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Conversations with me, No. 12
Email highlights, ca. May 1998

Dedicated to the proposition that every thought that's ever been thunk may be of use or interest to someone . . .

ME: Subject: Paul almost drowned. 

Yeah, it's amazing 
how little discussion the "Paul almost drowned" incident gets.  Here's 
the description in The True Story of the Beatles by Beatle Book Monthly 
writer Billy Shepherd.  The book was mostly written in 1963.  It 
forms the basis for later Beatle bios by Davies, Norman, etc. 

  p189.  While From Me To You was still at the top, the Beatles managed to 
  take a few days' holiday in the Canary Islands...  John had been the only 
  absent Beatle - he'd beetled off to Spain with Brian Epstein. 

  Though the headlines did not echo around the world, the Beatles came 
  near to tragedy in Teneriffe, Canary Islands.  The biggest sensation 
  yet in British pop music was nearly cut off before the greatest triumphs 
  had come along. 

  They'd met up, in Teneriffe, with Klaus, the German who'd befriended them 
  in the early days in Hamburg.  A happy party on the beach, with everybody 
  sharing the odd bottle of Coke or, occasionally, wine. 

  Then Paul decided to go for a swim.  He ploughed happily past the barrier 
  line of reefs and then suddenly got caught up in some swirling, 
  dangerous waves. 

  Says Paul: "I got washed out further and further away.  I yelled for help 
  but those blighters on the beach just didn't seem to hear anything at all. 
  Sure, it seems quite funny now, especially when I tell you that I nearly 
  came to blows with George and Ringo when I did finally get myself back 
  on shore.  Truth is, though, I really did feel I'd had my lot out there. 
  It looks pretty scarey when you think you're in serious danger of 

  Later, George also went for a swim and got his foot caught in a rock... 
  but he eventually broke free.  "Add to this the fact that we had a spell 
  of lousy weather and you'll understand that we were quite 
  glad to get back to a few noisy audiences in Britain." 

In the January 1985 Australian Playboy, Paul describes a near-drowning 
incident.  I believe it's the same one, and after 20 years his memory got 
the place wrong.  Note the coincidence of "lousy weather". 

  Playboy:  What's the closest you've been to death? 

  McCartney:  In Hawaii.  I used to swim off a rock about 10 feet above 
  water level.  The huge Hawaiian waves would roll in without breaking. 
  You'd wait for one and get in the water on the crest of a wave, then 
  you'd wait for another wave to lift you up the 10 feet on to this little 
  rock platform.  It was a thing all the local kids do, I like to go 
  native a bit.  So I do it and I get it off to perfection.  But I forget 
  that if there's been a storm the waves are going to behave differently. 
  And one day I went in after a storm.  It looked all right.  But when 
  I tried to catch a wave to lift me out, it dumped me, the wave broke. 
  Then the next wave dumped me.  I was about 30 feet out struggling to 
  get back.  I felt myself getting weak and beginning to accept perhaps 
  that this was it.  But eventually I pulled myself together and asked 
  God to please put me out.  And he did.  I've got the scars to this day. 
  Not very big ones, though. 

ME: Subject: Lautenbuch, Bern 1556 

I suspect your first suspicion is correct: the Lautenbuch, Bern 1556, 
was probably a manuscript.  Sometimes it's not so obvious from the 
facsimile (to my eyes, at least) and I wasn't looking at it with that 
in mind.  Hope I didn't set you up for a big disappointment there. 

In case you're curious, here's an extract from the piece I was working 
with.  Try as I might, I can't read the name of it, which, as you point out, 
might provide a clue. 

When I was poking around the web the night I found your page, 
I think I saw that there is a convention for notating rhythms in ascii 
tab.  Unfortunately, I didn't learn it, so I will just use 7 for an 8th note 
here. The Bern Lautenbuch used dashes over symbols for the 6th string. 
I will use Waissel's notation here. 

   | 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 | 7 7 7 | 7 7 7 | 7 7 7 7 |=|=|=|=|=| | 

   5 5 l 5 5 5 o d 4 4 D 4 4 4 4 4 d d 1 d d 4 d o d 4 n 5 
   d d   d d d 3 n r r   r r r r r n n   n n             h 
   l     l l   f 1 D     D D   D D 1     1 1             A 

My best guess: 
   ___             ___     ___     ___ 
   |.- 7 7 7 7 7 7 |.= 7 7 |.- 7 7 |.- 7 7 7 |=|=|=|=|=| | 

   5 5 l 5|5 5 o d|4 4 D 4|4 4 4 4|d d 1 d|d 4 d o d 4 n|5 
   d d   d|d d 3 n|r r   r|r r r r|n n   n|n            |h 
   l     l|l   f 1|D     D|D   D D|1     1|1            |A 

Sorry that's all so cramped looking. 

ME: A Beatle friend had emailed the Sean story.  I zapped it after reading 
one sentence.  I faced it in your email.  I just hope he's intelligent 
enough to realize how far-fetched the idea is. 

I heard the Who (or is Daltrey) on beautiful music WWMD.  They played 
Where Would I Be Without Your Love.  (You can supply the correct title.) 
I mean the original version - not an instrumental cover. 

THEE: The British press has devoted many stories to Linda as a sign of how 
well liked she really was over there.  That's good! 

Howard Stern seemed to restrict his bad taste this morning to 
questions of when Paul would start dating again. 

Roger Daltrey's "Without Your Love" appears on the soundtrack to 
his little-known film, "McVicar."  It's probably his best solo album. 
The original "Without Your Love," however, was sung by its writer, 
Billy Nichol and it's about Meher Baba! 

ME: Give a call sometime when I'm not home to hear 
yourself on my answering machine.  [Excerpt with mandolin from 
A Trip To Rocky Point.] 

ME: Subject: Lautenbuch, Bern, 1556 

The publisher for the Lautenbuch, Bern, 1556 is 

  Cornetto-Verlag, Stuttgart, 1997 

ME: My advice - as much as possible, go with facsimile editions, 
like the complete works of Sor and Giuliani.  I have nice 
volumes of Carcassi and Giuliani in facsimile put together 
by Frederick Noad. 

