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ME: Subject: duos I've got a new system for controlling your duo parts for potential performance. I've moved everything to a notebook, which we could add to at your place. Can't do that with plastic comb binding. The main point is, whatever you think has possibilities as gig material, make a copy so we can put it in your notebook. Let me know, too, so I can add it to mine. For instance, you mentioned renaissance, and I think we should add the John Johnson Flatt Pavin duos from the Noad book. (Even though I think we should only perform one of them.) Lesson For Two Lutes, Rossignol, Drewrie's Accordes, and Toy For Two Lutes are all good, too, but I doubt we need them all. I've added that Brazilian piece, the Giuliani Polonaise and the spanishy thing from Noad's Romantic Guitar book as potentials for Strathmore. ME: Subject: book reports galore I finally got the most up-to-date book reports page uploaded. It's at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/books.htm It should be worth at least a C-. Hope your summer is going well. ME: Subject: update on wild honey pie I went around telling everybody, "Hey, somebody found a mistake in my Beatles game! The other Beatles played on Wild Honey Pie!" Then I finally looked up the episode in Many Years From Now, page 497, and now I'm not so sure. Paul talks about all 4 squeezing into a cupboard for Yer Blues, and later asking the others if he can make something up, but it doesn't say exactly that the others were present when he got started. I thought Wild Honey Pie had always been claimed as a solo Paul effort in *all* the reference books - even the unreliable ones. Mark Lewisohn calls it a "one-man McCartney performance" in Recording Sessions (see Aug 20 1968). Then I went to look up the original reference in Beatles Book Monthly, if there was one. Sure enough, Mal Evans discusses the white album songs one by one in issue 64 (November 1968). He says Paul "sings and plays both guitar and bass drum, double- tracking the whole thing so that he finishes up sounding like a couple of singers and a quartet of guitarists!" The odd thing is though, before that sentence, Mal wrote, "Paul did this more or less on his own." What does "more or less" mean, I wonder??? THEE: Subject: New adventures This morning I go to CompUSA for my class. I'm feeling nervous like the first day of school! I decided to, at least, sit at our computer for a few minutes before I go so I don't say, "Computer? What's a computer?" I hope I learn a lot because I can't get over how much it cost. It should really be good! I'll get back with you about it. Wish me luck. THEE: Subject: Happy Belated Birthday! I want to let you know that I am retiring as of Wednesday 6/30/99 (in two days!) My new home email is... I had to drop my Hotmail account because I was getting disgusting mail and they did not have a way to stop it. I plan on working full-time as an artist in my retirement. I took one of those Early Retirements where they pay you to leave!! I have a lot of ideas for starting my own art related business, too. THEE: Re: update on wild honey pie > The odd thing is though, before that sentence, Mal wrote, "Paul did this more or less on his own." What does "more or less" mean, I wonder??? I had always thought it to mean that he thought of it on his own . . . When he says that he asked the others if he could make something up I took it as to mean he says, "Ok, John, what about some rhythm guitar there . . . George, we could have this riff there . . . " sort of thing. That they all just wanted to be spontaneous and have fun . . . But like I said before, don't take my word on it. I borrowed "Many Years From Now" from the library, and so can't read it over again. As to references in "*all* the reference books - even the unreliable ones", I couldn't tell you. I was just introduced to the Beatles last summer and with the tons of reading for school and extra- curicular activities I try to squeeze in pleasure reading whenever I can, but I don't get much time. I've only read "A Day In the Life", "The Official Biography" - the one by Hunter Davis, I forget the actual title, "Many Years From Now", and anything else I can get my hands on without bursting my budget. But in this instance I had pictured them all in the closet, and, having finished "Yer Blues", Paul asking if they could go into a jam session. Then, later, Paul wanting to salvage it (I'm not sure if you have "Flaming Pie" or not, but he did the same thing I was thinking of with "Really Love You"), he went into the studio and tracked it, adding extra guitars and vocals. Jam sessions usually don't produce very complete songs! =) Whether or not this is how it went, I obviously have no way of knowing. Does it make sense to you? ME: Very surprised to see your note in my mailbox, as I had just been thinking about. One reason is because a third of D.C.'s Folk Life Festival this year is devoted to New Hampshire (along with South Africa and Rumania.) I spent some time there on Saturday. Picked up a piece of N.H. granite as a souvenir. The N.H. food concession is run by "The Common Man, Ashland, NH". There are very well-done picture-boards (don't know what to call them), but saw a glaring typo - "Mondadnock" - on one of them. A guy who makes covered bridges demonstrates his skills. He sharpens a chisel so sharp he can shave his arm with it! There's also music and logging and net-making and a maple syrup house, etc. Also, coincidentally, NH was on the mind because Ronnie went up in June to be best man at his friend's wedding. I'll bet Ronnie holds the world's record for number of "best man"s. Get this, the wedding was on top of the Old Man Of The Mountain! Was hoping an "instructional aide" position would come through at the elementary school I volunteered at. Now I'm doubtful the budget will allow it. By the way, there was an awards dinner for substitutes and volunteers at the school, and while everybody else got certificates, I got a really nice-looking apple sculpture trophy for stand-out volunteer work. The church also had a picnic yesterday. I wasn't planning on going because for social events like that, I need somebody to hang on to, but a good friend there talked me into it. Had a good time; again, mostly with the kids, playing my racquetball game, and a made up game like volleyball with the kids on the moon bounce. I also helped with the planning of the carnival for July 10. I lined up a steel orchestra, got the elementary school chorus (even though they're out of school), and Bob and I will do a short program of guitar duos. Found someone who wants to buy a copy of all the guitar music I've been getting out of the Library of Congress. That's exciting for me. It makes the effort so much more worthwhile, doing it for others besides just myself. Now, if only a few thousand guitarists around the world were as enthused as this man... Speaking of guitar, there's been another major catastrophe. Hself's attacks on me whenever I put something in the newsletter have gotten unbelievably vicious, and the last time meant the end of me and the newsletter, me and the guitar society, and me and the trio. Hope Hself's happy. I had a hard disk failure yesterday and figured it would be months before I was rolling again. But I gave it another try tonight, and after failing several more times, it cranked up for me. That leads me to think it's a power supply problem, rather than a problem with the disk itself. I've spent hours tonight backing up everything just in case the next time I turn the computer off, I never get access to the hard drive again. It's about 2 am now. ME: Subject: much too late for subject lines The trip before that to LC, I almost left a page of their music on top of the card catalog near the copy machine. I still shudder every time I think about what would've happened if I left it there. I've always enjoyed helping people with the copy machines at LC, and lately it's been paying off with people giving me their cards with leftover money on them in gratitude. The last one had $3.10 . In Dale City last Tuesday, Norm and I hit our McDonald's. (This mostly for my benefit, as Norm caught a case of dysentery on his recent vacation to NC.) Still finding goodies on the jukebox. For the last song, I punched up God Only Knows. We left in the middle of that with me chuckling, as only I knew what was coming next, when we'd be a minute down the road - You Know My Name, Look Up My Number. Hahaha... A week or so ago, I was about to throw out a Cap'n Crunch box, but took a glance at the back at the last moment. I was flabbergasted. It leaves the butcher cover in the dust. There are all these characters called "Meanies". One is a dead, runover cat, complete with tire track across the back. Another is a wicked Burny the Bear starting a forest fire. One is Bare Bear, trying to cover up his privates. There's a duck bursting to pee, and snot galore. And here I always put Cap'n Crunch right up there with Captain Kangaroo. If I mentioned in a previous message that someone told me that all the Beatles helped with Wild Honey Pie, I see now that she misread the McCartney book (p 497). Paul talks about all 4 squeezing into a cupboard for Yer Blues, and later asking the others if he can make something up, but it doesn't say that the others were present when he got started. The odd thing, though, is that Mal wrote in BBM 64 (Nov 1968), "Paul did this more or less on his own. He sings and plays both guitar and bass drum, double-tracking the whole thing so that he finishes up sounding like a couple of singers and a quartet of guitarists!" What does "more or less" mean? THEE: I think being able to play "YKMN (LUt[or M]N)" on a jukebox should be on my list of life's greatest pleasures. Congratulations. I haven't had that chance in way over 10 years, I'm sure. It sounds like you're blasting through the McCartney book. Highlight well so we can talk about it when I read it in about 10 years. (My shortest backlog book list still has Bloomington books on it.) All's not well with our old computer. Firstly, I don't think it has a monitor. Our monitor seemed to fail each summer, when people used