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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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It’s a sunny, Spring-y Sunday here in Happy Larryville, GN! (Which is nice after several overcast days in a row.)

Hope Sven’s head is feeling better today.

Mac --

Enjoyed your detailed responses from last night and the link to that Solti recording (which is a damned good one). He got a lot of passionate performances out of various orchestras and really helped rejuvenate the Chicago Symphony in the late ’60s -- early ’70s.

Keep in mind I have no musical education or talent at all. I only speak of what I like or dislike without presuming to judge what is good or bad.

When it comes to music, I find that there are basically only two types: stuff I enjoy and stuff I’ll probably never learn to appreciate. FWIW, I largely agree with what you opined re various composers.

I think a lot of 20th Century “classical” music was crap; lacking much in the way of melody and/or rhythm, without which it resembles a sort of noise to my ears. A little lack of tonality / rhythm goes a long way for me; especially if it’s not film / TV music. Gets tedious rather quickly.

The extended harmonies which were part of bebop are something I was exposed to from an early age and probably made some of the same in classical music more palatable and, in fact, interesting to me as a kid. (The progenitors of bop actually picked-up those extended harmonies from composers like Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and others.)

BBL.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!
It’s another scorching-hot day in paradise, but Monday should be cooler.

Speaking of scorching hot, we ate dinner at a new pizza joint last night. They cook their pizza in a 900° wood-fired oven. Their crust was the best I’ve had outside Italy.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Happy Sunday!

First night in 10+ days that I’ve slept through. So far today, no headache. Working outside--as Paddy said, megahot again--we got 90 and muggy--reminds me of Houston.

Ok, so if I was interested in educating myself on classical music, recognizing that this is an incredibly broad category, where would I start? Suggestions on artist and compositions?

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!

Greetings from sunny, breezy and delightful Bountiful.

I sure do hope y’all are having a super day, ’cause you just know I am.

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago

Sven, I’m glad to hear that your migraine has subsided and that your are feeling better.

Paddy, I’m very impressed with your fence construction job. I’ll keep you in mind when mine needs replacement. Free vacation for everyone in your family -- except you.

Fatwa and Mac, I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout music. So there!

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago

My long delayed trip to Mississippi finally took place on Tuesday morning at 5:30 am. Not Jerry’s finest hour.

The town, Laurel, is sitting on top of an oil dome and is surrounded by wells drilled horizontally under the town. The wells we are looking at are in the same formation but in Alabama. All light-sweet crude (kinda like Jerry) which brings a premium in the market. Sweet indicates a low amount of sulfur. Better, easier and cheaper to refine.

We’re going to fund the first exploratory well. If that well is wet, then we will fund up to 10 more. IF.

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago

One of the oil company partners was a very nice guy from McKinney, Texas. North of Dallas, I hear.

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago

Howdy Mac! Bet you a million dollars on that.

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Mac, He really is a good ol’ boy as are you.

How are you and Elena? Is she back home?

Jerry Atrick
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7 years ago
Reply to  Mac

If you mean that I was alive during the Renaissance, then you are correct, sir.

As for gentleman? The jury is still out.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

Free vacation for everyone in your family — except you.

That’s ok, unless my room is already taken.

Fatwa and Mac, I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout music.

I thought you were featured on this album:

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Good to see you, Jerrie, and wishing you safe and productive travels.

Thanks for the recommendations, Mac: copying them down and will give it a start. The last couple of months I’ve more or less turned off the teevee and have been spending more itme with books and music.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

I see they made an arrest in Ferguson…damn Klan.