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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!

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.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1404
11/28/2007 09:32 AM
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Waltz the night away

Last night I played another Waltz Night, this time at the Yale Club. It is an interesting be a dance band to the rich. Unlike a club where people are smoking and drinking and dancing to pop music, these folks dine and drink wine and dance to the music or Johann Strauss. We also played a few American waltzes by Richard Rodgers and others. The women wear gowns, the men tails. And this is how they enjoy themselves several times a year. I must say, there are times when I also get swept away with the rhythms in 3/4 time and the dancers floating around the floor. There is something otherworldly about dancing to music of over 100 years ago from another part of the world. Part of me wishes that everyone could experience dancing like that. Another part of me wonders how this tradition can still carry on at all. But I'm happy they hire me! It's always fun to play good music with good musicians and a crowd that likes to "get down".
Von Cello 

Post No. 1403
11/26/2007 05:55 PM
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X mass the spot

Well, you know me. I always dress up in that red suit and fly thorugh the air with my reindeer and sled bringing joy and presents to all the gentile boys and girls of the world!
son of a gun 

Post No. 1402
11/26/2007 02:33 PM
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any plans 4 xmS?
Von Cello 

Post No. 1401
11/26/2007 11:19 AM
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How's Tricks?

I guess that's Queen Beatrix, not Beatrice. What kind of name is that anyway? Beat + Trix = Beatrix!

"Hey, you know that girl...she's a real beatrix". Ouch!!

Von Cello 

Post No. 1400
11/25/2007 10:58 PM
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son of a gun 

Post No. 1399
11/25/2007 03:40 PM
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i think youre talking about arab royalty
or small countries
in spain hes simbolic
Von Cello 

Post No. 1398
11/25/2007 12:17 PM
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Well, I don't know for sure...but according to some of the stuff I have read on the internet, the European royalty are very much in control behind the scenes. Even with elections, they, along with some of the new "royalty" of the U.S., middle east, and Asia, basically pick the candidates. And if not the candidates, the ambassadorships, the heads of various departments, etc. Do some searches on the Bilderberg Group, the New World Order, etc. I don't know how much of it is true, but it is possibly even more interesting than religion, as far as an alternative view or reality!
son of a gun 

Post No. 1397
11/25/2007 04:17 AM
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in truth kings here are symbols only. they have no power at all..
its like the rich in the usa usrd to have power but democracy eliminated that and voting counts on election day. here is same
europeans see the usa as in fear
entering iraq with no plan at all was seen as fear factor.
the weak dollar followed
the world made the usa pay for its error in the new world economy.
i think american look 2 europe for meaning in life that goes beyond work work money internet money
here family and relax are number 1
good medical care is number 2

many want to get rid of the kings and it night happen
Von Cello 

Post No. 1396
11/23/2007 09:44 PM
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Some new links that mention Von Cello or Aaron Minsky. Enjoy!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1395
11/23/2007 01:01 PM
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Happy Thanksgiving

How was your Thanksgiving?

I went to my cousins' as usual. But I'm happy to report that no one was fighting this year! I guess that's because the guy who called me a "Zionist" in an angry derogatory way last year kept away from me this year, and me from him. So it was a smooth party because people kept away from each other.

Gone are the days when family gatherings were nothing but open and warm. Now there is a cold truce. I think the whole world is a bit on edge lately. There is also so much globalism going on that all of the "sacred cows" of the past are being challanged. Is there really a Spain anymore? A France? An Italy? Is there really a USA anymore? Are we just going though the motions of a remembered past while anxiety about the future grows?

Hmmm...with all that said, Happy Thanksgiving. If nothing else we can be happy to have a day off!
Von Cello 

Post No. 1394
11/22/2007 11:31 AM
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I may be totally wrong about this, but it seems to me over here in the good ol' USA, that the Europeans seem more accustomed to being led around like sheep by their leaders. Several countries still have Kings and Queens and others still have people who are considered "royalty". These same families have had extraordinary power and money for centuries. In England, for instance, there is a class structure that people more or less accept. It's kind of like the Hindu caste system.

In the US we are imbued with the myth of a classless society. We are taught that everyone has the same chance to make it to the top. This may not be exactly true, but a poor person can become rich here if he realy wants to. We also are taught to laugh at the idea of royalty. We fought for our freedom from European royalty and have no desire to give it back.

Maybe that is why there are many people here starting to become aware of the North American Union that our "leaders" are trying to push through behind our backs. We will see whether or not Americans will stand up and stop it in the name of sovereignty, or follow along like sheep.

son of a gun 

Post No. 1393
11/22/2007 02:46 AM
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europeans like the new union. money is great 1 euro is 1.50usd
we eliminate passports and currency exchange
english is the official language and religion is out of govt
we have no military power though
theres are new universities teaching the new european law like us law
and everybody gets free wifi as of june 08
no more paying for internet or cell phone calls its like radio now
everything online
big european brother is watching ..
Von Cello 

Post No. 1392
11/21/2007 09:38 AM
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Hey Steve...are you still out there?