more power, so we may have tossed it when we moved last year. Hself was cleaning our storage bin last weekend and couldn't find it. Also, I recall that there was dust in the large floppy drive. Maybe it won't be too hard to clean. All in all, I'd say these flaws bring its value down to $0 for selling purposes. I'll talk to you more about it telphonically. ME: Subject: making hay while the sun shines The subject line refers using my computer (hence this email) while it is still running. The next power outage might mean the death of it, and a few days of scrambling around setting myself up on a "new" machine. Went in twice today to the Summer Tent Camp. Had a blast again. The kids wanted to see my Bantu String Trick fifty times. A change in plans today meant no "field activities" again, but there'll be plenty more opportunities. The tents arrived late and were up today for the first time. However, there is a lot of dissatisfaction with them, so they're coming right back down. The Summer Tent Camp will be held inside for quite a while longer, I guess. Not "blasting through" the McCartney book. Just looked up that one paragraph via the index. However, must say that, based on that one little piece of research, the book seems like it will be very valuable. I don't remember too much enthusiasm for it when it was issued. Speaking of books, I don't remember if I included the url for my book reports page for you. There's no rush getting to it, especially since I just added a dopey review of "Sorry, Chief..." Now that version needs to be uploaded. I'm sure I got "Sorry, Chief..." from you, right? Mowed my lawn today, and continued with my lawn work right through the downpour. I think I started a trend, because other neighbors came out to work or recreate in the rain. Was talking with neighbor friend Hself today. He knocked me out with his encyclopedic Simpson's knowledge. He can play every episode in his head from beginning to end. I think he gets the dialog about 97-98% accurate. Any vague memory I had, he could flesh out the whole scene. I requested Homer sliding out of the ambulance back into the canyon; the flying pig; Lisa's braces; and Bart and pal's escapades at the Knoxville World's Fair. He even had me laughing at a Halloween special that I hated on tv (where the kids get eaten at school, and everybody pops inside out after Bart wakes up.) THEE: Subject: Technology is the most I'm just grooving to the Jam, part of my current effort to spend my new year's entertainment allowance in two weeks! The Jam are cool. They sang the line in our subject field for this evening. It's been a quiet evening here at 3702. Did you ask your "Simpsons" buddy about the Yellow Submarine reference? I stopped keeping episodes when I realized that I couldn't remember what I had. You read your Macca book. I'll read "Masters of Deceit" by J. Edgar Hoover (1961 edition of 1958 book). I need to know "What the communist bosses are doing now to bring America to its knees." ME: Subject: thanks Also forgot to mention a little anecdote. I met a man at the Library of Congress recently, and he had a flute he was so proud of. I know it's a long shot, but I was wondering if his wood flute was by the same maker as Hself's . His was made in 1995 by Jan de Winne in Brussels. His isn't modern, though; it's a copy of an 18th century Carlo Palanca Torino. ME: Subject: moctezuma or montezuma? What is the outstanding question about YS in the Simpsons? My memory says that Lisa had her hallucination in the braces episode, also famous for it's "Big Book Of British Teeth". There was also the episode you noted that *needed* the Pepperland theme as its background music. I forget what made everybody so nice, but even Itchy and Scratchy were offering each other lemonades. Forgot to mention in yesterday's message that Hself also refreshed me on the "Bart goes to military school" episode. The thing that cracked me up cracked him up, too - Bart nesting 20 bullhorns, saying "Testing", and the shock wave leveling Springfield. Foiled for the 3rd day in getting kickball or racquetball going with the kids. Had fun with word searches inside, instead. THEE: Subject: Thee Simpsons I still have not seen the Bart-goes-to-military-school episode! I remember the episode where Itcy and Scratcy become nice--Marge leads a community protest to clean the show up. That episode is a scream! THEE: Hers is a modern flute made by Verne Q. Powell. She used to build flutes for the Powell Co. before getting her job in the Army band. Hers is one of the first of the new wood flutes they are making. I think the wait is about 3 years. THEE: Happy 4th of July. Play a Jacobs march today. (there must be one in your stack, no?) I was just wondering how everything is going. ME: Thanks for the 4th of July wishes. My catalog shows 2 works arranged by Jacobs with "march" in the title - "Vienna Ma Belle March" and "B.M.I. March". At least the first one should be in The Guitar Soloist Vol. 1, judging by the layout and typefaces. The collection actually contains 14 Sousa marches - all different. ME: Subject: sont le mon I did, in fact, successfully retrieve an LC item by copyright number from Landover on Saturday. If they thought I was a pest before, now I'm *dangerous*. There's a great book they keep at the information desk at the music division. It's generally called "Fuld's", after the author's name. It tells you the history and composer of hundreds of songs that are very familiar, but you probably don't know who wrote it. Things like Marseillaise, Rock-A-Bye Baby, Yankee Doodle, Aloha, Oe!, The Old Oaken Bucket, Columbia The Gem Of The Ocean, etc., etc. I've referred to it frequently. In the index, I spotted "Beatles". I've just decided to turn this into a quiz. Tell me what one Beatle-composed song is included in this book. Another great moment in supermarket muzak - Mayor Of Simpleton. Can I pay Muzak to hook up to my car radio, you think? Somebody almost drove into me on the BW Parkway Sunday night. It seems like it's rare when I drive anywhere without some sort of incident, but this must have been extra special. At least I don't remember ever screaming before. I really thought this was it. Got a call from the music teacher at the elementary school yesterday cancelling the school chorus for the church carnival. A conflict came up for her. It was my brainstorm to line it up and it was going to be a blast. I'm disappointed beyond words. THEE: Subject: sont le mon--sorry, don't speak German I'm sorry about your near-miss with a rendezvous with destiny Sunday night. I hope you're all fine now. I hate stuff like that and I'm truly grateful that I take the bus to work rather than drive. Did you have a nice weekend any way? Our weekend was low key, though we did go down to the Mall around 8:30 p.m. July 4. It went incredibly smoothly. We parked at NIH, took the Metro down to Metro Center, found some unoccupied grass on the Mall, enjoyed the show, walked up to Union Station but cooled our heels in a bar for 45 minutes to let the crowds beat us to the Metro, and got seats on the Metro back to NIH. For all that ease and convenience, we got a $30 parking ticket at NIH. I thought we still had a question about which episode of "The Simpsons" featured the "Yellow Submarine" tribute. As for the one Beatle song in Fuld's, I'll go with "Thinking of Linking." Second choice--"Yesterday." ME: Subject: sont le mont qui von tre bien awnsawm (that's french) Had fun today helping my guitar partner supply music for a tea at Strathmore Hall. He's done it 5 or 6 times as a soloist. Our format was basically alternating duets with his solos. I'm sure we were well appreciated. Not Thinking of Linking; not Yesterday. Two old chestnuts, fer sure, but *everybody* knows where they came from. Nope, Fuld has apparently determined that most everybody trying to pull birds strumming a guitar and singing Michelle figures they are doing a Chevalier, or Halliday, maybe. Isn't the Yellow Submarine dream scene from Lisa's trip to the dentist? Did I goof that up? Hself recounted much of the episode where Marge campaigned to clean up Itchy and Scratchy. There was Bart's head cast; Maggie with a pencil; Homer calling Marge a Jane Fonda; the kids going to their doors rubbing their eyes at the unfamiliar sunlight; etc. Your $30 ticket burns me up. Think about it, those jerks blasting up a Colorado high school, if they hadn't done themselves in, there would have been millions of dollars worth of legal machinations (and billions of man hours of attention devoted to it) but they would never have had to suffer any sort of pain or sacrifice for their crime. But a parking violation - the government has that one down pat. ME: Subject: thanks Thanks a million for the generous tip. I know what a bummer it is the way postage alone makes a "free" book more expensive than what you would pay for it if you saw it on a bargain shelf in a store, so thanks again. Hope you have some fun with it. THEE: Subject: Life's unfair So, Fuld thought it was necessary to identify "Michelle" as a Fabs' song? Well, OK. I guess he's propagating knowledge. We did a lot of grumbling about the aprking ticket, of course. I can tell you all about the legal ins and outs when next we meet, but be assured that the ticket is in the bills-to-be-paid pile. This is one battle I shall not fight. We are going to try to see the Washington Mystics (women's basketball) tonight. Back to eBay! THEE: Subject: Evolution as tautology Hooray for your evolution page. Make sure you read Neck of the Giraffe (I think the author is Francis Hitching, a Brit), for a professional biologist and museum curator that's on your side! The sleight-of-hand goes like this: Microevolution is self- evident fact. The only known "cause" for microevolution is selective pressure. Macroevolution is probably true. Therefore, macroevolution happened via natural selection. Incredible that nobody sees the holes in this logic. Microevolution happens by shuffling existing genes between individuals of a given genus, like Mendel explained and every goatherd since before Moses has observed. Macroevolution involves (AT LEAST) the creation of whole new chromosomes filled with all new