The situation today is fantastic for guitar players.  When I started 
guitar, all the music was filtered through a modern editor.  Phooey. 

THEE: Subject: family feud 

I am trying to reconstruct a family feud game and haven't seen the show 
in about 15 years.  Refresh my memory on the types/format of questions 

ME: Here are some real-life Family Feud questions: 

Name something associated with Zsa Zsa Gabor. 
Name something that is applied with a brush. 
Name something highwire performers use in their act. 
Name a musical instrument. 
Name a good food that warms you up on a cold night. 
Name something teenagers borrow to go out on a date. 
Name something people drink in almost every country. 

The big problem is not making up these sorts of questions, but supplying 
the list of responses.  The tv and home version answers were the results 
of a survey.  It wouldn't make much sense if one person supplied the 
list of answers.  I take it that they don't sell the game anymore? 
(More or less rhetorical.  One of my sets is the 7th edition and I'd 
hate to think how old that is now.  They'd be up to 97 by now.)  Try 
and find a set at a yard sale.  Good luck and have fun! 

THEE: Subject: Famous again 

Look, more fame!  This is in today's "Post." 

  At our next stop, the driveway of a postwar brick house, the 
  chocolate chip cookies for 25 cents [baked by Hself] are moving 
  faster than an old Zenith 286 with DOS and Word Perfect for $25 
  [we later sold it for $15]. But before Hself [author's 
  kid] can decide which Silver Age comic book he wants, some 
  guy buys the entire collection, three boxes full, for $220. [Actually, 
  the guy gave me a $60 deposit, took some comic books, and vanished.  I 
  don't think I was ripped off.]  The books are $1 for hardbacks, half 
  as much for paperbacks, "but if you take the law books, I'll take the 
  price down," says discarder [yours truly - a good gag!]. Thanks, but no 
  thanks. However, planning a midwestern vacation, I snatch up the 
  Smithsonian guide to the Great Lake states. "You're selling this?" 
  says his wife, chagrined. "We don't live there anymore," he replies. 

  For Hself, my spouse, I find Amy Tan's "The Hundred Secret Senses," 
  read by the author on audiotape [from my wife's collection], balm for 
  Beltway bottlenecks, and for myself seven vintage LIFE magazines, 1937 
  to 1946, and including a wartime issue published six days before my 
  birth. By dealer standards, they are priced quite low. By my 
  standards, they are priceless. 

I asked my workmate, from the Philippines, if she 
remembered the Beatles' Manilla concert.  She said yes.  "That was the 
time," she thought, "they scorned the first lady.  But that was a long 
time ago.  It was in the '60s, wasn't it?  I was very little."  She 
then told me that the pianist Van Cliburn never had such problems in 
the Philippines, that he was a favorite of the Marcoses and a frequent 
visitor.  Live and learn, eh? 

ME: Subject: el dios es caliente 

Thanks for the stupendous visit and all the goodies.  I asked 
my friend from Honduras about El Caliente.  Caliente means hot, 
as in the weather, but, as in our language it does double duty 
for sexy individuals - as in the above song title.  La Calienta 
would mean "the hot woman".  She didn't know any song called El 

THEE: Subject: let's start the family feud! 

Gracias!  This is a big help...we're working on a survey for our new 
freshmen at college to play next year. 

ME: That Post coverage is amazing.  What set Hself's yard sale apart 
from the other 6 million? 

After being somewhat heartened by increased traffic to my website, 
the last statistics report said there had only been about 20 visits 
in the last 2 weeks.  I was disappointed slightly but not overly 
concerned.  This morning when I checked the mail, there was another 
report waiting.  Hmmm, what's that for, I wondered.  It started 
with an apology - their program had miscalculated visits.  The 
corrected total was 210. 

I saw a fun show at LC [Library of Congress] last night - a 2-man show 
about Jelly Roll Morton.  He claims to have invented jazz.  Today is 
Ma Rainey's 112th birthday. 

ME: to 

There's an interesting article in the Federal Communications Law 
Journal, April 1995, called "Strange Fixation: Bootleg Sound 
Recordings Enjoy the Benefits of Improving Technology".  You might 
at least have fun searching out the many Beatles references.  Go to 


Subject:      Beatles in law journal 
From:         Keith Richardson 
Date:         1998/02/08 

Definitely a useful site, thanks. 

There are unaddressed issues with bootlegs. There are 
international laws now that allow artists to withhold or retract 
their art, even sometimes when under contract. (This applies to 
painters, for example, I don't know if musicians are included.) 

But it seems there should be exceptions, for example, if an 
artist goes crazy. Would we really want Van Gogh to burn all his 
unsold paintings if he had the chance? Do we really want the 
Beatles to withhold recordings just because John decided his 
voice wasn't right (again and again as he so frequently did)? If 
it was good enough to put on tape, and good enough keep - at 
substantial cost - shouldn't a recording be considered to have 
"crossed the boundary" from being personal property to being 
world heritage? That's not to say that the artist couldn't still 
have some control, just that they wouldn't be allowed to withhold 
things capriciously. Or indefinitely. 20 years is long enough, 

THEE: Thanks for the ease (that's my just-invented plural of e-mail 
messages).  I liked the yard sale coverage.  Did I mention that 
you should believe in the power of the press?  That article was 
COMPLETELY accurate. 

After watching the Orioles get shellacked on Friday (10-1 to 
Oakland), we blew into Princeton, N.J., for a wedding on 
Saturday.  The band playing at the wedding reception was quite 
good although they struck out with a quiet solo performance of "I 
Will" and a group reading of "Till There Was You."  Later, they 
really lit up the place with a medley of "I Want to Hold Your 
Hand" and "Back in the USSR." 

Yesterday, we visited Princeton Record Exchange.  It was paradise! 
I bought an LP by Thee Headcoatees and a solo CD by Headcoatee Holly 
Golightly.  I felt great, and that doesn't usually happen to me at 
record stores these days. 

