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THEE: 2nd Photo--Granny and Second Grandchild This is photo of myself and little David (born hours after Ringo's birthday!). This is a very recent photo of Hself with the bear I spoke of. He is our first grandchild (born in Hawaii) on September 12 of 1996. This is the same date of James McCartney's birthday, oddly. What fun! This is our favorite cat, Dexter Paul Morris. Thought you'd enjoy a good laugh! THEE: Re: consonant blends: sn st tr br gr bl sl pv wx cb... I have no idea what your subject field (above) means! Is that still more proof that I've forgotten everything I learned in school? I had dinner in Adams Morgan last night with Hself. He remains his same sweet self. Beforehand, at Idle Times Books, I found a book I'd had my eye out for, Harry Price's bit of balderdash, "The Most Haunted House in England" (1940). It concerns a certain Borley Rectory. One of the more interesting web pages I've found is one on Borley Rectory put up by the son of the woman who lived at Borley Rectory in the '30s. Alas, he's mainly trying to sell his own books on the subject. THEE: I am a lute student and a couple of weeks ago I began to play the baroque guitar. I would be very interested to get the original of the Gallot guitar book: could you please write me where the original Ms. is housed and how can I get a copy of the original? I could also pay you for sending me a copy if you have a complete one which is readable enough. Would you give me some tips on other sources which are not published in faximile editions? I think your idea about restringing the modern guitar and publishing your tab for free in the net is great and should bring more people to this music than the few who actually play historical instruments. Please note, however ,that in James Tyler's book on the Early Guitar he gives three different tunings for three bodies of repertoire ,so only one tuning is not right for the entire literature. Thank you very me for your time. THEE: Re: sunday journal >It's probably thrown out by now, but do you still have that Sunday Montgomery Journal from Nov 22? I could use a few more copies. I did completely forget to check the Journals we get. I'll look around when I get home tonight. (I'm still not sure if we even get the Sunday edition) THEE: Subject: Back to work I was putting together our takes for the Irish suite & am still very unhappy with the Adagio/Intro. It just drags along (takes 2 1/2 minutes compared with 1 to 1 1/2 for each of the other movements). I'd like to try it substantially quicker. If we meet at my place we can try another recording, too. As it is, I'd rather "release" the suite without the Adagio since it seems tediously slow to me (though I know tastes differ). Maybe the recording of it will sound better the next time I listen to it. I'm in a bit of a quandry since Hself and Hself have both said they'd like to do a WGS recital & I find it hard to say I don't think their playing warrants one. My response was to say that maybe we could get a number of people (say 4) to do an early instrument recital together. I met a few more players at the recent lute weekend, so perhaps this will be possible. THEE: 3 gtr Don't worry about the Irish intro. I'm pretty sure we can work out something to make us all happy. ME: he didn't even know who drummed on ps i love you!!! Took the next step today in getting my sub card. Went in for a chat with the vice principal. Like everything, it seems like an interminal process, with the possibility of producing no fruit - and a possibility of taking a loss. They charge something like 60 bucks to take your fingerprints. Stuck around and helped in the library and had a good time. My Journal article is creating lots of stir at the school. Way out of proportion to its actual value, but attention is nice now and then, no? Didn't get your latest email until today, Wednesday. The 8th passed without a single thought about its infamy. But that's really only a comment on my awareness of the date at any specific time. It will always rank as one of the most significant days in my life. Played duets with mandolin buddy Hself on Tuesday. I thought some things were universally known, but when I was describing the flatted submediant chord as the "Peggy Sue" chord (you hear it on "pretty pretty pretty") it turns out that he's not familiar with Peggy Sue, and hardly knows the name Buddy Holly, for that matter. I tried another tack. You hear this flatted submediant at the end of P.S. I Love You. Well, he didn't know that one either, although he does recognize the Beatles name. His knowledge of pop music is impressive, if not downright formidable, though. For example, he started singing the WW2 era song, P.S. I Love You. When I played a turn-of-the- century song Kentucky Babe, which also had the Peggy Sue chord and which I naturally assumed had been lost to obscurity, he started singing along! I was floored. What a difference 25 years can make. I have more questions about Borley Rectory. Prompt me one day. As always, I have no knack for saying things about the loss of loved ones, but I hope the activities of the last few days went well and helped put everybody on an upward swing. ME: Subject: t.o. posting Hi t.o. guys, Just drawing your attention to my posting in response to your comments on my evolution "FAQ". The subject will be: Subject: Welcome to my evolution FAQ - round 2 THEE: Subject: But did he notice that the lights had changed? Thanks for your condolences. This one is a hard one--my uncle was the picture of health at age 65 and died while working out. A couple of times I've looked at my aunt and been at a complete loss for words. People have said it was a good way to go and I agree but, as I may have already said to you, it would have been better, say, in the year 2013 or 2018, when he would be a very old man. Among those at the funeral, after all, was my Great Aunt Hself, who was 26 when my uncle was born. We've been going over to Aunt Hself's apartment the last two evenings and will again tonight, probably. We'll get to meet my two cousins' children for the first time this weekend, I hope. That would be a silver lining to this whole affair. I'm nearing the end of my Philippines book. As I may have told you, it concerns the U.S. Army's daring capture of a Filipino rebel leader in 1901. I was impressed that this rebel leader wound up outliving everyone else in the story (he outlived his captor by 47 years); he participated in Philippine independence celebrations in 1946 and finally succumbed just before his 95th birthday on the somewhat magical date of Feb. 6, 1964. It's been an interesting century. THEE: Subject: CDs etc. Hope you are well and having a good year. I'm afraid I've been buried in academics this year, teaching a new course I didn't want, etc. I did make it up to Montreal for the GFA, which was a fine experience. I have found a website that resells European CDs; in case you aren't aware of it, there are a number of guitar & pianoforte albums from Italy, including the works of Carulli, Diabelli, Giuliani, the complete (12) Rossini Overtures as transcribed by Carulli for g & pf, and also works by Noferi, Giardini, Geminiani, Straube for guitar & keyboard. The price is $5.99 per CD, the label is Nuova Era, and the website is: www.berkshirerecoutlet.com Incidentally, a certain Hself the DC/Maryland area took a cheap shot at us on the rec.music.classical.guitar group. Any idea who he is or why he might have done this? THEE: Subject: I'm sorry, so sorry Brenda Lee is 54 today. Celebrate! THEE: Subject: Videotapers' alert Dunno if you talk to people who like to snag Beatle TV clips but if so, here's a potential goodie. A rebroadcast of "The Flip Wilson Show" on the TVLAND cable channel, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 9:30 p.m., will allegedly featuring a taped Macca performance. THEE: Subject: Family Feud questions We are having a christmas party and would like to play Family Feud. I need questions that would appeal to my group. We are aged from about 28-37 years old. Your comments on the rules was helpful but how should i sequence the questions. Three faceoffs then 1 fast round. Thanks in advance THEE: Re: Welcome to my evolution FAQ - round 2 > Just describe some interesting transition in generation by generation steps. Account for all of the descendants of all of the members of the source species until you arrive at an established population of the destination species. You are just limiting yourself so that you do not have to look at the data. >I have trouble envisioning it. That's hardly an argument ME: Subject: beep beep beep, beep beep beep, beep beep all the way Went down to LC again on Friday to get more good things. On my previous visit I got a copy of a piece in beautiful manuscript by Justin Holland, the black man who was the most important American guitarist of his time - mid-1800's. At first I wasn't sure it was in his hand, but since then I've compared it with the letter he wrote to the president of Oberlin college ("the obstacles I have met to getting a good education are near insurmountable...") Thanks for the Brenda Lee birthday notice. I got it today, Sunday, but coincidentally had played her album (the goodie you gave me recently) on Friday, her birthday. Was up in Baltimore County last night, Saturday. My sister and brother-in-law threw a "company Christmas party". Tom has a landscaping business; Diane always has ideas for get-togethers. She bought yo-yos as party favors for everybody. They light up and play Christmas tunes. So we turned off all the lights and created a 15-yo-yo fire storm. We also played Taboo. I know you're not a natural gamester, but if you wouldn't get a kick out of that one, there's definitely something gone awry with the universe. As always, I had to adjust the rules from the supplied ones, which, as is always the case nowadays, are intended to get people rankled with each other. THEE: Subject: Spiked I admire your sister for coming up with a wacky party. That's a special skill. Hself and I watched a Betty Grable classic Saturday night, "Moon Over Miami" (1941). In a scene featuring a band, one of the players had what looked like (and sounded like) an electric guitar. I know that it wasn't. It was probably an unamplified, hollow-body guitar made of steel, right? Hself drove me to work this morning. Her route, Reno Road to Massachusetts Avenue, would have worked fine, except we got caught behind the vice presidential motorcade. Even he was running late for work this morning. Today is Spike Jones' birthday. He would have been 87. Hey, are you thinking record convention next Sunday!?!?! ME: Subject: christmas gig I just got a call from Hself, Phyllis' cellist friend. You met at the Frederick Douglass Home. He wants a guitar duo for a Christmas party. The bad news is, I can't imagine you being free. It's December 23, 1:00 to 4:30, in Georgetown. We would play "a couple of hours". They'll pay $100 per person. Any chance your company is on holiday that day? ME: Subject: family feud About Family Feud, it's never been clear to me how one could generate a batch of questions himself. The questions themselves aren't so much the problem - name something that's red; name something a magician uses; besides people, what do you haul in your car; name something you use a computer for; etc. - but coming up with a list of ranked answers would require an actual survey of a lot of people. With the published home versions, what I like to do is select what look like the most fun 2 out of the 3 questions on a sheet, and then do the fast money round. A typical game may then consist of 8 questions, say, and 4 fast money rounds, 2 for each team. Good luck with your game. ME: Subject: gallot Thanks for your interest in my Gallot page. Getting a copy of the complete manuscript is not easy, as far as I know. I have a friend who gave me a thick stack (about 4 cm?) of pages from it. I think that's about half of it. These are all oversized pages. She made them from microfilm, and because of the size of the pages, it was not an easy task. As far as I know, the Gallot book has not been published in facsimile and anyone who is interested has to make his own copy. I think the easiest way to go about that is to borrow the microfilm from the Lute Society of America. I presume you can look them up on the web for contact information. About the various tunings of the Baroque guitar, I feel like the tuning with bass strings on course 4 and 5 does justice to *all* baroque guitar music, whereas the tunings without bass strings sound incomplete for a lot of the music - even pieces supposedly meant to be played without one or both basses. I am far from confident that we know for sure how each of the composers tuned his guitar. Even if we did know, do we believe that everyone who played the music at the time used the composer's stringing? In any case, my quasi-baroque guitar is no worse off in this matter than a real one or a copy. ME: Subject: moon pies Even before you mentioned it, I noticed that this Sunday is the Arbutus record convention. Sounds good to me, but is it ok if I put it at a lower priority than seeing the family? Don't