genes. How in the name of hell can this occur via gradual accumulation? Did the deer with 34 chromosomes evolve into a giraffe with 36 chromosomes via a creature with 35.07713 chromosomes? Your thought experiment with bears and whales is similar to one in Neck of the Giraffe: The idea that a drought made high-up leaves the only good food source, influencing giraffes-to-be that were a few inches taller to have a selective advantage over the average ones, is rubbish. How did any females survive, given that they are a whole meter shorter than the males? How did the adolescents survive, given that they're even shorter? Enough environmental pressure to cause ANY males to starve would wipe out adolescents and females, making the race extinct. Besides, geology proves that the climate was warm and rainy, so where was the drought? And don't let anybody tell you that this debate is "just semantics" or "unimportant." Kids sense the "softness" in biology and turn away in droves. People are dying of cancer because our research dollars were given to researchers following "politically correct" (ie, pro-evolution) ideas about how microorganisms work, rather than just following what seems to work without ideology. THEE: Subject: Ford Frick quote It's the reason capitalism destroys such nitwit things as racism: it only takes one team to break the color barrier, and its broken. Competition forces people to try outlandish things, and they get kept when they work. This kind of evolution DOES work. Are you familiar with the quote (I can't find who said it) by some university president (I think at Harvard) who let the first black student in? Some preppie geek student came in to say that he had a petition signed by over 50% of the students saying that they would quit if the black kid stayed. The president said that the Board of Governors vote was final, and they controlled the money. "What if most of the students quit?" "The university is prepared to spend its entire budget educating that one student who stays!" None of the white students quit, and that was the last we heard about that. THEE: Re: Message to Beatlefest > This is Donald Sauter, who produced Beatle Significa. I see your catalog is bigger than ever, and I hear the vendors are still going great guns at Beatlefest. So I find myself ever more baffled why Beatle Significa was quashed some years ago. Was it singled out for some reason? Or is every last item on every dealer table now licensed with Apple? That seems very unlikely to me. Apple would never communicate with me, beyond "give us all the games and all your profits." Any advice or help still greatly appreciated. ME: Subject: Fiddle: Bobby Bruce. Viola: D-- S--. Church carnival started at noon on Saturday and looked to be a total wash-out up until about 3:30. Hardly anyone had shown up by then, and the thunderstorm almost tore down our tents. My steel band hadn't showed up. They were scheduled for 2:00 and I had given up on them. Then, the weather cleared up, Bob showed up, the steel band showed up, and everything fell into place for a rousing success. Bob and I played a guitar duo set that was greatly appreciated. I had a case of nerves, but still managed to play at about 87-89% (rough estimate.) Follow-up to the Strathmore tea story: only one performance and a fan has signed my guestbook. If you should ever get up to Joe's and have a moment to riffle through the $2 records, grab me another Snuff Garrett and the Texas Opera Company record. They're somewhere near the middle, I think. Look for cacti. Side one is good and side 2 is great. A neighbor of Hself's heard my copy and won't rest until he has his own. How come no clever Beatle mention along with the sewing machine guy? Too obvious for your audience? I have no recollection of how N. Rockefeller died. This isn't too shocking since I have always been vague about what Rockefellers are - rich people, or politicians, or both? Or maybe the 2nd as a perq of being the 1st, or maybe even the other way around? Filthy luchre from coal? Steel? Trains? Glue? Robber barons or philanthropists? Would I like them? ME: Thanks for the thoughtful emails, and the recommendation to read Neck Of The Giraffe. Of course, it takes getting up courage to take a look at responses to my evolution page, so your message was a pleasant surprise. It's always been right near the top of my "to do" list to put together another page with all of the responses I got from the talk.origins people. They were brutal, but I want people to hear what the most ardent pro-evolution people say. I also presume there's no problem including your essay, when I get around to doing it. No, I hadn't heard that story about the university president. Hope to stumble on that some day. THEE: Subject: Grouchy I'm glad the carny went well. Did you have a chance to get to the bottom and turn and go back to the top at any time? What's the connection between the Fabs and Singer? Am I a dunce for not knowing this? Nelson Rockefeller almost certainly died of a heart attack while [...] His grandfather made his zillions in oil. I'm a tad grouchy today. I won too many auctions on eBay this weekend, naturally. THEE: Strolling down Amsterdam yesterday when I stopped in front of a glasses store. It had a pic of John Lennon in the window. The owner says he sold Johnny the specs that made him famous and he has the documentation to prove it - displayed just out of my sight and the store was closed for the day. Could this be true? THEE: RE: thanks for messages I saw an editorial in today's paper that reminded me of you. Tom Delay, Congressman from SugarLand Texas, near here, said [sarcastically] that the massacres in our school cannot have anything to do with them teaching that evolution is a fact; that we are nothing more that pieces of slime that have evolved to reason slightly better than other pieces of slime, etc. The editorial ripped him, saying that he can't reason at all, etc. Backwater southern imbeciles think with their emotions, not logic, yada yada. The key statement was that the news is in: of DeLay's 100,000 genes, all but 500 are shared with chimpanzees. This is the same old sleight-of-hand that they always use, blending microevolution (changes of beak shape within a genus, etc) and macroevolution (new types of critters) together under the word "evolution." Origin of Species is two thousand pages of hammering away about the minutiae of microevolution, then the giant leap on the last page, "If selection has been proven to cause microevolution over hundreds of years, it must be the cause of macroevolution over millions." The book discusses changes within species, never the origin of new ones! YOU can't get away with this. You'd flunk high school geometry if your proofs used such logic: (1) Barry Sanders is a ballplayer, and gets tackled; (2) Mia Hamm is a ballplayer, and gets tackled; (3) I am a ballplayer (rugby), and I get tackled; (4) Therefore, ballplayers get tackled (induction); (5) Therefore, Cal Ripken gets tackled (deduction). They accuse anybody who tries to discuss baseball separately from football, soccer, and rugby of being a creationist nincompoop. Amazing. Enough already. ME: Subject: sounds of the century Yes, I believe the Amsterdam shop-keeper had the Dutch franchise to sell British National Health specs. The carny helter-skelter was kids-only. Re: "Howe come no clever Beatle mention along with the sewing machine guy? Too obvious for your audience?" The movie "Help!" was *dedicated* to Elias Howe (or has my brain run amok again?) That surely makes the guy the true 5th Beatle, no? Sorry about the smashed mirror. Things like that eat at me too much, too. Easy to say, but in the scheme of things, it's no biggie, as you will find. I don't recall hearing the name pass your lips, but you must know the Shaggs, right? - the '60's girl group? A guitar friend of mine played a sample of their stuff reissued on cd. He was in awe of their badness. It *was* pretty amazing (except I can't help saying to myself, "gee, I couldn't do that good.") Bought a book at the used book store near Chevy Chase circle. Thought, hmmm, here's one to put aside for Hself since I've already read it. It's "The Fabulous Phonograph" by Roland Gelatt, but I couldn't contain myself and started rereading it, highlighter in hand. I guess it's mine, now. Thrilled again to the local story of Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone. Also bought another goodie, "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera". When I was dogsitting a few days ago, Tiarnan, the senior wolfhound, still resisted eating. He didn't respond to various medical industry potions, either, and Karen had to have him put down on Monday, a day after her return from chemo treatment. Very sad for everyone who knew Tiarnan, and a hundred times moreso for Karen, of course. He didn't show signs of being unhappy when I was house-sitting, though, and we spent some quality time together. THEE: Subject: Sounds from the street Ooh, I don't know about that bookstore near Chevy Chase Circle. Did you notice all those paranoic homemade newspaper "headlines" about the Kosovo situation in the window? Also, I think the proprietor is a grouch worthy of a Bloomington used-book dealer. I never go in there anymore. Thanks for the reminder about Elias Howe. That does sound vaguely familiar. I'm slowly weaning myself off eBay. I've gotten so much stuff! Right now I'm listening to a Bonzo Dog Band bootleg CD. Sorry, but it doesn't feature the unedited "Urban Spaceman" recording session. (Don't think about it. I made it up.) ME: Subject: it's in the mail I got your check today (Saturday) and got your music off in the same day's mail. There are 2 boxes. I hope to get my web page up before you receive them. My catalogs will make sense of what you receive, and will make individual pieces easy to find in your stack of pages. It turned out to be 2960 total pages. In retrospect, it's not surprising that it came out less than my estimate of 3175 pages. I was using the thickness of a fresh, new packet of paper as a gauge (1 inch = 250 pages). You wouldn't expect the paper to pack as tightly after it's been copied and handled, of course. So, I will