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Post No. 2757
07/30/2009 08:00 PM
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4 piano's having fun

.......... or scroll forward to 49:00 - 4 piani

Post No. 2756
07/30/2009 07:11 PM
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Brahms, again

Right at the start of g
Brahms Waltzes (quatre mains) - Beautiful playing!

(Weird: watch w/sound switched off.)

Post No. 2755
07/30/2009 09:39 AM
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Objective or Subjective
Some time ago I think we discussed if the quality of art is subjective or objective. That same question is mentioned in the article linked above.
The article then goes on to slag Billy Joel. I'm not a big fan of Billy Joel, but I think the author goes a bit overboard. I like New York State of Mind, but I can live without most of Billy's other stuff.
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Post No. 2754
07/30/2009 08:56 AM
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Salty Dog

Even better, the original video of Procal Harem's Salty Dog!

Who knew there even were videos of these groups? I always loved the drums in this song. The video sometimes shows him upside down, but it works.

This is another song that could be through of as sounding sad but to me it has a glorious emotion to it. I certain feeling of highness within the lowness. This is the genre we were trying to fit into but by the 80's it was hair bands, disco, and rap. I was born just a few years too late. I always felt I was part of an in between generation. A little late for the baby boomers and not quite early enough for disco. Maybe that's why I left and went into classical. I mean listen to the strings on this cut! There was a great mix of rock and classical going on when we were in our early teens and the boom - it vanished!
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Post No. 2753
07/30/2009 08:44 AM
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Knights in White Satin?

Here's another example of a song that some may find sad and others romantic and dreamy. It's all in the ear of the beholder.

Neal, if you're out there, I seem to remember you liked the Moody Blues. I can't believe I found the original video of this!
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Post No. 2752
07/29/2009 03:39 PM
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Depressing or Glorious?

That just shows how we all hear things differently. That song never sounded sad to me. It sounds like the beginning of a great adventure. I hear some yearning but its like a youth reaching out for his future. The cello solo part sounds joyful to me. But it's interesting to get another opinion.

The girl used to direct shows and write music for Radio City Music Hall. The guy is her husband who was an award winning songwriter on his own. I always thought their two voices had an incredible sound together.

At one point we had Meat Loaf's engineer as our manager. But I think they got discouraged when the industry people wanted so many changes that the whole concept would change. If you notice the band used only acoustic instruments. We even used to lug a real piano up and down steps at NYC rock clubs! A feat I wouldn't even consider today. But the idea was sophisticated rock music on classical instruments with a pure sound. Classical Pop.

I think we could have been like an American Fleetwood Mac. But by the mid 80's the "industry" had other ideas.

Post No. 2751
07/29/2009 10:19 AM
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The female vocalist is quite good. That particular song is a bit too depressing for me.
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Post No. 2750
07/28/2009 10:58 PM
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Classical Pop

TJ, back around 1980 I joined a band that called its music Classical Pop. It was similar to the concept of that video. You can hear one of our best performances in this clip:

I still feel wronged somehow that this band didn't get a deal. But it wasn't meant to be. Now almost 30 years later NPR is catching up to where I was back then. Oh well, I shouldn't personalize it. I'm glad to see this happening.

We are in a time when there is no new musical direction that has grabbed the public imagination. That makes it a good time to continue to synthesize and bring musical styles together.


Post No. 2749
07/28/2009 02:03 PM
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New Music Link

Check this out:
I found it very interesting. Classsical combination with pop songs.
As a bonus for Aaron, there's cello accompaniment.
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Post No. 2748
07/25/2009 09:55 PM
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I am proud of this exchange that I had with someone who came to one of my videos and used a line from a Psalm to show that the biblical authors were stupid.

globalart 9 hours ago
I think that a second grade kid today have more general culture/Knowledge just by watching some discovery channel and national geographic documentaries than those brutes that wrote the bible . I don't think they even realize how many species we have on the planet (not even the notion of planet) Psalm 104:5
''He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved'' (Like a flat thing.

voncello (7 hours ago)
Can you stop using the word "brute?" I could call the Nat. Geo people brutes but what would that prove? Let's move beyond insults. Schroeder and other Orthodox scientists have written amazing books showing that many scientific discoveries are actually confirming Jewish ideas rather than disproving.