THEE: Peter Danner is doing a write up on the original board of directors 
for the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA).  He e-mailed me in quest for info 
on Sophocles Papas.  I am sending him one of the books about Papas that was 
donated to us.  It is being considered a donation to the GFA Library. 

THEE: Subject: Lautenbuch, Bern 1556 

We just received the facsimile of Bern 1556 in the library here at Duke--I 
don't envy anyone trying to figure it out! 

One point about mistakes in various types of tablatures: one of the most 
common errors in French or Italian tablatures (probably THE most common) is 
placing a number, letter, or symbol on the wrong line or space (vertical 
placement).  This is especially common in printed works (where the engraver 
or typesetter did not read tablature).  This problem is obviously avoided 
with the staffless German tab. 

The main problems I have with German tab. are the lack of standardization 
(esp. for the sixth string) and the variants of the Gothic script used for 
the letters (esp. since you have to recognize the whole alphabet, not just 
the first 10 or 12 letters).  But it is possible to learn it in a 
relatively short period of time, although it's not a very versatile skill 
if you want to move beyond the sixteenth century rep. and 7+ course 
lutes . . . 

THEE:  I am a student in Orillia Ontario Canada and I need your help! 

I am doing a project on the 1960's and I am writing an artical on the 

But I am a writer for the Right wing newspaper and my head line is: 

  Let Them Stay In Britian! 

I have to say bad thing (God forbid) about the you have 
any articals writen about the negitive side of the Bealtes? 
Can you give me some ideas about what to say? 

ME: For some real-life insults written about the beatles, visit my page 
  [now ]

ME: In my searches tonight for "brownies" "salmon and pasta" and web 
pages connecting to mine, I used 4 search engines.  The differences in 
results are astounding. 

The brownies recipes are for a Thai girl who wanted a *real* recipe, 
not my wackiness.  Go to 

and type in brownies for a demonstration of WWW power!  (Still, which 
do you think most people would opt for: $2000 worth of computer 
equipment (not to mention monthly charges), or a 98 cent box of 
brownie mix (including instructions)? 

THEE: I just visited liveletdie.  It looks potentially awesome.  Thanks. 
You know I'm a sucker for screensavers and wallpaper.  If there's a 
scholarly investigation of "The Fool on the Hill," I won't take it 
seriously unless they mention Shirly Bassey's killer version. 

I watched a 1995 episode of "Family Matters" last night because 
TV Guide on Line said there was a Paul McCartney imitator.  There 
was.  It was slightly amusing, and over 30 seconds into the show. 

My album of the week is Los Straitjackets' eponymous 1995 debut. 
It's pretty good surf instrumentals produced by none other than your 
man Ben Vaughn. 

THEE: Re: The Beatles in Playboy 

Bloody fab!!!! 

That was a very good read! You have the honour of being the first 
person/article I've seen on the Net that I have managed to read the 
WHOLE damn thing with interest. Well done! 

Thank you for having too much damn time on your hands :-) 

There are two rules for success in life: 
Rule 1: Don't tell people everything you know. 

THEE: Scanners have really dropped in price lately and I'm thinking of going out to 
buy one today.  That would mean no more worries about half tones.  It also 
means that we could even put your music examples directly into the newsletter 
with no cutting and pasting required.  All the trimming could actually be done 
on the computer (in theory). 

ME: A scanner, eh?  That'd be great.  I just wish I didn't object 
to pictures so much. 

ME: Subject: don't say bl**dy 'ell, or 'eck 

Hself, ol' bean, you've got me stumped.  For about the 5th time now 
you have seemingly missed the import of the TFOTH [The Fool On The Hill] 
dissertation in liveletdie.  The other 2 possibilities are that 
you're doing a number on my poor head (extremely unlikely) 
or that it does, in fact, have no import for you (seemingly 
unlikely).  It has nothing to do with Shirley Bassey. 

THEE: I enjoyed the video frames from two scenes in the film "Help!" at 
liveletdie.  Did you see those? 

We watched "The French Connection" Friday night.  This gritty 
1971 film takes place mainly in the streets of Brooklyn.  In one scene, 
plainly visible, is the Lady Madonna Maternity Boutique!  Where does 
John tell that great story about that boutique?  I wonder if it was a 

In my backlog, on Saturday, I finally reached Tubby the Tuba.  I was 
making all sorts of wisecracks regarding Tubby, most of which involved 
obscene language.  "Hey, where the h-ll is my G-d d-mn Tubby the Tuba 
album?" I demanded before finding it.  "Hey, I also have the 
sequel, 'Unsafe Sexual Practices of Inner-City Adolescents, With Your 
Host Tubby the Tuba'!"  And, "For crimes against humanity, I sentence 
Tubby the Tuba to death!" 

Bottom line:  I condemn my Tubby the Tuba LP to the fiery pit, unless 
you would like to purchase it for the low low price of $0.0. 

Yesterday's LP was "Let's Visit Congress."  That one was much more 

ME: Here's the list.  It includes all the guitar societies who 
expressed an interest in the listserv discussion, nearby societies, 
societies who have been appreciative in the past, societies which, 
for maybe no great reason, I think are "important", and important 
guitar magazines. 


611 S 5TH ST 
SAN JOSE  CA  95112 

PO BOX 49704 
AUSTIN  TX  78765 



PO BOX 1528 
HARTFORD  CT  06144-1528 

PO BOX 11425 
ST LOUIS  MO  63105 

ALBANY  NY  12203 


PO BOX 1171 
NORFOLK  VA  23501 

DURHAM  NC  27705 

*** PLEASE DISPLAY ***              <--  I think this is a better idea 
PEABODY INST/RAY CHESTER                 than sending a batch. 

PALO ALTO  CA  94301 

411 BOREL AVE  STE 100 
SAN MATEO  CA  94402-3516 

40 W 25TH ST 
NEW YORK  NY  10010 


envelope "PRINTED MATTER" .50           <-- Let this line print out 

Keep all of these separate from member addresses, of course. 

