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sonny mano 

Post No. 957
05/02/2007 06:57 AM
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so this guy saw beauty and conquered in 96 hours.. Was he good looking? did he carry a big instrument? I think most GREAT musicians of any style are like mathematicians....a bit eccentric sexy wierd brilliant and interesting....
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Post No. 956
05/01/2007 12:07 PM
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A true maestro

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Post No. 955
05/01/2007 11:59 AM
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There is a great article with pictures on Wikipedia about Rostropovitch. It gives you an idea of just how important he was. This is from the final paragraph:

Thousands of mourners, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, bid farewell. Spain's Queen Sofia, French first lady Bernadette Chirac and President Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan, where Rostropovich was born, as well as Naina Yeltsina, the widow of Boris Yeltsin, were among those in attendance at the funeral on April 29. Rostropovich was then buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery, the same cemetery where his friend Boris Yeltsin was buried four days earlier.
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Post No. 954
05/01/2007 10:30 AM
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His passing makes me think. I first heard of him when I was in 11th or 12th grade when my father brought home an album (yes this was before CDs were invented) of a young Rostropovitch playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Here I was, essentially a rocker, listening to this music for the first time. I remember feeling surprise at just how incredible it was. I must have worn out that record for the number of times I listened.

I then saw him live at Carnegie Hall and then saw him again in Boston, actually playing the Dvorak with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. And, as I mentioned I met him at the First World Cello Congress, where I played in a recital called "New Directions in Cello Playing", but I was also the principal cellist of one of 8 sections in a hundred cello orchestra that Slava (as he was called by friends) conducted.

That was an amazing moment when, after taking a seat in the back of one of the sections, I was told that I was to be the first cellist of the section! The other section leaders were all world famous soloists, including Pierre Fournier, who led the first section. I never really knew how I ended up there, but I figured it was because I was at the festival to premiere my Oxford published "Ten American Cello Etudes". In my humility, I could not understand how important this acheivement was.

But back at the end of high school, folks like Perry were looking up to Jerry Garcia, and folks like Neal were looking up to Frank Zappa. I don't know who Steve was looking up to. Maybe Barry Manilow? But I had become a "Rostropovitch Freak". Of all living cellists, he was the one I felt was the king. Yet, I would have to say that none of my friends from Canarsie even knew who he was, let alone had heard his records or seen him live.

Those were hard times for me...trying to define myself in a whole new direction from all of the people I had grown up with. But somehow I followed my own path, and now, with the death of Rostropovitch, it is a time to reflect on just how far we have all come.

sonny mano 

Post No. 953
04/29/2007 01:55 AM
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google news had him as yesterdays headline
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Post No. 952
04/28/2007 04:37 PM
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Here there and everywhere

You say he is everywhere but you only mention the NY Times. Where else did you see him? Aside from the Times article I saw a brief news report on one of the cable channels. I wonder if there was more stuff in Europe.

He was an amazing musician. Aside from the fact that he could play even the most difficult pieces flawlessly, he had a great energy that was rarely matched, even in rock music. He was like a giant bear with a heart of gold. He could blow any other cellist off the stage with his energy and presence. Yet he was a good enough pianist to accompany his famous opera singer wife in recital, and he was a good enough conductor to have become the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He was one of the most famous classical musicians in the world for a half a century.

He may be the last, or one of the last, of the great maestros. He grew up in a time and place when classical musicians were still looked up to by large portions of society. Now people are more interested in business leaders and pop stars. Even the classical stars of today are trying to crossover into pop. There is just not enough money anymore in classical. And the younger generations are less and less educated about music. So added to the money problems is the fact that there is just not as much of an audience. If forget who said it, but some famous musician said that music is the only field in which we have taken a giant step backward in the past fifty years.
sonny mano 

Post No. 951
04/28/2007 02:14 AM
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Post No. 950
04/27/2007 10:37 PM
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Then I guess I'll have to visit 81st St. when I'm 81. Be glad you didn't live on 105th St.!

Strange you should mention your 80th. Yesterday at the age of 80 the greatest classical cellist of our times died. He was Mstislav Rostropovitch.

I first saw him when I was in 12th grade when he played a recital at Carnegie Hall. A year earlier I was going to see concerts by groups like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. At those shows I went with lots of friends. But on my journey into the classical world I went alone.

I next saw him three times performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony during my first year of college. I also saw him give a masterclass that year at Harvard in which one of the students was a young man by the name of Yo-Yo Ma!

I think I next saw him in the mid '80's at the First World Cello Congress where he was the president, but I was one of the performers, playing from my just released "Ten American Cello Etudes".

I last saw him just a few months ago as he gave a masterclass at the New York Violoncello Society. He did seem sickly but he still gave a very good class. Karen handed him a copy of my "Judaic Concert Suite" just as he got into his cab as he left. I suppose it will now be included in his music library which will probably be donated to a universtiy.

