10 Apr 2014 20:19
Piano players should not be allowed to write arrangements. In Andy Lippa's Wild Party, the lead alto sax part calls for several notes written as single leger line A, but noted 8va. They are immediately followed by a piannissimo low C, marked, subtone. On a keyboard that's easy; you just reach up with your right hand pinky finger, and strike the notes. On a saxophone, even if you're good, it's darned near impossible. I doubt Jimmy Dorsey or Al Gallodoro could have played that passage, and I'll guarantee I can't.
30 Mar 2014 19:22
Suddenly realized these can't stay in the car overnight - the piccolos might crack from temperature changes.
07 Mar 2014 20:14
Heard a great statement today. It was on the radio, and I wish the station hadn't faded just as they were saying who wrote it.
"The hereafter is not someplace we go to when we die; it is what we leave behind."
23 Feb 2014 11:19
Nantes, Fr. : Des legumes pas du bitumen!
Westminster, USA: Oui!
12 Feb 2014 14:56
Pneumonia is Nature's way of telling us to quit smoking.
05 Feb 2014 21:05
Just watched Chet Atkins and Suzy Bogguss (with Johnny Gimble, Steve Warriner, and others) doing After You've Gone on YouTube. It doesn't get any better than that, folks, but embedding was disabled by request, so you'll have to go find it on your own. It's more than worth the effort, though.
31 Jan 2014 21:28
"As I went walking
I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said
But on the other side
It didn't say nuthin'
That side was made for you and me." Woody Guthrie
Thank you, Mr. Seeger, for bringing that song of Woody's, and many more to us. R.I.P.
21 Jan 2014 18:32
I'm ready for Spring now.
08 Jan 2014 15:43
Haiku for hump day:
I gave you permission
You read my mind and scared me
But I’m glad I did
05 Jan 2014 15:18
"Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy."
~ Alexander Fleming
31 Dec 2013 17:57
Happy New Year to all my friends on the east side of the Atlantic, where it's already 01 Jan 2014!
25 Dec 2013 20:00
I decided to make a miniature table saw, using my Dremel. Here's the beginning. But I see I need to fix the date stamp in my camera.
24 Dec 2013 09:16
Happy holidays to all my peeps!
22 Dec 2013 17:07
I figured out what I want Santa to bring me for Christmas.
An AR Bb Clarinet
15 Dec 2013 08:37
When did medical insurance suddenly become "health care"? Just asking, 'cause I always thought health care was what doctors, nurses, and all the other medically trained people provided.