28 Dec 2014 12:53
"We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are." Anais Nin
11 Aug 2014 20:58
I wonder if the huge popularity of Les Miserables (the musical, not Victor Hugo's novel) has anything to do with the current state of the world's economy. - Just a thought in passing. Had another thought today - they were discussing a new photography exhibit on one of the Washington DC radio stations. It is a showing of photographs of the 100 "coolest" Americans. But as they were talking about what makes someone "cool" I wondered to myself, if you are so cool that you are included in a list somewhere, does being on that list make you uncool? I'll bet Andy Warhol, Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg would say it does.
24 May 2014 19:05
I was just listening to tropical Ensemble, doing "Someone Else". I had forgotten how much I like their work and that piece in particular. I can't upload tit here, because it isn' on youtube - you'll have to do a search for it. Enter Tropical Ensemble, Baltimore in oyur search engine. They also have a nice version of Tin Man on their website.
17 May 2014 11:47
"I'm sorry I called you a lazy slut. It's just a figure of speech, you know. like as in 'Can I help you carry your bags, you lazy slut?'." Andrew Lippa
27 Apr 2014 11:07
“The time came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud became more painful than the risk it took to bloom.” – Anais Nin
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.
22 Nov 2013 18:23
R. A Heinlein had it wrong. It isn't the moon that is a harsh mistress; it's music.
19 Nov 2013 21:47
13 Nov 2013 14:48
Throughout history, in many cultures, virgins were sacrificed to the Gods. That means they kept the sluts for themselves. Smart people!
11 Nov 2013 10:18
Was just telling someone on the blue site that the world is not graded. Nature is pass/fail. There is no gradient of survival (nor of pregnancy).
05 Sep 2013 18:04
08 Aug 2013 19:15
I don't even know what this thing is, but it is so cool-looking, I know I need one.
07 Jul 2013 10:41
Last Monday, I was listening to NPR. Talking heads were discussing Serena Williams' upset at Wimbledon. She asked him, "Should we be worried?" I thought, Hell no! It's an effing GAME! You should be worried about global warming!
26 Jun 2013 08:13
WARNING: OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR TO BE
26 Jun 2013 08:03
DOMA and Proposition 8 are both ruled unconstitutional! YAY!!!! Seems pretty astounding, given the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the voting rights issue. Go figure. But, as they say in some circles, "Don't look a gift horse..."