I was suprised by the lack of coverage of his passing. It just shows how uninterested the public is in great musicians. Yet if some pop star died, who couldn't even polish Rostropovitch's cello, it would be front page news. Nevertheless, the world lost a giant this week!
sonny mano 

Post No. 949
04/27/2007 03:34 PM
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i promised that id visit 80th when im 80
ill be there everynow andthen but when im 80 ill visit 80th
Von Cello 

Post No. 948
04/27/2007 11:02 AM
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But seriously...

Well, I hope your mom sticks around in good health for many years to come. But I know what you mean about losing that living connection to a place. I remember that weird feeling I had when my parents moved out of Canarsie and I realized that "you can never go home again". When I moved out of Manhattan I was glad. And when I sold my apartment a few years later I was glad. But a few years after that it hit me that I could never sleep overnight and wake up there in my own apartment. Suddenly I felt sad.

Life is strange like that. Once you decide to take one path you can never go back and start on another path and be back where you would have been. As I wrote in a song I wrote during high school, "We go forward, never going back. And we go onward, never to return".

As much as I kid you, it was fun to see you last summer and I'll look forward to doing it again this summer. It may be our last chance to walk the streets of Canarsie together. But somehow I bet we'll do it again at least once if we live into our 80's or 90's.
sonny mano 

Post No. 947
04/27/2007 12:57 AM
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if mom goes ill be like alot of other canarsiers......without home in ny
Alot now live in miami ,los angeles and have no parents nor bros in ny anymore...I never thought about it until a few weeksago..If when she goes, i can visit but in hotels..the connect with ny for me is still live cause moms there...well its on me the pizzabeer wine at johns or you name it...ill be there at 6 pm wearing blue shorts bald sneakers and a big smile
Von Cello 

Post No. 946
04/26/2007 09:09 PM
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The end of Marcus?

What? Can it be true? This summer will be Steven Marcus' last summer in New York? No! It can't be!!!!!!!!!!!

I suggest you have a party and invite all of your friends. I will come and you and I will hang out.
sonny mano 

Post No. 945
04/26/2007 03:17 AM
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pizza at johns?

well...looks like ill be comin in 6 weeks from july15 to end aug or july 1 to aug 15

any vc performances in my area? planning on stayin at moms wonder wheel apt ,runnin at 8am everyday with the russians onthe boardwalk,dennies vanilla after each run..Kings plaza to buy new gap jeans and I hope to go to the moma once. Probbly my last ever trip to ny as mom is one foot in the grave...If she goes, then my step dad will sell the ny apt and stay in their miami place...END GAME!!
Von Cello 

Post No. 944
04/23/2007 09:28 AM
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Speaking about radio, the Von Cello version of Purple Haze is being played on the BACA nation, that's Bikers Against Child Abuse. You can hear it here:

As for Stern, he did do a lot of racial humor, but what protected him was his co-host. That was a stroke of genius. After all, if someone wants to call him a racist, then they also have to call Robin Quivers a racist, and that doesn't make much sense since she is black!

Post No. 943
04/22/2007 09:42 PM
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"I Mus" put in my two cents!

I know that this topic was a while ago on the guestbook, but the recent Imus story just kills me....what kills me is how the other "Nationally-Syndicated shock jock" Howard Stern was never fired. Sure, his network and the FCC threatened him several times, but Howard took the easy way out and swtiched to Satellite before the FCC could give him the boot where it smarts; and Howard has said things way more innappropritate than Imus ever has or ever will.
A side comment: My dad and I used to listen to Imus in the moring way back when, and even as a kid I was able to stand his commontary. I was also easily ammused by the show's duck-quacks they used to signal the time....(i'm easily amused).
but back to the point, I want to see Howard get his for all the foul-mouthed, racial, and sexual comments he's made since beginning his on-air career. If there was ever a time to quote the bible, this is it.....
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". I direct that not only to Stern, but to the media, who has blown this Imus thing way out of porportion. I do think Imus should publically apologize for his statements concerning the Rutgers team, (and his Jewish producers), but is he reall that bad of a guy? The media seems to turn everybody into a terrorist these days. That's my stroy and I'm stickin' to it.

On a lighter note, here's a shameless plug:
I still have a radio show with music...decent, honest, live, non-automated music. I rarely talk, and when I do, it's usualy about the music I play, or my thoughts on a randomn, weird news story or factoid I give out every once and a while. (If you like wierd news, I have recently enjoyed the Nationally-syndicted Bob and Tom Show, broadcasted weekday mornings here in Burlington on WIZN 106.7-FM "The Wizard of Rock"! Bob and Tom's comment can get risque, but it's nothing on the lines of Stern's explicit material, believe me.

