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Conversations with me, No. 17
Email highlights, ca. December 1998 - January 1999

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

THEE: 2nd Photo--Granny and Second Grandchild 

This is photo of myself and little David (born hours after 
Ringo's birthday!).  

This is a very recent photo of Hself with the bear I spoke of.  
He is our first grandchild (born in Hawaii) on September 12 of 
1996.  This is the same date of James McCartney's birthday, 
oddly.  What fun! 

This is our favorite cat, Dexter Paul Morris.  Thought you'd 
enjoy a good laugh! 

THEE: Re: consonant blends: sn st tr br gr bl sl pv wx cb...  

I have no idea what your subject field (above) means!  Is that 
still more proof that I've forgotten everything I learned in 

I had dinner in Adams Morgan last night with Hself.  He 
remains his same sweet self.  Beforehand, at Idle Times Books, I 
found a book I'd had my eye out for, Harry Price's bit of 
balderdash, "The Most Haunted House in England" (1940).  It 
concerns a certain Borley Rectory.  One of the more interesting 
web pages I've found is one on Borley Rectory put up by the son 
of the woman who lived at Borley Rectory in the '30s.  Alas, he's 
mainly trying to sell his own books on the subject.  

THEE: I am a lute student and a couple of weeks ago I began to play the 
baroque guitar.  I would be very interested to get the original 
of the Gallot guitar book: could you please write me where the 
original Ms. is housed and how can I get a copy of the original?  
I could also pay you for sending me a copy if you have a complete 
one which is readable enough.  Would you give me some tips on 
other sources which are not published in faximile editions?  I 
think your idea about restringing the modern guitar and 
publishing your tab for free in the net is great and should bring 
more people to this music than the few who actually play 
historical instruments.  Please note, however ,that in James 
Tyler's book on the Early Guitar he gives three different tunings 
for three bodies of repertoire ,so only one tuning is not right 
for the entire literature.  Thank you very me for your time.  

THEE: Re: sunday journal 

>It's probably thrown out by now, but do you still have that 
Sunday Montgomery Journal from Nov 22?  I could use a few more 

I did completely forget to check the Journals we get.  I'll look 
around when I get home tonight. (I'm still not sure if we even 
get the Sunday edition) 

THEE: Subject: Back to work 

I was putting together our takes for the Irish suite & am still 
very unhappy with the Adagio/Intro.  It just 
drags along (takes 2 1/2 minutes compared with 
1 to 1 1/2 for each of the other movements).  I'd like to try it 
substantially quicker.  If we meet at my place we can try another 
recording, too.  As it is, I'd rather "release" the suite without 
the Adagio since it seems tediously slow to me (though I know 
tastes differ).  Maybe the recording of it will sound better the 
next time I listen to it.  

I'm in a bit of a quandry since Hself and Hself have both said 
they'd like to do a WGS recital & I find it hard to say I don't 
think their playing warrants one.  My response was to say that 
maybe we could get a number of people (say 4) to do an early 
instrument recital together.  I met a few more players at the 
recent lute weekend, so perhaps this will be possible.  

THEE: 3 gtr 

Don't worry about the Irish intro.  I'm pretty sure we can work 
out something to make us all happy.  

ME: he didn't even know who drummed on ps i love you!!! 

Took the next step today in getting my sub card.  Went in for a 
chat with the vice principal.  Like everything, it seems like an 
interminal process, with the possibility of producing no fruit - 
and a possibility of taking a loss.  They charge something like 
60 bucks to take your fingerprints.  

Stuck around and helped in the library and had a good time.  My 
Journal article is creating lots of stir at the school.  Way out 
of proportion to its actual value, but attention is nice now and 
then, no?  

Didn't get your latest email until today, Wednesday.  The 
8th passed without a single thought about its infamy.  But that's 
really only a comment on my awareness of the date at any specific 
time.  It will always rank as one of the most significant 
days in my life.  

Played duets with mandolin buddy Hself on Tuesday.  I thought some 
things were universally known, but when I was describing the 
flatted submediant chord as the "Peggy Sue" chord (you hear it on 
"pretty pretty pretty") it turns out that he's not familiar with 
Peggy Sue, and hardly knows the name Buddy Holly, for that 
matter.  I tried another tack.  You hear this flatted submediant 
at the end of P.S. I Love You.  Well, he didn't know that one 
either, although he does recognize the Beatles name.  His 
knowledge of pop music is impressive, if not downright 
formidable, though.  For example, he started singing the WW2 era 
song, P.S. I Love You.  When I played a turn-of-the- century song 
Kentucky Babe, which also had the Peggy Sue chord and which I 
naturally assumed had been lost to obscurity, he started singing 
along!  I was floored.   What a difference 25 years can make.  

I have more questions about Borley Rectory.  Prompt me one day.  

As always, I have no knack for saying things about the loss of 
loved ones, but I hope the activities of the last few days went 
well and helped put everybody on an upward swing.  

ME: Subject: t.o. posting 

Hi t.o. guys, 

Just drawing your attention to my posting in response to your 
comments on my evolution "FAQ".  The subject will be: 

  Subject: Welcome to my evolution FAQ - round 2 

THEE: Subject: But did he notice that the lights had changed?  

Thanks for your condolences.  This one is a hard one--my uncle 
was the picture of health at age 65 and died while working out.  
A couple of times I've looked at my aunt and been at a complete 
loss for words.  People have said it was a good way to go and I 
agree but, as I may have already said to you, it would have been 
better, say, in the year 2013 or 2018, when he would be a very 
old man.  Among those at the funeral, after all, was my Great Aunt 
Hself, who was 26 when my uncle was born.  

We've been going over to Aunt Hself's apartment the last two 
evenings and will again tonight, probably.  We'll get to meet my 
two cousins' children for the first time this weekend, I hope.  
That would be a silver lining to this whole affair.  

I'm nearing the end of my Philippines book.  As I may have told 
you, it concerns the U.S. Army's daring capture of a Filipino 
rebel leader in 1901.  I was impressed that this rebel leader 
wound up outliving everyone else in the story (he outlived his 
captor by 47 years); he participated in Philippine independence 
celebrations in 1946 and finally succumbed just before his 95th 
birthday on the somewhat magical date of Feb. 6, 1964.  It's been 
an interesting century.  

THEE: Subject: CDs etc.  

Hope you are well and having a good year. I'm afraid I've been 
buried in academics this year, teaching a new course I didn't 
want, etc. I did make it up to Montreal for the GFA, which was a 
fine experience.  

I have found a website that resells European CDs; in case you 
aren't aware of it, there are a number of guitar & pianoforte 
albums from Italy, including the works of  Carulli, Diabelli, 
Giuliani, the complete (12) Rossini Overtures as transcribed by 
Carulli for g & pf, and also works by Noferi, Giardini, 
Geminiani, Straube for guitar & keyboard. The price is $5.99 per 
CD, the label is Nuova Era, and the website is: 

Incidentally, a certain Hself the DC/Maryland area 
took a cheap shot at us on the group. 
Any idea who he is or why he might have done this?  

THEE: Subject: I'm sorry, so sorry 

Brenda Lee is 54 today.  Celebrate! 

THEE: Subject: Videotapers' alert 

Dunno if you talk to people who like to snag Beatle TV clips but 
if so, here's a potential goodie.  

A rebroadcast of "The Flip Wilson Show" on the TVLAND cable 
channel, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 9:30 p.m., will allegedly featuring 
a taped Macca performance.  

THEE: Subject: Family Feud questions 

We are having a christmas party and would like to play Family 
Feud. I need questions that would appeal to my group. We are aged 
from about 28-37 years old. Your comments on the rules was helpful 
but how should i sequence the questions. Three faceoffs then 1 
fast round.  Thanks in advance 

THEE: Re: Welcome to my evolution FAQ - round 2 

> Just describe some interesting transition in generation by 
generation steps.  Account for all of the descendants of all of 
the members of the source species until you arrive at an 
established population of the destination species.  

You are just limiting yourself so that you do not have to look at 
the data.  

>I have trouble envisioning it.  

That's hardly an argument 

ME: Subject: beep beep beep, beep beep beep, beep beep all the way 

Went down to LC again on Friday to get more good things.  On my 
previous visit I got a copy of a piece in beautiful manuscript by 
Justin Holland, the black man who was the most important American 
guitarist of his time - mid-1800's.  At first I wasn't sure it 
was in his hand, but since then I've compared it with the letter 
he wrote to the president of Oberlin college ("the obstacles I 
have met to getting a good education are near insurmountable...") 

Thanks for the Brenda Lee birthday notice.  I got it today, 
Sunday, but coincidentally had played her album (the goodie you 
gave me recently) on Friday, her birthday.  

Was up in Baltimore County last night, Saturday.  My sister and 
brother-in-law threw a "company Christmas party".  Tom has a 
landscaping business; Diane always has ideas for get-togethers.  
She bought yo-yos as party favors for everybody.  They light up and play 
Christmas tunes.  So we turned off all the lights and created a 
15-yo-yo fire storm.  

We also played Taboo.  I know you're not a natural gamester, but 
if you wouldn't get a kick out of that one, there's definitely 
something gone awry with the universe.  As always, I had to 
adjust the rules from the supplied ones, which, as is always the 
case nowadays, are intended to get people rankled with each 

THEE: Subject: Spiked 

I admire your sister for coming up with a wacky party.  That's a 
special skill.  

Hself and I watched a Betty Grable classic Saturday night, "Moon 
Over Miami" (1941).  In a scene featuring a band, one of the 
players had what looked like (and sounded like) an electric 
guitar.  I know that it wasn't.  It was probably an unamplified, 
hollow-body guitar made of steel, right?  

Hself drove me to work this morning.  Her route, Reno Road to 
Massachusetts Avenue, would have worked fine, except we got 
caught behind the vice presidential motorcade.  Even he was 
running late for work this morning.  

Today is Spike Jones' birthday.  He would have been 87.  

Hey, are you thinking record convention next Sunday!?!?! 

ME: Subject: christmas gig 

I just got a call from Hself, Phyllis' cellist friend.  You met 
at the Frederick Douglass Home.  He wants a guitar duo for a 
Christmas party.  The bad news is, I can't imagine you being 
free.  It's December 23, 1:00 to 4:30, in Georgetown.  

We would play "a couple of hours".  They'll pay $100 per person.  

Any chance your company is on holiday that day?  

ME: Subject: family feud 

About Family Feud, it's never been clear to me how one could 
generate a batch of questions himself.  The questions themselves 
aren't so much the problem - name something that's red; name 
something a magician uses; besides people, what do you haul in 
your car; name something you use a computer for; etc. - but 
coming up with a list of ranked answers would require an actual 
survey of a lot of people.  

With the published home versions, what I like to do is select 
what look like the most fun 2 out of the 3 questions on a sheet, 
and then do the fast money round.  A typical game may then 
consist of 8 questions, say, and 4 fast money rounds, 2 for each 

Good luck with your game.  

ME: Subject: gallot 

Thanks for your interest in my Gallot page.  Getting a copy of 
the complete manuscript is not easy, as far as I know.  I have a 
friend who gave me a thick stack (about 4 cm?) of pages from it.  
I think that's about half of it.  These are all oversized pages.  
She made them from microfilm, and because of the size of the 
pages, it was not an easy task.  

As far as I know, the Gallot book has not been published in 
facsimile and anyone who is interested has to make his own copy.  
I think the easiest way to go about that is to borrow the 
microfilm from the Lute Society of America.  I presume you can 
look them up on the web for contact information.  

About the various tunings of the Baroque guitar, I feel like the 
tuning with bass strings on course 4 and 5 does justice to *all* 
baroque guitar music, whereas the tunings without bass strings 
sound incomplete for a lot of the music - even pieces supposedly 
meant to be played without one or both basses.  I am far from 
confident that we know for sure how each of the composers tuned 
his guitar.  Even if we did know, do we believe that everyone who 
played the music at the time used the composer's stringing?  In 
any case, my quasi-baroque guitar is no worse off in this matter 
than a real one or a copy.  

ME: Subject: moon pies 

Even before you mentioned it, I noticed that this Sunday is the 
Arbutus record convention.  Sounds good to me, but is it ok if I 
put it at a lower priority than seeing the family?  Don't know 
yet if we're getting together Sunday.  