know yet if we're getting together Sunday. The other night a WMUC dj put together a set related to the Vietnamese war. One of the songs was by the Beach Boys, from a 1971 album. I guess you know it. Before that special, the same dj played Yoko Ono's Why. He indicated he was pretty knocked out by it. It did sound great. The Brenda Lee album you gave me recently is called "Sincerely, Brenda Lee". That explains why I was confused and reluctant to call it by name. One of her earliest albums is called "Sincerely, Brenda". Without looking it up, and pretending I have to put something down for a test question, I would say that Lew Grade was the president of ATV, the company that bought up Northern Songs. I seem to remember that there was some sort of surprise attack, or something tricky, involved. In the tv show Salute To Sir Lew Grade, I think John and his band did a song with faces on the back of their heads, referring to Lew Grade's two-facedness. On the other hand, this may be a work of fiction. I'm even less clear about the origin of the electric guitar. Two names always pop up as pioneers, Les Paul and Leo Fender (I think). But there is some old blues player who gets mentioned as "the first". I am vague on the time frame of all this. What you described sounds like a dobro, but I don't associate that with band music. Another example of my sister's wacky party's: for the Hale-Bopp comet, we had a viewing party (the clouds rolled in just before party time). Diane had gone through the whole grocery store buying all the junk foods and drinks that had an astronomy reference in their names. Not only did we sample the cuisine, but she had written a story with blanks to be filled in by the food names. THEE: Re: christmas gig Your suspicions are correct. Unfortunately, I didn't have much vacation time left, and my only remaining days off will be Dec 24, and Dec 30. Sounds like it would've been fun. Oh well... THEE: Subject: 1974 Now I'm listening to the soundtrack to the as-yet-hardly-released film "Storefront Hitchcock." He opens with a nice song called "1974." As usual, there are obscure references, to Syd Barrett's last year in a studio, to the last year of "Monty Python" on TV. That was the year I went to England, so it remains fairly clear in my mind. I once heard Pete Townshend say that John Lee Hooker invented the electric guitar by sticking a microphone in an acoustic guitar in about 1945. When I was in high school, a chap gave a talk about unusual instruments and one of his prizes was a steel guitar from the '40s, which sounded electric. I thought that was what I was seeing in "Moon Over Miami." I'm also currently listening to an LP called "4 Freshmen and 5 trombones." It's not bad, for those of us who are interested in the origins of the Beach Boys. ME: Subject: but she was a frying pan, sang the guy with the rickenbacher I was doing some power-yo-yoing today for some neighborhood kids and the music and lights stopped. Turns out I had dislodged the battery with the centrifugal force. Luckily, when I popped it open, it was obvious how to fix it. You were right, of course, about John and Yoko's comedy. On the Wedding Album John says, "...to fight the establishment with their own weapons is no good... because they always win... They don't know how to handle humour, and peaceful humour, and that's our message, really." Later on, upon wakin in the morning, he says, "As I was saying about bagism, you see, you get in a bag and you jump out the window. Next thing you know, you have a policeman on your head." (chuckles) About Lew Grade and ATV, I earnestly suggest opening Shout! to page 370 and reading 2 pages. Philip Norman's clarity is amazing. Assuming what he writes is mostly true, I can't begin to imagine how someone could pull all that material together. And this is only 2 pages. I think it's characteristic of the whole book. I wonder if you saw an electric dobro in that movie. If so, you saw a very historic instrument. In 1932 the Dobro company made a few electric resonator guitars. They weren't a success, but this made the company the first to market an electric guitar. The early guy who opened the world's eyes to the electric guitar was Charlie Christian. He was, by all accounts, a phenomenal jazz player. (I had said blues.) He worked with the Benny Goodman band. He died at 23 in 1942. A small consolation is that he was extensively recorded. My guitar reference book, which is pretty thorough, actually, doesn't mention John Lee Hooker and amplified guitar together. An interesting tidbit: "The first truly successful electric guitars did not appear on the market until the early 1930s. In 1931 the Rickenbacher company (which spelled its name with an h in place of the second k in those early days) produced an electric Hawaiian guitar which was nicknamed the "Frying Pan" after the shape of its aluminum body." They say that some players in the late 1920s stuck record player pickups on the underside of the soundboard. Arbutus or bust (eventually). P.S. at least 2 typos above THEE: Subject: Huh? I was just checking the Birchmere calendar. On Feb. 23, 1999, Sir George Martin is listed. What gives? THEE: Re: but she was a frying pan, sang the guy with the rickenbacher Donald, Thanks for the info on electric guitars. If you disseminate this information, you'll turn the music world on its head. I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking the electric guitar was strictly a post-World War Two invention. Today, the Christmas blahs kicked in. Doing Christmas right takes so much work. Even doing it incompetently, as I do, is hard. Call me the Grinch but I'm looking forward to Jan. 2. That's about it. I went out to a going-away party for my best friend at work tonight. She's thoroughly wacky. I'll really miss her. ME: Subject: 10 more shopping days (base 2) Had fun at school again today. We did reading, time-telling and pattern recognition and extension. I gave the kids a choice of an item from my world-famous Crackerjacks prize collection. I logged on tonight to find a message from the most-famous- personage-to-date-to-sign-my-guestbook. I suppose Hself knows the name Eddie Feigner. Unfortunately, I think Eddie missed at least slightly the import of my softball page. By the way, I'm starting to give up hope on Sharon Pratt Kelly, Lani Guinier and Alan Bean. And I thought they were all my friends... Latest statistic is 717 web hits over the last 2 weeks. Not bad, considering my level of inactivity. I really must get hopping on the Cool Whip Bowl page. I'm curious about your Christmas blahs. I didn't detect them Monday night. About the only problem I ever had with Christmas was the fear of unappreciated presents (both directions). I doubt that that's a significant concern of yours. By the way, thanks for the good time Monday night. I bought some parfum today in lieu of Bobby Jimenez. Good hooch, they mix it up fresh for you. Deluxe. Tea rose. Can't get it off my hands. Hope it's appreciated. THEE: Subject: Thank you, ta Thank YOU for coming over Monday. It was low-key but I got a little more Christmas madness out of the way. This will not be the last message you get from me today. THEE: Subject: Sir George Sir George Martin is scheduled to kick out the jams on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Birchmere. Tickets are $27.50. I can say no more. I can't even tell you honestly that it's THAT George Martin, although it must be a safe bet. THEE: Subject: Bobby From cdnow.com, here's what I find... Bobby Jimenez Alma Cubana-Collection Of Popu CD List $ 16.97 Their price: $15.99 Sorry, that's it. THEE: Re: lc chore >The funny (sad) thing is, the LC database programs are now so hard to use that even the most experienced librarian there says he does not know how to actually retrieve these publications. Supposedly, they are working on a new and improved system. Sounds like software written years ago when it was cool that computers could do anything useful at all. Now we expect more. ME: Subject: holiday status report Went up to Baltimore 2x for the holidays and will go up again today (Sunday). It was a good Christmas. Christmas Eve afternoon I spent running around buying a car battery. It didn't go smoothly, but I got one and I can't complain because a) that's all part of owning a car and b) the conditions could have been much worse (miles from home at night with single-digit temperatures, etc.) Have I ever mentioned that, while I am obviously not a car buff in the way many people are, I'm sure I take the miracle of modern transportation less for granted than just about anybody? Baltimore to Washington whenever you want in 40 minutes in perfect comfort under any weather condition for a dollar or two - science fiction, right? Thanks for the Bobby Jimenez research. That's a feather in the web's cap. Why "Sorry"? Dunno if I'll be fired up for George Martin by then. On WWMD's Saturday night Big Band show tonight they advertised the Beatle's Day In The Life photo book twice. "Beatle Fans, if you think you've seen all the photos..." These are the photos that were sitting in a shed for 35 years, maybe Robert Freeman's, I forget. Did you ask Hself about Eddie Feigner? ME: Subject: my goof Yikes! You're right, of course, about the "band around the earth" problem. Thanks for being so polite in correcting me. I remembered from 7th grade (a *long* time ago) that the answer was a little under 2 feet. So, without thinking it through carefully, I said to myself "6 divided by pi. That's a little under 2 feet. That's the answer." Now I realize that the original problem was to add a nice, round *10 feet* to the band, and 10/(2*pi) gives me that "little under 2 feet" I remembered. Like you really need to know why I goofed up, huh? I like your presentation of the goats and gold problem - very elegant. Though, of course, from the contestant's point of view the problem is that he doesn't know whether or not the game show host had a choice. My claim about vos Savant's presentation is that she didn't make it absolutely clear that the host was bound to open a door every time. She didn't unambiguously rule out what you called "malicious ones who want you to lose and can choose not take their turn at opening a door after your initial choice." ME: Subject: old friend Thanks for your offer of assistance. Actually, I don't need to actively track my old friends down - just thought they might get a kick out of finding themselves on my web page and then drop a note. If you are at all curious about Hself, he would be 45 now. He went to elementary school in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County. He actually walked to the school on Featherbed Lane. He had some pet hamsters which got loose once while I was visiting. They almost got lost in some very thick grass. As he was extracting them from the grass, he referred to them as "very fragile creatures". That has stuck with me all my life. I have plagiarized it on many occasions. For instance, when I have to explain to people why I don't go to movies, it's because I am a "very fragile creature". Kind of a joky way of saying the actual truth. I always remember a nervous habit of Hself's - tugging his socks up frequently, even when they didn't need it. (I always hated the feeling of droopy socks, too.) I think he had a very slight speech impediment and took speech therapy. I think he moved to Decatur, Georgia (or Decatur, Somewhere) in 5th grade. I remember thinking, "Decatur? That's a funny sounding and spelled word." THEE: Subject: old friend Donald, Thank you for the input - it was very nice of you, and amusing. I hope you have a very Happy New Year - drink delicate wines - they're good for delicate creatures. THEE: Re: holiday status report Glad you had a good Christmas. Mine was fine, too. Christmas Day started out quiet and pleasant with a snowy exercise session up the hill with Hself. After opening some gifts and generally hanging out, Hself and I went over to her eldest brother's house in Darnstown. (They call it North Potomac.) Today we're off to see the Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre. Originally, Hself's Mom bought five tickets, for Hself, me, her, and two of our nieces. The nieces rebelled, so they're not going. I'm kind of looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. Think about George M. until mid-week or so. As far as loot goes, I got a bunch of useful things from Hself, including my first tie rack. Her sister gave me a gift certificate to Joe's Record Paradise, which I must redeam soon! What should I ask Hself about Eddie Feigner? I forget. THEE: Is a field goal actually a change of possession? If you kick and miss a field goal on 3rd down do you get the ball back for a 4th down? If you miss the field goal and the ball doesn't make the end zone, can the kicking team recover and advance the ball? ME: Subject: dizziness, nausea and the 64 million $ question Went out tonight to see the Festival of Lights at Watkins Park over here in PG County. It was quite nice. Yesterday I got myself a bit ill starting in the afternoon. Had to cancel out a guitar trio session. Just a half-day sickness. It used to happen about twice a year as a kid. Now it's much