ME: Sounds to me like you might possibly not have been in the proper 
frame of mind for Tubby.  Sure, I'll give him a good home. 

The Help! "video frames" on liveletdie - does that mean they move? 

Hself wrote a fine, fine baseball article in the current 
City Paper.  Reminds me of the days when I used to read a baseball 
book every summer. 

There was also a maddening article about a top gun lawyer in town. 
Except that it's all old hat and known to everybody - our justice system 
has nothing to do with reality.  No need to get worked up. 


Did you ever get your free Beatle book?  My records 
show I never got the reimbursement for the postage 
(approx. $2). 

Subject: Half my life 
I'm glad to pull Tubby back from the precipice for you. 

I gave my Who bootleg "Jaguar Anyone?" a spin lsat night.  Hself 
gave it to me on my 18th birthday.  As of this coming Thursday, 
bootlegs will have been a part of half my life! 

A documentary about Robyn Hitchcock got a good write-up on Reuters 
this morning. 

The "Help!" video clips on liveletdie are stills. 

The first clip deals with what exactly Macca might have been 
wearing during the shrinking scene.  The blow-up frame makes the 
Zapruder film look like Cinerama--I saw nothing--but the author 
concludes that he was wearing a bathing suit. 

The second clip deals with whether Paul's hand strayed too close to 
the naughty bits when he was strumming a bathing beauty during one of 
the film's closing numbers.  Yes, the video evidence supports that he 
brushed the side of one of her, uh, and then made a face. 

How was your weekend?  Did you by any chance take a long walk on a 
big bridge? 

ME: Sorry for the delay about the Beatle book.  I got discouraged 
after the first round because only about a quarter of the people 
sent reimbursement for my postage costs. 

ME: About Paul's errant strumming, I always thought that was common knowledge 
to everybody, although somehow I've never managed to see it in the film 

Didn't walk the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this year.  I don't remember the 
weekend too well. 

THEE: I just did a search on my last name "Sauter" and saw your name. 
I know there are not a lot of Sauter's in existence that I know of.  My 
relatives came over on the boat from Germany about 1896.  I am from 
Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada. 

Just thought I would drop you a line and say hello. 

Troy Sauter 

THEE: I couldn't wait on this interesting significa question, which I 
read in a recent "New Yorker":  What's the single best-selling Dylan 
album of all time?  (Answer below my sign-off.) 

Ans: Jakob Dylan's "The Wallflowers" has outsold every single Bob Dylan 

THEE: I was looking for photos of n-k-d g-rls on "The Daily Mirror" web 
site.  No luck.  All I found was this: 
     A TAPE of the Beatles just as they were finding fame 
     was "one drunk recording another bunch of drunks", 
     George Harrison said yesterday. 

     It was made at Hamburg's Star Club in 1962 when they 
     were wild teenagers who drank a lot, grabbed their 
     instruments, played for an hour, grabbed the money and 
     went on drinking, he said. 

     Musician Ted "King Size" Taylor's claim that he 
     recorded them with John Lennon's permission was 
     "ludicrous", he told the High Court. Harrison, Paul 
     McCartney and Ringo Starr and Lennon's widow Yoko 
     Ono want CDs of the tape banned, the tape destroyed 
     and damages. Case continues. 

ME: I believe my ancestors came over from Germany to the Baltimore 
area in the 1820s.  I also believe Sauter is a very common 
name in Germany.  My brother ran into some when he was stationed 
there in the army.  But what I've never quite put together is, 
why is it a common German name if it's a common French word (to 

THEE: I bought the first Kinks album for my birthday.  A new CD reissue 
features 12 bonus tracks! 

I read this in yesterday's "Post" and it didn't register until 
hours later.  I didn't know he was a fan... 
   Before the gala, at a VIP reception in the glorious gardens of Ruth 
   Buchanan in upper Northwest, guests reflexively drifted into a 
   receiving line. The ex-president (George Bush) told his health and 
   human services secretary, Louis Sullivan, to "KEEP ON KEEPING ON." The 
   former first lady, in her trademark triple-strand of pearls and a 
   black-and-white polka-dot suit, admired pictures of guests' children. 

ME: Funny thing though, I haven't the vaguest clue as to what the number 
two best-selling Dylan album is. 

Dagnabbit, I had the "keep on keepin' on" business squared away, and now 
I forget everything when it comes back up again.  I seem to remember 
finding an occurrence that predated Dylan's by years, or decades. 
I must have mentioned it to you.  Any recollection? 

Got a new WGS newsletter printed up today.  You have to wonder no longer 
about Francesco da Milano, and German tablature. 

I got some dumb ballots in the mail today for voting on postage stamps. 
How about 6 cents? 

Monday is A-ok.  Remind us to do a Betty Rollins' legs study. 

THEE: Subject: Legs Larry Smith 

Our album of the night is the "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" 
soundtrack.  That should provide amusement. 

Ringo Starr is hosting some sort of documentary on the making of 
Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" tomorrow night.  I'll tape it, albeit 
without too much enthusiasm. 

ME: You brought up "conversation in the Sauter family".  I had never 
really thought about it before, but I think the explanation is that they 
mostly all have non-white collar jobs.  That allows for very interesting 
stories.  My sister could have a sure-fire best-seller with a book 
about her experiences as a long-time checker at Giant. 

Researching George Bush's pop music tastes, I tracked down an item I 
e-mailed Mar 20 1998: 

   Big discovery today.  The Marvin Gaye song Baby Don't You Do It 
   (10/10/64, No. 27) has the line "keep on keeping on".  I'd say 
   that pips You Ain't Goin' Nowhere with weeks to spare. 

THEE: I appreciated having Betty Rollins' article in front of me when you 
played the interview segment.  If I'm not careful, I'll be wondering 
what "Betty Rollins' legs" means for the rest of my days. 

Today's album, which will carry me through the week, is Charles Ives' 
"Old Songs Deranged."  It is deranged! 