The other night a WMUC dj put together a set related to the 
Vietnamese war.  One of the songs was by the Beach Boys, from a 
1971 album.  I guess you know it.  

Before that special, the same dj played Yoko Ono's Why.  He 
indicated he was pretty knocked out by it.  It did sound great.  

The Brenda Lee album you gave me recently is called "Sincerely, 
Brenda Lee".  That explains why I was confused and reluctant to 
call it by name.  One of her earliest albums is called 
"Sincerely, Brenda".  

Without looking it up, and pretending I have to put something 
down for a test question, I would say that Lew Grade was the 
president of ATV, the company that bought up Northern Songs.  I 
seem to remember that there was some sort of surprise attack, or 
something tricky, involved.  In the tv show Salute To Sir Lew 
Grade, I think John and his band did a song with faces on the 
back of their heads, referring to Lew Grade's two-facedness.  On 
the other hand, this may be a work of fiction.  

I'm even less clear about the origin of the electric guitar.  Two 
names always pop up as pioneers, Les Paul and Leo Fender (I 
think).  But there is some old blues player who gets mentioned as 
"the first".  I am vague on the time frame of all this.  What you 
described sounds like a dobro, but I don't associate that with 
band music.  

Another example of my sister's wacky party's: for the Hale-Bopp 
comet, we had a viewing party (the clouds rolled in just before 
party time).  Diane had gone through the whole grocery store 
buying all the junk foods and drinks that had an astronomy 
reference in their names.  Not only did we sample the cuisine, 
but she had written a story with blanks to be filled in by the 
food names.  

THEE: Re: christmas gig 

Your suspicions are correct.  Unfortunately, I didn't have much 
vacation time left, and my only remaining days off will be Dec 
24, and Dec 30.  Sounds like it would've been fun. Oh well...  

THEE: Subject: 1974 

Now I'm listening to the soundtrack to the as-yet-hardly-released 
film "Storefront Hitchcock."  He opens with a nice song called 
"1974."  As usual, there are obscure references, to Syd Barrett's 
last year in a studio, to the last year of "Monty Python" on TV.  
That was the year I went to England, so it remains fairly clear 
in my mind.  

I once heard Pete Townshend say that John Lee Hooker invented the 
electric guitar by sticking a microphone in an acoustic guitar in 
about 1945.  When I was in high school, a chap gave a talk about 
unusual instruments and one of his prizes was a steel guitar from 
the '40s, which sounded electric.  I thought that was what I was 
seeing in "Moon Over Miami." 

I'm also currently listening to an LP called "4 Freshmen and 5 
trombones."  It's not bad, for those of us who are interested in 
the origins of the Beach Boys.  

ME: Subject: but she was a frying pan, sang the guy with the 

I was doing some power-yo-yoing today for some neighborhood kids 
and the music and lights stopped.  Turns out I had dislodged the 
battery with the centrifugal force.  Luckily, when I popped it 
open, it was obvious how to fix it.  

You were right, of course, about John and Yoko's comedy.  On the 
Wedding Album John says, " fight the establishment with 
their own weapons is no good... because they always win...  They 
don't know how to handle humour, and peaceful humour, and that's 
our message, really." 

Later on, upon wakin in the morning, he says, "As I was saying 
about bagism, you see, you get in a bag and you jump out the 
window.  Next thing you know, you have a policeman on your head."  

About Lew Grade and ATV, I earnestly suggest opening Shout! to 
page 370 and reading 2 pages.  Philip Norman's clarity is 
amazing.  Assuming what he writes is mostly true, I can't begin 
to imagine how someone could pull all that material together.  
And this is only 2 pages.  I think it's characteristic of the 
whole book.  

I wonder if you saw an electric dobro in that movie.  If so, you 
saw a very historic instrument.  In 1932 the Dobro company made a 
few electric resonator guitars.  They weren't a success, but this 
made the company the first to market an electric guitar.  

The early guy who opened the world's eyes to the electric guitar 
was Charlie Christian.  He was, by all accounts, a phenomenal 
jazz player.  (I had said blues.)  He worked with the Benny 
Goodman band.  He died at 23 in 1942.  A small consolation is 
that he was extensively recorded.  

My guitar reference book, which is pretty thorough, actually, 
doesn't mention John Lee Hooker and amplified guitar together.  

An interesting tidbit: "The first truly successful electric 
guitars did not appear on the market until the early 1930s.  In 
1931 the Rickenbacher company (which spelled its name with an h 
in place of the second k in those early days) produced an 
electric Hawaiian guitar which was nicknamed the "Frying Pan" 
after the shape of its aluminum body." 

They say that some players in the late 1920s stuck record player 
pickups on the underside of the soundboard.  

Arbutus or bust (eventually).  

P.S.  at least 2 typos above 

THEE: Subject: Huh?  

I was just checking the Birchmere calendar.  On Feb. 23, 1999, 
Sir George Martin is listed.  What gives?  

THEE: Re: but she was a frying pan, sang the guy with the 

Donald, Thanks for the info on electric guitars.  If you 
disseminate this information, you'll turn the music world on its 
head.  I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking the electric guitar was 
strictly a post-World War Two invention.  

Today, the Christmas blahs kicked in.  Doing Christmas right 
takes so much work.  Even doing it incompetently, as I do, is 
hard.  Call me the Grinch but I'm looking forward to Jan. 2.  

That's about it.  I went out to a going-away party for my best 
friend at work tonight.  She's thoroughly wacky.  I'll really 
miss her.  

ME: Subject: 10 more shopping days (base 2) 

Had fun at school again today.  We did reading, time-telling and 
pattern recognition and extension.  I gave the kids a choice of 
an item from my world-famous Crackerjacks prize collection.  

I logged on tonight to find a message from the most-famous-
personage-to-date-to-sign-my-guestbook.  I suppose Hself knows 
the name Eddie Feigner.  Unfortunately, I think Eddie missed at 
least slightly the import of my softball page.  

By the way, I'm starting to give up hope on Sharon Pratt Kelly, 
Lani Guinier and Alan Bean.  And I thought they were all my 

Latest statistic is 717 web hits over the last 2 weeks.  Not bad, 
considering my level of inactivity.  I really must get hopping on 
the Cool Whip Bowl page.  

I'm curious about your Christmas blahs.  I didn't detect them 
Monday night.  About the only problem I ever had with Christmas 
was the fear of unappreciated presents (both directions).  I 
doubt that that's a significant concern of yours.  

By the way, thanks for the good time Monday night.  I bought some 
parfum today in lieu of Bobby Jimenez.  Good hooch, they mix it 
up fresh for you.  Deluxe.  Tea rose.  Can't get it off my hands.  
Hope it's appreciated.  

THEE: Subject: Thank you, ta 

Thank YOU for coming over Monday.  It was low-key but I got a 
little more Christmas madness out of the way.  

This will not be the last message you get from me today.  

THEE: Subject: Sir George 

Sir George Martin is scheduled to kick out the jams on Tuesday, 
Feb. 23, at the Birchmere.  Tickets are $27.50.  I can say no 
more.  I can't even tell you honestly that it's THAT George 
Martin, although it must be a safe bet.  

THEE: Subject: Bobby 

From, here's what I find...  

     Bobby Jimenez 
     Alma Cubana-Collection Of Popu 
     CD List $ 16.97 
     Their price:  $15.99 

Sorry, that's it.  

THEE: Re: lc chore 

>The funny (sad) thing is, the LC database programs are now so 
hard to use that even the most experienced librarian there says 
he does not know how to actually retrieve these publications.  
Supposedly, they are working on a new and improved system.  

Sounds like software written years ago when it was cool that 
computers could do anything useful at all.  Now we expect more.  

ME: Subject: holiday status report 

Went up to Baltimore 2x for the holidays and will go up again 
today (Sunday).  It was a good Christmas.  

Christmas Eve afternoon I spent running around buying a car 
battery.  It didn't go smoothly, but I got one and I can't 
complain because a) that's all part of owning a car and b) the 
conditions could have been much worse (miles from home at night 
with single-digit temperatures, etc.)  Have I ever mentioned 
that, while I am obviously not a car buff in the way many people 
are, I'm sure I take the miracle of modern transportation less 
for granted than just about anybody?  Baltimore to 
Washington whenever you want in 40 minutes in perfect comfort 
under any weather condition for a dollar or two - science 
fiction, right?  

Thanks for the Bobby Jimenez research.  That's a feather in the 
web's cap.  Why "Sorry"?  

Dunno if I'll be fired up for George Martin by then.  

On WWMD's Saturday night Big Band show tonight they advertised 
the Beatle's Day In The Life photo book twice.  "Beatle Fans, if 
you think you've seen all the photos..."  These are the photos 
that were sitting in a shed for 35 years, maybe Robert Freeman's, 
I forget.  

Did you ask Hself about Eddie Feigner?  

ME: Subject: my goof 

Yikes!  You're right, of course, about the "band around the 
earth" problem.  Thanks for being so polite in correcting me.  

I remembered from 7th grade (a *long* time ago) that the answer 
was a little under 2 feet.  So, without thinking it through 
carefully, I said to myself "6 divided by pi.  That's a little 
under 2 feet.  That's the answer."  Now I realize that the 
original problem was to add a nice, round *10 feet* to the band, 
and 10/(2*pi) gives me that "little under 2 feet" I remembered.  

Like you really need to know why I goofed up, huh?  

I like your presentation of the goats and gold problem - very 
elegant.  Though, of course, from the contestant's point of view 
the problem is that he doesn't know whether or not the game show 
host had a choice.  

My claim about vos Savant's presentation is that she didn't make 
it absolutely clear that the host was bound to open a door every 
time.  She didn't unambiguously rule out what you called 
"malicious ones who want you to lose and can choose not take 
their turn at opening a door after your initial choice." 

ME: Subject: old friend

Thanks for your offer of assistance.  Actually, I don't need to 
actively track my old friends down - just thought they might get 
a kick out of finding themselves on my web page and then drop a 

If you are at all curious about Hself, he would be 45 
now.  He went to elementary school in the Woodlawn area of 
Baltimore County.  He actually walked to the school on Featherbed 
Lane.  He had some pet hamsters which got loose once while I was 
visiting.  They almost got lost in some very thick grass.  As he 
was extracting them from the grass, he referred to them as "very 
fragile creatures".  That has stuck with me all my life.  I have 
plagiarized it on many occasions.  For instance, when I have to 
explain to people why I don't go to movies, it's because I am a 
"very fragile creature".  Kind of a joky way of saying the actual 

I always remember a nervous habit of Hself's - tugging his socks 
up frequently, even when they didn't need it.  (I always hated 
the feeling of droopy socks, too.)  I think he had a very slight 
speech impediment and took speech therapy.  I think he moved to 
Decatur, Georgia (or Decatur, Somewhere) in 5th grade.  I 
remember thinking, "Decatur?  That's a funny sounding and spelled 

THEE: Subject: old friend

Donald, Thank you for the input - it was very nice of you, and 
amusing.  I hope you have a very Happy New Year - drink delicate 
wines - they're good for delicate creatures.  

THEE: Re: holiday status report 

Glad you had a good Christmas.  Mine was fine, too.  

Christmas Day started out quiet and pleasant with a snowy 
exercise session up the hill with Hself.  After opening some 
gifts and generally hanging out, Hself and I went over to her 
eldest brother's house in Darnstown.  (They call it North 

Today we're off to see the Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre.  
Originally, Hself's Mom bought five tickets, for Hself, me, her, 
and two of our nieces.  The nieces rebelled, so they're not 

I'm kind of looking forward to going back to work tomorrow.  

Think about George M. until mid-week or so.  

As far as loot goes, I got a bunch of useful things from Hself, 
including my first tie rack.  Her sister gave me a gift 
certificate to Joe's Record Paradise, which I must redeam soon! 

What should I ask Hself about Eddie Feigner?  I forget.  

THEE: Is a field goal actually a change of possession? If you kick and 
miss a field goal on 3rd down do you get the ball back for a 4th 
down? If you miss the field goal and the ball doesn't make the 
end zone, can the kicking team recover and advance the ball?  

ME: Subject: dizziness, nausea and the 64 million $ question 

Went out tonight to see the Festival of Lights at Watkins Park 
over here in PG County.  It was quite nice.  