more infrequent. The crazy thing is I went to bed early and woke up wide awake at 1:30 with the sickness gone. What to do? Kind of threw my system off schedule. I walked around the neighborhood a while, had a sandwich, played guitar and went back to bed around 3:30. To be honest, I don't see getting fired up for George Martin. Nothing personal; I've passed on Ringo with cheaper tickets even. Hmmm... What does this sentence tell us about the human condition: "I'm kind of looking forward to going back to work tomorrow"? ME: Subject: lc chore I doubt that I will come across something at LC that will make me sit up and think, "Hey, here's something for you to consider!" The main problem is that I get so much pleasure from things that other people groan at, or downright despise. My favorite classical guitar genre for some time has been 19th C. arrangements of operatic themes. Those Opern-Revue works by Mertz knock me out. It's not too likely I'm going to say, "Hey, here's a great Balfe opera nobody has touched." Another example is a turn-of-the-century American guitarist name T. P. Trinkaus who arranged a million pop tunes of the time for solo guitar. I have about 20 pages of his arrangements of Victor Herbert operettas. I'm probably the only person on earth playing them, and with a big smile, at that. THEE: Subject: Sir Donald Sorry about no Sir George. I can't say I'm over-eager but I'll probably go. Brian Wilson is supposedly touring in the spring, which is hard to believe. I was looking forward to returning to work, mainly because I have a whole different set of toys (most on the computer) to play with here. I listened to the Traveling Wilburys' "Vol. 1" the other day. It was OK in parts. THEE: LC chore >My favorite classical guitar genre for some time has been 19th C. arrangements of operatic themes. Those Opern-Revue works by Mertz knock me out. I can count my guitar-arranging heroes on one hand and have several fingers left over. Mertz is one of them. THEE: re: the Fermi Paradox Just a quick note to say I read your web site about the Fermi Paradox and agree with you. I have spent alot of time trying to workout the Fermi Paradox and just cannot figure out how it can be wrong that we are alone. I have theorised that 1) Everyone hiding as the are scared. I rejected this as surely at least someone would be screaming turn off the radio you fools. In any case if someone was destroying or hurting SETIs surely they would set up a site to attract "fools" to show themselves. 2) When they hit a certain stage of development they go elsewhere. If this was true though it would take only one to want to explore this one for them to colonise this universe. In any wise some one surely would want to go to their roots - like we do to explore where they came from. 3) We are the first or very close because we are a third generation sun that has enough metal to create a space colonising species. But surely some one would beat us by just a few million years enough to colonise this galaxy. Even if star colonisation was impossible (I think unlikely) surely they would use radio. Which we would pick up? Particularly if they picked an interesting place to place a marker where SETI would likely to look. They could even create one if they need too. At present I think we face a terrible problem that if we are unique, what is it that makes us unique. What is it about Earth that is unique. THEE: Feedback Please let me introduce myself. My name is Hself. I found your web site while browsing for a Classical Guitar society in Washington D.C. I had to write because . . . well because . . . it's almost scary how many common interests we have. * I love to play guitar * I'm not too keen on Evolution (or I don't find the current theories compelling enough,) * I love those counterintuitive puzzles * I dream of photocopying every piece of guitar music in the Library of Congress too. (Although I haven't been granted permission by my wife. I suspect she's worried she'll never see me again.) * Finally, my wife and I watch almost no TV. O.K. - That's five things in common. Not too scary really. How about my enjoying food and having strange dreams. Boy your really in luck if you realize, during a dream, that you're dreaming and that you can control everything. (When you awake, you'll realize if you're virtuous or not.) From this same dream, I also was awakened by a friend. That kind of annoyed me. However, then the phone rang and I woke up for real! By the way, during this dream, I also dreamt the most incredible piano music. Definitely the most singular incredible dream I've ever had. This only happened to me once, and I don't know how/why it worked except that I was in college and probably not getting enough sleep. Well, maybe I'll pursue the Classical Guitar Society someday. Gotta go. ME: rules, schmules... Check out my Password page for my idea of good Password rules. They're at the end in an Addendum. I wrote 'em for the whole world, but you can look, too. http://www.donaldsauter.com/password.htm Thanks for all the fun and frolic this Christmas. Quiz: 1. Who said, "Before Elvis, there was *nothing*." 2. Beatles roadie Mal Evans' biggest thrill of all was meeting his number 1 favorite star in Bel Air, Cal. in Aug 1965. Who was it? :srewsnA nonneL nhoJ :1 sivlE :2 ME: "obituary tracking", as you called it Here's the month-by-month condensed version of Dave Barry's end- of-year roundup, eliminating the inessential material: The beat stops for Sonny Bono. Henny Youngman, with perfect timing, delivers his final punch line. Dr. Spock makes a house call on St. Peter. Linda McCartney takes wing. Pol Pot goes to Hell. Frank Sinatra retires for the last time; Bebe rejoins his old pal Dick; Phil Hartman exits prematurely; Marjory Stoneman Douglas goes to that big wetlands preserve in the sky. No June Baby boomers experience nostalgia overload as Robert Young goes into permanent reruns; Alan Shepard has his final splashdown; Roy Roger takes that Happy Trail; and Buffalo Bob finally finds out what time it is. The final curtain falls for Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop. In nonscandal news, Florence Griffith Joyner reaches the finish line; George Wallace ends his last campaign. Gene Autry joins Roy for a duet. In show business, Esther plays her final Rolle. Keith Richards enlists in the Colombian air force. --- What's the last one mean? I figured the it was an od. By the way, in case you got the wrong impression, all live former-Beatle performances on the Hself Tapes don't get recorded over. Sometimes, like King of Broken Hearts, the whole thing survives. Sometimes, like Love Me Do, a representative snippet is spared. Those tapes are something else, believe you me. ME: fermi and us Thanks for your thoughts on the Fermi Paradox. Very interesting. You came up with a few angles that had never occurred to me. Isn't it odd that out of all the talk.origins participants, *nobody* sees it the way we do? ME: dreams and guitar Thanks for the funny message. Please come out to the Washington Guitar Society. This month the program is a members' recital. Anybody can play for an appreciative audience. It should be the 3rd or 4th Friday in January. A newsletter should be coming out soon. Ask for a copy in a week or so. Your dream was pretty amazing. No, I've never been in control of what happens in a dream. If I start to wonder if I'm dreaming, I almost always conclude that, no, this is reality, and here I am embarrassing myself to death in public in my underwear, or worse. If I start to think, yeah, this might be a dream, that will lead to waking up in a few moments. So you, too, have dreamed incredible music? I've dreamt amazing orchestral and piano music - and I've never written 2 notes in real life. I wonder how many people do this. The only other person I've heard mention it is Linda McCartney. ME: Subject: lc chore I'm disappointed that you feel sure you couldn't get permission to copy the 2nd N--- volume. I mean, I know I couldn't - I've never in my life gotten anybody in the business world to agree to anything I think is a perfectly reasonable request. But I always figured that was just something in my DNA. Obviously, other people know how to make things happen. In a reasonable world, you should be able to say to Napoleao, "Hey, I'll give you $20 for permission to copy your out-of-print book for personal use." They should say, "Sure, go ahead." Saying "no" doesn't benefit anybody - themselves included. That's in a reasonable world. In a perfect world, you should be able to copy anything you want, and send a compulsory licensing fee to the appropriate place. I would also bring the copyright period in line with patents - 17 years. There's just too much good stuff frozen out there for too long. And keep in mind that the music itself is public domain, even if the Napoleao paper and ink rendering is protected till doomsday. They can't complain about anybody putting out his own N--- publications. (Again, in a reasonable world, they should see that all N--- arrangements are advertisements for their own catalog of the original piano versions.) THEE: Subject: Frustration quoto met Re: rules, schmules Hi Donald, I just spent about 20 minutes trying to get your web page to read about your ideas for password. When geocities kept saying they never heard of your name and my browser couldn't find the site, I went back to the email page and found I had left out a /. Picky, picky, picky. But that was enough fun for one night, so I think, I'll say so long for now. Glad you had fun at all the get-togethers; we did, too. I'll try the web stuff again soon. THEE: Subject: hello again Well, I read a few more of your articles, and liked them. Please swing your editor's pen to my signing of your guestbook & delete my error. I can spell. However, it is apparent I cannot type. 2 random thoughts.... 1. Why did my wonderful public education teach me how to use a lathe (shop class) but only the girls got to take typing class? I have since used a lathe once, yet interface on a computer via keyboard daily. 2. The IBM voice to typing dictation program for radiologists is amazing. I recently watched a Puerto Rican doctor dictate in heavily accented English, using a very complex vocabulary & syntax, and the accuracy rate was great. Hopefully something similar soon for the masses. Did you hear about the Zen master who approached the hot-dog vendor and asked him to "Make me One with everything."? THEE: Subject: Saturday morning? Hey guys-- Back from sunny Florida where family obligations (to sit around & chat) kept me from practicing but I'm eager to get back to it (as soon as I clear the sand from my shoes). One problem is that I left a stack of music in Florida, which my Mom said she'd put in the mail (might get it Fri or Sat). It was all my current stuff, including possibilities for the upcoming members' recital. It'd be nice if we could decide ahead of time which piece or pieces we want to do so I can bring copies. Possibilities-- Pilsl, Ambrosius, Chobanian ... THEE: Re: "obituary tracking", as you called it Dave Barry gets my nod for least-funny-column-of-the-year and that's not just sour grapes (I think). Wow, what poor taste! Today I read that Honoria Donnelly has died at age 81. That's her married name. She was the daughter of Gerald and Sar Murphy, party-throwers of the jazz age. F. Scott Fitzgerald bounced her on his knee. She was one of the few remaining links to that era. THEE: Re: Saturday morning? We tried to work out a program for the upcoming WGS meeting and came up with-- Pilsl, 2nd movement Morricone Chobanian -- one of the remaining movements. So bring these (they're, of course, open to change). Perhaps we can look at the pieces we started last time, also (Ambrosius/Stingl). THEE: Subject: The Bohemian Knights -- or The Czechs in the Mail -- Hself ME: Subject: clicking I would think that your hardware/software/provider would let you simply click on a web address right in an email message. Or is that considered too much fun for the average human to handle? http://www.donaldsauter.com/password.htm THEE: letter to editor: TRIM Dear Prince Georges Gazette, Here are a few thoughts in response to your editorial, "Is it time to trim TRIM?" I moved to Prince George's County at the beginning of 1982. My "total property taxes" for the first full year were $785.32. In spite of the so- called "tax freeze" I kept hearing about, my property taxes rose steadily year by year. I still live in the exact same house and the "total consolidated tax bill" for 1998 was $1888.10. Some freeze... I hate to think what our county leaders would help themselves to if the "freeze" were lifted. I don't claim to be an expert on the problems in our schools. But I doubt that throwing money at the perceived problems is the answer. I am certain that there is no hope for getting maximum achievement from the students in the current heterogeneous classroom mixtures. Teaching to the slower students holds the quicker students back; teaching to the quicker students leaves the slower students in the dust. Grouping students according to ability wouldn't cost a penny. Something one might consider do if he's concerned about our schools