THEE: Subject: operatic arrangements for guitar 

I have been searching for solo arrangements of operatic music. I have 
come up with Giuliani's "Rossiniane", Carcassi's "William Tell", the Sor 
"Mozart and Paisiello variations" and those included in the Noad 
Antholgies. Are you familiar with any others? Thank you. 

ME: Thanks for the note about operatic arrangements for solo guitar. 
Believe me, there are *tons* of them.  Also, there are quite a few 
arrangements of opera material by 19th C. American guitarists. 

I've wondered if anyone has tried to catalog them 
all.  It would be *way* too big a job for someone to do just for 
his own pleasure.  Perhaps you could ask in the USENET group if anyone knows if anyone has attempted 
this.  [Fat chance.] 

I wish I could devote a few years worth of my guitar interest to just 
these operatic arrangements and comparing them to the original, for 
example.  (I'm still not clear if anybody has ever really found Sor's 
theme in the Magic Flute.)  [My current threory is that whoever made 
O Dolce Concento out of the little Mozart bit should get the credit.] 

ME: I've finally started to get a little web traffic - a few hundred people 
per week.  There are fairly well-known  pages in the guitar, Beatles and 
Scrabble world that link to me.  Still, I'd rather make a little mark in the 
areas of justice, democracy and science. 

ME: Don't know if you found this or not already, or if you would derive any 
pleasure from it if you did, but here's a late-model Sherlock holmes story 
I found while looking for Fermi Paradox references.  It's good and slightly 
unsatisfying at the same time - although I can't imagine how anybody could 
tie it up in a more satisfying way.  Go to: 

Here's the obvious response to the guy with the Geocities gripe. 
[Geocities deleted his site for violation of moral standards.]  I didn't 
bother at the time because of its obviousness, but maybe it needs to be 
repeated every now and then: Only government can censor. 

ME: The National Scademy of Science's concert was called 
"India in the Air".  Guest artists were L Subramaniam, Shashank and 
Terry Riley.  Program included traditional Indian music, "Ragas" and 
"Mythic Birds Waltz for String Quartet" by Terry Riley, plus 
"A Fusion Piece" (world premiere) by Jarrett (Al?).  Sure looked 
interesting on paper, at least.  I didn't make it, either. 

I'm interested in hearing the Dylan, although I will admit the words 
"Prince's Trust" make me cringe.  I equate it with "unlistenable happy 
superstar mishmash". 

THEE: The Orioles wound up losing Monday's game 6-3.  Last night, I ran 
into the bedroom and told Hself, "Unbelievably, it's the seventh inning 
and the Orioles are killing the Yankees!  The score's 5-1!"  In just 
two innings, the Yankees managed to a) score 8 runs and win the game 
and b) start a knock-down, drag-out brawl.  Weird!  I'm glad I watched 
"The Avengers" instead. 

THEE: I was just curious if there was a reason you didn't bring the box of 
newsletters to the meeting.  I wanted to grab a bunch.  I took about ten with 
me, but I didn't want to deplete the entire stack. 

ME: The vid was fine.  I found the Hendrix/Dylan connection very interesting, 
got 3 good laughs out of Seinfeld (desk-clearing, "You're going down" 
and George's collapse on the bars - the last being very juvenile, of 
course), fascinating Standing Stone footage, not to mention the live 
baseball.  Never quite leaves your blood, does it? 

What's wrong with a brawl with the Yanks?  When I was a kid watching 
baseball, that's what I *lived* for.  I guess tv had messed up my mind. 

ME: Your question about suitable guitar & piano material 
for beginners is perfectly reasonable, but I have a deepset phobia 
with respect to making recommendations of any kind in life.  There's 
no making people happy, it seems. 

My catalog gives a sample line from every guitar part just 
for that reason, though. 

THEE: The Orioles uneventfully lost to the Yanks 9-2 last night.  No 
brawls, just the seventh loss in a row.  That's the first losing 
streak that long in three years. 

ME: I was going to give you a call about the 
remaining batch of Washington Guitar Society newletters, but 
then figured a "conference call" might be beneficial here.  I've always 
been slightly frustrated that almost all guitar society brainstorming has 
been in various 2-person conversations without any mechanism for 

Yes, if you suspected I was bugged or something when I didn't bring a 
batch of newsletters to the meeting, you were right.  I was a 
little upset that they didn't get distributed prior to the meeting. 
I wasn't bugged at any one person, and certainly not you, who already 
do too much (still). 

Maybe it wasn't a big deal, because at least the WGS members got their 
copies, but they already knew about the meeting (theoretically.)  It seems 
that out of 38 newsletter editions, this was the first one where the 
attitude became, "it doesn't matter whether or not it's distributed before 
the meeting - it's just an ad for the society".  Three people made statements 
along those lines.  This has never been the view in the past.  We always 
broke our back to get them out beforehand - generally just in the nick of 
time.  Remember, for example, how difficult it was for us to throw in the 
towel on the "Snitzler's Folly" issue and let it slide until after the 
impending meeting? 

I also have a notion that because we have a "plan" (we'll see) for mailing 
and distributing the newsletters next time, that people felt they were off 
the hook this time. 

This issue, maybe more than ever before, was geared to the upcoming meeting. 
It's another excellent issue, whether anybody noticed not, that would 
leave any other guitar society's newsletters in the dust.  It involved an 
amount of effort on my part that would probably be viewed as 
insane by most outside observers.  Even after the production session it 
probably took about 2 more days of work.  (Lots of paste-ups, numerous 
corrections, 4 trips to the copy store, mailing session with Bev, etc.) 

So I was bugged that nobody could call somebody who could call somebody who 
could call somebody... until somebody was reached who was willing to give 
up a Golden Girls rerun to get some WGS newsletters out.  In the week 
before the meeting, I was thinking, if the newsletters are 
still around by Friday, they were going in the dumpster and I would tell 
people that I "distributed" them myself.  This didn't come to pass, 
however.  Anybody who wants them can stop by anytime. 

