Further Explorations of UU Churchs…: This morning I’m off on an eighty mile round trip to attend services at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena. Arguably the oldest UUC…Continue
April 26th – A Green Dilemma…: I woke up at 4:30 this morning. Had to go pee and since the room mates were up and about, I made coffee, got dressed and went out for a smoke. In the dark morning hour I noticed that there was water running in the gutter along the street. I…Continue
"Édith Piaf 914-6440" by Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ 914-6440.jpg
This is a piece of fiction that explores the symptoms of PTSD as they become manifest in the hubris…Continue
It was the Christmas of 1983. It was one of our best Christmases. We had moved into our “dream home” a few month s earlier, a two story American Chraftsman style home, previously owned by an architect. …Continue
Janine… - Janine was yet another rich girl and like Jude she was attracted to anyone who didn’t give a shit. Like Jude she was a highly intelligent, well read tomboy with a penchant for masochistic foreplay, except that Janine’s penchant was a solid order of magnitude more intense. Less than a week after I dropped her off at her family…Continue
When asked, if reincarnation is real, what I wanted to come back as, I've always joked Joni Mitchell. Joni has been one of the stars in my firmament since the days of "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Clouds". As Joni moved from her sort of folk-rock beginning, the girl from the Bay of Fundy has moved into…Continue
Saturday Night…: I checked my email when we got back and found that my younger brother Rick had found Roger Grey, our old friend from Houston, on Facebook, who was now living and working in Montana. We had a chuckle about that and toyed with the idea of moving our next reunion north. We opened more cigars and his fifth of Glenfiddich around five that evening and we dove back into talk and music. What we had to say to one another is unimportant…Continue
St. Croix… - I can’t remember whether I flew out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale but in 1973 to get to the island of St. Croix from south Florida you flew 1500 miles non stop to San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there it was a short seventy mile hop east to St. Thomas where the plane did not refuel before taking off for an even shorter fifty mile hop south to St. Croix. We deplaned on the tarmac and with my backpack and sleeping bag over my shoulder; I walked into the tiny terminal…Continue
Marjorie Lord… -
‘Doc’ Berger worked at the University of Houston for…Continue
Just heard this on NPR and feel the need to pass it on:
Pops recorded the songs on Don't Lose This back in 1999 (one year before he died), co-producing the initial…Continue
There may be “gold standards” for anything, a ne plus ultra if you will. In some cases those standards are individually determined. In some cases the standard no longer exists except in memory.
Barbeque exists in many renditions. It is generally accepted that the definition of barbeque lies in the method of cooking, a method that has been briefly summarized as “low and…Continue
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I was having an e-mail conversation with a friend yesterday and the subject of composers came up. The conversation started with Pachelbel (I've played the bass line to that Canon on viola da gamba and the damned thing consists of eight notes, all exactly the same length, no rests, repeated something like sixty times) and he mentioned Bach, of whom I think extremely highly. He likes Bach well…Continue
Words they are dormant
held in by fear and anger
gut in knots
choking back tears…
This series of posts is written for a very specific audience, unlike most of what I write. It is mainly geared toward musicians who don't read music, though of course anyone can read it who thinks they might be interested in the subject. The final link, "Harmonics and the Science Behind Music Theory," is the post most likely to appeal to…
This chapter is about something called the Cycle of Fifths. It will help to have a keyboard handy:
This is by far the shortest chapter.
Earlier in this series, we talked about how there are twelve notes per octave, if you really count all of them. A couple of chapters ago,…
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It's time to talk about time.
Do you remember this? I told you to ignore the 4/4 until later. Now it's time to get to it.
Assuming the tempo doesn't change, written music consists of a series of consecutive blocks that each take the same amount of time. If you look above, you'll…
The keyboard diagram is a good thing to have handy, so I'll just put it at the top of the post so it's there.
So far, when we've dealt with intervals, we've mainly dealt with half steps and whole steps. Most of the intervals we're going to deal with will be bigger than that. Also, we…