is perform volunteer work. I help first-graders at James McHenry Elementary School with reading and arithmetic one morning per week. I also help with some clerical chores. I recommend it highly. Your help will be greatly appreciated by the school, and the kids will like you. You might find yourself enjoying this volunteer "work" as much as any of your hobbies. ME: well wishes and apologies I took my car out tonight and - yep, you guessed it - the headlight is *still* burned out. It didn't cross my mind once after getting home Tuesday night. Fun with the kiddies again today. Did you know that, in the spirit of "different necessarily has to be better", our peerless educators are now teaching 1st-graders subtraction before addition? The kids I'm helping are as likely to say 4 + 1 = 3 as the right answer, maybe moreso. I saw the Spike Lee documentary "4 Little Girls" yesterday at the College Park Archives. I wouldn't say it was great, but I bawled for all 102 minutes. Speaking of Hemingway, you'll have to translate "the past is another country" into English for me one day, and maybe explain the inclusion of the Boris Karloff snippet on your tape. It sounds familiar, by the way. You and Hself gave me temporary pause regarding the notoriety of primal scream therapy. I've recovered and am in a position to state (from experience) that in the mid-70s, you could work "primal scream" into some joky conversation and not one bright college student in 10 would have an inkling of what you were talking about - including Beatle fans. Once when I did this, it was picked up and unwittingly transmuted into "primeval scream" by the others. Sorry to upset you with the Dave Barry snippet. I don't know what went awry, but the things to keep in mind are that those 12 lines were imbedded in a funny end-of-year roundup which was *44 screens* long, and that, as far as I can tell, in no case were mean or uncomplimentary or belittling to the deceased. (The exception being Pol Pot.) "Linda McCartney takes wing" - how could that be said more poetically? Oh well, what do I know. By the way, if you can't help me with "Keith Richards enlists in the Colombian air force", who can??? What the heck does that mean????????? THEE: re: LC chore Are you detecting an atmosphere there in DC over all this fracas going on in the Senate? THEE: Subject: Updates As for my tape, well, I don't really know what "the past is another country" really means, but the title seemed good for a tape that celebrates the end of a rich part of my record- collecting past--my departure from Bloomington. Similarly, I merely included a snippet from mr. Karloff because it's from one of the records I bought on my last Tuesday visit to the library sale. I'm sorry it wasn't something more appropriate, but my visits to the library ended with more of a whimper than a bang. This message may have a part two, only I have to get the laundry out of the washers now. THEE: Subject: Part Two I've been meaning to ask you about a CD that is rising to the top of my pile. It's by the Beatles and it's called "Conquer America." No, it's not THAT "Conquer America." Here's what a brief descriptive passage says: "This disc documents the Beatles [sic] first visit to America and includes interviews with the group during that visit." Uh, I grow weary of copying, so I'll leave out the rest. Anyway, do you think I better tape it for you just to play it safe? Let me know if you're against my doing so. I'll listen to it and if it's something I don't fully recognize, I will. Oh yes, it's a Baktabak Limited Edition. THEE: Subject: Red Robinson goes digital OK, so the CD called "Conquer America" is what I know as "Timeless II A Continuation" on Silhouette Music from the early '80s. It consists of the Murray the K fan club record, a 1966 (misidentified as 1964) press conference in Vancouver and a 1966 press conference in Seattle. A couple tribute songs on my "Timeless II" picture disk have been sliced. I'm guessing you don't need it. We watched a fairly funny new movie on video last night--"The Wedding Singer." An old lady sings a bit of "Till There Was You" in the flick and I'm giving serious thought to NOT including it on my current tape to you. We need something new, exciting, and different! THEE: Subject: Scrabble My roommate and I are interested in branching out and playing someone other than each other. Neither of us has ever been in a Scrabble club, so we have a couple of questions. First what are the dues, if any? And what should we bring to the club meetings? Bearing in mind that we know zero, please tell me anything that you think I should know before showing up at Bowie City Hall some 1st or 3rd Wednesday. ME: Thanks for the Christmas card and note. The kids look great. They also look like you. Hmmm.... I wonder if there's a connection there. Thanks a million for the Bob Dylan magnet. How do you do it? It looks great on my new refrigerator. (The old one bit the dust this summer.) I also have let my Beatlefan subscription slide. There's a few reasons for that. My main interest has always been the Beatles as a group; that's what took the world by storm. I don't keep up with solo Beatle work now, or what the kids are doing. Anyhow, if there's something good in Beatlefan, I can eventually see it in my buddy's copy, although that might be a year later. Still having a great time with the first-graders, which I'm sure I mentioned in my Christmas note. Been looking into getting a regular job again. Still, I'd much rather work for peanuts doing something I want, like making guitar music in the Library of Congress available to guitarists the world over. Oh well, ya can't have everything. And it's not like I'll be slashing sugar-cane or pulling cotton 12 hours a day. We've got it pretty easy nowadays and I don't take that for granted. ME: Hself, ol' buddy ol' pal ol' bean, I hate to be a wet blanket, but it behooves me to say that I do everything in my power to avoid any thought or mention of the President's predicament. I let my newspaper subscription lapse because I was so sick of it. (I was sick of it the day the story broke, the exact minute, even, probably earlier.) The reasons for feeling the way I do are legion. No one will ever hear them. I will say that any one of the pictures in your Christmas mailing are a million, nay, a trillion, times more worthy of the world's attention. (Thanks, again, by the way!) Take care. ME: Thanks for the newsletter. Was the Silent Night arrangement yours? It goes without saying I feel bad you shoulder the whole thing by yourself - that's almost unbelievable, actually - but I'm afraid I still can't face it. You going to nudge any students to the members' recital? That "adult ensemble" of yours sounded good. ME: In the pop music world, I've been plowing unknown byways, as always. Been digging up lots of arrangements for guitar of turn- of-the- century pop tunes at the Library of Congress. (Not *this* turn-of-the-century - that one!) It's kind of neat, in the absence of sound recordings from that era. Sort of the next best thing to finding a stack of 100-year-old 45s at the Salvation Army store. Current fave-rave is "Lucia, My Italian Maid." My web site is up to 400 hits per week now - and not a single visitor knows what I look like. I have a buddy with a scanner, but he doesn't know how to use it. ME: Subject: scrabble The first thing you need to know is that my club is currently dormant. I gave it a rest for the summer when some members had conflicts and never cranked it up again. Just recently there was an article that made a big mention of my club in the Journal newspapers. I was hoping that would generate a new round of interest, whereupon I would fire up the club as fast as I could. There wasn't much response, but with your interest, we may be reaching a critical mass. Why don't you give me a call some time. There are some other active clubs in the area which I can tell you about. Of course, I want to keep scrabble people who haven't been defiled and corrupted by tournament-type play to myself. ME: Subject: melatonin I'm procrastinating on a lot of self-imposed web projects. I cause myself about the same stress that school used to. It turns out that your explanation of "the past is another country" and the Boris Karloff snippet confirmed my suspicions exactly. I just thought maybe I was missing something. By the way, can a wordster like Hself translate "the past is another country"? (And what does she know about the Colombian air force? This is gonna kill me, you know.) Remind me to ask you about Sen Glenn and the sleep experiments. Nix on putting Conquer America on my tapes. They're for snippets and miscellany and gems and riff-raff from crazy record collections and movies and the media. Theoretically, I should own whole Beatle albums. In this case it sounds like I do, but even if I didn't then the appropriate action should be a spin- through at one of our get-togethers. That, or wait for recordable CDs to get sensible. THEE: Actually, that Silent Night was John Duarte's from his Carols for Guitar book. I should have given him credit... OOPS! I'm gonna try and get a few of my students to play in the members recital. I may even play on it myself. I might play my newest piece "Benspiration". ME: Subject: VOB catalog index Dear IGRA, I was looking through the VOB catalog for Kueffner and it seems to me that there is a gap in the index. There is a page for Heeren ->Jones and then a page for Lebedeff ->Lindsey. If the missing page is on the disk, I don't know how to get to it without a link. THEE: After my AOL crashed a few months ago, I lost my bookmark to your web... so, none of those recent hits have been mine. Thanks for the new address. Happy 1999 to you too!! Glad you liked the Christmas Card. Our holidays were nice. I was disappointed that you and I didn't have a great conversation at Thanksgiving. I think everyone wanted to pick your brain for internet things =) Glad you are having success in your musical interests. I never heard 'Lucia'... but, I doubt you are surprized. THEE: I hate the rat race. I was back on 5 day a week. They wanted me to work 5 again but I said no I'd have to quit cause being at home with my kids was more important...and surprise, they understood and let me continue with 4 days! I was lucky. Still wish I was home more though. My kids are so fun to be with. Now you know how I feel since your working with the 1st graders. Hself starts pre-school this year - I am so excited. I will totally be the mom making crafts and baking goodies for the class! The magnet was so easy to make, just a sticky backed magnetic sheet. You should see my fridge!! I cut out all sorts of things and make magnets of 'em. THEE: My friend Hself is just discovering Badfinger. Can you tell me which members have died and when? Ta! So, "the past is another country" is a mysterious phrase, eh? I'll try to find where Hem used it. There's a good movie from the '80s called "Another Country" about a posh British boys' school in the 1930s. The gag is that some of the students are the men who would be Soviet spies in the '50s and '60s. Hself was channel surfing last night and stopped on an interesting (but not sexual) program on the Learning Channel called "Human Sexes." I got thrown by the narrator. Then I recognized him--he's the guy that hosted the Lennon "Man of the Decade" segment. he's looking quite chipper, though the program itself may have been 10 years old. Hself was so enthralled that she had me tape a later transmission, so I can advise you on this minor character more fully. ME: Subject: exhibit opening rsvp I am very pleased to accept your invitation to the exhibit opening for The Beatles: Now And Then. I look forward to it. ME: Subject: damping notation I enjoyed the "Transcriber's Art" column again. Regarding the Zipoli transcription, though, I have to say that it always breaks my heart to see so few notes on a single staff so impossible to play on the guitar. About stopping notes, I've proposed a simple notation that covers almost all of the cases you listed. It's simply the letter d followed by the left or right hand finger that does the damping. Thus, d1 d2 d3 d4 dp da dm di I guess we could add "dh" for the heel of the hand. While that might not strike one as the most brilliant notation since heiroglyphics, it is very simple and also consistent with my other proposed notations which all have 2 parts and start with a letter. Positions are C1 C2 C3 ... Harmonics are H5 H7 H12 H9 etc. When I need to notate the damping finger, I write the indication under the note which needs to be damped - not where the damping occurs. That's about it, but you might take a look at the discussion in my web page http://www.donaldsauter.com/guitar-fingering-notation.htm ME: Subject: a scanner, ooo-wee A scanner, huh!?! I've been going nuts wondering why nobody I know has a scanner. Actually, my buddy Hself has a scanner, but he doesn't know how to use it - or the rest of his computer. (I see I already said this in my last email. I was born with Alzheimer's...) Never heard Lucia, My Italian Maid???!!! Don't worry, neither has anybody else. Another goodie is Gypsy Love Song. Ah... me and my