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dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

To kind friends and absent companions.

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dv8
2 years ago

I think I’m hanging out tonight, if anyone is up and about.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

Beethoven is SO alpha : )

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I wrote a bit about Beethoven in school (and at other times)

In many ways he is the first Romantic Era composer rather than the last Classical one.

So much can be said about him only referring to his music--not knowing anything else about him.

His musical legacy is huge. And we are so lucky to have been exposed to it.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I think the magic of Beethoven is that his music is very visceral. It appeals to a lot of people. you don’t really have to like classical music to like him. He pushes human neural buttons. Just like any good artist or composer.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

To kind friends and absent companions.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

I’ll drink to that!

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I love Bernstein’s conducting.

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dv8
2 years ago

The Appassionata 3rd movement is essentially the longest “shredder” guitar solo in history. (Metaphorically, anyway) Although… I think i’d like a screaming guitar solo version of it. I can see Steve Vai doing it.

https://youtu.be/jmVv_KArbuA

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

…only in my imagination. I was just musing about the third movement’s similarity to a guitar solo, then I went on to imagine Steve Vai adapting it. Then… thinking about Steven Vai, I thought I’d include a clip of him for context.

I don’t actually know if anyone really did do a rock adaptation of the 3rd movement.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  dv8

(but it could potentially be awesome)

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

haha… Back when I was in school, my daughter used to ask me to play it all the time. She loved it. (on piano)

Alas, I’m not a good enough electric guitarist to do it justice.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

yeah, it’s great that all your favorites are out there somewhere. Like I stumbled upon these guys this evening:

https://youtu.be/UM-yGcpaY_4

I saw them live a couple of times when I was a teenager back in the 70ies. I had all their albums.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I imagine it would take an arrangement. Like maybe you’d do it with a quartet. Two guitars, a bassist, and a drummer. You could probably get most of its texture with three strings and some percussion, I’m thinking.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

no problem. It was fun while it lasted but it was admittedly hard on the eyes.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

good night, gentle Mac.

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dv8
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I will sir.

BrendaK
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2 years ago

I’m here, if only for a moment. I just finished ‘Byrony and Roses’, and before that ‘The Seventh Bride’ — and although I do it very rarely, I read the author’s Acknowledgements and found to my delight that the author is Ursula Vernon! I recall she is a friend of your daughter’s, dv8 and Harper.

I enjoyed her stories quite a bit. I have always liked reading fairy tales told in a new way, and you just can’t beat a snarky heroine with a good grasp on practicality.