mail a $43 refund (3175 - 2960 = 215 pages x $.20 = $43) My web page will be called http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/lcgtr.htm Try that address in a few days even if I don't have a link to it from my main page. It will have 2 separate catalogs; one for American editions, one for European. (I packed your music with the European editions first.) The music will be in the same order as shown in the indexes, except for unintentional glitches and one other exception. That is that I have separated out some of the most prolific arrangers. For example, I keep Jacobs in his own hanging folder - not among all the other J's. You would look for Jacobs after all the other J's (the last one here being Jung.) The arrangers who have been separated out are: Ku"ffner (euro) Bickford Hayden Holland Jacobs Janon Santisteban Trinkaus There is a fleetingly small chance that some of the Bickford editions are not yet public domain. I figured that they will be soon enough, and I know that one of her editions from the late 1920s, a collection of Negro spirituals, did not have its copyright renewed for a second term. Because of that, I'm guessing that copyright has expired on her other editions, too. I hope you like the copy quality. The machine I used for your 2nd generation copies did a good job, I think. My biggest disappointment is very minor. The toughest problem for copy machines - even the best of them - is edges and margins. The machine shifted the image about a millimeter to the left, making that margin generally smaller than the right. (The margins were not always perfect on my masters, and here and there I messed up noticeably.) I can't imagine that this is of concern to you, but I mention it because you might actually use it to your advantage. If you ever do any extensive copying of the music using a machine with an automatic feeder, it, too, will probably shift the image a little one way or the other. You can load your pages so that the effect is canceled, more or less. Copying the music is not rocket science, of course, but I do have a knack for goofing things up when distracted. Let me know if you find any discrepancy between what you receive and what my catalogs show. Also, please let me know if you ever find any penciled notes on the back of the music. That would indicate my master copies. I really envy you receiving such an exciting package in the mail. Have fun! - and make pile of money while you're at it. No biggie, but if you publish any of these pieces, I wouldn't object to a little mention somewhere down in the fine print. Thanks. THEE: Re: it's in the mail I wait with bated breath! Thanks again, I'll be in touch. ME: Went up to Baltimore yesterday. Helped out with summer camp today. This is the beginning of the 2nd 3-week session. I'll miss it when it's over. For instance, today I helped K-2 kids Keila, Ashley and Taylor with reading and math. They're all live-wires. I played a game of scrabble with Miss Agnes. We've been mentioning it for years, now. I gave a few more chess lessons to Arthur, Kyal and Marie. I played racquetball with Marie, Keila and Victoria. Discovered that one of the church's roofs makes the most incredible roofball court. Is that living or what? Any chance we can hear all of those Edison recordings on the LC American Memories site? At least the opera and other serious music ones. Also, I have to hear Zez Confrey doing his own Kitten On The Keys. Looks like the web has finally made used record stores obsolete. I got my 3000 pages of LC guitar music copied and mailed off to Hself New York. It took 3 trips from the car to the copy shop and I forgot to feed the meter even though I had filled my pocket with coins. They got me in about 10 minutes. I remembered the meter in about 20. Grrrr.... Went to a concert at Carter Baron on Friday night. A classical guitar friend is in a Persian rock band, and he invited me out. Another group played St. James Infirmary blues, known to Dylan fans as Blind Willie McTell. THEE: Subject: Hinder! Thanks for the Roofball link! All this good clean fun sounds suspicious to an old curmudgeon like myself but keep up the good work. One element missing from your rules, is what happens when the occupant of the structure under the roof, opens a window and screams, "Hey, you lousy kids, stop making such a gawdawful racket!" Also, I need to mention a typo: "HISTORY: Whose we?" That should be "Who's we?" My cold lingers but it's fading fast. I hope to actually go running with the pooch tomorrow morning. I seem to have developed tennis elbow from playing fetch with him. Ah, the ravages of time! THEE: Re: guitar music catalogs It arrived! The copy quality is excellent. I'm sure I'll use your site in the near future. This is going to be tons of fun. Thanks again! Hope to meet someday... ME: Subject: "who's we?" Actually, shouldn't that be "who're we?" Now there's a word that's been covered up too long. Thanks for proofreading my page. I need the help as I can't see my own goofs. Just two nights ago I discovered that I had an unpaired italics HTML tag in an old page. This made the last 2/3 of the page italicized (ooof). My web browser doesn't show italics at all. Here's your next assignment: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/lcgtr.htm Just kidding, but try out the last link, way at the bottom, just before the boilerplate stuff. All that music you see listed in the page arrived safely in Queens, NY, and boy is Hself thrilled. It's got to be one of the most exciting surprise packages anybody has ever received, if I do say so myself. Wish I were in his shoes. I figure the best way to get at "truth" is to average the extremes. Low-key Mark Lewisohn says, "Appearing on the BBC 1 programme Dee Time, Jane Asher announces that her engagement and long affair with Paul McCartney is over, although she declines to say why." Sensationalist Peter Brown/Steven Gaines says, "Although Paul and Jane were seen together once or twice after that [when Jane unexpectedly dropped in on Paul and Francie]... they were finished. A month later the public learned of this when Jane casually mentioned on the BBC's Simon Dee Show that their engagement had been broken - by Paul." Score card: announces vs. casually mentioned Dee Time vs. Simon Dee Show she declines to say why vs. broken by Paul If we believe Brown (what's the tape say?), Paul couldn't have been *too* surprised to learn about the break-up. It occurred to me reading my Fabulous Phonograph book how bad those cylinders by the "Father of bootlegging" Mapleson must have been. (He's not mentioned in the book.) In that time frame, about 1903, and until the mid 1920s, singers still had to shout right into the recording horn. What could Mapleson get way up on a catwalk? About the church's "incredible" roofball roof, there is a small asterisk. It has a casing around an exhaust fan, which may trap the ball. That's where mine is right now. Let me know about the feasibility of getting old recordings off the LC site. We have to get good at this. THEE: Subject: Who who--Townshend, '78 Of course, "who're we" would be grammatic (--Harrison, '69), I guess. But "who's we" conveys that tough heck-fer-leather roofball attitude. I'll read that other page you linked me to in a bit and report back. Oh to hear the Mapleson cylinders again! I only listened to bits of them on a cold day in early 1994. I better check eBay for that Mapleson box set, eh? They did sound pretty darn bad. Thanks for all the reportage on the Jane Asher-Mac split. History is ALWAYS deceptive. For example, I'm reading an excellent biography of George Orwell now. I liked a passage I read today concerning Eric Blair's choice of nom de plume: "Why he chose George is anybody's guess." That may not be inciteful, but at least the author didn't make up something. (On the other hand, the author stuck his neck out and noted that the River Orwell flowed only 35 miles from Blair's parents' house.) I know nuttin about sound files from the L of C. You better come over. How about next Wednesday? I could use your help in a big way, too. As I try to sell things on eBay, I'm reluctantly trying to post photos. Getting the pictures themselves is no trouble--Hself has a digital camera. But I need to have a place on the web to post photos. Erols says they'll give me one meg of web space. So I'll try to get it. What do I do then? Mayhaps you can show me. THEE: Subject: Neat stuff I have been trying for a while to get the Mudarra tab printed out. I have a PC at work and they don't mind if I tinker around on the web a bit. Can you talk to me about how to tweak this printer to print out a good copy of the Mudarra? It was very nice of you to transcribe it into modern tab and put it out there for all to use. I am an artist and I have been wanting to play the vihuela for years, but didn't know where to find material to play etc. Then I started to seek out folks who knew about the vihuela and met some pretty interesting characters. Buying a vihuela was too costly for me as I had just bought a Flamenco guitar by Chris Burkov last year. There was a lot of peanut butter sandwich eating to save up for that one, so I decided to build a vihuela myself. Mel Wong a local instrument maker has helped me with it and I must say it is really nice for a first instrument. We are going to fret it and string it up soon and I look forward to learning to play it. I'm interested in talking to others who are playing the vihuela or building them. ME: Subject: my vote smart data I don't see that the information Project Vote Smart requested from me has been added to the web site. I hope you can give a link to my web page which explains my presidential stance: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/prez.htm If I'm ever asked to fill in that standardized questionnaire asking my position on all the issues, I hope there's a way I can answer "whatever the majority wants" to every question. Y and N won't do. ME: beatle significa game Do you have a handle on the legality of selling Beatles merchandise. Nobody tells me nothin. When Hself says it's ok to sell them now at Beatlefest, is that because a portion of the dealer's fee goes to Apple (via Sony) as