Now, having said that, I will confess that I don't think getting a bunch 
of newcomers to that recital would have resulted in many new memberships, 
or even increased WGS enthusiasm, but that couldn't have been known in 

For therapeutic reasons I also have to say that I am bugged with the 
performer for not even reading the newsletter dedicated to her.  What does 
it take, for crying out loud? 

THEE: May is always the busiest month of the year for me!  After the 
open stage I went home to get to bed early, as we had to play for a 
breakfast from 6:30 - 9:30 AM!  After the gig we came home and took naps and 
got up in time to play for a wedding at 3 pm.  Then we had to play another 
wedding on Sunday at 12.  After that wedding I had to get started making 
flute/guitar arrangements for a wedding with special requests that we are 
playing this Saturday.  I'll tell you, making a living really gets in the way 
of life! 

THEE: That's really wild.  How did one message come through utterly 
garbled and the other perfectly fine?  They were both in the same 
format.  I dunno. 

THEE: Subject: Monopoly Rule Question 

We take the liberty of posing a Monopoly rule question to you.  May 
houses/hotels be purchased only at the beginning of a turn or at the end of 
the turn?  In other words, may houses be purchased at the completion of the 
other person's turn or may they still be purchased after the purchaser has 
rolled the dice? 

Also, when is the official end and begining of a turn.  By the way, 
we are playing with two sets of dice one for each person. 

THEE: You know, I always thought that if you had all the 
best treatment money could buy, and good health habits--that your 
chances were almost absolute for beating cancer today (if caught 
early enough).  Linda Mac certainly proved that not to be the 
case.  Just breaks my heart.  Still feel so fortunate to have had 
her accept my flowers and offer her cheek for a kiss before the 
performance at Royal Albert in October of last year.  I had such 
great hopes that she would completely recover and go on to do so 
many of the things she was so good at and loved. I remember being 
so buoyed after having seen her looking so good and so real, and 
out in public for her first real public appearance in some time. 

I'm now so devastated for Paul and family.  I've been sent photos by a 
friend showing Paul and James arm in arm, walking in Paris recently and 
sitting against a wall together.  Does life get any sadder than 
heart aches. 

So sad to hear that Joe Pope is broke and suffering a terrible bout with 
cancer as well.  Understand that there will be a benefit for him held at the 
end of the month in Mass.  Do you know anything more??  I'm just wondering if 
he has a chance of recovering.  He's such a nice fella--met him on a few 
occasions.  His fanzine Strawberry Fields was a good one for years. 

THEE: "Really wild, general" comes from "The Intro and the Outro" by the 
Bonzo Dog Band. 

I started listening to Lesley Gore's "Golden Hits Vol. 2" this 
morning.  It's good so far.  Do you know anything about a song called 
"Off and Running"? 

I have an LP called, ulp, "Meet the Searchers" floating to the top of 
me pile. 

THEE: I thought that you might have heard 
which day the Rolling Thunder parade was and be on the sidelines.  I 
watched for you everywhere.  There were over 250,000 motorcycles in the 
parade. My ears are still ringing.  I should have worn earplugs.  After 
we got to the end of the parade, I walked around and I got to see the 
Lincoln, Washington, Vietnam, Korean, and Navy memorials all up close 
and personal.  I hung around by the pool thinking you might be there 
(like in Forrest Gump) But then, you probably didn't see Forrest Gump - 
a movie starring Tom Hanks. I also went into the Air & Space Museum and 
to the Arlington National Cemetary.  I was wanting to get to the 
National Portrait Museum as on the map it looked like it was right next 
to the Navy memorial, but I was with others who were not interested. 
Maybe next time. I was impressed by the two statues at the bridge 
entrance to  Arlington.  Do you know what mythical figures they portray? 
Interesting the the man was riding and the woman walking. 

In regard to Seinfeld, I share your view.  I saw it once for about ten 
minutes and they were doing sexist jokes about breasts.  I shut it off 
and never watched again, except for the night of the last show.  I was 
doing a calligraphy project and had the TV on for background noise when 
the last show came on.  It was totally assinine and my reaction was I 
hadn't missed much in the nine years it was on if they were all that 

ME: Cranking up my mailer tonight there was a testy system 
message saying I was over 80% of my mail space quota, why don't I 
ditch some of it?  Then it took so long to fire up I thought 
something was hung up.  It turned out there was a message 1947773 
bytes long from a guy in Sweden who wanted a contact address for 
the USPS.  (He had read my page.)  That was all in the first 
paragraph, a few hundred bytes worth.  Then there was 2 million 
characters of gobbledygook.  Don't know whether he was sending me 
photos or the Swedish postal system code. 

ME: You ask is there anything else you should look out for. 
I need "Toast To You" by Al Hudson One Way real bad.  Will pay. 

Did I ever show you Hself's picture on and in the Library Journal? 

THEE: Talking of Lesley Gore, the shrill sound quality of her greatest-hits 
album raises an issue that we've sparred about in the past:  I think 
Gore's another vote for George Martin as best producer of the '60s.  I 
know that Gore was produced to be heard on 45s on bad record players 
but that doesn't excuse her sound entirely. 

I watched a Spice Girls concert video last night, which I taped off 
cable in April.  In fact I was mildly entertained and that's all I 
ask for in rock music anymore. 

THEE: BBC web site, May 28, 1998 

Sir Paul McCartney has made his first public outing with his family 
since the death of his wife Linda - and lit a candle to her memory. 
The music legend and his son James stopped at Notre Dame Cathedral in 
Paris, and, alongside other visitors, lit a candle. The pair also 
spent time in quiet thought as they remembered Linda, 56, who died 
last month at the couple's ranch in the United States after losing a 
long battle against cancer. 

THEE: Subject: initial bankroll 


Truth is (would we have it any other way?) my wife and granddaughter 
dusted off our game of Monopoly that had not been played for several 
years. Dear wife could not find the basic rules and none of us could 
recall the amount of the initial bankroll allotted to each player. 

I know you know. And I know you will let us know without unduly shaming 
us for our ignorance! 


