Friday, October 26, 2007


My blog surfing today has really got me fuming. Instead of a rant (which would involve work), I'll just post some random thoughts.

O.J.; Prosecution took a dive because they feared that conviction would cause rioting. That's what thats all about.

J. Bell's busking experiment was a definition of elitist arrogance. He is a musician who makes a living at it, for Christ sake! People who have to work to pay the mortgage on homes that cost less than one quarter of that fiddle of his are supposed to stop and genuflect because he's co-opting the spot of some poor musician who could have used the 35 bucks?

Gimme a break, musical elitists.

Contrast and compare; Hitler's genocidal invasion of Poland and Joshua's genocidal invasion of Canaan.
The most significant thing about "The Holocaust" was that it was (and still is) "Business as usual" Why should anyone care more about that than about Wounded knee, Viet Nam, The Brits in India, or the Lakota on one of their raids into the southern tribes.

Every time a major orchestra has an opening for a musician, about 200 applicants show up. This means that there are 200 orchestras out there that will never be heard.

Damn, I seem to be running out of steam already.
Just a sec, I'll go back to Soho and recharge.

I liked Blair Tindall's book. Most probably for the "sour grapes" flavor that goes directly to the soul of this site.

I don't want to hear any complaints that I'm not being funny today even though the site is advertised as a humourous one.

Thousands of bloodthirsty years so that we can play Beethoven's 9th symphony over and over and over.
That's one of Gods lesser jokes.

Oh yeah Beethoven liked to shove the "nobility" aside because he believed in "equality". Believing in equality made him better than they were. He could believe in equality because he was "The Greatest Composer".

I guess that qualifies as a rant.
Let's hear what the Judges have to say.

Another sunny day so far. Fidelio is snorting in her stall.




Blogger butch said...

'Nother Nice Day had less than 10 lines in it, and it garnerd (10) comments and responses. How about that? Lane, you were "asked" about 37 questions between myself, Anonomann, and Emily, and unless I am mistaken you did not respond to them. Oh, how pedestrian of me to hope for specific and actual attention from the Master of the Blog, Sir Savant, hizelf. Anyway, when you find some time in your busy schedule, peruse those comments and possibly respond to those you really want to, or need to, or would just like to.

The Juice has not been in the news much, not on CNN or Fox or anywhere. Odd about that. When it is no longer covered, it becomes non-news, a non-event. O.J. Simpson can get away with murder and armed robbery because no one wants to rile up the blacks? What the hell is wrong with that picture? I don't care if he is a red man or a green man. Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time. Isn't that what Baretta used to postulate?

I guess J. Bell was not responding well to people walking by him as he played his heart out on his magic violin. If he had identified himself, maybe a few would have stopped to gawk and appreciate. Poor musicians certainly do outnumber the posh and working ones. Kind of like poor actors, poor writers, sculptors, and composers, right?

I think Hitler killed over 4 million Jews. At the same time, and even after, Stalin killed over 8 million of his own people. No one raised hell over that. I love those nuts who claim that the Holocaust never really happened. This of course comes into the realm of denial like those folks that do not believe in God, the tooth fairy, Buddha, Irving Feldman, and Lane Savant. Our red-skinned ones really were rough on each other and other tribes; no tough love there; more like the last two Mel Gibson movies.

Only 200 applicants you say? Bet there were a lot more that did not pass the first hurdles. But what a concept, over 200 phantom orchestras strumming, blowing, and plinking into the vapid silence of the netherworld; swirling up the vibrations of the Music of the Spheres. They, I guess, orchestrate the Ghost Riders in the Sky, sunsets, sunrises, hurricanes, floods, and like that.

God, man, I really like the Sherman Alexie poetry I dug up. Especially THE FARM. Kind of reminded me of P.K. Dick's A SCANNER DARKLY. There was an old Indian woman up there on the Yakama reservation, the week of my sensitivity training, that talked about the government hospital complex that was where the EQC and the Puyallup tribe Rez is now, on that hill across from Tacoma. In the 40's and 50's Indian children were "confiscated" by the government off the Rez; no explinations were offered or given. Ages 6 months to 13 years old. They were all taken to that horror hospital. Terrible drugs and horrendous experiments were used on them. 75% of them died. Those who were returned had been raped, beaten, tortured, and drugged for years. Their lives would never be the same. I had never heard these stories before. I'll bet Sherman A. has heard them. He could even correctly name the hospital probably.

