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Well Andi, lots here. First off, I didn't even know that there was to be a live production of "The Sound of Music". From personal experience, a live performance is always a crapshoot. I've been in orchestras in pits, and chamber orchestras, and in rock groups that have ended up on Tee Vee. Let me get the most glaring thing out of the way first. Although I love the way I play, I look fucking strange to myself! Just. . . no. At any rate, sound production and engineering is always so much easier to control IN the booth AFTER the performance. There is just no way to guarantee what the mix is going to sound like. People who have never played in either setting have no clue, so they already have their heads up their asses. I KNOW what it takes. I've played with everyone from Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, to Styx, Queensryche, Alan Parsons Project and in the Tampa Opera for 12 seasons, where nothing was engineered and everything was live. We even set Mimi on fire during "La Boheme," by Puccini. She was supposed to die of TB, but I think the orchestra was rebellious that year. Just kidding.
As to pitch. I have perfect pitch. Playing a non-fretted instrument and having to take vocal lessons and piano lessons as part of my major (a complete waste of good time spent with my viola) I sing pretty damn well. You do too; as I've heard you. I've played with so-called "celebrities" who couldn't find the pitch with both hands and a flashlight. One was so bad, he had no tonal center whatsoever. One note would be flat, the next sharp. Pulling pitches up and down, whilst playing live made me realize, that there were days I wasn't grossly overpaid.
Live Tee Vee extravaganzas like that are usually always bad, primarily because they are done so seldom.Opera on the other hand, goes like clockwork, because it's always live, as are huge orchestral concerts. You know you've reached some kind of pinnacle when you can step in and sight-read a concert, which I was called upon to do a few times, when emergencies arose in orchestras I was not a member of. But then, from the time I was a little kid, I knew I was going to play something. I guess I should tell you too, that Ludwig van Beethoven and I share the same birthday; little wonder, eh?
I've heard Carrie Underwood sing; on Jimmie Fallon recently and she is an excellent singer. She hammed it up pretty good too. Opera singers also have to act. They do not just stand around and holler. They murder each other, commit incest and have wars. I love opera! xoxo
4 days, 15 hours ago on Sound of Music Q&A
Rather than this being about the patterning after the "Thug" state of the USA, I liken this more to the "Thug" state of the now Chavez-less Venezuela. Killing off 1-payee health care, fettering the CBC are more typically moves made by a true dictatorship. We here in the States have already made clear that we care not about our children's nor our grand-children's futures, when we elected Bush Jr, along with Cheney and his pack of swine. We hoped for better with Obama, but here's our real problem: we have ceased to care or learn about Constitutional freedoms and what it means to preserve them, and thus, we have earned our mess. It is not too late for Canada. As a born and raised Michigander, I have some very deep fondness for the country "south of Detroit" and would like to see it flourish.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@Me either... not sure how I would react, with the Asperger Syndrome and all, so it's probably a good thing.
1 year ago on I Got My First Hate Mail!
I understand about not reading what you've written. I am a big idea person myself. I've got enough material to self-publish a book of my posts from a blog I started when I was homeless. One thing you shouldn't do, DJ. Don't denigrate your writing. I come from a batch of folks who took writing and the art of using language pretty seriously, although everything else pretty much slap-dash. They were wielders of the pen and masters both verbal and written. Just because we're typing into the cyber sphere and in short chunks, doesn't mean we're not writing. You rock.
1 year ago on I Promise To Go Back and Reply To All Your Comments!
Haven't pestered ya in a while and I chose the perfect topic to weigh in on. So you get the 'hood's opinion, yo, straight from Nebraska Ave., 33605. Why not? I gotz a lady who does my grill for 10 bucks, next door to where they bust out the bangers and the tats and hos be splittin' it, no?
I say go for it. I have red, curly hair at age 56. Luckily, I can get away with doing very little to it. I had the years of doing the spa treatment and all that at 100 bucks a pop, when I was playing viola professionally and on stage. It's all good. I loved hearing about the dog and subway. Didn't know she could go on Rapid Transit. My cat cannot here. The damned zombies here would eat her.
1 year ago on I Just Found Out I Spend More On My Haircuts Than My Girlfriend
I love the fact too, that we spend all of this time and effort caring for and fretting over our pets. Yet, the yahoos who send hate mail to dj has thrown him into his hate-stew along with the real animal Himmlers out there. Gah. Now, I have real anger issues. I need a prozac-like calming collar! Seriously, it's mind-boggling, what we do for our pampered little guys and gals.
1 year, 1 month ago on I Got My First Hate Mail!