Yesterday I got myself a bit ill starting in the afternoon.  Had 
to cancel out a guitar trio session.  Just a half-day sickness.  
It used to happen about twice a year as a kid.  Now it's much 
more infrequent.  The crazy thing is I went to bed early and woke 
up wide awake at 1:30 with the sickness gone.  What to do?  Kind 
of threw my system off schedule.  I walked around the 
neighborhood a while, had a sandwich, played guitar and went back 
to bed around 3:30.  

To be honest, I don't see getting fired up for George Martin.  
Nothing personal; I've passed on Ringo with cheaper tickets even.  

Hmmm...  What does this sentence tell us about the human 
condition: "I'm kind of looking forward to going back to work 

ME: Subject: lc chore 

I doubt that I will come across something at LC that will make me 
sit up and think, "Hey, here's something for you to 
consider!" The main problem is that I get so much pleasure from 
things that other people groan at, or downright despise.  My 
favorite classical guitar genre for some time has been 19th C. 
arrangements of operatic themes.  Those Opern-Revue works by 
Mertz knock me out.  It's not too likely I'm going to say, "Hey, 
here's a great Balfe opera nobody has touched."  Another 
example is a turn-of-the-century American guitarist name T. P. 
Trinkaus who arranged a million pop tunes of the time for solo 
guitar.  I have about 20 pages of his arrangements of Victor 
Herbert operettas.  I'm probably the only person on earth playing 
them, and with a big smile, at that.  

THEE: Subject: Sir Donald 

Sorry about no Sir George.  I can't say I'm over-eager but I'll 
probably go.  Brian Wilson is supposedly touring in the spring, 
which is hard to believe.  

I was looking forward to returning to work, mainly because I have 
a whole different set of toys (most on the computer) to play with 

I listened to the Traveling Wilburys' "Vol. 1" the other day.  
It was OK in parts.  

THEE: LC chore

>My favorite classical guitar genre for some time has been 19th 
C. arrangements of operatic themes.  Those Opern-Revue works by 
Mertz knock me out.  

I can count my guitar-arranging heroes on one hand and have 
several fingers left over.  Mertz is one of them.  

THEE: re: the Fermi Paradox 

Just a quick note to say I read your web site about the Fermi 
Paradox and agree with you.  

I have spent alot of time trying to workout the Fermi Paradox 
and just cannot figure out how it can be wrong that we are alone.  

I have theorised that 

1) Everyone hiding as the are scared. I rejected this as surely 
at least someone would be screaming turn off the radio you fools.  
In any case if someone was destroying or hurting SETIs surely 
they would set up a site to attract "fools" to show themselves.  

2) When they hit a certain stage of development they go elsewhere. 
If this was true though it would take only one to want to explore 
this one for them to colonise this universe. In any wise some one   
surely would want to go to their roots - like we do to explore 
where they came from.  

3) We are the first or very close because we are a third 
generation sun that has enough metal to create a space colonising 
species. But surely some one would beat us by just a few million 
years enough to colonise this galaxy.  

Even if star colonisation was impossible (I think unlikely) 
surely they would use radio. Which we would pick up? Particularly 
if they picked an interesting place to place a marker where SETI 
would likely to look. They could even create one if they need 

At present I think we face a terrible problem that if we are 
unique, what is it that makes us unique. What is it about Earth 
that is unique.  

THEE: Feedback 

Please let me introduce myself.  My name is Hself.  I found 
your web site while browsing for a Classical Guitar society in 
Washington D.C.  

I had to write because . . . well because . . . it's almost scary 
how many common interests we have.  

   * I love to play guitar 
   * I'm not too keen on Evolution (or I don't find the current 
     theories compelling enough,) 
   * I love those counterintuitive puzzles 
   * I dream of photocopying every piece of guitar music in the 
     Library of Congress too.  (Although I haven't been granted 
     permission by my wife.  I suspect she's worried she'll never 
     see me again.) 
   * Finally, my wife and I watch almost no TV.  

O.K. - That's five things in common.  Not too scary really.  How 
about my enjoying food and having strange dreams.  

Boy your really in luck if you realize, during a dream, that 
you're dreaming and that you can control everything.  (When you 
awake, you'll realize if you're virtuous or not.)  From this same 
dream, I also was awakened by a friend.  That kind of annoyed me.  
However, then the phone rang and I woke up for real!  By the way, 
during this dream, I also dreamt the most incredible piano music.  
Definitely the most singular incredible dream I've ever had.  
This only happened to me once, and I don't know how/why it worked 
except that I was in college and probably not getting enough 

Well, maybe I'll pursue the Classical Guitar Society someday.  
Gotta go.  

ME: rules, schmules...

Check out my Password page for my idea of good Password rules.  
They're at the end in an Addendum.  I wrote 'em for the whole 
world, but you can look, too.

Thanks for all the fun and frolic this Christmas.  


1.  Who said, "Before Elvis, there was *nothing*." 
2.  Beatles roadie Mal Evans' biggest thrill of all was meeting 
his number 1 favorite star in Bel Air, Cal. in Aug 1965.  Who was 


nonneL nhoJ :1 sivlE :2 

ME: "obituary tracking", as you called it 

Here's the month-by-month condensed version of Dave Barry's end-
of-year roundup, eliminating the inessential material: 

The beat stops for Sonny Bono.  

Henny Youngman, with perfect timing, delivers his final punch 

Dr. Spock makes a house call on St. Peter.  

Linda McCartney takes wing. Pol Pot goes to Hell.  

Frank Sinatra retires for the last time; Bebe rejoins his old pal 
Dick; Phil Hartman exits prematurely; Marjory Stoneman Douglas 
goes to that big wetlands preserve in the sky.  

No June 

Baby boomers experience nostalgia overload as Robert Young goes 
into permanent reruns; Alan Shepard has his final splashdown; Roy 
Roger takes that Happy Trail; and Buffalo Bob finally finds out 
what time it is.  

The final curtain falls for Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop.  

In nonscandal news, Florence Griffith Joyner reaches the finish 
line; George Wallace ends his last campaign.  

Gene Autry joins Roy for a duet.  

In show business, Esther plays her final Rolle.  

Keith Richards enlists in the Colombian air force.  

What's the last one mean?  I figured the it was an od.  

By the way, in case you got the wrong impression, all live 
former-Beatle performances on the Hself Tapes don't get 
recorded over.  Sometimes, like King of Broken Hearts, the whole 
thing survives.  Sometimes, like Love Me Do, a representative 
snippet is spared.  Those tapes are something else, believe you 

ME: fermi and us 

Thanks for your thoughts on the Fermi Paradox.  Very interesting.  
You came up with a few angles that had never occurred to me.  
Isn't it odd that out of all the participants, 
*nobody* sees it the way we do?  

ME: dreams and guitar 

Thanks for the funny message.  Please come out to the Washington 
Guitar Society.  This month the program is a members' recital.  
Anybody can play for an appreciative audience.  It should be the 
3rd or 4th Friday in January.  A newsletter should be coming out 
soon.  Ask for a copy in a week or so.  

Your dream was pretty amazing.  No, I've never been in control of 
what happens in a dream.  If I start to wonder if I'm dreaming, I 
almost always conclude that, no, this is reality, and here I am 
embarrassing myself to death in public in my underwear, or worse.  
If I start to think, yeah, this might be a dream, that will lead 
to waking up in a few moments.  

So you, too, have dreamed incredible music?  I've dreamt amazing 
orchestral and piano music - and I've never written 2 notes in 
real life.  I wonder how many people do this.  The only other 
person I've heard mention it is Linda McCartney.  

ME: Subject: lc chore 

I'm disappointed that you feel sure you couldn't get permission 
to copy the 2nd N--- volume.  I mean, I know I couldn't - 
I've never in my life gotten anybody in the business world to 
agree to anything I think is a perfectly reasonable request.  But 
I always figured that was just something in my DNA.  Obviously, 
other people know how to make things happen.  In a reasonable 
world, you should be able to say to Napoleao, "Hey, I'll give you 
$20 for permission to copy your out-of-print book for personal 
use."  They should say, "Sure, go ahead."  Saying "no" doesn't 
benefit anybody - themselves included.  

That's in a reasonable world.  In a perfect world, you should be 
able to copy anything you want, and send a compulsory licensing 
fee to the appropriate place.  I would also bring the copyright 
period in line with patents - 17 years.  There's just too much 
good stuff frozen out there for too long.  

And keep in mind that the music itself is public domain, even if 
the Napoleao paper and ink rendering is protected till doomsday.  
They can't complain about anybody putting out his own N---  
publications.  (Again, in a reasonable world, they should see 
that all N--- arrangements are advertisements for their own 
catalog of the original piano versions.) 

THEE: Subject: Frustration quoto met  Re: rules, schmules 

Hi Donald, I just spent about 20 minutes trying to get your web 
page to read about your ideas for password.  When geocities kept 
saying they never heard of your name and my browser couldn't find 
the site, I went back to the email page and found I had left out 
a /.  Picky, picky, picky.  But that was enough fun for one 
night, so I think, I'll say so long for now.  Glad you had fun at 
all the get-togethers; we did, too.  I'll try the web stuff again 

THEE: Subject: hello again 

Well, I read a few more of your articles, and liked them.  Please 
swing your editor's pen to my signing of your guestbook & delete 
my error.  I can spell. However, it is apparent I cannot type.     

2 random thoughts....  

1. Why did my wonderful public education teach me how to use a 
lathe (shop class) but only the girls got to take typing class? I 
have since used a lathe once, yet interface on a computer via 
keyboard daily.  

2. The IBM voice to typing dictation program for radiologists is 
amazing. I recently watched a Puerto Rican doctor dictate in 
heavily accented English, using a very complex vocabulary & 
syntax, and the accuracy rate was great.  Hopefully something 
similar soon for the masses.  

Did you hear about the Zen master who approached the hot-dog 
vendor and asked him to "Make me One with everything."?  

THEE: Subject: Saturday morning?  

Hey guys-- 

Back from sunny Florida where family obligations (to sit around & 
chat) kept me from practicing but I'm eager to get back to it (as 
soon as I clear the sand from my shoes).  

One problem is that I left a stack of music in Florida, which my 
Mom said she'd put in the mail (might get it Fri or Sat).  It was 
all my current stuff, including possibilities for the upcoming 
members' recital.  It'd be nice if we could decide ahead of time 
which piece or pieces we want to do so I can bring copies.  
Possibilities-- Pilsl, Ambrosius, Chobanian ...  

THEE: Re: "obituary tracking", as you called it 

Dave Barry gets my nod for least-funny-column-of-the-year and 
that's not just sour grapes (I think).  Wow, what poor taste! 

Today I read that Honoria Donnelly has died at age 81.  That's 
her married name.  She was the daughter of Gerald and Sar Murphy, 
party-throwers of the jazz age.  F. Scott Fitzgerald bounced her 
on his knee.  She was one of the few remaining links to that era.  

THEE: Re[2]: Saturday morning?  

We tried to work out a program for the upcoming WGS meeting and 
came up with-- 

Pilsl, 2nd movement Morricone Chobanian -- one of the remaining 

So bring these (they're, of course, open to change).  Perhaps we 
can look at the pieces we started last time, also 

THEE: Subject: The Bohemian Knights -- or 

The Czechs in the Mail 

-- Hself

ME: Subject: clicking 

I would think that your hardware/software/provider would let you 
simply click on a web address right in an email message.  Or is 
that considered too much fun for the average human to handle? 

THEE: letter to editor: TRIM 

Dear Prince Georges Gazette, 

Here are a few thoughts in response to your editorial, "Is it 
time to trim TRIM?" 

I moved to Prince George's County at the beginning of 1982.  My 
"total property taxes" for the first full year were $785.32.  In 
spite of the so- called "tax freeze" I kept hearing about, my 
property taxes rose steadily year by year.  I still live in the 
exact same house and the "total consolidated tax bill" for 1998 
was $1888.10.  Some freeze...  I hate to think what our county 
leaders would help themselves to if the "freeze" were lifted.  

I don't claim to be an expert on the problems in 
our schools.  But I doubt that throwing money at the 
perceived problems is the answer.  I am certain that there is no 
hope for getting maximum achievement from the students in the 
current heterogeneous classroom mixtures.  Teaching to the slower 
students holds the quicker students back; teaching to the quicker 
students leaves the slower students in the dust.  Grouping 
students according to ability wouldn't cost a penny.  