ME: Start with: 

  2 x $500 
  2 x $100 
  2 x $ 50 
  6 x $ 20 
  5 x $ 10 
  5 x $  5 
  5 x $  1 

This totals $1500. 

By the way, you can find the complete Monopoly rules on the web. 
Have fun. 

ME: You know how I'm always mocking computers 
in their attempt to catch up with old technology (tv, photography, 
hi-fi sound, etc.)  It just occurred to me today that phone systems 
have had "voice recognition" for over a hundred years.  You just 
*talk* into it.  Amazing! 

The "jug band" album "Toast To You" by Al Hudson One Way I put on 
your search list has violin work throughout by Phyllis, which is 
why I would even pay for it.  I think it dates from the late 

I'm almost through the 10-record classical set.  It's been mostly 
painful, but I feel like I should know more about classical music. 
I don't think it helped much.  Anyhow, when it's finished, I can 
continue subjecting myself to pop music displeasure.  Why do we 
do this to ourselves? 

ME: My friend may have seen you ride by on Sunday.  She works at the 
Smithsonian Castle and went out to see the motorcycles drive down 
Independence Ave.  She enjoyed the spectacle greatly.  She noted 
a number of biracial couples, but only one black woman/white man pair. 

Still have the frig and still hate it.  About non-frost-free refrigerators, 
everybody says how miserable defrosting is, but it wouldn't *have* to be. 
If they just put in a heating element that you turn on with a flick of a 
switch, the ice could fall out in seconds.  Says me, who has never designed 
a refrigerator, mind you. 

THEE: I checked on my first volume of Lesley Gore's greatest hits--I have the 
truncated 10-track version.  Ooh, that gets me steamed! 

The episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" that aired on TV last 
night, originally broadcast around November 1969, featured a sketch in 
which a police officer plants drugs at an actor's flat.  I'm sure it 
must have been inspired by the Lennono bust.  The sketch ends memorably 
with the cop dropping a suspicious package.  The actor opens it: 

        "Sandwiches?" he asks, confused. 

        "Cor," says the cop, "wonder what I gave the wife." 

ME: Yes, my Baroque Beatle Songbook is stereo (according to the cover.  I 
didn't pull the disk out and have no memory of aural verification of 
this claim.)  I don't have the lyric sheet, though. 

I am now wired for stereo again.  I put the other speaker 
under the dining table in otherwise unused, unseen space, so it was 
justifiable.  The different sound quality you get from a speaker under a 
table makes for a very good fake stereo - much better than the stuff they 
call real stereo nowadays. 

THEE: It feels like May 1970 all over again.  Ginger Spice has left the 
Spice Girls.  The remaining four vow to continue but can they?  Stay 

The Macca thing I taped Sunday morning was a bigger deal than I 
expected, and we should have a viewing party.  It's "Paul McCartney's 
Musical Ways," a documentary on the revamped "Family Way" arrangement. 
Again, we are treated to Mac discussing his work, at great length. 
(I'm guessing by his long hair that it was taped some time before the 
"Standing Stone" premier.)  There are also numerous clips from the 
film.  The guy that did the new variations gets a significant amount 
of air time, too, as does George Martin (whose hair is now longer than 

ME: Subject: Papo en Mejico 

Not much to report on in my realm of pop music 
interest lately.  Well, I'll tell you...  My current favorite 2 
records are over 25 years old and Hispanic.  One is by Lolita, the 
other is by Papo Roman.  (His given name was Ramon Roman.  Cool parents, 
eh?)  As great as these records are, they would make virtually all 
normal people barf. 

If you have any more rounds of email with the evolutionist, feel free 
to direct him to my evolution FAQ page.  As far as I can tell, 
evolutionists don't hesitate to call doubters dummies, but *never* 
actually say what evolution is.  Crazy... 

ME: Subject: I'll bite... 

...what happened in "May, 1970"?  [Joky way of saying I have never, and 
still do not, place any significance in April 10 1970 as being the "day the 
Beatles broke up".]

"The revamped Family Way arrangement"?  Did I know about this?  That such 
a thing is being done is hard enough to imagine, but a tv special for it??? 

Potomac Blackout is a simple card game involving tricks and bidding. 
It's simple enough for anybody to play right away - without a practice 
round, even.  It's got some fun quirks, like decreasing hand sizes from 
round to round.  It hardly takes any brains, but, then again, it's not 
stupid.  Almost everyone enjoys it right off the bat.  Welsh Harry 
brought it back from the UK, which is where he believed it originated. 
For years I passed this information on to my family and friends.  But when 
Harry asked about it on a trip a couple of years ago, his friends said, no, 
they brought it over from the states.  And then I finally found the name 
in a book of rules.  [It's a slight variant of Oh Hell, also called Oh Pshaw 
or Blackout.]  To think that this "old world" game came (maybe) from 
a quarter spin around our own beloved beltway, haha... 

Went to the zoo today.  The main event was the Amazonia exhibit. 

THEE: Ishmael.  The book has an ape teach a man...through 
telepathy. Don't think a movie is in the works.  On their last 
fan club letter, PJ [Pearl Jam] encouraged their fans to read 
this book.  Supposedly, during the making of their latest album, 
YIELD, the band members were reading the book.  Some of the song 
lyrics seem to tie in with the book.  Ishmael may be the thread 
that holds the album together...but, it's art, so I will believe 
what I want. 

Did you ever see the animated short: Bambi meets Godzilla? 
A two scene black and white line drawing.  The first scene 
has Bambi eating grass...shows credits, and has lovely music 
playing.  The second scene has Godzilla's foot come down 
from the top of the screen, smashing Bambi, the ending 
credits roll, and ominous music plays. 

Anyway, Ishmael mentions the Tree of Knowledge.  How Adam 
ate the apple and THOUGHT he had power over life and death... 
a reference to how mankind believes he has this right. 