Now let's look at Psalm 104. The 1st line says God has clothed himself with majesty. This means that all of creation is like a garment. We can see the garment but not the force hiidden behind it.

voncello (7 hours ago)
Lines 2 -4 talk about light, water, clouds, wind, and lightning. These are all things that are unstable and move around. Line 5 then talks about the earth, how it is stable, but it does this poetically saying "It shall not be moved". The rest of the Psalm is about life on earth which could not occur without the stability of the earth. It concludes by praising the creator of such splendor & thanking Him for the promised day when "sinners will cease" & the earth will have peace! An amazing poem!

voncello (7 hours ago)
How did I know all this? I just looked it up in a book that explains the Psalms by the famous Rabbi Hirsch. So, you see, the choice is up to you. You can take one sentence out of context and make fun of the Jews for believing something inane. Or you can actually spend some effort to learn how the Jews actually interpret these things and realize how brilliant they are.

Post No. 2747
07/25/2009 06:21 AM
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Seinfeld and Yiddish

(hm, my msg disappeared) - thanks for the laugh, that was great. And thx for the link to So what, too.

Let me suggest a link, too (oops, must admit this almost got me to "enjoy" opera - have always been and still am prejudiced):
Don Giovanni with a festival orchestra and some terrific singers!
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Post No. 2746
07/24/2009 06:45 PM
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Jerry Seinfeld - a bit mechuga

Seinfeld - full Yiddish episode -

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Post No. 2745
07/20/2009 11:25 PM
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Brahms Calms

Music that defies gravity!

Make sure it is quiet and calm when you listen. Best late at night. May take a few listens before you realize how great it is.
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Post No. 2744
07/18/2009 09:39 AM
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We Are The World...

Go here:

And if you like it, give it the highest rating!
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Post No. 2743
07/17/2009 08:39 PM
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Lost In Space

Hey did ya hear the one about NASA "losing" the footage of the original moon walks?

No, this is not a joke. This was on the news. This is an actual claim from NASA!!

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Post No. 2742
07/17/2009 01:07 AM
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So What?

Of course for many this one stands as a classic:

Can't you almost feel the rain falling on the city streets?

Either that or you're sitting in the back of a smokey jazz club in the village nursing a beer under a dingy light.

I think cuts like these will one day be looked upon as postcards from the past. Even now the mood and feel they evoke are of a bygone era. I mean, people still play this kind of jazz today, but its not the same. These guys lived it Today we can only reproduce the sound, kind of like classical music, but few can come close to that coolness factor of that time. Can you dig?
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Post No. 2741
07/17/2009 12:32 AM
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Miles Jackson?

What better use of the guestbook than when people post cool musical links. On the subject of jazz versions of popular tunes here's Miles Davis playing a Michael Jackson favorite:

Miles is a master of understatement! It's what he doesn't play that is as important, or more, than what he does play.
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Post No. 2740
07/16/2009 11:26 AM
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Best Taxi Music Ever!


Post No. 2739
07/16/2009 10:39 AM
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Music for watching traffic lights

This is the music I want to hear while watching city buses and traffic lights in NYC...
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Post No. 2738
07/14/2009 11:37 PM
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Pink Cadillac with Wings

Hey TJ, do you expect to go up to heaven in a pink Cadillac with wings!

Maybe there are different rings of heaven as Dante wrote in his Divine Comedy. Some will be brought to the Bach ring and others to the Smokey Robinson ring. Still others will be brought to the Marylin Manson ring ... or would that be one of the rings of hell?

Perhaps this is what you'd hear on the coolest ring of heaven:

I used to listen to this every night before going to bed for a while during my college days in Manhattan. Just imagine the windows open at 3 A.M. in the summer and the music getting mixed with the sounds of the occasional cab or bus along Amsterdam Ave. Watching the traffic lights go from green to yellow to red to green to yellow to red ...

Post No. 2737
07/14/2009 09:29 PM
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You Really Got a Hold On Me
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Post No. 2736
07/14/2009 03:23 PM
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If God was black ...

... then this is what you'd hear on the way up to heaven:

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Post No. 2735
07/14/2009 02:53 PM
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Heavenly Hell

One man's Heaven is another man's Motown!

Post a link to Smokey's tune if you can. I'd like to shut my eyes and compare.

Post No. 2734
07/14/2009 11:08 AM
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Heavenly Music

If that is the music playing in heaven, then I will change the station.
In my mind, I hear Smokey Robinson doing You Really Got A Hold On Me.
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Post No. 2733
07/13/2009 02:20 PM
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When you think Jew do you think of this?

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