a sort of royalty? If so, does it work the same at other Beatles conventions? ME: Subject: mudarra tab Glad you like the tab. Wish I could help with printing it out, but I'm not completely up-to-date computer-wise. If you had a good, old dot matrix printer, you couldn't print it out wrong! In my printing tips web page, David Norton explains how to do it from Claris works. Don't know if that helps. (Coincidentally, you two signed my guest book back to back.) Congratulations on the vihuela! Sounds exciting. The way I get an "ancient" sound is to string up a modern guitar with terz guitar strings. Saves me the trouble of switching fingerboard sizes and shapes. ME: Subject: persuavise percussion Don't know if I can be of any help getting photos on the web. This has stymied me completely so far. Even your statement that getting the pictures is "no trouble" is inconceivable to me. (Hard for me to imagine that the raw files from the camera don't need to be "processed" into desirable JPEG files somehow.) But I'd be glad to "help"... Went to a Duke Ellington tribute at Carter Baron last night. Treated to Don't Get Around Much Anymore. I've been making a few faltering steps at replacing my receiver. The Post has changed something so that now I can't see their classifieds on-line. I hate negative progress. Q: How many of your overcoats have you autographed? Q 2: How many fewer would John [who hated his middle name] Lennon been apt to autograph? What the American Heritage dictionary says about the sewing machine: Howe, Elias. 1819-67. Amer. inventor (sewing machine) and manufacturer. Singer, Isaac Merritt. 1811-75. Amer. inventor (sewing machine) and manufacturer. Interesting that both of them popped up recently in Today in Pop. I've forgotten, in what format did you hear the Mapleson recordings? Cylinder? Finished "The Fabulous Phonograph 1877-1977" (again.) Did you know that Parlophone gained world-wide esteem starting in 1919 with uncut recordings of symphonic literature? That "in the early 1920s [Deutsche Gramophone Gesellschaft] exported unauthorized bargain-price pressings of [Victor] Red Seal recordings" in Europe and the U.S.? That the change-over to stereo was accelerated by *years* when Audio Fidelity, Inc. put a stereo record on the market - before there was any cartridge available to play it!? That SPLHCB was recorded using "sophisticated" multi-track recording equipment? THEE: Subject: Going global I concede that Wednesday could be frustrating. Trying to create a web page is something about which I know absolutely nothing. Erol's told me that they have a web page that will walk me through it. It could be a long walk but I suspect you know a lot. We need not worry about digital photos. Hself's camera converts them to JPEG format. I already have two ready to go. The Mapleson recorings I heard were on long-playing albums, LPs (it's the same thing in English) in a deluxe box set, which included recordings he made of his children at home. I wonder if my note's still on line. I could give you the footnote. THEE: Subject: Help! This comes from today's "Dr. Gridlock" column in "The Washington Post." Best I could do was a fire truck. Learn a Little German Here's the answer to our last license plate riddle. We asked what kind of car has the plate R PFERD. The R is for Our and PFERD is German for horse. The plate appeared on a Ford Mustang. Ready for a new one? What kind of vehicle has the license plate PENNY LN? Hint: It's not a Volkswagen. THEE: Re: beatles significa The Virginia beach Beatles fest is to be run by the guy who has the museum. McKee's Beatles Museum. Its a nice place. He has a lot of signed items there. He has a web site www.Beatlesmuseum.com. He suppose to have as guest Pete Best and of course Louis Harrison, who is at all the Beatles fest. THEE: Subject: free beatle books 30. FUNGUS THE BOGEYMAN. Raymond Briggs. Inspired McCartney song, Bogey Music THANK YOU ME: Subject: kids... Somebody was thrilled to buy a copy of all the music I got from the Library of Congress - to the tune of $600. Now all I need is 999 more orders... I mentioned the summer camp. Tried to get up a Greek Dodge game the other day. Kids didn't know Greek Dodge. I did a web search to see if anyone put the rules out there. Found a handful of hits on "greek dodge", but no rules. One page warmed my heart. Also reminds me of you. Be a kid again ... Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today... Go climb a tree up really high... Dot all your "i"'s with smiley faces... Sing into your hairbrush... Grow a milk mustache... Smile back at the man in the moon... Read the funnies Throw the rest of the paper away... Dunk your cookies... Ask somebody if their refrigerator is running... ME: Subject: need to blow my nose, bad... Not much new to report. R PFERD stinks, as it combines hillbilly and German. Who is Jorge Luis Borges? Never mentioned that I had the condenser in my frig replaced (under warranty). Most bearable noise level from my frig in 18.5 years here. Never mentioned, I don't think, that I gave a lesson in making my favorite string figures at summer camp. My roofball is caught back up on the roof as of today. What did the Lennon overcoat go for? Came out garbled in my email. THEE: Subject: Button up your overcoat I've already gotten a bid on the Who flag/bandana. It's holding at 75 cents. Jorge Luis Borges was a South American writer of some renown. He happened to speak at F and M shortly before he died. He was very old and blind. I have a memory of his translator announcing the answers to questions from audience members. "Mr. Borges, he say..." Johnny's jacket went for a measly L4,000 (about $6,400). ME: Subject: my world is crumbling Bad, bad, bad news when I logged onto the Cleveland Freenet this morning. "The Cleveland Free-net, a remarkable achievement for its time, has been made obsolete by new technologies... The Free-net will be discontinued on September 30, 1999." Saturday night I had my worst-ever cassette disaster. It was on a boombox where I was dogsitting. It happened at one of my most favorite spots on one of my most favorite tapes. The machine ingested *yards*-worth of tape and made it all curly and crinkly - *and* broke it in *3* places! I spent hours Sunday night trying to get it all back together. It runs through my machine properly now, but without sound I can't be sure I got the pieces back in the right order and right direction. (Unn-e-on, rubmun.) Had a fun time with the 1870-1897 catalog up in the Copyright office on Friday. The cards are all handwritten, and the cataloging system is kind of funny. I'm hoping to track down some 19th C. guitar music out at Landover that never made it into the LC music division collection. I spent some time coming up with a system for mass producing hexaflexagons. I think the summer campers will get a big kick out of them. This is the last week of summer camp. Anybody know where I can buy a hankie cheap? Found one on the web (didn't care much for the design, though) but somebody with apparently *very* deep pockets outbid me. [Joke about the Who flag/bandanna.] THEE: Subject: beatle book I owe you a big apology. I've decided to stop giving away the Beatle-related books. There are too many reasons to go into here, but it hasn't been a good experience. Sorry about leaving the page up. I had stopped thinking about it. Your request was probably the first in about a year. I'll send a little present, though. Once again, I apologize. THEE: Subject: Cleveland! What does Cleveland mean by pulling its plug on you? That's an outrage! Do you have any other freebie options out there? Have you seen where my forlorn little bandanna is now? It's at $5.50! Shoot! Bandana is an alternate spelling but not the preferred spelling. I just discovered that! ME: Subject: a brainstorm Played through the music yet (ha ha)? Actually, I haven't quite made it myself. I have about a third of those Strauss waltzes to work over yet - and still loving 'em. I haven't forgotten about the $43 dollars I owe you, but I've had a brainstorm. How about I dig up another 215 pages or so of music in the same vein of what you received and send that in lieu of the change I owe? It would mean more fun for me, and you could trick your brain into thinking that anything else you receive is free music falling out of the sky. Win-win? I've embarked on something I'm sure no one else ever has. I'm trying to dig up pieces that are not in the LC music division collection, but stored by copyright number out in the storage facility in Maryland. I saw a lot of interesting titles on the cover pages that were not in the LC boxes - and I've been through all the boxes where they *could* be (in theory.) Since they're not, a search of the copyright deposits is in order. Don't know how successful this will be. The 1870-1897 copyright card catalog is a real hoot. ME: Subject: *most* preferred spelling: hankie I am in awe of your ability to enjoy life. The weekend you describe would have killed me 6 time over, at least - 1 car breakdown, 2 long trips, 3 screaming girls... Actually, Chrissie Hynde is A-ok in my book - excellent voice and some excellent songs. How can the Cleveland Freenet call itself "obsolete" when there are 51 users on it right now??? I went right to the "Tricky Dicky" song in my collection. It's on my "Star-Club Show" album, by the Mindbenders, just before that other great one, "Peanut Butter" by the Eyes. I forget, did Hself conclude that this was *his* Eyes, or just *some* Eyes? Pretty good kickball game at camp today. P.S. Make that 4 long trips. THEE: Re: a brainstorm Sure I'd love to get some more music. How about some de Fossa, Zani Ferranti or L'hoyer first editions! That would be great. But I'll leave that up to you. I'm really enjoying this music. There are soooooo many waltzes! Thanks again, I'm looking forward to another package of music. THEE: Re: *most* preferred spelling: hankie I never thanked you for getting the ball rolling on my hankie auction. Now here's something weird: The high bidder, at $5.50 the last time I checked, is the infamous Hself--the guy who crashed my wedding. He confessed this to me yesterday. ME: Subject: goin' motown Saw a Lilith