So, I call my poster, Pearl Jam meets Godzilla.  I have it 
divided into 3 scenes.  It had to be only 8 X 10...small poster. 
The first scene has Godzilla eating an apple from the 
tree of knowledge.  The second scene has Pearl Jam performing 
'Alive'...with the lyrics, "'You're still alive,' she said. 'Do I deserve 
to be...and if so...if so...who answers?'"  And then the third 
scene has Godzilla's foot smashing Pearl Jam..and the line 
'who answers' wafting up from under the foot. 
I hope at least they get a chuckle.  All of the PJ fans I told 
about the poster did. 

I could win an autographed bowling ball.  Hmm...think I'd settle 
for the chuckle.  Thanks for the good wishes. 

THEE: Subject: The Family Way 

I remember reading something about a new "Family Way" in 
"Beatlefan."  Yeah, apparently some chap recently scored variations 
for the themes that Macca wrote and is presenting it in a classical 
setting.  I can say no more.  The documentary is an hour long.  I do 
get the sense that Macca really just dreamed up two tunes off the top 
of his head, which were then arranged by George Martin.  Now they've 
been rearranged.  So, even though Paul talks a lot in the documentary, 
it's not certain that he really did that much. 

What's interesting about the departure of Ginger Spice from the 
Spice Girls is the fact that she spent several years struggling in the 
way that some allegedly attractive women do, through sleazy modeling 
and dancing.  Then after only two years or so in the pre-packaged 
Spice Girls, she's worth $21 million.  Oh life. 

ME: Subject:  / X X / X / / / / X  (spares and strikes) 

You mention the Waterboys as if we have discussed them.  Have we? 
If not, maybe you're just psychic (or more psychic than you thought.) 
I have a Waterboys album, This Is The Sea, which I bought (used) because 
I was knocked out by the song The Whole Of The Moon.  (The song may 
be junk, but I was knocked out anyhow.) 

Thanks for the Ishmael explanation.  I, too, got a chuckle out of your 
PJ poster.  My advice: you'd better brush up on your bowling. 

The tablature mention was half tongue-in-cheek, half for Hself's benefit. 
In all honesty, I've always been curious about what modern rockers 
might think about the earliest music written for guitar.  The first 
guitar music was for 4-string guitar.  I could imagine some of it 
really kicking on electric guitar and with drums and bass. 

ME: 'Twas a good evening on beautiful WWMD.  I bagged Sloop John B, 
God Only Knows, Without Your Love - all beautiful music versions. 
(I think the last time Without Your Love came up, it was the 
Daltrey version.)  Also, 2 different versions of Your Song (E. John) 
within a span of 3 or 4 songs.  Remember, they once played 2 
different Let It Bes within 3 songs.  That's so cool! 

Did you hear about the plane flying to D.C. that lost its nose in 
a hail storm?  My brother-in-law Hself was on it.  He was in the 
lavatory and all of a sudden smashed against the ceiling.  He 
rode it out in there, keeping himself in place by jamming his 
arms and legs against opposite walls. 

A lesser news item was a bunch of kids on a bus going to Adventure World. 
A boy stuck a sign in the window which read "Bomb on Board" which 
created a bit of a stir.  My niece was on that bus. 

THEE: see a book on Brad Pitt...and thought of me?  Must be because 
he's so gorgeous? ;-)   Bradford Tatum is the man I follow, but, I don't think 
I'd throw Brad Pitt out of bed for eating crackers. (OLD saying...have you 
ever heard this?  I know my father said it at times) 

If a store ever has a book on Bradford Tatum...notify me immediately!!!! 
I can never find ANYTHING on him. 

THEE: I'm putting the finishing touches on the Phil Spector "Beatlefan." 
It's easily the worst issue I can remember reading.  Usually I'm a 
sucker for the retrospectives that Bill King wrote about life in 
general during a particular time in the swingin' '60s.  The one in 
this issue was weaker, filled as it was with phony understatement--every 
group is led by "a young singer named" insert-future-star's-name-here. 

ME: Strange about the plane that lost its nose; at the 
gathering on Sunday everybody fell into 2 camps - those who had 
not heard about the incident, and those who couldn't believe 
anybody hadn't heard about it. (And keep in mind, that was up in 
Baltimore - the plane was flying to D.C.) 

ME: Subject: YOWCH!!! (jump jump swat, rub run...) 

The spares and strikes subject line was *bowling* talk, as in 
bowling bowl, as in PJ-autographed, as in poster contest...  I've 
been working on making my subject lines as obscure as possible, 
or at least little puzzles.  This is perhaps some mild form of 
protest - after all, would you not open a letter if the envelope 
didn't tell you the subject? 

I was stung by a hornet today mowing the grass.  Whew, it hurt.  Been 
stung by bees and wasps and yellow jackets... but this is the first 
hornet.  Actually it was last Thursday, but the impact is reduced too 
much by saying "I was stung last week..."  Anyhow, his whole happy 
family paid zee heavy price... 

THEE: You will be pleased to know that I had NO IDEA what 
your subject referred to.  Thought you were doing a triathalon =) 

I finally figured out the 'bowling' talk, but it took me FOREVER!!!  I love trying 
to think up clever subject lines, but as I receive more and more junk/X-rated 
mail, I'm wondering if unclever subject lines might be best to use for people 
I don't really know...and am writing for the first time.  HATE to be deleted 
by mistake.  One guy I wrote, I used 'please allow me to introduce myself' 
which I meant as a quote from the Rolling Stones 'Sympathy for the Devil'... 
but, those nudie webs sure seem to have some of the same stuff.  Luckily, 
he read my letter.  He's a guy in Australia who has met Eddie Vedder, 
and read Ishmael, and doesn't mind disagreeing. 

THEE: We flew home on a plane that seated about 40 people.  
Hself was a little scared.  I thought of telling her about your 
brother-in-law's flight but thought better of it. 

Thanks for the offer of the 45th anniversary of "TV Guide."  I'm 
looking for the issue with "The Avengers" on the cover from the '60s 
but that's about it.  If you ever want to see a classic "Seinfeld," 
ask me to find the one about the "TV Guide" collector. 


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