time-travelin' guitar. Believe me, it was all my fault coming up dry on Thanksgiving. I was racking my brain, but it was no go. To be honest, I think I've told you everything there is in my brain. Pretty sad, eh? ME: Subject: obit tracking, as always Finally got a headlight and installed it today. Had another good day at LC yesterday. I have a technique for getting good (not perfect) margins on 8.5 x 14 pages, but it slows me down. Now I can only get about 80 copies done in a day. With the 11 x 17 paper, I could get about 140. Found out today that the Gazette is just a weekly. I had thought the occasional copy they throw in my driveway was to tempt subscribers, but in fact, we get them all. I wrote a letter in response to an editorial, is why I looked into this. About Badfinger, Pete Ham hanged himself in April 1975. Tom Evans committed suicide in 1983. The surviving members are Joey Molland and Mike Gibbins. I was quite amazed to find Evans death was that recent, which is why it wasn't in the reference book I went to, or the early Beatlefans with the Badfinger interviews. I found the year on the web. There's a rock encyclopedia out there. THEE: Subject: In another country Thanks for the poop on Badfinger. Hself is becoming a fan of "Straight Up." I've just been reminded that Hemingway wrote a story called "In Another Country." I hope I have a copy in my backlog so I can reread it. I can't recall what it's about. I watched the 1930 film "The Blue Angel" last night. You know what song that movie gave the world, don't you? I taped all three performances of it in the film for you. Congratulations on both your Library of Congress success and for getting a headlight. THEE: Re: a scanner, ooo-wee I'm doing pretty well with the scanner. I can crop pictures too. CAN'T seem to get my damn printer to work right though. Keeps saying it's out of paper... when it isn't. I don't charge for scanning...but, I don't know how you'd hook em to your web. I could do em...and put em on a disk. Probaby, there is an easy way...but, I know how to scan/e-mail em to me...and save em on a disk ;-) Whatever works! So...I know everything in your brain...huh...then why didn't the answer about the water and wine thing come to me immediately!! HA! THEE: your page could have saved my relationship i just read your scrabble page and think that perhaps that had i read it a year ago, i would still be with my fiancee. she loved scrabble and so did i. i also play a lot of poker and at the time was playing a lot of Magic: TG. we played by the standard rules and in no time my bluffing style started to be a constant source of friction to the point where we no longer played. you see, with my old roommates, bluffing was part and parcel of the game, even the point of some games. we were also old poker hands so this is not surprising. anyways, she and I played fewer and fewer games and then broke up. Moral: don't bluff your sweetheart and use the no-risk challenge rule. Next time I'll remember this. Damn, do you know how hard it is to find a girl in her 20s who likes boardgames? you'd think it was easy but of the 4 serious girlfriends i've had (i'm 28), 3 of them HATED board games. anyhoo, thanks again for your page...i'll keep it bookmarked for the next one. THEE: Subject: Flower Song I thank you very much for the packet of music you sent. It's nice to have some new material to mull over. I find I have two other guitar versions of "Flower Song": One by Herbert Gray (1892), the other by Foden (which seems to be packed away somethere). The six you mention are all new to me. This must have been one popular piece. The original title is "Blumenlied" and is by a German pianist named Gustav Lange (1830-1899). Slonimsky speaks of him as the composer of "more than 400 piano pieces, generally facile, elegant, and effective, and many of which gained great vogue." Loesser dismisses it as "trash, by high-brow standards; and so was almost all other piano music of the century." But, then, Loesser was a high-brow. I'll have to give some thought to any connection with this to "Farewell to the Flowers." Could be. I don't know a thing about Trinkaus either, but to keep running into the name. Yes, he must have kept busy. THEE: Re: damping notation Thanks for the note. I like your suggestion on damping notation. Simple and logical. I will recommend its use as the occasion arises. One of my most often used 'dampers' is the back/top of my right thumb knuckle as the thumb slides in to pluck the next higher string. 'dp' would not suggest this subtlety but I guess there will always be limits to any notation. Regarding barres, I have always disliked the 'C' indication, and prefer just the Roman numeral with a number subscript to show the necessary number of strings (as Koonce uses). This gives more information for the same number of symbols. Of course not using 'C' for barres means that I don't have a symbol for position (without barre), so I resort to string numbers. I figure that this gives the same amount of information: for a given note, with a position symbol you must deduce the string number; with a string number you must deduce the position. ME: Subject: pixels I am getting all charged up with this talk of scanners. I'm sure all I need is the files on a disk, and I can upload them to my website. Do you do both JPEG and GIF files? Oh yeah, listened to the PJ tape again recently. The sound quality reminds me that I just heard my first home-recorded CD recently. My friend Hself is a major fan/follower of the band Gong, and he had one of their live recordings from the mid-70s transferred to a CD. Well, I guess it's convenient and indestructable, but it still sounded just like an audience recording. Our guitar trio had one of its longest sessions ever today - from 9:30 to about 3:00. Didn't cut one keeper track... ME: topnotch journalism The Lanham Gazette is now my favorite newspaper. They printed my letter in the current edition. Ahhhh, back in the saddle again. The subject of the Gazette came up today at our guitar trio session. Hself says his mother wrote a column about senior citizen topics that appeared in the Rockville and a few other Montgomery Co. Gazettes about 7 or 8 years ago. Do you know the name Hself? You probably would have mentioned it before, for instance at the guitar society meeting. I looked at a Post at school on Thursday. Spun through the Richard Cohen piece on Larry Flynt. Man, he makes it hard for a mature adult not to say DUHHHH. (Not that Richard grasped the big picture here. No mention of hyprocrisy.) Yep, I know right off what song came from the Blue Angel. I'm still impressed about the time you heard John Lennon singing a very slow, thickly accented, fractured German version, and named it right off. I was thinking, hey this is so familiar, but what is it? Plus I had heard it quite a few times before. WMUC played another 3-hour MLK tribute show tonight. Early on was something that hit me: "Now where have I heard this recently?" Within a few more seconds, I realized it was the Rainmaker song you put on the most recent tape. (Not sure what the exact tie-in was.) There was another song about some injustice involving half-breeds from some mid-1800s year (on St. Patrick day). A main character was named Lidell (Jack, I think). How's your history? Got an email from my number one favorite guitar guy in the world - Peter Danner. His knowledge is awesome; he has a great sense of humor; he's appropriately eccentric (he smokes a pipe); and puts lots of fun music (sez me) in the Soundboard, which he edits. Got an email from a guy saying that, if he had seen my scrabble page a few years ago, it would have saved his relationship. He kept bluffing his girlfriend with bum words, and she took a walkout powder. As far as I can discern, he's on the level. THEE: Cool that you were listening to PJ again. I'm still collecting bootlegs, and they are audience recordings. I've cut back though...since I really don't listen to them often. After awhile, you get tired of all the cheering, and neighboring comments. I never heard of Gong. 'Keeper track'...what's this? THEE: Subject: Topnotch journalism? I'm glad you love the ol' "Gazoo." I got a chuckle from the in- laws last night when I told the story about the private message that got put on the front page of the Lanham Gazette you showed me. On the way home, we heard a track from John Williams' new CD on an NPR station that broadcasts from Ocean City and Salisbury, Md. I did miss Richard Cohen on Larry Flynt. Flynt let us down. I'm sure there's plenty more dirt out there. ME: Subject: fingering notation I envy you - I've never been able to get the back of my thumb to damp a note as it goes on to play the next higher string. Thanks for your thoughts on fingering notation. That's one of my pet topics, of course. I never, ever, ever have any use for barre notation of any sort. Fingerings show clearly when one lh finger is needed to press multiple notes. In turning to the Zipoli transcription for an example, the very first one I zeroed in on was the barre at the beginning of measure 21. A "-1" in front of the low C would actually give much more information - and be much more instantly understandable - than the "VIII---," . I've always wondered, does anybody actually throw down a barre simply because they see a barre symbol (of any sort)? I also never, ever, ever use string numbers. All I need to know is, given the position I am currently in, which finger will play the note? Assigning a string number to a note tells you neither what position you should be in, or which finger to use. (That's in addition to the shortcoming that string number notation is so bulky you can hardly write it near the note it applies to.) I claim I could turn a very straightforward piece into one almost impossible to read by "fingering" it with gobs and gobs of string numbers. Thanks for putting the fingerings smack in front of the notes. That makes complete sense, and you're maybe the only one who does it. If you're at all curious how any of the pieces from the Transcriber's Art would look fingered according to my specifications, just ask. I know all of this is peripheral to your impressive contribution to the guitar world, but I love to talk about it. I wish the topic would come up again in the Soundboard. ME: Subject: flowers, etc. Hope my "discovery" about the Flower pieces isn't a figment of my imagination. Consider the different sections (including the coda and cadenza), their key relationships, the number of measures in each, and most importantly, the texture of the music in each. About Trinkaus' "Gypsy Love Song", I meant to mention that I make a few corrections(?) in the first part to make it sound right to me. For instance, there's a 3-note C7 chord that I change back to F. Anyhow, I think the 2nd part is beautiful. Also forgot to mention that I enjoy the Chobanian 2nd movement. THEE: Know exactly how you feel regarding this Clinton MESS! I was one of his biggest supporters in '92 and it has been really heartbreaking to know that he's such a SICKO! He's an abuser of women, and frankly, I have NO USE FOR SUCH A PERSON! His STATE OF THE UNION was excellent--that's what he does well--and that kind of performance is what got the man elected to begin with. But, NO, this has NEVER been about a private sexual relationship--it's been about kinky, sick, abusive behavior toward employees. Any man who would use his power to expect sexual favors from young, female subordinates--by exposing himself while on the job--even as governor---God, help us all! That's all I have to say on the subject. I gathered that you weren't thrilled about the topic to begin with. After all, YOU ARE A GUY! Most men are EMBARRASSED about the Clinton details. Makes them all feel uncomfortable. Anyone for a CIGAR????? Loved your article on Scrabble. Think it's terrific that you are bright enough to be so expert at the game--and to be featured in the newspaper! May I ask why you found it necessary to scratch out your age?? Do you really think that I don't have a clue to your age? My guess is that you are in your late 30's--if that! Am I right? What you have to keep in mind is that we are all just souls in borrowed bodies--and age is really irrelevant! THEE: Subject: Cut finger There's a possibility I'll skip tonight since I cut my little finger/left hand on the tip (slicing a bagel this morning). It's not a bad cut, just in a bad place. I'll try playing with a bandaid when I get back, before leaving home. If it works, I'll go; if I find it too weird or bloody trying to play with a bandaid, I'll skip. I guess a pro would always go on. ME: Subject: track 1 (and only) One of the pieces played at the members' recital was the Bach two-part invention in G, the beginning of which is heard in the AYNIL finale, played on two trumpets. Helped in the library at school yesterday since Mrs. Hself, the teacher I help, had to work in the office instead of with the kids. One of the books I was trying to bring under control was called Me And The Eggman. Have we ever discussed that last word? I've known it all my life, even before 1967 because Mr. Kelbel who owned the farm next to us was an eggman. He sold us eggs and curd (aka schmierkase