You can hear Shillelagh Safari every Friday 5-8pm on the web at Von Cello played often!
Von Cello 

Post No. 942
04/22/2007 10:18 AM
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Isn't that a lot of what life is about? We try to leave a mark...some kind of mark to show we were here. You painted your name on the roof of your house in Canarsie, and now the whole world can see it through the use of satelittes on the internet!

I suppose that is a lot of what I have been doing too. I noticed that cello etudes get played for hundereds of years, so I wrote some. I also made CD's and videos, and even wrote a book. It is all in an effort to let the world know what I think, and to leave some bread crumbs so that someone else, maybe hundreds of years in the future, can follow my trail.

Today I will be making a trail to Morristown, NJ to play a duet of cello and guitar. Yesterday I was doing the same in Manhassat, Long Island. I may not be touring the world, but at least get around a bit.

Git around, git around, I get around...:
sonny mano 

Post No. 941
04/21/2007 02:00 PM
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of course, google can tell ushow to drive from where we are to were we were, but it doesnt say...lose 20 lbs ,grow hair,rid wrinkles,get into a size 32 levis and warm up that spalding can take you there but it cant take you BACK there
wata pity!!! howmany times i have flown with google from my ol house to bildersee, the brook the plaza the backyard ball court.ive zoomed in onsheree emeth, the bagel place sshs and even seen it all at 90 degrees with windows local live ..I can even see the paint on the roof at 605 where dad and I painted in 70 before my bar mitsvah..i painted a big steve and i can read it evennow with google dad letme have it for that but he left it there thinkin no one would ever notice it, not a new buyer Little did he know that THE WORLD can now see it.....and ,if dads in heaven ,he too can see it....
Von Cello 

Post No. 940
04/20/2007 08:47 PM
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IF all the girls were across the sea...

sonny mano 

Post No. 939
04/20/2007 05:39 PM
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not related
put this into yahoo search and youll go to google maps. I asked for DIRECTIONS from murcia to canarsie and it gave me wierd stiff like swim across the ocean...
Von Cello 

Post No. 938
04/19/2007 11:57 AM
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On the edge

Maybe loud angry rock music is a way for people to vent. Hey, if it keeps them from taking out guns and shooting everyone in sight, why not?

Today I'll be doing some recording on the new Von Cello CD. This CD is not going to be one of those loud, venting ones. Although there is one song that is about getting enraged when someone sneaks up behind you and honks!

It's called: "You Had to Honk!"
sonny mano 

Post No. 937
04/18/2007 03:04 AM
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i walk the line jcash

ok we all read about that guy who killed 45? people in the usa..Could he have VENTED better with music? buy a 500 $ guitar and play really loud....Many folks i think are walking only centimeters away from that line that the guy crossed over..Many are only microseconds away from doing what he did but most never cross the line....any ops?
Von Cello 

Post No. 936
04/16/2007 12:08 PM
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Bikers love Von Cello!

Hey go here:

This is the site for Bikers Against Child Abuse. If you click on the radio tab you will here them playing the Von Cello version of Purple Haze. They also give bio informtion, etc.

Very cool!
Von Cello 

Post No. 935
04/14/2007 09:45 AM
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Imus Fuss

They say no public station will touch him now for fear of sponsers pulling out due to pressure from the African-American community. Some speculate he'll go to satalite radio where Howard Stern went. That service is paid for by the the consumer. But some believe that will go to an advertizing format eventually, because most people do not want to have to pay for radio, so Imus, and maybe Stern, may once again face attacks. But I guess that's a ways into the future. I am just glad that no one is going after Joey Reynolds, because he is the only national radio jock who has been having me on his show.

There may be some good to come out of all this if they really go after the Hip Hop companines and artists that make a living off of demeaning women and promoting anger and violence. I have been writing articles and recording music about this subject for years.

Even on my first CD I had "Cello Players Rap" which spoke about how trained musicians were having their living taken away by people who spoke to a beat. One would hope that the pendulum would swing back to the times when real musicians were getting record deals. But I doubt it. Imus will reemerge somewhere, but most musicians will still be poor or doing non performing work in order to keep playing. This is a sad reality in America 2007.

sonny mano 

Post No. 934
04/14/2007 02:12 AM
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imess in the morning

how much you wanna bet he reappears soon on tv radio in a refularly scheduled show of his own?
Von Cello 

Post No. 933
04/12/2007 11:41 PM
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Two strikes and your out!

The other shoe dropped today. Imus was also fired from the radio. After thirty something years, Imus has lost both of his media platforms within days because of the utterance of three words.

I have mixed feelings as I think many people do. This episode exposes a lot of fault lines in our culture. I believe there will be after shocks. At the very least, it will be interesting.

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