Fair tee-shirt in the grocery store tonight. Came in on the last few measures of a muzak "Off The Ground". Am making hexaflexagons for all the campers. Does Hself need one? Even better kickball game today. I did all the "pitching" which helped keep things rolling. What percentage of the population could have a guess - no matter how wild - at even one Steely Dan member? I couldn't name a song. 55 users on the freenet right now. Am in the process of joining the Detroit freenet. Need a 1-sentence bio of (Mary) Flannery O'Connor. Sounds sort of familiar, except for the Mary part, and the very short life. ME: Subject: never before has a boy asked for more... Yes, there are lots of waltzes, eh? Luckily, most of them *rock*! Was playing Holland's arr. of Arditi's Il Bacio today - and I couldn't stop! Had to play it about 20 times. Thanks for giving me the go-ahead for sending more music. Also thanks for the free-rein. Don't know what I'll come up with. Let me ramble. First off, if left *solely* up to me, I would go with scrounging up a few more pieces in same vein as the first 3000 pages (mostly American arrangements, with a goodly number of exceptions.) But it doesn't have to be that, and I aim to please. There is an early (I don't know "firsts") edition of L'hoyer's guitar quartet. There's a massive (1131 measures) Magic Flute arrangement by L'hoyer for guitar violin and viola. Fun to play the guitar part along with an opera record. Want either of those? More generally, are you interested in "guitar in chamber"? If so, what combinations? If you're interested in guitar & piano, I have 125 pieces ready to go. Check out my web page. Interested in guitar duets? If so, I found a lot while copying the solo arangements. I have approx 250 pages of miscellaneous duo material in the same vein as the solo pieces. Half of these are Justin Holland duos. If you're curious, I will tell you why I think the Holland duos are so neat. Also have about 125 pages of songs for voice and guitar by Justin Holland. (Can't vouch for these.) You might notice I'm a Justin Holland fan. So, any of that sound like something you've got to have right now? Or would you rather wait to do "original for guitar" and "guitar in chamber" up properly, and content yourself with a few more good ol' American arrangements? While we're gabbing, let me say I am *very* unclear on how much 19th C. European guitar music LC has. For a long time, I assumed it was a *tremendous* amount. For example, LC has about 30% or 40% of all the known 19th C. European gtr & pn pieces. That's amazing - to me at least. They must have about half of Aguado's works in one big fat volume. I figured, perhaps wishfully, that they have about the same percentage of *all* the European guitar editions. But, if that's the case, where was it all when I was going through the guitar arrangement classes??? There should have been a *ton* of opera arrangements alone. Wayne the librarian explained that any European guitar editions would have had to have been gifts or purchases - and buying the stuff would not have been a priority, if it was considered at all. So, which is the norm - the loads of European pn & gtr and Aguado, or the scarcity of European editions in the arrangement boxes? Are the arrangements all bound? Or just not there? I'll get to the bottom of this one day. THEE: Subject: Agenda! Flannery O'Connor was a southern writer of some repute. I can't think of the titles of any novel she may have written but I recall reading her short story "The Artificial Nigger" in college. THEE: Re: never before has a boy asked for more... Thanks for your note. I'd love to see some of that guitar and piano stuff. And the L'Hoyer quartet and Magic Flute Trio also sounds great. That might finish my "balance". I'll certainly be interested in more too, especially the guitar originals. But I do understand your concern about starting that category before it's time. Do you have any Justin Holland originals lying about? I haven't, needless to say, gotten through the mother load but am having a ball trying! I've found a bunch of goodies already. send at will. THEE: Re: never before has a boy asked for more... I forgot to mention that I'd also like to see the Justin Holland duos. I don't really mind too much if I end up with some duplicates in the end. So if you would send those along too it would be great. If it comes up to be more than my balance, just let me know. THEE: Have you stopped getting "Beatlefan"? There's a slightly surreal interview with "Double Fantasy" producer Jack Douglas in a recent issue that has to be read to be believed, or accurately disbelieved. THEE: Re: I wish I was in Dixie Did you discover Justin Holland's "Dixie's Land with Variations"? I don't think that it's possible for anything to be more fun to play! Thanks again! THEE: Subject: help! I need help and I can't find a good classical forum to ask questions in. I am trying to learn some renaissance pieces, namely Fantasia Nr.10 by Alonso Mudarra. Above the staff are the words Kapo II bund (did I mention that the sheet music is written in a german collection?). I figure that simply means that the capo is in the second fret. But, under the staff are the words "=fis" preceded by a three with a cirlcle around it. I know that means the third string, but what does "=fis" mean? ME: Subject: fis "fis" is German for F# (F sharp). Tune the 3rd string down a half-step from G. This gives the same intervals as on the Renaissance lute, and the vihuela. ME: Subject: ups and downs The summer day camp is over now, which is something of a letdown for me. There was a closing presentation that the kids put on for the parents on Friday afternoon. The camp director recognized me as a "life saver." Went up to Baltimore today. On my sister's computer, I put an Ebay bid on a plush Alvin of the Chipmunks doll. My mom has Theodore and wants to complete the set. Nope, still don't get Beatlefan. That interview sounds scary. I had lent my brother and sister-in-law my "Big Daddy" album, figuring they'd get a big kick out of it for sure. Hself's review, "It's hideous!" put me down in the dumps. Don't know why, since I've never not known that the purpose of human life on earth is to squash the fun out of anything that gives you pleasure. Saw the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra at the Hirshhorn on Thursday. Part of the program was played by kids who had only been playing for 3 weeks, and I'm still in complete awe. They played 3 big long, fast, loud, complicated pieces, and all from memory. And they could all play all of the different pans in the steel drum family. 44 people on the freenet when I logged on. THEE: Subject: Jack! The Jack Douglas interview is scary. I told you about Elliott Mintz, master thief, right? Douglas also defends Fred Seaman. He loses a lot of credibility, however, when he reveals that when Lennon heard about McCartney's Japan bust, he was already working on "Double Fantasy," and stopped recording so that Yoko could make phone calls to try and call in favors to help Paul out. The interviewer points out that in fact, John was several months away from recording when the bust happened. Ah, history. ME: Subject: watch out! I'll get your pack of mystery music in the mail today (Tuesday). I won't say what it contains now, but, once again, prepare thyself for merriment. You're a lucky guy! About Holland originals - I'm unclear as to how many there may be. The most recent Soundboard said "about 35". Trotter (1878) said, "Holland has not aspired to distinction as an original composer of music, although he has done something in that line." Bone said, "Holland did not publish any original compositions." I've mined most of the most likely places to find Holland at LC. Still need to go through bound material, and the immense M1.A13 - American editions between 1820 and 1860. About Dixie's Land, no, I sure can't claim a discovery. In fact, it was the Featured Facsimile in the summer 1989 Soundboard. One of his arrangements that intrigues me is Nearer My God To Thee. The variations just look like straightforward arpeggios, but they remind me a bit of Pachelbel's Canon. [Surely coincidental.] ME: Subject: what's the use Elliot Mints as Master Thief has gone vague in my brain. Are we talking literally? Is the root word for pulik puli? If your mechanic actually fixes problems, view the $900 as a very good investment. As always, I feel like I might as well be a ghost in this world, for all my efforts pay off. Sent a nice note to the Cleveland Freenet. Ans: "Sorry decision is final." Asked Hself if, since Beatle Significa was "good to go" again, would he like to sell his formerly No. 1 item. Ans: "Sorry, I just can't do it." (Note extravagant use of comma.) Sent a friendly letter to Ebay asking for 10 points. They waxed loquacious: "The two requirements must be met. Unfortunately there is no way around this nor will exceptions be made." THEE: Subject: Burned I'm sorry you're getting roasted by Cleveland Freenet, Mean Mr. Hself, and good ol' eBay. Again, I'll be happy to host your Dutch auction. I picked up the car this evening. It doesn't seem any different. We might drive 2,000 over the next week and a half, so I hope they did something. Tonight we're watching the final "Mystery Science Theatre 3000." They were canceled after 10 years. I've taped two essential clips for you so far, but it's all so sad! THEE: Subject: CFN users: invitation from free systems Grex and M-net Grex and M-net are two public access systems in Michigan which would love to welcome Cleveland Free-net users who are looking for a new home on the Internet. Grex and M-net are both Unix systems running discussion forums and offering e-mail and real- time chat. Both systems are funded by user donations, but their services are offered for free. Grex is dedicated to promoting free speech and free access on the Internet. Grex offers a wide variety of conferences on topics such as science, music, classical music, cooking, gardening, computer hardware and software, men's and women's issues, poetry, and alternative religious movements. Grex has been running since 1991 and has between 12,000 and 28,000 users, depending on how you count them, from Michigan and all over the world. M-net is a similar system in Ann Arbor; it tends to be a little more rough & tumble and rowdy. Try both systems and see which one fits your tastes. ----- If you find either Grex or M-net of interest to you, please help distribute this information to other CFN users. Consider posting it to your favorite SIG forums, if it has not already been posted there. Thanks! THEE: Re: watch out! Thanks again! I'm really looking forward to reading the Holland arrangements with a buddy. I read through the gtr. and piano stuff with my wife, it's good solid musical entertainment. Please let me know when you're starting a new category. I'll want to be the first to buy the copies! Thank you again for all of your hard work! THEE: Re: can't see classified ads Thank you for your letter. I am sorry for the difficulty. We try our best to make areas accessible with low graphics pages but we do not current support text-only browsers. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Customer Care Representative washingtonpost.com THEE: Re: life after the Cleveland Freenet Don. I don't have any ideas. But some people were discussing it in comp.sys.atari.8bit, what might be done. We'll lose the e-mail account, but any ISP should carry c.s.a.8, or you can use www.dejanews.com to read usenet. Good luck. I'll miss CFN, like you, I guess. ME: Subject: 251 LM tunes, eh? Well, the Beatles only recorded about 215 songs, including about 24 covers and about 22 Harrison tunes and at least 2 group efforts and 2 Ringo tunes, plus What Goes On. You sure a borrowed book from the library wouldn't tell you the few HTML tags you need? Does a writer of your stature need big, giant letters in rainbow colors? Did Hemingway? Interesting entry in my guestbook. It's from a guitarist of 29 years who lives about 2 blocks from me. The web is amazing. If they didn't fix your car, maybe I'd better not hear about it. Even somebody else's costly misfortunes with auto "repairmen" could send me up the nearest bell tower with an ... Finally went in to a Circuit City yesterday to see what's on the market nowadays. The lousy junk just makes me sad and slightly sick. Billion dollar surround-sound setups - and that's the *best* of it. Found pulik in my Am. Heritage dictionary. Pluralizing with a k is a new one on me. Why so fastidious about ebay's creative capitalization? I thought you disliked that sort of silly game playing with the language. Elliot Mintz is a thief? P.S. not to mention Maggie Mae. ME: Subject: LC guitar musique Glad you're having a good time with the music. I'm probably sounding like a broken record, but when you "read" through the Holland duos, don't hesitate to drop some inner and bass notes to make them cook. It seems to me it would take a world-class player to play some of them as written, for example the Faust march. If you're interested in another "clean sweep", remember I have piano and guitar ready to go. That was all prepared "for publication". Sounds like you had fun with some of the small piano & guitar pieces. If you want the whole batch, we can work up a deal. All of the pieces are listed in my web page http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7049/gtrpn.htm Went down to LC the other day to take a look at the M128 (arranged, collections) BOUND material. Looked through 4 carts- worth and was disappointed and confused. Was expecting about a third to be from the 19th century, but actually found none. And I got all the way through the Cs. I hope they're all in M125, or *somewhere*. Also expected to see familiar anthologies I cut my teeth on, things like the Everybody's Favorite... and World's Favorite, and Mel Bay's anthology (by Joe Castle), etc.. but saw precious little of that, too. Wonder where they hide it? Probably not worth mentioning, but found a '60s' edition of V. O. Bickford's "Beethoven Album", so the 2 pieces I copied from that are still protected (I think. If the renewal got it through 1978. Actually, I'm fuzzy on all this right now.) The Cleveland Freenet is shutting down. That will cause me big problems, but temporarily I hope. They call themselves "obsolete" - but still get 7000 users per day. Some obsolete... THEE: Subject: Mudarra Sometime in the past year Mike Graham acquainted me and others with your Internet posting of Tres Libros in guitar tablature. Mike, as you may know, developed a visual basic program to convert your ASCII tab into *.tab files to run through Wayne Cripp's TAB program, which generates a handsome lute tablature in PostScript. Still further (!), I, partly acting out my own retentiveness, went over the TAB files Mike produced and added carets, fermatas, time signatures, measure numbers and layout adjustments. Now--I wanted to do this editing simply to produce a nice volume for myself, but I would like to share this fine music by posting the TAB files on Wayne Cripp's lute archives Web page. I would like to include your helpful notes on the pieces, with all due credit noted, of course (to you and Mike Graham). All this is free to the public; I get nothing from it but warm fuzzies. BUT--before I post anything to the Web, I would like to have your stamp of approval, since this is an extension of a project you began, and thank you very much for it! ME: Subject: Mudarra tab Thanks for your enthusiasm. Sure, go for it! I'd be happy to see the tablature distributed as far and wide as possible. I like the sound of your improvements. As far as the explanatory notes are concerned, please edit as you see fit. I'm not a writer, and I'm always a little embarrassed by what I turn out. I'm happy with a little credit somewhere down in the fine print. Actually, I wouldn't lose sleep if some of the pieces got into some hands without my name mentioned. The Mudarra tab seems to have been warmly appreciated. I'm not firmly plugged into the early music scene and I was wondering, if I get around to cranking out more tab, is there some sort of generally recognized wish list among the players? I mean, it would make sense to not redo tab that is already widely available. For instance, I copied a Milano book at the Library of Congress, but I think I have seen a reference to a modern tab edition of his complete works. If I crank out more tab that is of potentially wide interest, it would make much more sense, I'm sure, to provide you or Mike with my raw input files. They should be very easy to convert into input files for the TAB program. Mike sent me a sample of an input file and, not too surprisingly, it was quite similar to what I had come up with for my own tablature programs. Good luck with your efforts, and thanks again. THEE: Subject: Home and Dry We had a great time in Maine, with lots of making of hikes. Then things got sour last Thursday. I'll cut to the chase: We're awaiting the results of a blood test, but I may have brought back a case of Lyme Disease. That'll teach me to leave the TV couch! We visited the foremost pulik breeder/rescue coordinator in the U.S. (I think) at the start of our trip. She lives in southern Maine and she had helped us get Hself. It was the first time I'd ever seen another puli live. Interestingly, Hself is much better than all her dogs. No, really! Eliot Mintz should be referred to as "the known felon"! I'll give you the Beatlefan when I'm done with it, and since I'm on the last page, you won't have too long a wait. PS. Check out eBay (I'm bagged for that usage!) auction 151877521 (or search on Tammy Faye Bakker). THEE: What can you tell me about Moxie soda? THEE: Subject: ANNOUNCING: what just might be the last cfn picnic ever >i figured that the most fitting site for the last cfn picnic would be where dr. tom grundner held the first one, 12 years ago, so here it is: >WHERE: wallace lake, mill stream run reservation of metroparks, adjacent to downtown berea. check a map. this one is simple. >DATE: saturday, september 4th. >WHEN: noon until whenever, but the park closes at 11:00 p.m. praps we can figure out someplace to go after that. >look for the old, familiar arrow signs with CFN inside the arrow. if you have absolutely *no* clue on how to get there, write me. i'm going to try to get the volleyball set back from cougar, since it's been over a year that he hasn't had any picnics for you. >now for the commercial: >recently, dave auston wrote a response to a user who emailed him, asking why freenet was being shut down. dave admitted that he knew nothing about freenet, so he researched the subject by checking with raymond neff, head of case's INS. RAY NEFF IS THE ONE WHO WANTS TO SHUT FREENET DOWN IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! >if you think that maybe cfn just *might* be worth saving, write letters to the president of case, the mayor of cleveland and the governor of ohio. when the plain dealer article was picked up by the associated press and posted on the msnbc website, it was noted that 1) this is the oldest community computing system in america; 2) cfn still gets 7000 hits per day. >make those hits count by putting in writing your reasons for wanting to keep cfn alive. some examples might be ease of access; educational purposes; your age or financial situation prohibit you from getting an isp connection; whatEVer. just write them!!! >when freenet was first cranked up in 1986, the mayor of cleveland and the governor of ohio jumped all over the bandwagon, touting cfn as computer access for the masses. the administrations have changed, but praps not the sentiment. when you write these letters, mention the utility, advantages, availability or whatever reason[s] you personally consider important enough to preserve and upgrade freenet, BUT DO IT SOON!!! >take care, THEE: Subject: Family Feud board game Do you know if MB is still making the board game Family Feud? I've seen the electronic version but not the board version. My girlfriend wants to find it and it's become my job now. THEE: Subject: Beatles Game If the offer is still open, I am interested in getting a card version of the game. Could you let me know?? How much of a "tip" do you generally receive for it?? ME: Subject: the usual I finally moved everything over to your old computer. It was a lot of work, but