aka cottage cheese). The curious thing is that eggman is not a word, at least in any conventional collegiate-type American dictionary. The book was copyright 1972 and the content seemed to have nothing to do with walruses or cornflakes or anything like that, but the first sentence did contain the word "imagine". The main character was Donald. Got a CD-rom in the mail from Microsoft on Wednesday. I figured what the heck. I stuck it in my CD player. What I got was 70:30 of hiss, with a few faint buzzes here and there. There was one particularly buzzy section, but I can't find my note saying where it started. The rest of this message I was ready to send off on Tuesday, but I lost my connection just then. Haven't found time to go online till now. Heard today [Tuesday] that what George Martin has up his sleeve at the Birchmere is a multimedia presentation on the making of Sgt. Pepper. That sounds pretty darn interesting. He should do it at some real auditorium, though. I hope it's sold out by now to save me the trouble of stewing over it. I did a little research for you. In the notes to the Hself Chronology 28, you wondered what the Searcher's 3rd single was that knocked the Beatles from the No. 1 spot. According to Let's Go Down The Cavern (Leigh), their 3rd song "Needles And Pins" entered the UK charts in January 1964 and went to No. 1. C&P's Melody Maker chart says that IWTHYH dropped to No. 2 on January 11, 1964. That sounds consistent enough to me, especially considering there were a variety of UK charts. The Searchers had 10 Top 20 hits in the UK (3 No. 1s, and a 2, 3 and 4), which, along with being from Liverpool, is how they gained a spot in Beatle Significa. In this country NAP entered the Billboard charts in March 1964 and went to No. 13. I well remember being completely knocked out by it. ME: Subject: disintegrating Hey, I didn't censor my age for your benefit. I had a pile of the articles, and I "edited" them all at the same time. It was kind of jokey, but also derives from my very strong anti-ageist feelings. What could be a less important piece of information - of any sort - than a person's age? And the newspaper has to hammer it home twice. I wish that somehow the date of a person's birth would never be recorded - and never remembered by anybody. Not too feasible, huh? I defy anybody to list one useful purpose that it serves (or, more precisely, one useful purpose that it would serve in a sensible world.) I know that Chesapeake is "a fur piece" but do you know about the Beatle exhibit opening at the Newseum in Rosslyn, Va. on Wednesday night? There's also a panel discussion about the Beatles and the media that afternoon. Also, George Martin is bringing some sort of multi-media "Making of Sgt. Pepper" show to the Birchmere in D.C. in February. P.S. I'm 45 - everybody knows that. (I'm so ooooold...) ME: jpeg o' my heart Also played some duets at the guitar society meeting tonight. Had to can the trios since Hself cut her finger slightly this morning, but just bothersome enough to prevent playing. Will give a call sometime when I'm in the Baltimore area. I will have my photos at the ready. Haven't gotten casual about making long distance phone calls, like the rest of the world has. Probably never will. Actually, I have a hard time with mini- distance phone calls. Lessee... Never heard of steel orchestras; never heard of Papo Ramon; never heard of Lucia My Italian Maid; and now - never heard of Gong?!?!? Neither had I, actually. My buddies have very esoteric tastes, I guess. How about Billy Childish, or his band Thee Headcoats? He cranks out an album every couple of weeks and my buddy Hself tried to keep up, but had to eventually fall by the wayside, of course. A keeper track is the recording that's good enough to keep. The first 57 takes or so are false starts, breakdowns or just plain crummy. It's hard enough trying to play something half-decently, but the real heck of it all is that just turning on the tape recorder makes you flub simple little things that you've been playing perfectly since the first time you saw the piece. Grrrr.... THEE: Subject: Mainly Beatles (for a change) Wow. Congratulations on making the microsoft mailing list. Don't throw away that CD-ROM. You can use it as I used many of the CD-ROMs I used to get at BNA, as a colorful coffee coaster. Thanks for the Searchers poop. We know that "Needls and Pins" was a pretty big hit, I guess. For reasons obscure, I listened to a little of that Red Robinson CD, with the press conferences from 1966. I'm sure it's been said before (even by me) but Robinson introduces the Beatles as comic geniuses with "their witty reparte," and then plays tapes of conferences, where the Fabs are obviously jet-lagged and fed up with the whole thing. Robinson says, "Hah! You can imagine the Beatles' reaction to a six-foot DJ dressed as the Jolly green Giant." Uh, the reaction was probably tedium! Thanks also for the George Martin grist. I never got myself a ticket. My excuse is that I do my volunteer teaching that night. The show does sound potentially interesting. What can you tell me about an LP called "A Hard Days Night" starring the Manchesters on Diplomat Records (a product of Synthetic Plastics Co., Newark), featuring covers of four Fab tunes (five, if you count "My Bonnie")? Thee: Re: jpeg o' my heart I feel totally stupid when you talk about music, cause I've never heard of ANYONE you mention!! But, since you probably haven't heard of Concrete Blonde and Goodness...I guess we're even. I don't use the phone that much any more either. I use it all day at work, so, that may be why. I am sure that this scanner has so many features that I just don't know how to use. I scanned a black & white photo...and tried to attach it to an e-mail...and it wouldn't work =( The color ones always seem to work. Maybe I'll have to pretend it's color and try it. When Hself's band recorded their CD, he said they could fix even one NOTE! This sound place had that ability. So, I guess every track was a keeper...and they pieced the song together. Rumors exist that there will be a Woodstock '99 in Europe and NY. Pearl Jam will definitely not play the one in Europe, but their Rumor Pit newsletter did not mention the one in NY. I don't know if I'd be up for a weekend of roughing it and spot-a-pot lines....even for Eddie and the boys...but, it could be an interesting adventure. One lady I know online is considering it too. She's in Pittsburgh...married with two kids younger than mine. I met her in person in DC at a PJ concert. She's not keen on sleeping in a tent either...so, it's all doubtful. Yeah, just call when you are in town. Otherwise, I may actually have to clean this DUMP! Spontaneity means you get to walk in no matter HOW horribly cluttered the place is ;-) THEE: Subject: Mainly Leadbelly (for a change) Additional question: Were you at one time interested in Leadbelly's Where Did You Sleep Last Night" (which Billy Childish calls "Black Girl")? I've come across another version. THEE: Could you give me some info? I am needing information as to the Ball specifications in the NFL. Would you be able to send them to me? Thank you! Hope to get a response real soon! THEE: Subject: The Beatles 6 Cover.. What are they holding?????? Could they be holding a camera shutter device that is attached with a chord to the camera for a self portrait photogragh? I wonder if anyone from "Fabulous Magazine-Fleetway Publications LTD." is still around to verify the truth? Of course, there are 3 other options............. ME: Subject: phones, rock, scanners, u-name-it I got a kick out of your account of Hself's recording sessions. When I discussed "keeper tracks" I was going to add some jokey sentence like, "You wouldn't know about all this since in the pop/rock world, modern technology makes *everything* a keeper track." Believe me, nobody is dumber than me about pop music. I've heard the name Concrete Blonde, but can't associate it with any song or sound. Nope, draw a blank on Goodness. One problem is, if I do hear something on a regular station like WHFS, I make absolutely no effort to listen for artist names. And believe me, it's rare that I would find a song on WHFS that I will listen to till the end. I used to listen to the college station WMUC (U. of Md.) exclusively, and the hour-long sets made it impossible to associate artist names with songs - not to mention you will probably never hear the same song twice on WMUC. And have I ever confided that 99% of the radio I listen to is a beautiful music station that still exists out in Hagerstown, WWMD? A beautiful music version of Green Tambourine, or MacArthur Park - man, that's livin! Wow, your tale of the telephone is a shocker. I thought everybody (but me) had achieved a sort of "oneness" with their phones. In their cars, in the movie theater, walking down the street, in the bathtub (I guess)... Everywhere, everyplace. I had a bad experience Tuesday night and couldn't face picking up the phone all day Wednesday. Usually, I get about half a call per day, but Wednesday it rang 25 times. Then for the next week you're bomboarded with, "Why didn't you answer your phone???" and "Why wasn't your answering machine on???" My view is that it's just the same as being out sitting on a mountaintop or something. Nobody could talk to you then, and it's no big deal. Sheesh. Two days ago, some boisterous guy called. I didn't recognize the voice, and I couldn't understand him. He said (shouted), "Is _o_ there?" I wasn't sure of the first and last consonants. Coulda been Don, coulda been Todd, coulda been Dodd coulda been Tonn. Couldn't get him to say it clearly, couldn't get him to select from the above multiple choice, and when I asked him to spell it, he said "Forget it" and hung up. Don't know what sort of fame or fortune I missed out on. I've never been a natural pop-music concert goer, even if you don't have to wallow in the mud. For example, Beatles producer George Martin is coming to the Birchmere here in DC, and theoretically I should be thrilled to death about that, and some friends put the pressure on me, but I just find excuses for not going (miserable joint, price, traffic, parking, too loud, packed like sardines...), and wish guys like that wouldn't come around and try to ruin my hermit-like existence. ME: Subject: phones and me Thanks for the CD tip. Unfortunately, I don't drink coffee. By the way, did you know that I use disc 1 of Anthology 3 as decoration in my living room. I used to use an extra copy of disc 2, but realized I *had* to have the green side. Where Did You Sleep Last Night doesn't ring any bells at all, but I trust your judgment more than mine as to what I need. Not a Manchesters expert, but the name does conjure up images of 1964 albums with Beatle-wig drawings on the cover. It sounds like you have something different from what's listed in Reinhart's You Can't Do That. He lists Beatlerama by the Manchesters (Diplomat 2307) with IWTHYH, SLY, My Bonnie and The Beatles Move. This is the same album as Beatlerama Vol. 1, which was released on two labels, Diplomat and Guest Star, but with no group listed. Reinhart also mentions that it sounds like David Gates singing on a Manchester's single which was written and arranged by Gates. THEE: Subject: Tonight Hey, _o_, Looking for'ard to visiting tonight. Have the first box ready! I can say no more! THEE: Re: phones, rock, scanners, u-name-it Whew...I won't have to clean =) Concrete Blonde isn't even around anymore...they had one big hit...Joey. I like the lead singer's voice. Sometimes I wonder if I heard her when I visited Hself in Arizona years ago. Her name is Johnette Napoleon. She's a single act now. I only know of Goodness cause they opened for Pearl Jam out west. I bought a CD, but I don't really like them. Since I got a CD player in the car...and so many bootlegs on cassette from the PJ concerts...I rarely listen to the radio anymore. So, I rarely hear any new music. If I do like a song, I try my darndest to find out WHO is singing it. I know phones are convenient...but, they are also a pain!! Since my supervisor quit months ago...people tend to call me about work. BUT, I am not the supervisor. I like how I can avoid so much crap...simply by not answering the phone. I doubt I'd fight the crowds, etc. for any band other than PJ. Sometimes, I wonder why I bother with them. As I look back over my wild summer of 6 PJ concerts...I know I loved meeting the online people I talk to... and seeing Eddie up close...but, there is still a lot to be said for NOT going to concerts. I do hate bathroom lines. THEE: Re: fingering notation >I envy you - I've never been able to get the back of my thumb to damp a note as it goes on to play the next higher string. This is one of seemingly innumerable individual differences that place a limit on establishing a 'best' fingering. The back-of- the-thumb maneuver has always been easy and natural for me - but I can't develop a tremolo no matter how much I work at it. >Thanks for your thoughts on fingering notation. That's one of my pet topics, of course. I never, ever, ever have any use for barre notation of any sort. Fingerings show clearly when one lh finger is needed to press