I had a question about Euro-politics. How are things working out with the European Union? Are the people of the various countries happy about the way it is working out, or are they getting worried about their loss of soveriegnty? It seems the Bush administration has made secret deals with Mexico and Canada to create a North American Union. Most Americans are not aware that this is going on. It seems the ones who are aware are trying to fight it.

What are you hearing about American politics over there? Here the candidacy of Ron Paul is very intereting. He is bringing up issues, like soveriengty vs. globalism that no other candidate seems willing to touch. You can see a lot of his videos on youtube. It seems that the internet is what is making his candidacy possible. Look for the government to try to reign in the internet if for no other reason, the fact that it allows people who are not scripted to be heard.

Von Cello 

Post No. 1391
11/19/2007 06:42 PM
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Speaking of metal...

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Post No. 1390
11/16/2007 12:27 PM
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From whence came this "Metal"?


Post No. 1389
11/16/2007 12:25 PM
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What's that you say?

Von Cello wrote: "I always thought he said, "every bit of thunder", but I guess I was wrong".

Just the other day I happened to find out that there's a term for miss-quoted song lyrics. They're called "mondegreens". The most famous mondegreen is probably "Excuse me while I kiss this guy", from Jimmy Hendrix's Purple Haze". It's of course, "Excuse me while I kiss the sky". In a Cheecha and Chong skit where a parody of "Purple Haze" was sung, their version had "excuse me while I swat this fly".
And I used to think that John Fogarty of CCR was singing "I see a rest-room rising" when it was really "Bad Moon Rising". Aren't mondegreens fun? They actually appear frequently in performances of tradtional Celtic music. Becuase most of the trad. songs of Ireland and Scotlant are in the public domain, there are so many variations (hundreds even!) of ballads.

For instance:

Tim's friends gathered at the wake,
Mrs. Finnigan called for lunch (LUNCH)!
First she brought in tea and cake,
Then pipes, tobacco and whiskey punch.


Tim's friend's assembled at the wake,
Widow Finnigan called fer lunch (LUNCH!)
First she brought in tea and cakes,
Then pipes, tobacco and brandy punch.

Spot the difference?

(From "Finnigan's Wake", trad. Irish).
Von Cello 

Post No. 1388
11/15/2007 01:50 PM
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The Beatles starting Heavy Metal...hmmm...I doubt it. Don't forget the Stones were playing then, as were Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, the Yardbirds and other groups who played with a hard edge. I wonder who could really be identified as the one who started it all. In attitude probably Black Sabbath, but who did the very first song that could be called Heavy Metal, I don't know. Maybe it was the Beatles, but generally even then they were know more as a pop group. The Stones were considered more rebelious and tough. The other groups might have come a bit later than the Beatles. I bet somewhere on the web there is a history of Heavy Metal. The term comes from Steppenwolf's Born to Be Wild, from the lyric, "I like smokin' lightnin', heavy metal thunder".

I always thought he said, "every bit of thunder", but I guess I was wrong. So maybe Steppenwolf are the fathers of Metal.

There aren't many groups that successfully go from Heavy Metal to mellow acoustic rock. I can think of two: Led Zeppelin and Von Cello!


Post No. 1387
11/15/2007 09:15 AM
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metal detectors

Oh yeah, "Born to be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride" are awesome songs, though if you're talking about early metal music, I would have to argue for the Beatle's song "Helter Skelter"....I think it's from "The White Album". It's perhaps the first ever "metal" song in the history of rock music. I imagine "Helter Skelter"s guitar riffs must have been pretty heavy compared to other late Sixties rock songs, and at the end, of course, Ringo screams that he's "got blisters on his fingers". If that's not metal, I don't know what is.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1386
11/14/2007 01:44 PM
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I probably should do that. Maybe one day.

Do you know the group Steppenwolf? They were the ones who did Born To Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, The Pusher, etc. Their songs always had a tough edge. They were like an early heavy metal band, wearing leather pants and jackets, and sunglasses. But the actually came out with an album called, "Steppenwolf - At Your Bar Mitzvah"!

Post No. 1385
11/14/2007 01:26 PM
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On the same note, ever thought of doing a Chanukka/Christmas album?

Post No. 1384
11/14/2007 01:19 PM
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Von Cello brings the yucks once again!

"The Anti-Claus"! LOL!
Your parody below is even funnier then mine, Aaron.
Von Cello 

Post No. 1383
11/14/2007 11:48 AM
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Santa anti-Claus

You better watch out
you better not cry
you better not pout
I'm telling you why
The anti-Claus is comming to town!

Run for the hillssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He sees you when you're sleeping.

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Oh my God!!!!!!!!1

He knows when you're awake.

There is no escape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He knows if you've been bad or good.

But he thinks you are bad when you are good so be bad for Hell's sake.

Watch out! He's coming!!!

He's going to go to town...

ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

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