophic chain reaction, the killer strangelet would gobble up nuclei until it had eaten a million billion, when its weight would pull it towards the centre of the earth.
Dr Allanach said: "Eventually, the strangelet would be the size of an atom and just sit at the centre of the earth, eating other nuclei.
"It would eventually be heavy enough to attract some of the earth's mass gravitationally. That way, it would eat our planet from the inside out, converting the entire earth into one giant strangelet and killing us all in the process."
Are they so laid back in Oz they celebrate April 1 on April 2?
| A tiny big problem!
| Papa's got a brand new bag.........
Von Cello admitted:
"It is a sad world when you have to fire your bagist due to a bizarre disagreement over a video. Beethoven never had such problems"!
Well, should I ever meet a bagist I'll ber sure to keep that in mind (note to self.......)
This "bagist" played an open potato chip bag with no chips inside. He stretched it to the side and pushed it in along with the beat. It actually sounded very cool being right on top of the mic. He also played the cardboard box with brushes in another song. And he said, "Vat the hell" a couple of times in a song. But then we got into a bizarre disagreement about the video he made and he refused to release it. So, in exchange I took him out of the cuts on the CD.
It is a sad world when you have to fire your bagist due to a bizarre disagreement over a video. Beethoven never had such problems!
| If music be the food of love......
Actually my favorite Zappa song has an awesome kazoo riff: "You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here" - from "Freak Out" 1967
And I imagine a potato chip bag would be hard to hold on to while playing cause they're so small...and how about all that grease? Yuck! I wonder if this particular potato chip bagist has explored all the sonic possiblities availiable from a cardboard box or a metal mixing bowl? Or seasoning shakers? The sky's (and the kitchen's) the limit for a percussionst.
| Kazoo to you too!
If you are a kazoo aficionado then you should check out the song "Alligator" by the Grateful Dead. It is on their second album, "Anthem of the Sun". It is the only kazoo playing that I know of in rock...although their may be some kazoo on Dylan's "Everybody Must Get Stoned".
I'd love to come out with a new incarnation of Von Cello with those instruments you named. In the meantime I should receive the final master for "Celtar", which included the old standard boring combination of cello, piano, organ, bass, drums and vocals!
Actually, one song we did included a potato chip bag, but I got into some bad vibes with the potato chip bag player...hmmm...potato chip bagist?...so we took out his part!
| Submitted for your Aproval
The 10 Instruments I would like to hear played with the cello:
2. Jaw Harp
4. Bagpipes (especially some of the wierd, non-Scottish or Irish ones)
5. Accordion (Not just for polka or Weird Al anymore)!
7. Conch shell (hey, if you can use one to "hear the ocean", why shouldn't you be able to hear a concerto as well)?
8. Thumb piano
9. Slide whistle (just bought one of these today...pretty cheap and I figure a percussionist's gotta have at least one in his collection).
And finally, the instrument that, as Rodney Dangerfield said "get's no respect", but should be on here because of it's African origins:
10. The kazoo.....yeah, it was originally an African instrument....no foolin'. The box that my metal Toysmith kazoo came in has this to say about the instrument's history:
The kazoo belongs to the family of instruments known as "mirlitons". This type of instrument is characterized by having a vibrating membrane. It is believed that the kazoo's relative is the African version of a mirliton: the horn-mirliton. The materials used to make the horn mirliton were of a more primitive nature. The tube was made out of the horn of a cow and the membrane was made from egg-shells of spiders".
There you have it! The 10 instruments I think deserve their rightful place beside the throne of the mighty cello. Too long have these instruments been neglected here in the U.S. in favor of the more popular and ordinary guitar, electric bass, rock drum set, keyboards, and saxophone. Well no more! Thier time is now! Shall a "Von Didgeridoo", "Grateful Tuba" or a "Wolfgang Amadeus Jawharp" arise from the ashes and fight for his weird-instrument-playing-people?
All that aside, I will say I am glad I shelled out 5 bucks for my metal kazoo instead of reaching into a web-ridden, spider's lair to get the membrane materials required to make a mirliton myself. The very thought frankly gives me the willies.
I shall now list some happy thoughts so as not to go to bed prone to nightmares:
flowers, birds, ice cream, sunny days on Lake Champlain, my interview with Von Cello, all the other interviews I've done on my show, me cracking up on the air while co-hosting with The Hurricane on "Krunch Time" (WWPV 88.7-FM WED. 8-10pm, E.S.T http://www.wwpv.org
), my mom's ham dinners on Christmas and Easter, snowshoeing with my father this past Christmas.....AHHHHHH. That's better. Goood night all.
Is it copy cat, or copycat? Either way, I wish all of your posts were so elegantly crafted and perfectly spelled.
(How it relates to anything we have been talking about, I don't know. Ta hooo!)
| an educated vc fan is a better fan
When I was in college we had a sight singing teacher who looked and sounded like W.C. Fields. One day he was singing a melody using the sound, "Ta". When he hit a wrong note he said, "Ta hoooo!" Well, after that the word "Tahoo" became a constant refrain among my friends. It can be used when you make a mistake, or when something stupid happens, or just as a way to mark time. I bring it up now because all of this religion talk has probably gone overboard for the sake of this guestbook. So, Tahooooooo!
As many of you know, aside from finishing up a CD and a music book this year, I am also finishing up a book about religion, so I guess this topic is on my mind. I'm also practicing talking about it in preparation for radio interviews that I expect will follow the publication. I know most people come here for music so I hope this tangent isn't too overwhelming. Anyway, I thank you for your indulgence. Between these three projects its been a busy and exciting year, and it promises to get even more so as these projects come on line later in the year. There are also other projects that are in the works. I am very happy to be able to bring about so many creative ventures at this time in my life. But tonight I took a little breather and just listened to the wind blowing through the trees. It was relaxing.
Relaxation is good.