Something one might consider do if he's concerned about our schools is 
perform volunteer work.  I help first-graders at James McHenry 
Elementary School with reading and arithmetic one morning per 
week.  I also help with some clerical chores.  I recommend it 
highly.  Your help will be greatly appreciated by the school, and 
the kids will like you.  You might find yourself enjoying this 
volunteer "work" as much as any of your hobbies.  

ME: well wishes and apologies 

I took my car out tonight and - yep, you guessed it - the 
headlight is *still* burned out.  It didn't cross my mind once 
after getting home Tuesday night.  

Fun with the kiddies again today.  Did you know that, in the 
spirit of "different necessarily has to be better", our peerless 
educators are now teaching 1st-graders subtraction before 
addition?  The kids I'm helping are as likely to say 4 + 1 = 3 as 
the right answer, maybe moreso.  

I saw the Spike Lee documentary "4 Little Girls" yesterday at the 
College Park Archives.  I wouldn't say it was great, but I bawled 
for all 102 minutes.  

Speaking of Hemingway, you'll have to translate "the past is 
another country" into English for me one day, and maybe explain 
the inclusion of the Boris Karloff snippet on your tape.  It 
sounds familiar, by the way.  

You and Hself gave me temporary pause regarding the notoriety of 
primal scream therapy.  I've recovered and am in a position to 
state (from experience) that in the mid-70s, you could work 
"primal scream" into some joky conversation and not one bright 
college student in 10 would have an inkling of what you were 
talking about - including Beatle fans.  Once when I did this, it 
was picked up and unwittingly transmuted into "primeval scream" 
by the others.  

Sorry to upset you with the Dave Barry snippet.  I don't know 
what went awry, but the things to keep in mind are that those 12 
lines were imbedded in a funny end-of-year roundup which was *44 
screens* long, and that, as far as I can tell, in no case were 
mean or uncomplimentary or belittling to the deceased.  (The 
exception being Pol Pot.)  "Linda McCartney takes wing" - how 
could that be said more poetically?  Oh well, what do I know.  

By the way, if you can't help me with "Keith Richards enlists in 
the Colombian air force", who can???  What the heck does that 

THEE: re: LC chore

Are you detecting an atmosphere there in DC over all this fracas 
going on in the Senate?  

THEE: Subject: Updates 

As for my tape, well, I don't really know what "the past is 
another country" really means, but the title seemed good for a 
tape that celebrates the end of a rich part of my record-
collecting past--my departure from Bloomington.  Similarly, I 
merely included a snippet from mr. Karloff because it's from one 
of the records I bought on my last Tuesday visit to the library 
sale.  I'm sorry it wasn't something more appropriate, but my 
visits to the library ended with more of a whimper than a bang.  

This message may have a part two, only I have to get the laundry 
out of the washers now.  

THEE: Subject: Part Two 

I've been meaning to ask you about a CD that is rising to the top 
of my pile.  It's by the Beatles and it's called "Conquer 
America."  No, it's not THAT "Conquer America."  Here's what a 
brief descriptive passage says:  "This disc documents the Beatles 
[sic] first visit to America and includes interviews with the 
group during that visit."  Uh, I grow weary of copying, so I'll 
leave out the rest.  Anyway, do you think I better tape it for 
you just to play it safe?  Let me know if you're against my doing 
so.  I'll listen to it and if it's something I don't fully 
recognize, I will.  Oh yes, it's a Baktabak Limited Edition.  

THEE: Subject: Red Robinson goes digital 

OK, so the CD called "Conquer America" is what I know as 
"Timeless II A Continuation" on Silhouette Music from the early 
'80s.  It consists of the Murray the K fan club record, a 1966 
(misidentified as 1964) press conference in Vancouver and a 1966 
press conference in Seattle.  A couple tribute songs on my 
"Timeless II" picture disk have been sliced.  I'm guessing you 
don't need it.  

We watched a fairly funny new movie on video last night--"The 
Wedding Singer."  An old lady sings a bit of "Till There Was You" 
in the flick and I'm giving serious thought to NOT including it 
on my current tape to you.  We need something new, exciting, and 

THEE: Subject: Scrabble 

My roommate and I are 
interested in branching out and playing someone other than each 
other.  Neither of us has ever been in a Scrabble club, so we 
have a couple of questions.  First what are the dues, if any?  
And what should we bring to the club meetings?  

Bearing in mind that we know zero, please tell me anything that 
you think I should know before showing up at Bowie City Hall some 
1st or 3rd Wednesday.  

ME: Thanks for the Christmas card and note.  The kids look great.  
They also look like you.  Hmmm.... I wonder if there's a 
connection there.  

Thanks a million for the Bob Dylan magnet.  How do you do it?  It 
looks great on my new refrigerator.  (The old one bit the dust 
this summer.) 

I also have let my Beatlefan subscription slide.  There's a few 
reasons for that.  My main interest has always been the Beatles 
as a group; that's what took the world by storm.  I don't keep up 
with solo Beatle work now, or what the kids are doing.  Anyhow, 
if there's something good in Beatlefan, I can eventually see it 
in my buddy's copy, although that might be a year later.  

Still having a great time with the first-graders, which I'm sure 
I mentioned in my Christmas note.  

Been looking into getting a regular job again.  Still, I'd much 
rather work for peanuts doing something I want, like making 
guitar music in the Library of Congress available to guitarists 
the world over.  Oh well, ya can't have everything.  And it's not 
like I'll be slashing sugar-cane or pulling cotton 12 hours a 
day.  We've got it pretty easy nowadays and I don't take that for 

ME: Hself, ol' buddy ol' pal ol' bean, I hate to be a wet blanket, 
but it behooves me to say that I do everything in my power to 
avoid any thought or mention of the President's predicament.  I 
let my newspaper subscription lapse because I was so sick of it.  
(I was sick of it the day the story broke, the exact minute, 
even, probably earlier.)  The reasons for feeling the way I do 
are legion.  No one will ever hear them.  I will say that any one 
of the pictures in your Christmas mailing are a million, nay, a 
trillion, times more worthy of the world's attention.  (Thanks, 
again, by the way!) 

Take care.  

ME: Thanks for the newsletter.  Was the Silent Night arrangement 
yours?  It goes without saying I feel bad you shoulder the whole 
thing by yourself - that's almost unbelievable, actually - but 
I'm afraid I still can't face it.  

You going to nudge any students to the members' recital?  That 
"adult ensemble" of yours sounded good.  

ME: In the pop music world, I've been plowing unknown byways, as 
always.  Been digging up lots of arrangements for guitar of turn-
of-the- century pop tunes at the Library of Congress.  (Not 
*this* turn-of-the-century - that one!)  It's kind of neat, in 
the absence of sound recordings from that era.  Sort of the next 
best thing to finding a stack of 100-year-old 45s at the 
Salvation Army store.  Current fave-rave is "Lucia, My Italian 

My web site is up to 400 hits per week now - and not a single 
visitor knows what I look like.  I have a buddy with a scanner, 
but he doesn't know how to use it.  

ME: Subject: scrabble 

The first thing you need to know is that my club is currently 
dormant.  I gave it a rest for the summer when some members had 
conflicts and never cranked it up again.  

Just recently there was an article that made a big mention of my 
club in the Journal newspapers.  I was hoping that would generate 
a new round of interest, whereupon I would fire up the club as 
fast as I could.  There wasn't much response, but with your 
interest, we may be reaching a critical mass.  

Why don't you give me a call some time.  There are some other 
active clubs in the area which I can tell you about.  Of course, 
I want to keep scrabble people who haven't been defiled and 
corrupted by tournament-type play to myself.  

ME: Subject: melatonin 

I'm procrastinating on a lot of self-imposed web projects.  
I cause myself about the same stress that school used to.  

It turns out that your explanation of "the past is another 
country" and the Boris Karloff snippet confirmed my suspicions 
exactly.  I just thought maybe I was missing something.  By the 
way, can a wordster like Hself translate "the past is another 
country"?  (And what does she know about the Colombian air force?  
This is gonna kill me, you know.) 

Remind me to ask you about Sen Glenn and the sleep experiments.  

Nix on putting Conquer America on my tapes.  They're for snippets 
and miscellany and gems and riff-raff from crazy record 
collections and movies and the media.  Theoretically, I should 
own whole Beatle albums.  In this case it sounds like I do, but 
even if I didn't then the appropriate action should be a spin-
through at one of our get-togethers.  That, or wait for 
recordable CDs to get sensible.  

THEE: Actually, that Silent Night was John Duarte's from his Carols for 
Guitar book.  I should have given him credit... OOPS! 

I'm gonna try and get a few of my students to play in the members 
recital.  I may even play on it myself.  I might play my newest 
piece "Benspiration".  

ME: Subject: VOB catalog index 

Dear IGRA, 

I was looking through the VOB catalog for Kueffner and it seems 
to me that there is a gap in the index.  There is a page for 
Heeren ->Jones and then a page for Lebedeff ->Lindsey.  

If the missing page is on the disk, I don't know how to get to it 
without a link.  

THEE: After my AOL crashed a few months ago, I lost my bookmark to your 
web...  so, none of those recent hits have been mine.  Thanks for 
the new address.  

Happy 1999 to you too!!  Glad you liked the Christmas Card.  Our 
holidays were nice.  

I was disappointed that you and I didn't have a great 
conversation at Thanksgiving.   I think everyone wanted to 
pick your brain for internet things =) 

Glad you are having success in your musical interests.  I never 
heard 'Lucia'...  but, I doubt you are surprized.  

THEE: I hate the rat race. I was back on 5 day a week.  
They wanted me to work 5 again but I said no I'd have to 
quit cause being at home with my kids was more important...and 
surprise, they understood and let me continue with 
4 days! I was lucky. Still wish I was home more though. My kids 
are so fun to be with. Now you know how I feel since your working 
with the 1st graders.  Hself starts pre-school this year - I am 
so excited. I will totally be the mom making crafts and baking 
goodies for the class! 

The magnet was so easy to make, just a sticky backed magnetic 
sheet. You should see my fridge!! I cut out all sorts of things 
and make magnets of 'em.  

THEE: My friend Hself is just discovering Badfinger.  Can you 
tell me which members have died and when?  Ta! 

So, "the past is another country" is a mysterious phrase, eh?  
I'll try to find where Hem used it.  There's a good movie from 
the '80s called "Another Country" about a posh British boys' 
school in the 1930s.  The gag is that some of the students are 
the men who would be Soviet spies in the '50s and '60s.  

Hself was channel surfing last night and stopped on an interesting 
(but not sexual) program on the Learning Channel called "Human 
Sexes."  I got thrown by the narrator.  Then I recognized him--he's the 
guy that hosted the Lennon "Man of the Decade" segment.  he's 
looking quite chipper, though the program itself may have been 10 
years old.  Hself was so enthralled that she had me tape a later 
transmission, so I can advise you on this minor character more 

ME: Subject: exhibit opening rsvp 

I am very pleased to accept your invitation to the exhibit 
opening for The Beatles: Now And Then.  

I look forward to it.  

ME: Subject: damping notation 

I enjoyed the "Transcriber's Art" column again.  Regarding the 
Zipoli transcription, though, I have to say that it always breaks 
my heart to see so few notes on a single staff so impossible to 
play on the guitar.  

About stopping notes, I've proposed a simple notation that covers 
almost all of the cases you listed.  It's simply the letter d 
followed by the left or right hand finger that does the damping.  

    d1 d2 d3 d4  dp da dm di 

I guess we could add "dh" for the heel of the hand.  

While that might not strike one as the most brilliant notation 
since heiroglyphics, it is very simple and also consistent with 
my other proposed notations which all have 2 parts and start with 
a letter.  Positions are 

   C1  C2  C3 ...  

Harmonics are 

   H5  H7  H12  H9 etc.  

When I need to notate the damping finger, I write the indication 
under the note which needs to be damped - not where the damping 
occurs.  That's about it, but you might take a look at the 
discussion in my web page

ME: Subject: a scanner, ooo-wee 

A scanner, huh!?!  I've been going nuts wondering why nobody I 
know has a scanner.  Actually, my buddy Hself has a scanner, but 
he doesn't know how to use it - or the rest of his computer.  (I 
see I already said this in my last email.  I was born with 

Never heard Lucia, My Italian Maid???!!!  Don't worry, neither 
has anybody else.  Another goodie is Gypsy Love Song.  Ah...  me 
and my time-travelin' guitar.  