Journalist and oboist Blair Tindall writes about classical music for the New York Times and has performed, toured and recorded with the New York Philharmonic and many other musical groups. She has taught journalism at Stanford University and oboe at the University of California-Berkeley.

"Mozart in the Jungle" was completed during a residency in 2004 at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH.

In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" and Gelsey Kirkland's "Dancing on my Grave" comes an insider’s look into the secret world of classical musicians.

From her debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall to the Broadway pits of "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon," Blair Tindall has played with some of the biggest names in classical music for twenty-five years. Now in "Mozart in the Jungle," Tindall exposes the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators who inhabit the insular world of classical music.

Tindall's "Jungle" travels around the globe, from performances in Vienna's Staatsoper, Rio's Teatro Colon and a remote Brazilian rainforest, then on to New York City, where she and her musician colleagues live in the squalor of a decrepit west side tenement. A metaphor for the classical music business, the building has fallen from glory, its elaborate stone carving chipped, windows patched with cardboard, and its elegant décor plastered over by a greedy landlord and her predatory handyman. Outsiders have never looked farther than the ornate facade…until now.

Inside, music transforms a schoolteacher into a beautiful diva, and sustains a renowned pianist who endures two heart transplants to perform with the stars who pay him a pittance. An American goddess of the arts struggles to fulfill a dream, her ominous future mirrored by an older musician whose fantasies drain away in her lonely apartment upstairs. A stunning cellist becomes an AIDS-infected crack addict and prostitute; a Metropolitan Opera violinist is jailed for selling cocaine; and an African-American virtuoso becomes so lost inside the elitist white arts world that he smashes his $185,000 eighteenth-century French violin into splinters.

The drama of "Mozart in the Jungle" opens during America's Cold War-era optimism, and follows four musicians as their world dissolves into a culture of entitlement for a new generation of classical musicians, who are deaf to changing American tastes and demand. By weaving memoir with investigative arts journalism, Tindall shatters rhetoric about the arts in the United States -- in an real-life tale from a musician whose career paralleled America’s late twentieth-century culture boom. As "Mozart in the Jungle" races to its dramatic conclusion, Tindall reveals music as a simple, spiritual gift accessible to all.

Actually, mid-rant, you were funny as hell. Trust me.

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" is the last complete symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. Completed in 1824, the Ninth Symphony is one of the best known works of the Western repertoire, considered both an icon and a forefather of Romantic music, and one of Beethoven's greatest masterpieces.

Symphony No. 9 incorporates part of the Ode an die Freude ("Ode to Joy"), a poem by Friedrich Schiller, with text sung by soloists and a chorus in the last movement. It is the first example of a major composer using the human voice on the same level with instruments in a symphony, creating a work of a grand scope that set the tone for the Romantic symphonic form.

Beethoven's Symphony #9 plays a prominent cultural role in the world today. In particular, the music from the fourth movement (Ode to Joy) was rearranged by Herbert von Karajan into what is now known as the official anthem of the European Union. Further testament to its prominence is that an original manuscript of this work sold in 2003 for $3.3 million USD at Sotheby's, London. The head of Sotheby's manuscripts department, Dr. Stephen Roe stated, "it is one of the highest achievements of man ranking alongside Shakespeare's Hamlet and King Lear

And that,as they say, is all I, and others have to say about that.


2:21 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

37 questions?
I dint count no 37 questions
If there wuz 37 questions, those are 37 things you are not meant to know.
You want answers? You want answers?
We ALL want answers, pal

So...Ummm...where exactly is Baretta these days?
ONE question Ha hahahaha!

Not only the O.J. thing but think about Joe McCarthy taking advice from so called EX-commies and then attacking our government with what they told him.
Ex, my little red white and blue patootie.
The idiot McCarthy was working for
for the tricky bastard Stalin all the while.

In re Bell; the people have spoken, he's worth 35 bucks an hour.

You believe in Irving Feldman?
TWO questions Ha hahahaha!

"Indian Killer" read "Indian Killer" It's even better than "Invisible Man", scarier than "Alice in Wonderland" and creepier than anything Poe wrote.

Blair married local comedian and science buff bill Nye about 2 years ago, or so they say.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane & Glenn:
O.J.'s and J. Bell's outlandishness are simply the results of the inequalities capitalism feeds. Venezuela and Equador are the system of the future: equitable and nonexploitive.


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