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  • Weekend Update   9 years 48 weeks ago

    Thanks, Andrew. I took that picture a couple of weeks ago at Linwood gardens, 35 miles southwest of Rochester. The landscape was designed in the early 1900’s with walled gardens, pools and fountains, ornamental trees, and a view of the valley below. It's open a couple of times a year, and my family and I always try to go. It's quite something! There's also a labyrinth.

  • Weekend Update   9 years 48 weeks ago

    I like this picture quite a bit! Where is it from?

  • Alex is missing   9 years 48 weeks ago

    I guess I know what to give you for Christmas

  • Alex is missing   9 years 49 weeks ago

    But, truly, I need to OWN it. Possess it. It has to be MINE. You know the feeling? Thanks for offering, though. I'm a fan of The Perry Bible Fellowship!

  • Alex is missing   9 years 49 weeks ago

    I inherited a copy of this book! Was always a little bit curious about it. I'll let you borrow it if you can't find yours.

  • Good for her   9 years 49 weeks ago

    Thanks for the nice note, Matthew, and thanks for listening to the radio today! I filled in for Simon (and Albert) early Saturday morning. I blame my lack of focus on Bill Moyers. THAT smart old scallawag kept me up too late watching TV. ;)

  • Good for her   9 years 49 weeks ago

    Simon (and Albert) being gone saturday did not seem so bad because the wonderfull hostess(es) that filled in did and awsome job. And never mind being scattershot- the old scallawag sometimes is too himself.

  • Books are your friends   9 years 50 weeks ago

    True. More and more used CDs are popping up in this particular store, too.

  • I Envy The Wind   9 years 50 weeks ago

    I have a handful of those memories - specific times and places where I heard a song for the first time. Music can really attach itself to you. Maybe you've read the new Oliver Sacks book "Musicophilia." He writes about how, for people with Alzheimer's, music brings memory alive like nothing else.

  • Politics and Music   9 years 50 weeks ago

    It's hard to read too much into it, and hard to know how involved (if at all) either candidate was in choosing the songs...but it seemed to me to illustrate a difference, too. Using the Springsteen tune might have been, among other things, a nod to John Edwards, since he used it to rally supporters during his campaign.

  • Books are your friends   9 years 50 weeks ago

    Sometimes you can find incredible things in a used bookstore.

  • Politics and Music   9 years 50 weeks ago

    A friend of mine was marveling last night at how Hillary's speech was, perhaps understandably, so much about Hillary.
    For me, and forgive me if this is too simplistic, these lyrics, especially the Springsteen song, really capture the difference between the two campaigns. The difference between Clinton and Obama is so very stark. And reading Obama's choice (sorry; I'm not a Springsteen fan, so I don't know the song) helps me make further sense of why his campaign has been so successful.

  • I Envy The Wind   9 years 50 weeks ago

    I had a similar experience but I heard her record "Essence" late at night and when this song came on I thought it's so simple yet amazing because it's her song and you never heard it before - one can feel the song as much as hear.

  • If I had a radio show...   9 years 50 weeks ago

    just needs the great radio voice of La Dolce Vita

  • The Sound and the Fury   9 years 51 weeks ago

    Nice to hear from you! I agree. The more I think about it, the more palatable "Kodak Hall."

    Carmina was pretty decent. Our conductor was pleased, and he's not one to toss around beige compliments. I can hardly wait to hear the recording. It'll air on Classical 91.5 and FM 90.3 on Monday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m.

    I'll be blogging from China, I hope. I look forward to hearing Eastman-Rochester Chorus sing Haydn's Creation next season. It's one of my favs!


  • The Sound and the Fury   9 years 51 weeks ago

    Kodak Theatre? I'm sentimental but Mr. Eastman was an astute entrepreneur and, may he rest in peace, I'm sure he would not object to (1.) proper upkeep and updating of his theatre, and (2.) not looking a gift horse in the mouth, i.e. the proper deference and thanks to Kodak for a most gracious gift. Look at what the Kodak Theatre in LA is- one amazing place.

    Carmina? I missed it and only heard stunning reviews afterwards. I'm really sorry to have missed it. Good luck with China.

    Sue Wemett, Eastman-Rochester Chorus

  • He, robot   9 years 51 weeks ago

    maybe monkeys will pick up the baton next season!

  • It's Been Too Long!   9 years 51 weeks ago

    Richard wanted to see if anyone was out here reading his stuff. Or anyone's stuff.
    So, yes, I am here. And I appreciate the work you've done, Richard.
    I do enjoy reading about past successes and our upcoming ventures.

    Another thing, I really appreciated being included on distribution for Norm's Newsletter last week. Don't know if this is the correct forum for such a comment, but, I'll mention it here.
    Did everyone see it? Was everyone included? Just the 'VLC'?

    Let's see if I can get this thing to add now.

    PS Hey, I didn't know I had to go get my reading glasses for the 'CAPTCHA' password. Let's try again.

  • If I had a radio show...   10 years 12 hours ago

    it is the best

  • Spitzer vs. Davis   10 years 19 hours ago

    Wow, I enjoyed reading your blog! You raise an interesting point.

  • Bettye LaVette   10 years 4 days ago

    I do like to see her slap that 62 year old butt. I can't move that way now, and I'm 41. What does get tiring is the story of her career or lack of one. Van Morrison likes to complain about the music industry too. Shut up and sing!

  • Ownership   10 years 6 days ago

    You can hear En Saga broadcast on June 30th at 8:00 p.m. As for En Hole-in-the-Schedule Saga, it looks like Julianna Athayde will save us by granting permission to re-broadcast her performance of a Prokofiev violin concerto from last season (I think.)

  • Ownership   10 years 6 days ago

    It is a bit long-winded, but I've known En Saga for years from a recording, so rather than dozing off, I was very interested to hear how it would sound in person. It was great! I'd never heard the RPO sound like that - deep, dark, burnished, relaxed on the surface but with tension below, a natural and unforced unfolding of the drama and atmosphere in the music. I hope to hear Eri Klas conduct again. And I hope the orchestra keeps unearthing such unknown gems.

  • Bettye LaVette   10 years 6 days ago

    ... she conquered. A fine show. I do wish she didn't feel the need to trade on her age. She doesn't have to make any apologies or convince us of her worthiness. What she does right now is fine and sufficient to leave a crowd smiling and saying, "what a women!"

  • Have you seen the pics?   10 years 1 week ago

    Hi Anonymous,

    Thanks for your comments- I couldn't agree more with your view on not encouraging the obsession with trends. It's great how your 6-year old being annoyed with her peers that only talk about Hannah Montana.
    Great tip for other parents too in that you don't encourage 1 particular theme and to expose your kids to a wide variety of music and TV.