Believe me, it was all my fault coming up dry on Thanksgiving.  I 
was racking my brain, but it was no go.  To be honest, I think 
I've told you everything there is in my brain.  Pretty sad, eh?  

ME: Subject: obit tracking, as always 

Finally got a headlight and installed it today.  

Had another good day at LC yesterday.  I have a technique for 
getting good (not perfect) margins on 8.5 x 14 pages, but it 
slows me down.  Now I can only get about 80 copies done in a day.  
With the 11 x 17 paper, I could get about 140.  

Found out today that the Gazette is just a weekly.  I had thought 
the occasional copy they throw in my driveway was to tempt 
subscribers, but in fact, we get them all.  I wrote a letter in 
response to an editorial, is why I looked into this.  

About Badfinger, Pete Ham hanged himself in April 1975.  Tom 
Evans committed suicide in 1983.  The surviving members are Joey 
Molland and Mike Gibbins.  I was quite amazed to find Evans death 
was that recent, which is why it wasn't in the reference book I 
went to, or the early Beatlefans with the Badfinger interviews.  
I found the year on the web.  There's a rock encyclopedia out 

THEE: Subject: In another country 

Thanks for the poop on Badfinger.  Hself is becoming a 
fan of "Straight Up." 

I've just been reminded that Hemingway wrote a story called "In 
Another Country."  I hope I have a copy in my backlog so I can 
reread it.  I can't recall what it's about.  

I watched the 1930 film "The Blue Angel" last night.  You know 
what song that movie gave the world, don't you?  I taped all 
three performances of it in the film for you.  

Congratulations on both your Library of Congress success and for 
getting a headlight.  

THEE: Re: a scanner, ooo-wee 

I'm doing pretty well with the scanner.  I can crop pictures too. 
CAN'T seem to get my damn printer to work right though.  Keeps 
saying it's out of paper...  when it isn't.  

I don't charge for scanning...but, I don't know how you'd hook em 
to your web.  I could do em...and put em on a disk.  Probaby, 
there is an easy way...but, I know how to scan/e-mail em to 
me...and save em on a disk ;-) Whatever works! 

So...I know everything in your brain...huh...then why didn't the 
answer about the water and wine thing come to me immediately!! 

THEE: your page could have saved my relationship 

i just read your scrabble page and think that perhaps that had i 
read it a year ago, i would still be with my fiancee.  she loved 
scrabble and so did i.  i also play a lot of poker and at the 
time was playing a lot of Magic: TG.  we played by the standard 
rules and in no time my bluffing style started to be a constant 
source of friction to the point where we no longer played.  you 
see, with my old roommates, bluffing was part and parcel of the 
game, even the point of some games.  we were also old poker hands 
so this is not surprising.  anyways, she and I played fewer and 
fewer games and then broke up. Moral: don't bluff your sweetheart 
and use the no-risk challenge rule.  Next time I'll remember 
this.  Damn, do you know how hard it is to find a girl in her 20s 
who likes boardgames? you'd think it was easy but of the 4 
serious girlfriends i've had (i'm 28), 3 of them HATED board 
games.  anyhoo,  thanks again for your page...i'll keep it 
bookmarked for the next one.  

THEE: Subject: Flower Song 

I thank you very much for the packet of 
music you sent. It's nice to have some new material 
to mull over. I find I have two other guitar versions of "Flower 
Song": One by Herbert Gray (1892), the other by Foden (which 
seems to be packed away somethere). The six you mention are all 
new to me. This must have been one popular piece. The original 
title is "Blumenlied" and is by a German pianist named Gustav 
Lange (1830-1899). Slonimsky speaks of him as the composer of 
"more than 400 piano pieces, generally facile, elegant, and 
effective, and many of which gained great vogue." Loesser 
dismisses it as "trash, by high-brow standards; and so was almost 
all other piano music of the century." But, then, Loesser was a 
high-brow. I'll have to give some thought to any connection with 
this to "Farewell to the Flowers." Could be.  

I don't know a thing about Trinkaus either, but to keep running 
into the name.  Yes, he must have kept busy.  

THEE: Re: damping notation 

Thanks for the note. I like your suggestion on damping notation. 
Simple and logical. I will recommend its use as the occasion 

One of my most often used 'dampers' is the back/top of my right 
thumb knuckle as the thumb slides in to pluck the next higher 
string. 'dp' would not suggest this subtlety but I guess there 
will always be limits to any notation.  

Regarding barres, I have always disliked the 'C' indication, and 
prefer just the Roman numeral with a number subscript to show the 
necessary number of strings (as Koonce uses). This gives more 
information for the same number of symbols. Of course not using 
'C' for barres means that I don't have a symbol for position 
(without barre), so I resort to string numbers. I figure that 
this gives the same amount of information: for a given note, with 
a position symbol you must deduce the string number; with a 
string number you must deduce the position.  

ME: Subject: pixels 

I am getting all charged up with this talk of scanners.  I'm sure 
all I need is the files on a disk, and I can upload them to my 
website.  Do you do both JPEG and GIF files?  

Oh yeah, listened to the PJ tape again recently.  The 
sound quality reminds me that I just heard my first home-recorded 
CD recently.  My friend Hself is a major fan/follower of the band 
Gong, and he had one of their live recordings from the mid-70s 
transferred to a CD.  Well, I guess it's convenient and 
indestructable, but it still sounded just like an audience 

Our guitar trio had one of its longest sessions ever today - from 
9:30 to about 3:00.  Didn't cut one keeper track...  

ME: topnotch journalism 

The Lanham Gazette is now my favorite newspaper.  They printed my 
letter in the current edition.  Ahhhh, back in the saddle again.  

The subject of the Gazette came up today at our guitar trio 
session. Hself says his mother wrote a column about senior citizen 
topics that appeared in the Rockville and a few other Montgomery 
Co. Gazettes about 7 or 8 years ago.  Do you know the name 
Hself?  You probably would have mentioned it before, for 
instance at the guitar society meeting.  

I looked at a Post at school on Thursday.  Spun through the 
Richard Cohen piece on Larry Flynt.  Man, he makes it hard for a 
mature adult not to say DUHHHH.  (Not that Richard grasped the 
big picture here.  No mention of hyprocrisy.) 

Yep, I know right off what song came from the Blue Angel.  I'm 
still impressed about the time you heard John Lennon singing a 
very slow, thickly accented, fractured German version, and named 
it right off.  I was thinking, hey this is so familiar, but what 
is it?  Plus I had heard it quite a few times before.  

WMUC played another 3-hour MLK tribute show tonight.  Early 
on was something that hit me: "Now where have I heard this 
recently?" Within a few more seconds, I realized it was the 
Rainmaker song you put on the most recent tape.  (Not sure what 
the exact tie-in was.)  There was another song about some 
injustice involving half-breeds from some mid-1800s year (on St. 
Patrick day).  A main character was named Lidell (Jack, I think).  
How's your history?  

Got an email from my number one favorite guitar guy in the world - 
Peter Danner.  His knowledge is awesome; he has a great sense 
of humor; he's appropriately eccentric (he smokes a pipe); and 
puts lots of fun music (sez me) in the Soundboard, which he 

Got an email from a guy saying that, if he had seen my scrabble 
page a few years ago, it would have saved his relationship.  He 
kept bluffing his girlfriend with bum words, and she took a 
walkout powder.  As far as I can discern, he's on the level.  

THEE: Cool that you were listening to PJ again.  I'm still collecting 
bootlegs, and they are audience recordings.  I've cut back 
though...since I really don't listen to them often.  After 
awhile, you get tired of all the cheering, and neighboring 

I never heard of Gong.  

'Keeper track'...what's this?  

THEE: Subject: Topnotch journalism?  

I'm glad you love the ol' "Gazoo."  I got a chuckle from the in-
laws last night when I told the story about the private message 
that got put on the front page of the Lanham Gazette you showed 

On the way home, we heard a track from John Williams' new CD on 
an NPR station that broadcasts from Ocean City and Salisbury, Md.  

I did miss Richard Cohen on Larry Flynt.  Flynt let us down.  I'm 
sure there's plenty more dirt out there.  

ME: Subject: fingering notation 

I envy you - I've never been able to get the back of my thumb to 
damp a note as it goes on to play the next higher string.  

Thanks for your thoughts on fingering notation.  That's one of my 
pet topics, of course.  I never, ever, ever have any use for 
barre notation of any sort.  Fingerings show clearly when one lh 
finger is needed to press multiple notes.  In turning to the 
Zipoli transcription for an example, the very first one I zeroed 
in on was the barre at the beginning of measure 21.  A "-1" in 
front of the low C would actually give much more information - 
and be much more instantly understandable - than the "VIII---," .  
I've always wondered, does anybody actually throw down a barre 
simply because they see a barre symbol (of any sort)?  

I also never, ever, ever use string numbers.  All I need to know 
is, given the position I am currently in, which finger will play 
the note?  Assigning a string number to a note tells you neither 
what position you should be in, or which finger to use.  (That's 
in addition to the shortcoming that string number notation is so 
bulky you can hardly write it near the note it applies to.)  I 
claim I could turn a very straightforward piece into one almost 
impossible to read by "fingering" it with gobs and gobs of string 

Thanks for putting the fingerings smack in front of the notes.  
That makes complete sense, and you're maybe the only one who does 
it.  If you're at all curious how any of the pieces from the 
Transcriber's Art would look fingered according to my 
specifications, just ask.  

I know all of this is peripheral to your impressive contribution 
to the guitar world, but I love to talk about it.  I wish the 
topic would come up again in the Soundboard.  

ME: Subject: flowers, etc.  

Hope my "discovery" about the Flower pieces isn't a figment of my 
imagination.  Consider the different sections (including the coda 
and cadenza), their key relationships, the number of measures in 
each, and most importantly, the texture of the music in each.  

About Trinkaus' "Gypsy Love Song", I meant to mention that I make 
a few corrections(?) in the first part to make it sound right to 
me.  For instance, there's a 3-note C7 chord that I change back 
to F.  Anyhow, I think the 2nd part is beautiful.  

Also forgot to mention that I enjoy the Chobanian 2nd movement.  

THEE: Know exactly how you feel regarding this Clinton MESS!  I 
was one of his biggest supporters in '92 and it has been really 
heartbreaking to know that he's such a SICKO!  He's an abuser of 
women, and frankly, I have NO USE FOR SUCH A PERSON! His STATE OF 
THE UNION was excellent--that's what he does well--and that kind 
of performance is what got the man elected to begin with.  But, 
NO, this has NEVER been about a private sexual relationship--it's 
been about kinky, sick, abusive behavior toward employees. Any 
man who would use his power to expect sexual favors from young, 
female subordinates--by exposing himself while on the job--even 
as governor---God, help us all! That's all I have to say on the 
subject.  I gathered that you weren't thrilled about the topic to 
begin with.  After all, YOU ARE A GUY!  Most men are EMBARRASSED 
about the Clinton details.  Makes them all feel uncomfortable.  
Anyone for a CIGAR?????  

Loved your article on Scrabble.  Think it's terrific that you are 
bright enough to be so expert at the game--and to be featured in 
the newspaper!  May I ask why you found it necessary to scratch 
out your age??  Do you really think that I don't have a clue to 
your age?  My guess is that you are in your late 30's--if that!  
Am I right?  What you have to keep in mind is that we are all 
just souls in borrowed bodies--and age is really irrelevant! 

THEE: Subject: Cut finger 

There's a possibility I'll skip tonight since I cut my little 
finger/left hand on the tip (slicing a bagel this morning).  It's 
not a bad cut, just in a bad place. I'll try playing with a 
bandaid when I get back, before leaving home.  If it works, I'll 
go; if I find it too weird or bloody trying to play with a 
bandaid, I'll skip.  I guess a pro would always go on.  

ME: Subject: track 1 (and only) 

One of the pieces played at the members' recital was the Bach 
two-part invention in G, the beginning of which is heard in the 
AYNIL finale, played on two trumpets.  