multiple notes. What people are used to conditions what they find easiest to read. One advantage that I find in barre notation is being able to precisely indicate *when* to place, hinge or lift the barre. (The last of these is also a type of 'damping' notation). Sometimes it is most efficient to place the barre *before* the notes that actually require it. >In turning to the Zipoli transcription for an example, the very first one I zeroed in on was the barre at the beginning of measure 21. A "-1" in front of the low C would actually give much more information - and be much more instantly understandable - than the "VIII---," . I cannot agree that it gives *more* information about how to finger the C - it gives the same amount. I also think 'instantly understandable' is partly a product of what is familiar. Because I have used and of course seen barre notation, if I had come upon this measure and seen a one on the low C and then again on the high C my first thought would be that the intent was to move the 1 finger. This would have then seemed ridiculous and I would have deduced the barre was intended. I do not see the goal of a fingering notation to be determining the minimum number of symbols necessary to specify the finger movements. Any notation requires the player to do some deduction. Sometimes I will include more than the necessary information. Look at the last beat of m.22. The 3 finger symbol and the string number are unnecessary - but they may be helpful. Would you put a VI position symbol right where the 3 string symbol is? How would that provide more information? > I've always wondered, does anybody actually throw down a barre simply because they see a barre symbol (of any sort)? I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking if people follow fingerings without really thinking about them? I'm sure many do for any notation. Maybe I am missing your point. >I claim I could turn a very straightforward piece into one almost impossible to read by "fingering" it with gobs and gobs of string numbers. I agree completely. In researching work I've done on Chopin transcriptions I found several done by Tarrega. They really are nearly incomprehensible due to the number and placement of string numbers. I only use string numbers when there is possible ambiguity. I also find them useful at times to show that a melody line follows a particular string for a while. When the player knows this then he can deduce the positions necessary, and it helps elucidate the pattern of the music. >I know all of this is peripheral to your impressive contribution to the guitar world, but I love to talk about it. I wish the topic would come up again in the Soundboard. It could make an article. We could select a short piece, notate it using different styles, and have an accompanying article in the form of a dialog about the symbols that makes us both sound erudite and clever. THEE: Subject: Rockin'! Thanks for a most stupendous evening. I enjoyed it, anyway. We really heated up the ol' CD player, and that's good. Or, as Link Wray might say: chuga-chuga-bwa-bwa (that's from "Run Chicken Run," of course). Thanks also for delightful dessert. Today is Stephane Grappelli's 91st birthday. THEE: Subject: Need Help understanding your page? I really appreciate all the effort that has taken you in order to create such Web Page and we all can see the great appreciation that you have for virtuoso Aguado. My name is Hself as a classical guitar student with no professor to learn from. I would like to know more about the stuff you have given as a prove of virtuoso Aguado's works and all the numbers you have written there. > The number attached to the note name changes on each C. Thus, the notes from the guitar's low E are: e0 f0 g0 a0 b0 c1 d1 e1... > The fewest number of opening notes are provided to differentiate a given piece from all others with the same key and time signature. A chord is indicated by its notes run together without spaces. Accidentals are not shown. An asterisk (*) means the pieces are the same, although there is a difference in the opening notes. For theme and variations, or where there is an introduction section, the theme is indexed here. Harmonic notes are indicated by "har". The notated (not sounding) note is used. Time signature slashes are omitted. Key Time sig. Opening notes Location in complete works (vol/page) --- --------- ------------- ------------------------ ------------- A 24 a0a1c2. 2/087 A 24 a0a2. 1/064 2/127 A 24 a0c1e1a1. 1/071 2/136 A 24 a0c2 a1. 1/057 A 24 a0c2 e2. 1/062 THEE: Subject: Baltimore Saturday? Just noticed that the BGCS is having their open recital this Saturday (starts at 7pm). Their webpage showed a ton of people played at the last one! I'm not even certain I will be able to play--these past two nights I played a little & my wounded finger got a little sore after a short time (less last night). What do you guys think? Presuming I'll be o.k., do you want to do the pieces we had planned for the WGS meeting? ME: Subject: social games (This started out as a personal note, but I think I'll edit it a little and send it to rgb.) I checked in on rec.games.board and found your thoughtful response to my suggestions for "fun and friendly" gaming. Thanks a lot. I agree with almost all of your points. Sure, if everybody is happy with the official rules - go with 'em. It is interesting that twice you admitted that you also sometimes have bad game experiences. For me, even a 20% failure rate is unacceptable. You say that the sort of person who gets all worked up is "immature", but I think it's natural for even mature people to react to perceived injustices. There's always the inverse-battle cry - "it's only a game!" - but what's the point of doing it at all if nobody cares - about doing well, about paying attention, about following the rules, etc.? My eternal argument is that taking something seriously and having fun with it are not only *not* mutually exclusive, but go hand in hand. I'm sure that my suggestions are not "new ideas" in a strict sense. I'm proposing simplicity, and surely the current excess baggage that rule-makers pile on games evolved little by little from formerly simple rules. I will say that I have met no one else so far who has gotten up the courage to change the rules to any game. It's like they think they were forged in heaven or something. More to the point, I have encountered almost nothing but ferocious opposition to any of my suggestions to make a game more fun and friendly. People who know me think that I change rules just for the sake of changing rules. "There he goes again..." That's why I have to unload my ideas on the internet, ha ha. I'm curious about the Victorian entertainments you've collected. Do they involve equipment, or just rules? How about describing a few for me/us? Thanks. ME: Subject: a funny thing happened on the way to baltimore... Coordinated a visit to the LC music division today with a talk in their American Treasures exhibit. It was about the Bay Psalm Book, the first book (1640) printed in what would eventually become [the country which still to this day has no name.] Quite interesting. They wouldn't pass it around, though, even after I told them the music division lets me photocopy lute books from 1538. (Just kidding.) In the Q&A wrap-up, one total jerk had to ask what the Puritans would have thought of Clinton's behavior. Have you been to that exhibit? There's a really fascinating photo of Lincoln from about 3 hours before his Gettysburg address. Have we ever talked about answering phones to find absolutely nothing on the other end? In pop music news: The morning after your visit, I heard a beautiful music version of I Remember You. As we were saying... Also, that was a minor coincidence about Grapelli's birthday. Tonight I heard a very strange one on WWMD - a Beach Boys medley. They strung together Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Wouldn't It Be Nice and back to Good Vibrations. I don't think I've ever heard a beautiful music medley before. Do you know Pow Wow, the Indian boy (loved all the animals in the woods)? Heard a country music song about the "lifestyles of the poor and unfamous" with a line about RC Cola and a Moon Pie. Didn't Weasel always play some flunky high school bar band group with a song about that? o THEE: I was listening to our earlier pieces on tape, thinking that we really never 'got' certain ones. It may be worthwhile re- doing some of the more well written and approachable pieces (like--Times of the Miraculous. Prolog & Rondo). I'm imagining Don's response to be that we need to give all the pieces we haven't tried a shot before going back but I'm not so sure. Of the 150 or so pieces that I have, certainly some rank musically as among the best? Ah, well--this is just food for thought. THEE: Subject: Overdrawn at the memory bank That L of C exhibit sounds mighty cool. I would like to check it out. Hself and I have not spent a day downtown since Hself came on the scene, however. Speaking of Bill Clinton (as in what would the Puritans have thought), I hope that when Lewinsky and her mother return to D.C., now that Lewinsky will have to testify before the Senate, that some card will say to them at the airport, "We wish you success...it's good to have the both of you back." You have mentioned getting one or two phone calls with no one at the other end. Does it continue to be a problem? That's annoying. Do you have any enemies? "Pow Wow, the Indian boy (loved all the animals in the woods)" and a song played by Weasel concerning "RC Cola and a Moon Pie" are things that are unfamiliar to me. Sorry. ME: Subject: where's eddie? Bit of a stir at school today. A boy ran off and they couldn't catch him. It was the second day in a row, and yesterday he got in the creek that splits the neighborhood. So there was some concern about him coming to harm in the creek. I was walking home just as the search was cranking up, so I used a little known path through the woods along the creek to get home, but didn't see any sign of him. I didn't think you would know Pow Wow the Indian Boy, a tv cartoon from the '50s. It was the first song in that great MST3000 (?) jungle beat medley. I thought that might be the only one you wouldn't know. The dead phone calls have been happening for much more than a year, I'm sure, but have always been a matter of curiosity rather than annoyance. The explanation the phone company gave me was vaguely plausible, but, if correct, would apply to everyone, not just me. So far, no one I've talked to has massive quantities of dead phone calls, if any. Think I'll check in on the beatles discussion group tonight to see what fans have to say about Paul's pro-vulgarity crusade. ME: Subject: an article for the newsletter Here's an article for the newsletter. Hself a new member. We met at the mandolin convention Alexandria some months ago. I gave him some old newsletters. After he looked a few over, he asked for a complete set, and joined up. He's a top-notch guitarist. I was thinking I could face submitting a piece of music with an introductory paragraph for the newsletters. Interested? The drawbacks are: local members don't play the stuff; more expensive newsletter; more work for you. ======================================================================== Teaching After having taught guitar for about forty years one can hardly help but wonder about the result of that labor. I suppose teachers can never really know what manner of benefit or influence they have been. You can only teach as much as your students will allow, and sometimes that is precious little. You may spout information until your breath fails, but unless a student hears and takes something to heart, you have taught nothing. If you are a student you should know, that the more resisant you are to an idea, the less you will learn. The most expensive thing a student will ever own is disbelief. A teacher might try to predict how it will go with a student, but there is no list of dependable prognosticators to this end. There might be some general idea of the probabilities, but at best the classifications remain very general, such as: good, bad, or somewhere in between. For our convenience we sometimes tend to categorize students, so that we might give them a mental address. Some categories might be: good, bad, indifferent, adults, young, too young, too old, smoke blowers, outright liars, guitar owners, don't want to be's, piddlers, contemplative dreamers, and overnight wonders. The overnight wonders are those that want to do all of their study and practice in secret so one day they can come bounding out of the closet and pounce on an unsuspecting world, and amaze all of their friends. These are the same fools that believe there can be true learning without honesty. They are usually good for about three weeks because not enough secret time can be found to accomplish anything. It should be remembered that in order to learn to play you must be honest, and this is what many find to be intolerable. As for trying to categorize students (if such a thing should be considered at all) there is only one common ground on which most of them stand, and that is: To the right, you have those