You just got the big WELCOME TO FB! Where no one is too stupid or too crazy to call you on anything. I once went on a Romney Rant and a woman I had worked with in a "virtual office" 2 years prior, told me to "grow up and act professional." Okay, gee, I didn't realize all those stupid cat pictures, spam, and dumb political rants, including my own were the equivalent of a business office. Quick, where's my suit and salary!?! There went that friend. I find that with a few exceptions, FB can be a bit intolerant and at times, the kooks follow you to Twitter, which is like a 24-hour cocktail party. When an event is happening, that can be wildly entertaining. I digress. This haterz Engrish was bad, as well. I liked his ambiguous use of "a owner." It should have read "a owner of an cat." Just to balance things out. If he follows you home, have him picked up by the Dog Pound. Good post.@ViolaFury
So sad, but you're human. You have to start forgiving yourself, or cutting yourself some slack. You nailed this perfectly and very logically and explained your limitations. I wept. Congrats. Besides almost punching a cat, you made an old lady cry. Happy now? @ViolaFury
1 year, 1 month ago on I Nearly Punched My Cat Tonight
It's nice of you to own up to it, but you're a very nice and honest guy. I've had to apologize, for something that was meant to be playful and wasn't taken that way. We all have done it. We do the adult thing and move on back to fun kid, jokey, poo-poo jokes and stuff. I hope the pizza was good. Still chasing down that Ybor pizza. Maybe the hoodlums will let me out. Actually, there's a joint up the street that delivers killer angus beef burgers all the way, to-die-for real lamb gyros with extra tzadziki sauce and it's all fresh. The dumb guy has had to go back twice out of 4 times for my extra sauce, but it's less than a mile; I think he just likes to rip and run, up and down Nebraska Ave, 33605. Later.@ViolaFury
1 year, 1 month ago on Twitter Fight!
Nice! I'd lost you somewhere among the riot of Triberrs and RebelMice and whatnots. Now you're found again. Poor you. Enjoy! Looking forward to all the festivities and the chihuahua. ViolaFury.
1 year, 2 months ago on Pre-NonCon Awesomeness
I love train stations. I also love bridges. I went to Japan and took 11 rolls of film... mostly of bridges. I had 1/4 of a roll of Tokyo. My mom was so mad about that. Still, it was fun. Did you know there's an Edison House in Ft. Myers, Florida? It's full of lights, What a shock!
1 year, 2 months ago on Edison Station NJ - Free Photos via Creative Commons
Gross, hmm. I'm pretty un-gross-outable. The only thing that gave me a mild *gurk* was the time I drank part of an iced tea that had been hanging around over night and something bumped up against my upper lip. It was in one of those wide-necked Arizona iced-tea bottles. I poured out the rest of it. A roach the size of Nebraska had been floating around in there. That'll teach me. Thanks for the opportunity to share my drivel, D.J. http://www.homelesschroniclesintampa.blogspot.com/
1 year, 2 months ago on Promote Your Blog on My Blog Right Now – Take III
Hey! I live in the 'hood, V.M. Ybor with delivery pizza but I won't go out the front door to get it remember? There's bunches of scrawny homeless guys here! They sport around in skinny legged jeans, or those baggy plaid jammies, all gaily piss-stained. You got your pick! I'd be your videographer. That's so mean of me. Great post, though.
1 year, 2 months ago on Shame Will Fuel This Weight Loss
@Katie Grant author Wow! That's a major, was gonna say "boner." Okay, I'll say it. "Boner."
1 year, 3 months ago on Promote Your Blog On My Blog Right NOW – Take II
That was unbelievably cute! Not awkward or sinister... You're a doof, if you think that!... I did notice though... that you talk... in ellipses... much like you... write. Ha ha. The whole celebrity thing baffles me. I've had a MAJOR crush on an actor for about 35 years, due to the fact that he plays Beethoven flawlessly. Yeah, go figure. I'd marry him, seriously. Have his kids? Nah.
1 year, 3 months ago on Vlog – I Took Your Suggestions (Bad Idea)
@Andi Roo What's embarrassing about that? I could mention that I played "The Alvin and the Chipmunk's Christmas Song" in a trio once at Channelside plaza in Tampa in a string trio, until we got drowned out by the Oscar Meyer Wiener Mobile. I could, but I won't. We got paid for that shit, too. Talk about your classy event!
@tfpHumorBlog Oops, yeah, I forgot about Ybor, but since I live in the 'hood and don't drive, 'tis a perilous journey. The bus goes there, I think. I dunno.
1 year, 3 months ago on I Sometimes Order Domino’s – A Confession
@Faiqa I scheme about trying to help other people around here in Tampa and I'm not really established myself yet, but hey. Why can't we do it together? There's one very good writer who lives a block or so from me, and at least one other here in town. Since I've been blogging a sum total of 37 days, we all have a ways to go. But, the good fortune and the generosity I've experienced already has inspired me to want to share with other people around me. We were a homeless bunch, and we're clawing our way back up. It's a great way to claw. Thanks, Faiqa for the reinforcement and another little piece of the puzzle, D.J. as always, I learn lots from you, too. Thanks, friend.
1 year, 3 months ago on I Just Started Reading Blogs Yesterday – A Confession
We actually found a Domino's that will dicker with us over the price. The driver, who's name is Betsy or Sue, or Betsy-Sue is a stitch. She always comes rolling up, with her tats and earrings. She forgets the sauces from time to time. I'm pizzaed out right now. Tampa doesn't leave many options.