Helped in the library at school yesterday since Mrs. Hself, the 
teacher I help, had to work in the office instead of with the 
kids.  One of the books I was trying to bring under control was 
called Me And The Eggman.  Have we ever discussed that last word?  
I've known it all my life, even before 1967 because Mr. Kelbel 
who owned the farm next to us was an eggman.  He sold us eggs and 
curd (aka schmierkase aka cottage cheese).  The curious thing is 
that eggman is not a word, at least in any conventional 
collegiate-type American dictionary.  The book was copyright 1972 
and the content seemed to have nothing to do with walruses or 
cornflakes or anything like that, but the first sentence did 
contain the word "imagine".  The main character was Donald.  

Got a CD-rom in the mail from Microsoft on Wednesday.  I figured 
what the heck.  I stuck it in my CD player.  What I got was 
70:30 of hiss, with a few faint buzzes here and there.  There was 
one particularly buzzy section, but I can't find my note saying 
where it started.  

The rest of this message I was ready to send off on Tuesday, but 
I lost my connection just then.  Haven't found time to go online 
till now.  

Heard today [Tuesday] that what George Martin has up his sleeve 
at the Birchmere is a multimedia presentation on the making of 
Sgt. Pepper.  That sounds pretty darn interesting.  He should do 
it at some real auditorium, though.  I hope it's sold out by now 
to save me the trouble of stewing over it.  

I did a little research for you.  In the notes to the Hself 
Chronology 28, you wondered what the Searcher's 3rd single was 
that knocked the Beatles from the No. 1 spot.  According to Let's 
Go Down The Cavern (Leigh), their 3rd song "Needles And Pins" 
entered the UK charts in January 1964 and went to No. 1.  C&P's 
Melody Maker chart says that IWTHYH dropped to No. 2 on January 
11, 1964.  That sounds consistent enough to me, especially 
considering there were a variety of UK charts.  The Searchers had 
10 Top 20 hits in the UK (3 No. 1s, and a 2, 3 and 4), which, 
along with being from Liverpool, is how they gained a spot in 
Beatle Significa.  In this country NAP entered the Billboard 
charts in March 1964 and went to No. 13.  I well remember being 
completely knocked out by it.  

ME: Subject: disintegrating 

Hey, I didn't censor my age for your 
benefit.  I had a pile of the articles, and I "edited" them all 
at the same time.  It was kind of jokey, but also derives from my 
very strong anti-ageist feelings.  What could be a less important 
piece of information - of any sort - than a person's age?  And 
the newspaper has to hammer it home twice.  I wish that somehow 
the date of a person's birth would never be recorded - and never 
remembered by anybody.  Not too feasible, huh?  I defy anybody to 
list one useful purpose that it serves (or, more precisely, one 
useful purpose that it would serve in a sensible world.) 

I know that Chesapeake is "a fur piece" but do you know about the 
Beatle exhibit opening at the Newseum in Rosslyn, Va. on 
Wednesday night?  There's also a panel discussion about the 
Beatles and the media that afternoon.  

Also, George Martin is bringing some sort of multi-media "Making 
of Sgt. Pepper" show to the Birchmere in D.C. in February.  

P.S.  I'm 45 - everybody knows that.  (I'm so ooooold...) 

ME: jpeg o' my heart 

Also played some duets at the guitar society meeting tonight.  
Had to can the trios since Hself cut her finger slightly this 
morning, but just bothersome enough to prevent playing.  

Will give a call sometime when I'm in the Baltimore area.  I will 
have my photos at the ready.  Haven't gotten casual about making 
long distance phone calls, like the rest of the world has.  
Probably never will.  Actually, I have a hard time with mini-
distance phone calls.  

Lessee...  Never heard of steel orchestras; never heard of Papo 
Ramon; never heard of Lucia My Italian Maid; and now - never 
heard of Gong?!?!?  

Neither had I, actually.  My buddies have very esoteric tastes, I 
guess.  How about Billy Childish, or his band Thee Headcoats?  He 
cranks out an album every couple of weeks and my buddy Hself 
tried to keep up, but had to eventually fall by the wayside, of 

A keeper track is the recording that's good enough to keep.  The 
first 57 takes or so are false starts, breakdowns or just plain 
crummy.  It's hard enough trying to play something half-decently, 
but the real heck of it all is that just turning on the tape 
recorder makes you flub simple little things that you've been 
playing perfectly since the first time you saw the piece.  

THEE: Subject: Mainly Beatles (for a change) 

Wow.  Congratulations on making the microsoft mailing list.  
Don't throw away that CD-ROM.  You can use it as I used many of 
the CD-ROMs I used to get at BNA, as a colorful coffee coaster.  

Thanks for the Searchers poop.  We know that "Needls and Pins" 
was a pretty big hit, I guess.  

For reasons obscure, I listened to a little of that Red Robinson 
CD, with the press conferences from 1966.  I'm sure it's been 
said before (even by me) but Robinson introduces the Beatles as 
comic geniuses with "their witty reparte," and then plays tapes 
of conferences, where the Fabs are obviously jet-lagged and fed 
up with the whole thing.  Robinson says, "Hah!  You can imagine 
the Beatles' reaction to a six-foot DJ dressed as the Jolly green 
Giant."  Uh, the reaction was probably tedium! 

Thanks also for the George Martin grist.  I never got myself a 
ticket.  My excuse is that I do my volunteer teaching that night.  
The show does sound potentially interesting.  

What can you tell me about an LP called "A Hard Days Night" 
starring the Manchesters on Diplomat Records (a product of 
Synthetic Plastics Co., Newark), featuring covers of four Fab 
tunes (five, if you count "My Bonnie")?  

Thee: Re: jpeg o' my heart 

I feel totally stupid when you talk about music, cause I've never 
heard of ANYONE you mention!!   But, since you probably haven't 
heard of Concrete Blonde and Goodness...I guess we're even.  

I don't use the phone that much any more either.  I use it all 
day at work, so, that may be why.  

I am sure that this scanner has so many features that I just 
don't know how to use.  I scanned a black & white photo...and 
tried to attach it to an e-mail...and it wouldn't work =(  The 
color ones always seem to work.  Maybe I'll have to pretend it's 
color and try it.  

When Hself's band recorded their CD, he said they could fix even 
one NOTE!  This sound place had that ability.  So, I guess every 
track was a keeper...and they pieced the song together.  

Rumors exist that there will be a Woodstock '99 in Europe and NY.  
Pearl Jam will definitely not play the one in Europe, but their 
Rumor Pit newsletter did not mention the one in NY.  I don't know 
if I'd be up for a weekend of roughing it and spot-a-pot 
lines....even for Eddie and the boys...but, it could be an 
interesting adventure.  One lady I know online is considering it 
too.  She's in Pittsburgh...married with two kids younger than 
mine.  I met her in person in DC at a PJ concert.  She's not keen 
on sleeping in a tent, it's all doubtful.  

Yeah, just call when you are in town.  Otherwise, I may actually 
have to clean this DUMP!  Spontaneity means you get to walk in no 
matter HOW horribly cluttered the place is ;-) 

THEE: Subject: Mainly Leadbelly (for a change) 

Additional question:  Were you at one time interested in 
Leadbelly's Where Did You Sleep Last Night" (which Billy Childish 
calls "Black Girl")?  I've come across another version.  

THEE: Could you give me some info?  

I am needing information as to the Ball specifications in the 
NFL. Would you be able to send them to me? Thank you! Hope to get 
a response real soon! 

THEE: Subject: The Beatles 6 Cover.. What are they holding??????  

Could they be holding a camera shutter device that is attached 
with a chord to the camera for a self portrait photogragh? I 
wonder if anyone from "Fabulous Magazine-Fleetway Publications 
LTD." is still around to verify the truth? Of course, there are 3 
other options.............  

ME: Subject: phones, rock, scanners, u-name-it 

I got a kick out of your account of Hself's recording sessions.  
When I discussed "keeper tracks" I was going to add some jokey 
sentence like, "You wouldn't know about all this since in the 
pop/rock world, modern technology makes *everything* a keeper 

Believe me, nobody is dumber than me about pop music.  I've heard 
the name Concrete Blonde, but can't associate it with any song or 
sound.  Nope, draw a blank on Goodness.  One problem is, if I do 
hear something on a regular station like WHFS, I make absolutely 
no effort to listen for artist names.  And believe me, it's rare 
that I would find a song on WHFS that I will listen to till the 
end.  I used to listen to the college station WMUC (U. of Md.) 
exclusively, and the hour-long sets made it impossible to 
associate artist names with songs - not to mention you will 
probably never hear the same song twice on WMUC.  And have I ever 
confided that 99% of the radio I listen to is a beautiful music 
station that still exists out in Hagerstown, WWMD?  A beautiful 
music version of Green Tambourine, or MacArthur Park - man, 
that's livin! 

Wow, your tale of the telephone is a shocker.  I thought 
everybody (but me) had achieved a sort of "oneness" with their 
phones.  In their cars, in the movie theater, walking down the 
street, in the bathtub (I guess)...  Everywhere, everyplace.  I 
had a bad experience Tuesday night and couldn't face picking up 
the phone all day Wednesday.  Usually, I get about half a call 
per day, but Wednesday it rang 25 times.  Then for the next week 
you're bomboarded with, "Why didn't you answer your phone???" and 
"Why wasn't your answering machine on???"  My view is that it's 
just the same as being out sitting on a mountaintop or something.  
Nobody could talk to you then, and it's no big deal.  Sheesh.  

Two days ago, some boisterous guy called.  I didn't recognize the 
voice, and I couldn't understand him.  He said (shouted), "Is _o_ 
there?"  I wasn't sure of the first and last consonants.  Coulda 
been Don, coulda been Todd, coulda been Dodd coulda been Tonn.  
Couldn't get him to say it clearly, couldn't get him to select 
from the above multiple choice, and when I asked him to spell it, 
he said "Forget it" and hung up.  Don't know what sort of fame or 
fortune I missed out on.  

I've never been a natural pop-music concert goer, even if you 
don't have to wallow in the mud.  For example, Beatles producer 
George Martin is coming to the Birchmere here in DC, and 
theoretically I should be thrilled to death about that, and some 
friends put the pressure on me, but I just find excuses for not 
going (miserable joint, price, traffic, parking, too loud, packed 
like sardines...), and wish guys like that wouldn't come around 
and try to ruin my hermit-like existence.  

ME: Subject: phones and me 

Thanks for the CD tip.  Unfortunately, I don't drink coffee.  By 
the way, did you know that I use disc 1 of Anthology 3 as 
decoration in my living room.  I used to use an extra copy of 
disc 2, but realized I *had* to have the green side.  

Where Did You Sleep Last Night doesn't ring any bells at all, but 
I trust your judgment more than mine as to what I need.  

Not a Manchesters expert, but the name does conjure up images of 
1964 albums with Beatle-wig drawings on the cover.  It sounds 
like you have something different from what's listed in 
Reinhart's You Can't Do That.  He lists Beatlerama by the 
Manchesters (Diplomat 2307) with IWTHYH, SLY, My Bonnie and The 
Beatles Move.  This is the same album as Beatlerama Vol. 1, which 
was released on two labels, Diplomat and Guest Star, but with no 
group listed.  Reinhart also mentions that it sounds like David 
Gates singing on a Manchester's single which was written and 
arranged by Gates.  

THEE: Subject: Tonight 

Hey, _o_, 

Looking for'ard to visiting tonight.  Have the first box ready! 

I can say no more! 

THEE: Re: phones, rock, scanners, u-name-it 

Whew...I won't have to clean =) 

Concrete Blonde isn't even around anymore...they had one big 
hit...Joey.  I like the lead singer's voice. Sometimes I wonder 
if I heard her when I visited Hself in Arizona years ago.  Her 
name is Johnette Napoleon.  She's a single act now.  I only know 
of Goodness cause they opened for Pearl Jam out west.  I bought a 
CD, but I don't really like them.  

Since I got a CD player in the car...and so many bootlegs on 
cassette from the PJ concerts...I rarely listen to the radio 
anymore.  So, I rarely hear any new music.  If I do like a song, 
I try my darndest to find out WHO is singing it.  

I know phones are convenient...but, they are also a pain!!  Since 
my supervisor quit months ago...people tend to call me about 
work.  BUT, I am not the supervisor.  I like how I can avoid so 
much crap...simply by not answering the phone.  

I doubt I'd fight the crowds, etc. for any band other than PJ.  
Sometimes, I wonder why I bother with them.  As I look back over 
my wild summer of 6 PJ concerts...I know I loved meeting the 
online people I talk to...  and seeing Eddie up close...but, 
there is still a lot to be said for NOT going to concerts.  I do 
hate bathroom lines.  