that say: "Oh, I messed up that note or phrase." And on the left you have those that say: "That note or phrase keeps messing me up." If you have a student that stands on the left, you might as well just go ahead and chuck him out of the window. (open or closed) If your studio is less than three stories up, you are less likely to get a clean kill. I mean, you wouldn't want to wind up with a 150 pound vegetable that has to be spoon fed. If he is in possession of a good quality instrument, keep the guitar and throw the bones away. There will be no profit in such a person because even if there is a measure of success, he will not be able to protect it in the future. If you have a student that stands to the right, then of course, do your best by him and suffer all questions. The most frequent and consistently asked question is: "How long will it take to learn to play?" I have heard only one good answer to this question, and it is also a question - "How many pieces of string would it take to reach the moon?" This question lets you know right away that the inquisitor has no clue of the nature of the project, and furthermore they will not be able to afford the time. It's the same old story; if you have to ask you can't afford it, but at the same time it's a bargain at any price. For those that think they would like to learn to play the guitar, I truly hope there will be perseverance enough to make the project successful, but until that is determined, try to choose a studio on the ground floor. Good luck. THEE: Subject: Enemies Sounds like your school has a troubled child on its hands. There's always at least one, I guess. Any hope that he has stable parents who can be called in? You? Enemies? Oh sure, I suppose a lot of auto mechanics out there don't like the fact that you've told them the emperor has no clothes, but who else? THEE: Subject: Linda Thanks for the excerpts from the chat group discussion on the Linda "ban." People's dander was already up on the topic, I see. There was some sharp stuff in there. I'd be afraid to contribute. THEE: Re: an article for the newsletter Thanks for the submission. There are a few things in his article that I might have to think about. It seems he put a good bit of concentration on throwing the student out the window. At first it was funny, but he may have gotten a little carried away. HMMMMMMMM... just thinking about the political considerations in Washington. YES!!!!!!! Send music! It is always welcome. I have a really cool little bit from the magazine "Astronomy". It turns out there is a star that is traveling 1000 miles per second... one of the fastest stars observed by the hubble. At any rate its wake forms the shape of a guitar. It has been named the "Guitar Nebula". I'm hoping the photograph prints well in black and white. This should be a good newsletter! ME: Subject: what me paranoid Does Clinton have an enemies list? My atm wouldn't accept my personal ID today, even after the bank tried to reset things. Had to change my PIN, which is ok, but still wonder what happened. In the chat about Sir Paul's recent bout of temporary (I hope) insanity, did you notice a couple of good one-liners, and a first-hand Beatle history nugget? A short and successful web search turned up the name of the band that did "RC Cola And A Moon Pie". It was NRBQ. Surely that has to ring a bell with you? I swear they were touted by Weasel as "the world's greatest band" every day for 7 years. You used to listen to HFS, dincha? I always hated that raggedy bar band penchant that WHFS had. (My disdain for New Wave was retrospective, I guess I have to admit.) After sending off an email late Wednesday night and hitting the sack, it occurred to me that I forgot all about the grand opening reception for the Beatles exhibit at the Newseum that night. I had even responded in the positive to the invitation. Oh well, no great loss (except possibly for the grub.) Made another LC trip on Friday. Trying to make maximum utilization of the 10-cent legal-size copies before they go away. The time will come when I will kick myself for not having spent every hour of every day there while one machine still had the legal-size paper. Real-life copyright quiz: I want to quote from some letters written by a guitarist between 1898 and 1906. They were first published in 1993. Do I need permission? If so, from whom? (Extra credit: did the magazine that published them need permission? If so, from whom?) Funny moment on WWMD today. The regular news reader came on and said, "Time for the 1:00 news." The 2nd sentence in, he said, "Reuben tells political, finance and businesssssss...shhhhucks." Then there was a minute of dead air, and he came back on. "Time for the 1:00 news..." There was no explanation. Had he jumped the gun by a minute? He sure sounded disgusted. I was worried what that shhhhhh... was going to turn into. ME: Request permission to quote Fiset letters. I've worked up Zani de Ferranti's Carnival of Venice in ascii tablature to put on the web. What I would like to do is extract all of the references to Ferranti and the Carnival of Venice from the letters of C.F.E. Fiset which you prepared for the Soundboard a few years ago, and put them on the introductory page. Including a bit of surrounding material to put each mention in context, it works out to about 140 lines of this length. I wanted to run that by you first. Is it ok with you? Do you think I need to ask the Soundboard for permission? I will give you and the Soundboard credit, of course, but do I need to say "Reprinted by permission" - if permission is required, and assuming it's given? Those letters are fascinating. Since they were first published I've come across many more of the composers and pieces Fiset mentions, including Fiset's own published arrangements. It gives me such a thrill to hear a person from that era - and a virtuoso guitarist, at that - talk about them. ME: Subject: how many rainers? I noticed recently that a piece of guitar music in my collection, Drei Sonaten Op. 6 by Francesco Molino (publ. B. Schott's Soehne) has a handwritten note on the title page: Fuer Babs . . . . (k)ein Spielsherz [not certain of 1st syllable] 1/4/72 Rainer I was curious if that was you. I forget where and when I bought the edition, but it obviously wandered over the years from Deutschland to a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. ME: wgs newletter I will send an introductory paragraph or 2 about each piece as it's about to go in the newsletter. I want the copies I am sending to be used as the masters for printing the newsletter. That is, I want those pages themselves to go flying around and around the copy machine feeder. Let me know if circumstances arise that would prevent that. The one I have in mind first is the Prayer from Moses in Egypt, by Rossini, arr. Hayden. But there's some flexibility. If a 2-pager causes insurmountable problems, we could go with the Gypsy Love Song. THEE: Subject: Clinton's enemies list I hope Bill Clinton has an enemies list. He should. But I figure you're probably pretty low on it, since he wound up beating you in the 1996 election. Did you go to the Beatles' exhibit at the Nuseaum? I didn't follow what you said. If so, how was it? In any event, what was/is it? I'm coping with the downstairs neighbor a little better these days. On the other hand, it was childish of me, perhaps, but he may have heard his first taste of the Manchesters this morning through his ceiling. At any rate, I'll be calling our landlady tomorrow to bring her in. I wish she liked Hself more because we'll need her help. THEE: Re: how many rainers? Donald Sauter wrote: >Hi Rainer, >I noticed recently that a piece of guitar music in my collection, Drei Sonaten Op. 6 by Francesco Molino (publ. B. Schott's Soehne) has a handwritten note on the title page: > Fuer Babs . . . . (k)ein Spielsherz [not certain of 1st syllable] > 1/4/72 Rainer >I was curious if that was you. I forget where and when I bought the edition, but it obviously wandered over the years from Deutschland to a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C. He, he, he Sorry, that wasn't me. Any picture of "Babs" included?? Rainer PS The music is not very good :( THEE: Subject: Quarter rolling Hold one still and roll the other one around it. How many rotations does the moving quarter make? 1. Try it. It appears to be two because the position of the quarter has moved after 1/2 rotation, making it *appear to have rotated 1*. If you mark the position where the rotating quarter touches the stationary one, you will find that the mark does not touch the other quarter until it is back where it started, making that 1 rotation, not 2. Like I said, try it ! THEE: Subject: Urk ! After taking a second look, I hide my head in utter shame.... 'tis I who was deceived ! Sorry to have bothered you - great web page, kept me occupied for more time than I had and really enjoyed the SETI page ! (Face beat red from quarter folly) THEE: Re: disintegrating Speedy Gonzales here...another e-mailer on the slow road to China... Sorry for the delay in answering. We are all getting to the point here in this household that we avoid the BIG MONSTER in our home office if at all possible--it's so demanding! Teehee.... Now, my vocab. is going to the dogs and haven't seen "anti- ageist" in years....loved it! Thanks for explaining in your brilliantly humorous way why you took out your age from those newspaper clippings. Have NO IDEA why they would have found it necessary to include that bit of useless...information TWICE! Are they really trying to suggest that older boys like to play with toys also? Chuckle. So, I WAS VERY WRONG ON YOUR AGE (10 YEARS...FROM MY HONEST CALCULATION).. oooohhhhh, SO OLD--can hear the OTHers calling you!!!!! That having been said, the subject is NOW CLOSED....until the next time I need to bug you!!!! Birth date please? I'm not good at guessing that either. No time for Beatle stuff right now, unfortunately. Didn't make it to Washington for Stella's Mall visit, and certainly didn't make it to the White House to be a fly on the wall when Stella communed with Mrs. Clinton. Thought it was a gutsy move on Stella's part with that sick adolescent Bill 'round every corner! Wouldn't have gone anywhere near that place... Also, I have met that very special Sir George Martin and his lovely wife. Charming people. Would love to attend the "Making of Sgt. Pepper" in latter February, however there is no time right now. Even if Paul McCartney were coming along for the ride--still couldn't manage it. Hope you'll have the opportunity to go. If you do, please let me know how it went!!! THEE: Subject: your football modificatons i think u need to leave football alone. you probably dont even play football. you just thought youd try to be cool and make up some stupid stuff about football. i play football and it is a mans sport. kickoffs and punts make up the game and are essential. just keep making up stupid stuff, nobody cares. ME: Subject: the Mike Sammes singers Visited my sister and brother-in-law in Springfield while my parents were there. I don't get over too often even though it's not far. Played a good game - Geographic Pursuit, I think it was called. Took my Honduran friend to her bankruptcy proceedings on Thursday. Got my guitar back from the repairman after about half a year. That story's too long for typing. Also been waking up way too early, so I've been very tired, in the sleep-deprivation sense (as opposed to the over-exertion sense. We need separate words.) I've been enjoying Nana Mouskouri's album very much. I listened to the Canterville Ghost story. I figured out for sure that I had played the sides in the wrong order by about the middle of the 4th and last side I played. I had flipped over disc 1 after playing side one. That's where they put Side 4. That eventually caused a few continuity problems, but nothing that I couldn't blame on my own attention deficit disorder. Actually, I enjoyed the story, and the recorded word experience. THEE: Subject: She looks more like him than I do Why did you refer to the Mike Sammes Singers in your last header? My header comes from a fun video surprise we had Thursday night. We watched a fine "Avengers" called "The Correct Way to Kill" (I even have a vague memory that you've watched that episode with me). Anna Quayle had a hilarious part as a fiercely committed young Soviet agent who has to work with Steed. I looked up Ms. Quayle on the Internet Movie Database and only then did I discover why the name sounded familiar--she was in "A Hard Day's Night." Yup, she's the one with whom John has the absurdist discussion. "You don't look like at him at all!" Is Anna Quayle related to Anthony Quayle--British actor and reader of "The Canterville Ghost"? Dunno. THEE: Subject: Update on the news Some days or weeks ago, I sent you fellows a BBC story about a special commemorative postage stamp. Well, sorry to say "Dr. Who" daleks won; they beat John Lennon, Eric Morecambe, etc. Weird! Donald, you might want to track down today's (Feb. 8) "Washington Post," which has a front-page article on jury nulification. I haven't read it, but my boss did!
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