I was pretty pleased to finally get it done. There are some bothersome little quirks, though. For instance, tonight my mail reader has been getting hung up on me when I return to it from editing a letter. Never used to happen. By the way, there was about a ton of dust in the machine. How could that be? Still, thanks a lot. Was over my buddy Norm's. Visited the LC site on his computer. He doesn't know how to print out just a page of music on a web page. (He can print out the whole web page.) How do you do it? He also thinks he needs to know what version of Windows you have. My father has been a regular on Baltimore radio selling things. Now they are starting flea market tv shows, of which he has already been on one. They are taping another one tomorrow, and the Agnew waste can is going on the block. What do you think, a hunnerd bucks? By the way, he called the first televised flea market a "complete disaster". He only made $76 in 2 hours. He's used to making hundreds in that amount of time. Heard Squeezebox and God Only Knows in muzak at the grocery store the other day. Prompted me to finally send a note to Muzak asking why I can't get them on my radio. Seems like a message was lost one way or the other. Did you get the one below, sent early last Wednesday pm, I think? The Beatles paragraph is in response to an item in "Today In Pop" about 251 Lennon-McCartney songs in the Northern Song catalog. ME: Subject: the usual Sorry about the lyme disease - or whatever it was or still may be. I had some moments of fright before I sorted out in my mind that lyme disease is not rocky mountain spotted fever tick disease. Hope it's all cured by now. Got a polite and friendly, for a change, response from Muzak. I tried to plant the bug that getting Muzak on radio is a winning proposition for Muzak, the radio station, and radio listeners/music lovers everywhere. Have to admit, though, their statement, "We are only licensed to supply music for business use", doesn't make sense to me. I'd have thought Muzak would be the *licensor*. Can you explain this to me? Yes, I discovered 2 games on your machine. It's quite a surprise to me for them to come up in conversation. I've always been a knocker of computer/electronic-type games, but I got a kick out each of these. (I presume we're talking Gorilla and Nibbles.) I took them over to Hself's computer to play with her kids. And then I've had some fun playing them with some neighborhood kid friends. Just goes to show... Was shocked to see that Tammy Faye's album still hasn't cracked the $75 barrier yet. What's with everybody? Not familiar with the "I'm bagged for..." slang. Don't know Moxie soda. Is that southern? Yeah, I have accepted that Patti is the one who provided the initial TM impetus. Don't know about John's "trousers" quote. Does cable down here supply Baltimore stations? You could see my father put up that Agnew waste can for sale on Sunday morning. Need to ask violin and guitar friends, Flint natives, if they remember Keith Moon's folly in 1968. ME: Subject: family feud Funny you should ask about the Family Feud home version. I was in a Toys R Us a few months ago, and I remember seeing a new version of Family Feud. It was with the board games, and I feel sure it wasn't electronic in any way (but I can't swear to it.) Anyhow, check a big toy store. Good luck. And throw away whatever rules come with it. THEE: Subject: The usual I got word from the doc a little while ago that I do not have lyme disease. He doesn't know what I have. The best he can say is that it's a "smouldering sinus infection." Huh? So I'm to continue taking the antibiotics he'd started me on on Monday. Now, to your items: Tammy Faye's pokiness at the block is irritating me, too. I don't know what I was talking about when I said "I'm bagged for..." Did I say it? Moxie seems only to be available in New England. I found it in a convenience store last week and I instantly recalled the last time I drank it--about 20 years ago, on a visit to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Everyone else with me last week thought the stuff tasted ghastly. Ah, but what do they know? Visit http://www.xensei.com/users/iraseski/. I'm not the ultimate guy to ask about printing from web pages but I have a suggestion or two. Is the page of music in text or is it some sort of art such as a jpeg or gif? If it's text, I dunno what to do. If it's art, you can stick yer mouse on it and right click. One of the options that should pop up is View Image. That will isolate the art on a white background, since the mouse goes directly to where the image is stored. (I realized this during our web-building.) Warning: This works for Netscape, and I think it works for Microsoft Internet Explorer. It didn't used to work for AOL. I think I get a couple of Baltimore stations down here. What channel is your dad going to be on? I'm trying to build a REAL web page and it's not going so smoothly. You'll be hearing from me! THEE: Subject: The genius of Donald! I said I'd take down my Doyle page once i got it working. Nah. I'm too proud. You were absoluetly right. What I did was rename my original .txt file as .html, then opened it in Netscape and saved it as html. By avoiding Microsoft products, I kept unwanted coding away. Thank you! THEE: Re: LC guitar musique Sorry I've been out of touch for a while. I'd love to get the gtr. and piano duos. What do you think the whole shebang will cost? Thanks again! ME: Subject: couldn't get this off yesterday Went up to Baltimore Sunday. Thought I would get some yucks by nudging my sister to your Tammy Faye record on Ebay. Turned out to be a bust. First question was, "Which one do you want?" (Must be 2 out there now.) And Mom says, "Oh, I have some records or tapes by Tammy Faye Bakker." So I guess my family's the wrong audience. Sorry. Both parents turned in stellar performances on the premiere episode of the Video Yard Sale, or whatever it's called. Mom asked $150 for the 150-year-old opera glasses, fans and bag. She pointed out, "That's only a dollar per year." Still, I can't imagine too many more episodes, if any. Remind me to give you a live discourse on Cynthia's cartoons. Are you familiar with them? Who's Bowser? Ever tell you how much I hate "Mack The Knife". I can tell true hate for a song, as opposed to a mere psychological one, by how much I hate all the various versions, including muzak. Who is Holmes Sterling Morrison? Don't forget to bring up My Sharona some time. Stereo in 1881? Amazing. Reading a book now with a mention of a family with a recorder in 1948. Yep, it scratched a groove in an acetate disc. The above book, by the way, was bought by the PG Library system at my request, and I got first shot at it. Things like that shouldn't happen, of course. Will find out in a day or 2 if my email service cuts off at the beginning of September, or whether that's one of the things the Freenet will continue to the end of September. In the process of applying for a Detroit Freenet account right now. Problem there is that it looks like the newsgroup access is read-only. Also, there are only ever 2 to 4 people logged on at a time, so why in the world would they keep it operating? I'm a bit bummed by a recent incident. On the way to work Hself was forced into a car by two men, forced to direct them to her bank and forced to withdraw all of her money and hand it over. This was a couple days after the social security checks her sons receive due to their father's death were automatically deposited, and a few days before the rent is due. It's amazing the catastrophes Hself goes through. ME: Subject: surfing Visited your website tonight. Looks great. Teach me the whys and wherefores of ".zip" sometime. Did a search on "wonder puli" to see if your page has been indexed yet. Nope, but got some hits. Try Alta Vista. THEE: Subject: Odds and ends You've got questions, I've got answers! I've seen our Cyn's cartoons in my British paperback of "A Twist of Lennon." Please do elaborate. Bowser was a member of Sha Na Na. I know I've seen him in an unauthorized copy of the One to One video. Holmes Sterling Morrison, who dropped the Holmes, played bass (or maybe second guitar) for the Velvet Underground. I didn't need your family's help with the Tammy Faye Bakker LP. I sold it for $9.01, which was a lot higher than my Bangles EP went for or are going for. THEE: Re: frets and keys I got through about a quarter of the Holland duos, yesterday with a friend. A good time was had by all! I loved Norma. Editing is a good idea. It'd also be fun to mix the parts so that the second part gets a little more action when possible. (When no capo is involved). What fun! I am very interested in the gtr. and piano music. I'd like all of the editions, that is, even the duplicate pieces. the 2100 page deal. THANK YOU! THEE: From: firstname.lastname@example.org (FreePC) Subject: Your application has been approved for a Free-PC Here is your personal link to Free-PC - print out this email and keep it in a safe place! Username: donaldsauter (case sensitive) Password: 0hhf45zz (case sensitive) It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected to receive a Free-PC! Please respond quickly - the sooner you complete these final steps, the sooner youll receive your Free- PC! There are a few steps to complete before you can receive your computer. One of them is to enter into an agreement with us for the use of the PC. This agreement spells out what you need to do as part of the deal - such as using the computer at least ten hours a month and avoiding doing things that would disable the Free-PC desktop software. There are also requirements for us as well, the most important of which is keeping the personal information you provide us confidential. Throughout your participation in the Free-PC program, we expect you to behave responsibly with the valuable asset we are providing you. However, we need a way to secure the Free-PCs against the rare situation of improper use or fraud. To do that, we will require you to provide us with a valid credit card number. This information will be held in a secure database and never revealed to anyone. 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