THEE: Re: fingering notation 

>I envy you - I've never been able to get the back of my thumb to 
damp a note as it goes on to play the next higher string.  

This is one of seemingly innumerable individual differences that 
place a limit on establishing a 'best' fingering. The back-of-
the-thumb maneuver has always been easy and natural for me - but 
I can't develop a tremolo no matter how much I work at it.  

>Thanks for your thoughts on fingering notation.  That's one of 
my pet topics, of course.  I never, ever, ever have any use for 
barre notation of any sort.  Fingerings show clearly when one lh 
finger is needed to press multiple notes.  

What people are used to conditions what they find easiest to 
read. One advantage that I find in barre notation is being able 
to precisely indicate *when* to place, hinge or lift the barre. 
(The last of these is also a type of 'damping' notation). 
Sometimes it is most efficient to place the barre *before* the 
notes that actually require it.  

>In turning to the Zipoli transcription for an example, the very 
first one I zeroed in on was the barre at the beginning of 
measure 21.  A "-1" in front of the low C would actually give 
much more information - and be much more instantly understandable 
- than the "VIII---," .  

I cannot agree that it gives *more* information about how to 
finger the C - it gives the same amount. I also think 'instantly 
understandable' is partly a product of what is familiar. Because 
I have used and of course seen barre notation, if I had come upon 
this measure and seen a one on the low C and then again on the 
high C my first thought would be that the intent was to move the 
1 finger. This would have then seemed ridiculous and I would have 
deduced the barre was intended.  

I do not see the goal of a fingering notation to be determining 
the minimum number of symbols necessary to specify the finger 
movements. Any notation requires the player to do some deduction. 
Sometimes I will include more than the necessary information. 
Look at the last beat of m.22. The 3 finger symbol and the string 
number are unnecessary - but they may be helpful. Would you put a 
VI position symbol right where the 3 string symbol is? How would 
that provide more information?  

> I've always wondered, does anybody actually throw down a barre 
simply because they see a barre symbol (of any sort)?  

I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking if people follow 
fingerings without really thinking about them? I'm sure many do 
for any notation.  Maybe I am missing your point.  

>I claim I could turn a very straightforward piece into one 
almost impossible to read by "fingering" it with gobs and gobs of 
string numbers.  

I agree completely. In researching work I've done on Chopin 
transcriptions I found several done by Tarrega. They really are 
nearly incomprehensible due to the number and placement of 
string numbers. I only use string numbers when there is possible 
ambiguity. I also find them useful at times to show that a melody 
line follows a particular string for a while. When the player 
knows this then he can deduce the positions necessary, and it 
helps elucidate the pattern of the music.  

>I know all of this is peripheral to your impressive contribution 
to the guitar world, but I love to talk about it.  I wish the 
topic would come up again in the Soundboard.  

It could make an article. We could select a short piece, notate 
it using different styles, and have an accompanying article in 
the form of a dialog about the symbols that makes us both sound 
erudite and clever.  

THEE: Subject: Rockin'! 

Thanks for a most stupendous evening.  I enjoyed it, anyway.  We 
really heated up the ol' CD player, and that's good.  

Or, as Link Wray might say:  chuga-chuga-bwa-bwa (that's from 
"Run Chicken Run," of course).  

Thanks also for delightful dessert.  

Today is Stephane Grappelli's 91st birthday.  

THEE: Subject: Need Help understanding your page?  

I really appreciate all the effort that has taken you in order to 
create such Web Page and we all can see the great appreciation 
that you have for virtuoso Aguado.  My name is Hself as a 
classical guitar student with no professor to learn from.  I 
would like to know more about the stuff you have given as a prove 
of virtuoso Aguado's works and all the numbers you have written 

> The number attached to the note name changes on each C. Thus, the 
notes from the guitar's low E are: e0 f0 g0 a0 b0 c1 d1 e1...  

> The fewest number of opening notes are provided to differentiate 
a given piece from all others with the same key and time 
signature. A chord is indicated by its notes run together without 
spaces. Accidentals are not shown. An asterisk (*) means the 
pieces are the same, although there is a difference in the 
opening notes. For theme and variations, or where there is an 
introduction section, the theme is indexed here. Harmonic notes 
are indicated by "har". The notated (not sounding) note is used. 
Time signature slashes are omitted. 

Key   Time sig. Opening notes Location in complete works (vol/page) 
---   --------- ------------- ------------------------ ------------- 
A       24      a0a1c2.                         2/087 
A       24      a0a2.                           1/064 2/127 
A       24      a0c1e1a1.                       1/071 2/136 
A       24      a0c2 a1.                        1/057 
A       24      a0c2 e2.                        1/062 

THEE: Subject: Baltimore Saturday?  

Just noticed that the BGCS is having their open recital this 
Saturday (starts at 7pm).  Their webpage showed a ton of people 
played at the last one! 

I'm not even certain I will be able to play--these past two 
nights I played a little & my wounded finger got a little sore 
after a short time (less last night).  What do you guys think?  
Presuming I'll be o.k., do you want to do the pieces we had 
planned for the WGS meeting?  

ME: Subject: social games 

(This started out as a personal note, but I think I'll edit it a 
little and send it to rgb.) 

I checked in on and found your thoughtful 
response to my suggestions for "fun and friendly" gaming.  Thanks 
a lot.  I agree with almost all of your points.  Sure, if 
everybody is happy with the official rules - go with 'em.  It is 
interesting that twice you admitted that you also sometimes have 
bad game experiences.  For me, even a 20% failure rate is 
unacceptable.  You say that the sort of person who gets all 
worked up is "immature", but I think it's natural for even mature 
people to react to perceived injustices.  There's always the 
inverse-battle cry - "it's only a game!" - but what's the point 
of doing it at all if nobody cares - about doing well, about 
paying attention, about following the rules, etc.?  My eternal 
argument is that taking something seriously and having fun with 
it are not only *not* mutually exclusive, but go hand in hand.  

I'm sure that my suggestions are not "new ideas" in a strict 
sense.  I'm proposing simplicity, and surely the current excess 
baggage that rule-makers pile on games evolved little by little 
from formerly simple rules.  I will say that I have met no one 
else so far who has gotten up the courage to change the rules to 
any game.  It's like they think they were forged in heaven or 
something.  More to the point, I have encountered almost nothing 
but ferocious opposition to any of my suggestions to make a game 
more fun and friendly.  People who know me think that I change 
rules just for the sake of changing rules.  "There he goes 
again..."  That's why I have to unload my ideas on the internet, 
ha ha.  

I'm curious about the Victorian entertainments you've collected.  
Do they involve equipment, or just rules?  How about describing a 
few for me/us?  Thanks.  

ME: Subject: a funny thing happened on the way to baltimore...  

Coordinated a visit to the LC music division today with a talk in 
their American Treasures exhibit.  It was about the Bay Psalm 
Book, the first book (1640) printed in what would eventually 
become [the country which still to this day has no name.]  Quite 
interesting.  They wouldn't pass it around, though, even after I 
told them the music division lets me photocopy lute books from 
1538.  (Just kidding.) In the Q&A wrap-up, one total jerk had to 
ask what the Puritans would have thought of Clinton's behavior.  

Have you been to that exhibit?  There's a really fascinating 
photo of Lincoln from about 3 hours before his Gettysburg 

Have we ever talked about answering phones to find absolutely 
nothing on the other end?  

In pop music news: 

The morning after your visit, I heard a beautiful music version 
of I Remember You.  As we were saying...  Also, that was a minor 
coincidence about Grapelli's birthday.  

Tonight I heard a very strange one on WWMD - a Beach Boys medley.  
They strung together Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Wouldn't It 
Be Nice and back to Good Vibrations.  I don't think I've ever 
heard a beautiful music medley before.  

Do you know Pow Wow, the Indian boy (loved all the animals in the 

Heard a country music song about the "lifestyles of the poor and 
unfamous" with a line about RC Cola and a Moon Pie.  Didn't 
Weasel always play some flunky high school bar band group with a 
song about that?  


THEE: I was listening to our earlier pieces on tape, thinking 
that we really never 'got' certain ones. It may be worthwhile re-
doing some of the more well written and approachable pieces 
(like--Times of the Miraculous. Prolog & Rondo).  I'm imagining 
Don's response to be that we need to give all the pieces we 
haven't tried a shot before going back but I'm not so sure.  Of 
the 150 or so pieces that I have, certainly some rank musically 
as among the best?  Ah, well--this is just food for thought.  

THEE: Subject: Overdrawn at the memory bank 

That L of C exhibit sounds mighty cool.  I would like to check it 
out.  Hself and I have not spent a day downtown since Hself came 
on the scene, however.  

Speaking of Bill Clinton (as in what would the Puritans have 
thought), I hope that when Lewinsky and her mother return to 
D.C., now that Lewinsky will have to testify before the Senate, 
that some card will say to them at the airport, "We wish you's good to have the both of you back." 

You have mentioned getting one or two phone calls with no one at 
the other end.  Does it continue to be a problem?  That's 
annoying.  Do you have any enemies?  

"Pow Wow, the Indian boy (loved all the animals in the woods)" 
and a song played by Weasel concerning "RC Cola and a Moon Pie" 
are things that are unfamiliar to me.  Sorry.  

ME: Subject: where's eddie?  

Bit of a stir at school today.  A boy ran off and they couldn't 
catch him.  It was the second day in a row, and yesterday he got 
in the creek that splits the neighborhood.  So there was some 
concern about him coming to harm in the creek.  I was walking 
home just as the search was cranking up, so I used a little known 
path through the woods along the creek to get home, but didn't 
see any sign of him.  

I didn't think you would know Pow Wow the Indian Boy, a tv 
cartoon from the '50s.  It was the first song in that great 
MST3000 (?) jungle beat medley.  I thought that might be the only 
one you wouldn't know.  

The dead phone calls have been happening for much more than a 
year, I'm sure, but have always been a matter of curiosity rather 
than annoyance.  The explanation the phone company gave me was 
vaguely plausible, but, if correct, would apply to everyone, not 
just me.  So far, no one I've talked to has massive quantities of 
dead phone calls, if any.  

Think I'll check in on the beatles discussion group tonight to 
see what fans have to say about Paul's pro-vulgarity crusade.  

ME: Subject: an article for the newsletter 

Here's an article for the newsletter.  Hself a new member.  
We met at the mandolin convention Alexandria some months ago.  I 
gave him some old newsletters. After he looked a few over, he 
asked for a complete set, and joined up.  He's a top-notch 

I was thinking I could face submitting a piece of music with an 
introductory paragraph for the newsletters.  Interested?  The 
drawbacks are: local members don't play the stuff; more expensive 
newsletter; more work for you.  



After having taught guitar for about forty years one can hardly 
help but wonder about the result of that labor.  I suppose 
teachers can never really know what manner of benefit or 
influence they have been.  

You can only teach as much as your students will allow, and 
sometimes that is precious little.  

You may spout information until your breath fails, but unless a 
student hears and takes something to heart, you have taught 

If you are a student you should know, that the more resisant you 
are to an idea, the less you will learn.  The most expensive 
thing a student will ever own is disbelief.  

A teacher might try to predict how it will go with a student, but 
there is no list of dependable prognosticators to this end.  

There might be some general idea of the probabilities, but at 
best the classifications remain very general, such as: good, bad, 
or somewhere in between.  

For our convenience we sometimes tend to categorize students, so 
that we might give them a mental address.  

Some categories might be: good, bad, indifferent, adults, young, 
too young, too old, smoke blowers, outright liars, guitar owners, 
don't want to be's, piddlers, contemplative dreamers, and 
overnight wonders.  

The overnight wonders are those that want to do all of their 
study and practice in secret so one day they can come bounding 
out of the closet and pounce on an unsuspecting world, and amaze 
all of their friends.  These are the same fools that believe 
there can be true learning without honesty.  

They are usually good for about three weeks because not enough 
secret time can be found to accomplish anything.  

It should be remembered that in order to learn to play you must 
be honest, and this is what many find to be intolerable.  

As for trying to categorize students (if such a thing should be 
considered at all) there is only one common ground on which most 
of them stand, and that is: To the right, you have those that 
say: "Oh, I messed up that note or phrase."  And on the left you 
have those that say: "That note or phrase keeps messing me up." 

If you have a student that stands on the left, you might as well 
just go ahead and chuck him out of the window.  (open or closed) 

If your studio is less than three stories up, you are less likely 
to get a clean kill.  

I mean, you wouldn't want to wind up with a 150 pound vegetable 
that has to be spoon fed.  If he is in possession of a good 
quality instrument, keep the guitar and throw the bones away.  

There will be no profit in such a person because even if there is 
a measure of success, he will not be able to protect it in the 

If you have a student that stands to the right, then of course, 
do your best by him and suffer all questions.  

The most frequent and consistently asked question is: "How long 
will it take to learn to play?"  I have heard only one good 
answer to this question, and it is also a question - "How many 
pieces of string would it take to reach the moon?" 

This question lets you know right away that the inquisitor has no 
clue of the nature of the project, and furthermore they will not 
be able to afford the time.  

It's the same old story; if you have to ask you can't afford it, 
but at the same time it's a bargain at any price.  

For those that think they would like to learn to play the guitar, 
I truly hope there will be perseverance enough to make the 
project successful, but until that is determined, try to choose a 
studio on the ground floor.  

Good luck.  

THEE: Subject: Enemies 

Sounds like your school has a troubled child on its hands.  
There's always at least one, I guess.  Any hope that he has 
stable parents who can be called in?  

You?  Enemies?  Oh sure, I suppose a lot of auto mechanics out 
there don't like the fact that you've told them the emperor has 
no clothes, but who else?  

THEE: Subject: Linda 

Thanks for the excerpts from the chat group discussion on the 
Linda "ban."  People's dander was already up on the topic, I see.  
There was some sharp stuff in there.  I'd be afraid to 

THEE: Re:  an article for the newsletter 

Thanks for the submission.  There are a few things in his article 
that I might have to think about.  It seems he put a good bit of 
concentration on throwing the student out the window.  At first 
it was funny, but he may have gotten a little carried away.  
HMMMMMMMM... just thinking about the political considerations in 

YES!!!!!!!  Send music!  It is always welcome.  I have a really 
cool little bit from the magazine "Astronomy".  It turns out 
there is a star that is traveling 1000 miles per second... one of 
the fastest stars observed by the hubble.  At any rate its wake 
forms the shape of a guitar.  It has been named the "Guitar 
Nebula".  I'm hoping the photograph prints well in black and 

This should be a good newsletter! 

ME: Subject: what me paranoid 

Does Clinton have an enemies list?  My atm wouldn't accept my 
personal ID today, even after the bank tried to reset things.  
Had to change my PIN, which is ok, but still wonder what 

In the chat about Sir Paul's recent bout of temporary (I hope) 
insanity, did you notice a couple of good one-liners, and a 
first-hand Beatle history nugget?  

A short and successful web search turned up the name of the band 
that did "RC Cola And A Moon Pie".  It was NRBQ.  Surely that has 
to ring a bell with you?  I swear they were touted by Weasel as 
"the world's greatest band" every day for 7 years.  You used to 
listen to HFS, dincha?  I always hated that raggedy bar band 
penchant that WHFS had.  (My disdain for New Wave was 
retrospective, I guess I have to admit.) 

After sending off an email late Wednesday night and hitting the 
sack, it occurred to me that I forgot all about the grand opening 
reception for the Beatles exhibit at the Newseum that night.  I 
had even responded in the positive to the invitation.  Oh well, 
no great loss (except possibly for the grub.) 

Made another LC trip on Friday.  Trying to make maximum 
utilization of the 10-cent legal-size copies before they go away.  
The time will come when I will kick myself for not having spent 
every hour of every day there while one machine still had the 
legal-size paper.  

Real-life copyright quiz:  I want to quote from some letters 
written by a guitarist between 1898 and 1906.  They were first 
published in 1993.  Do I need permission?  If so, from whom?  
(Extra credit: did the magazine that published them need 
permission?  If so, from whom?) 

Funny moment on WWMD today.  The regular news reader came on and 
said, "Time for the 1:00 news."  The 2nd sentence in, he said, 
"Reuben tells political, finance and businesssssss...shhhhucks."  
Then there was a minute of dead air, and he came back on.  "Time 
for the 1:00 news..." There was no explanation.  Had he jumped 
the gun by a minute?  He sure sounded disgusted.  I was worried 
what that shhhhhh... was going to turn into.  

ME: Request permission to quote Fiset letters.  

I've worked up Zani de Ferranti's Carnival of Venice in ascii 
tablature to put on the web.  What I would like to do is extract 
all of the references to Ferranti and the Carnival of Venice from 
the letters of C.F.E. Fiset which you prepared for the Soundboard 
a few years ago, and put them on the introductory page.  
Including a bit of surrounding material to put each mention in 
context, it works out to about 140 lines of this length.  

I wanted to run that by you first.  Is it ok with you?  Do you 
think I need to ask the Soundboard for permission?  I will give 
you and the Soundboard credit, of course, but do I need to say 
"Reprinted by permission" - if permission is required, and 
assuming it's given?  

Those letters are fascinating.  Since they were first published 
I've come across many more of the composers and pieces Fiset 
mentions, including Fiset's own published arrangements.  It gives 
me such a thrill to hear a person from that era - and a virtuoso 
guitarist, at that - talk about them.  

ME: Subject: how many rainers?  

I noticed recently that a piece of guitar music in my collection, 
Drei Sonaten Op. 6 by Francesco Molino (publ. B. Schott's Soehne) 
has a handwritten note on the title page: 

  Fuer Babs . . . . (k)ein Spielsherz [not certain of 1st syllable] 

    1/4/72  Rainer 

I was curious if that was you.  I forget where and when I bought 
the edition, but it obviously wandered over the years from 
Deutschland to a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C.  

ME: wgs newletter 

I will send an introductory paragraph or 2 about each piece as 
it's about to go in the newsletter.  

I want the copies I am sending to be used as the masters for 
printing the newsletter.  That is, I want those pages themselves 
to go flying around and around the copy machine feeder.  Let me 
know if circumstances arise that would prevent that.  

The one I have in mind first is the Prayer from Moses in Egypt, 
by Rossini, arr. Hayden.  But there's some flexibility. If a 
2-pager causes insurmountable problems, we could go with the 
Gypsy Love Song.  

THEE: Subject: Clinton's enemies list 

I hope Bill Clinton has an enemies list.  He should.  But I 
figure you're probably pretty low on it, since he wound up 
beating you in the 1996 election.  

Did you go to the Beatles' exhibit at the Nuseaum?  I didn't 
follow what you said.  If so, how was it?  In any event, what 
was/is it?  

I'm coping with the downstairs neighbor a little better these 
days.  On the other hand, it was childish of me, perhaps, but he 
may have heard his first taste of the Manchesters this morning 
through his ceiling.  At any rate, I'll be calling our landlady 
tomorrow to bring her in.  I wish she liked Hself more because 
we'll need her help.  

THEE: Re: how many rainers?  

Donald Sauter wrote: 

>Hi Rainer, 

>I noticed recently that a piece of guitar music in my 
collection, Drei Sonaten Op. 6 by Francesco Molino (publ. B. 
Schott's Soehne) has a handwritten note on the title page: 

>  Fuer Babs . . . .  (k)ein Spielsherz   [not certain of 1st 

>    1/4/72  Rainer 

>I was curious if that was you.  I forget where and when I bought 
the edition, but it obviously wandered over the years from 
Deutschland to a Maryland suburb of Washington D.C.  

He, he, he 

Sorry, that wasn't me. Any picture of "Babs" included??  


PS  The music is not very good :( 

THEE: Subject: Quarter rolling 

Hold one still and roll the other one around it. How many 
rotations does the moving quarter make?  


Try it.  

It appears to be two because the position of the quarter has 
moved after 1/2 rotation, making it *appear to have rotated 1*.  
If you mark the position where the rotating quarter touches the 
stationary one, you will find that the mark does not touch the 
other quarter until it is back where it started, making that 1 
rotation, not 2.  

Like I said, try it ! 

THEE: Subject: Urk ! 

After taking a second look, I hide my head in utter shame....  
'tis I who was deceived ! 

Sorry to have bothered you - great web page, kept me occupied for 
more time than I had and really enjoyed the SETI page ! 

(Face beat red from quarter folly) 

THEE: Re: disintegrating 

Speedy Gonzales here...another e-mailer on the slow road to 
China...  Sorry for the delay in answering.  We are all getting 
to the point here in this household that we avoid the BIG MONSTER 
in our home office if at all possible--it's so demanding!  

Now, my vocab. is going to the dogs and haven't seen "anti-
ageist" in years....loved it! Thanks for explaining in your 
brilliantly humorous way why you took out your age from those 
newspaper clippings.  Have NO IDEA why they would have found it 
necessary to include that bit of useless...information TWICE!  
Are they really trying to suggest that older boys like to play 
with toys also?  Chuckle.  So, I WAS VERY WRONG ON YOUR AGE (10 
YEARS...FROM MY HONEST CALCULATION).. oooohhhhh, SO OLD--can hear 
the OTHers calling you!!!!! That having been said, the subject is 
NOW CLOSED....until the next time I need to bug you!!!!  Birth 
date please?  I'm not good at guessing that either.  

No time for Beatle stuff right now, unfortunately.  Didn't make 
it to Washington for Stella's Mall visit, and certainly didn't 
make it to the White House to be a fly on the wall when Stella 
communed with Mrs. Clinton.  Thought it was a gutsy move on 
Stella's part with that sick adolescent Bill 'round every corner!  
Wouldn't have gone anywhere near that place...  

Also, I have met that very special Sir George Martin and his 
lovely wife.  Charming people.  Would love to attend the "Making 
of Sgt. Pepper" in latter February, however there is no time 
right now.  Even if Paul McCartney were coming along for the 
ride--still couldn't manage it.  Hope you'll have the opportunity 
to go.  If you do, please let me know how it went!!! 

THEE: Subject: your football modificatons 

i think u need to leave football alone.  you probably dont even 
play football.  you just thought youd try to be cool and make up 
some stupid stuff about football.  i play football and it is a 
mans sport.  kickoffs and punts make up the game and are 
essential.  just keep making up stupid stuff, nobody cares.  

ME: Subject: the Mike Sammes singers 

Visited my sister and brother-in-law in Springfield while my 
parents were there.  I don't get over too often even though it's 
not far.  Played a good game - Geographic Pursuit, I think it was 
called.  Took my Honduran friend to her bankruptcy proceedings on 
Thursday.  Got my guitar back from the repairman after about half 
a year.  That story's too long for typing.  Also been waking up 
way too early, so I've been very tired, in the sleep-deprivation 
sense (as opposed to the over-exertion sense.  We need separate 

I've been enjoying Nana Mouskouri's album very much.  I listened 
to the Canterville Ghost story.  I figured out for sure that I 
had played the sides in the wrong order by about the middle of 
the 4th and last side I played.  I had flipped over disc 1 after 
playing side one.  That's where they put Side 4.  That eventually 
caused a few continuity problems, but nothing that I couldn't 
blame on my own attention deficit disorder.  Actually, I enjoyed 
the story, and the recorded word experience.  

THEE: Subject: She looks more like him than I do 

Why did you refer to the Mike Sammes Singers in your last header?  

My header comes from a fun video surprise we had Thursday night.  
We watched a fine "Avengers" called "The Correct Way to Kill" (I 
even have a vague memory that you've watched that episode with 
me).  Anna Quayle had a hilarious part as a fiercely committed 
young Soviet agent who has to work with Steed.  I looked up Ms. 
Quayle on the Internet Movie Database and only then did I 
discover why the name sounded familiar--she was in "A Hard Day's 
Night."  Yup, she's the one with whom John has the absurdist 
discussion.  "You don't look like at him at all!"  Is Anna Quayle 
related to Anthony Quayle--British actor and reader of "The 
Canterville Ghost"?  Dunno.  

THEE: Subject: Update on the news 

Some days or weeks ago, I sent you fellows a BBC story about a 
special commemorative postage stamp.  Well, sorry to say "Dr. 
Who" daleks won; they beat John Lennon, Eric Morecambe, etc.  

Donald, you might want to track down today's (Feb. 8) "Washington 
Post," which has a front-page article on jury nulification.  I 
haven't read it, but my boss did! 


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