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I love good ensemble singing, from two voices to many, any style. This is good work.
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Which, BTW, is not to discount the possibility of good things coming from Ivy League glee clubs, some of which have been very good. As have many other schools. But Berklee trains future pro musicians.

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Today's article in the blog "The Art of Manliness", which I've subscribed to for several years and highly recommend, leads with fickle running fads as an example to launch a lengthy and in-depth discussion on the topic of narrative fallacies. The article's title is "Beware the Too Compelling Narrative". Read the article and you'll understand more what it's about. The discussion of running techniques fads are at the front end.

This is excellent reading, in this case for both men and women.
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Being once a songwriter, every once in a while I hear a song that makes me think, "Man, I wish I'd written that." Stay with Me is such a song. This article has links to both Bob Dylan's recent cover and Frank Sinatra's original recording from 1963. Both are good in their own way. I love the accompanying arrangement, with its steel guitar, on the Dylan version. And in comparing vocals ... who can really make a valid comparison of Bob Dylan to Frank Sinatra as singers? I wouldn't think of attempting to do that.

This song is fairly short. Worth listening to. The lyrics are in the article.
Yesterday, Bob Dylan put his rendition of "Stay With Me" on the internet. It's the second track (after "Full Moon and Empty Arms") from his forthcoming Shadows in the Night that the singer's people...
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I agree with +Suzy Newton
And it's gorgeous..

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This is an impressive catalog of virtual musical instruments created for use in Second Life. The catalog and some of the instruments were created by my brother +Dwight Newton, who is a musicologist specializing in organology (the study of musical instruments) and is currently completing a research fellowship in Perth Australia. Dwight is the one who bears the Second Life avatar name of Oriscus "Oz" Zauberflote.

Dwight, correct me if I got any of that introduction wrong.
 
Just Published! I've finished my exhibition catalog for my display of virtual musical instruments. Check it out: http://issuu.com/freeweeling/docs/theatrum_instrumentorum/1
Theatrum Instrumentorum is the exhibition catalog for an exhibit of virtual musical instruments shown at LEA27 in Second Life, April-June 2015. The Objects were created by Kithara Associates (Oriscus "Oz" Zauberflote & FreeWee Ling) from 1996-2015.
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Dwight later informed me that the avatar name FreeWee Ling is also him. He uses them both in different contexts.

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Ta-da!! :-) He's got it. First documented proof. I've been waiting for this one.
I'm sure the cats are not excited by this. Soon he will be able to run after them.
Once Isaac realizes that walking is waaay easier and more efficient than crawling, the game will be over.
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Should have read could not view it

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I'll bet his tip was mighty small.
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Horrible waste.
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I'm just an old man who loves these girls.
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When I was young and starting out in the music business, the single biggest fear I had was of the consequences of becoming "successful" and having to live my life on the road and in public. That was not what I wanted.

I found this link on the Facebook page of Emi Sunshine, a stupendously talented ten-year-old girl who sings American roots music and whose star has been rising over the last year. Her current band consists of her father, brother, and uncle (I don't think he's a blood relative) and one other guy. Emi (with the assistance of her mother) is very open on Facebook about everything that goes on in her life, which is one of her most attractive qualities. She's made no secret of how her family has put everything else on the shelf to help her develop her fledgling career, and how the economics of doing so are tight for them in the extreme.

If (when) Emi makes a "real" album I will buy it. (She's already made three self-produced albums. Her father is a recording engineer and owns a studio.)

As interesting as the attached article is, I must confess that until I read it, I never heard of Dar Williams.
photo by Shervin Lainez Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., Dar Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where she b
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+Steven Kennard, I've often thought that maybe art should be free. I can certainly think of many advantages to that. But that leaves one to wonder how the artist is supposed to make a living of his or her art. But whoever said there's a law that says an artist has to make a living at it? I'm reminded of Richard M. Stallman's similar philosophy about open source and free software. Whoever said programmers have to earn money? If earning money is a priority, then make a living some other way. Yes, this leaves the door open for many questions to be answered. Fodder for a much different discussion.

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Yeah, I agree 100 percent. It's more than a choice of word at issue. It's the underlying apathy, which today seems to affect almost every aspect of life.
Fighting cultural apathy as it tries to infect my daughter.
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Totally understand the writers feelings. 

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There was recently a conference of copy editors (ACES) in which these pros were asked to display some of the problems that they consider to be hot. I can't say that I agree with all of the things they wrote myself, but I do with most of them. Notably, after many years of resisting it, I'm now ready to give myself over fully to the use of the epicene they, as shown in pictures 3, 4, and 5.

On some of these problems, the question is raised by some of whether it really matters. In some ways it does, yes, but in others it doesn't. There are far fewer rules in language than most people suppose. Most of writing is just style, but style that is agreed to by literate readers and writers. (I'll pass on explaining what that means here.)

What does matter is that any given publication should at least be consistent from cover to cover in how it handles a particular problem. For instance, I absolutely and unequivocally believe in the use of the serial (aka Oxford) comma, but above all, it should not be present in one location and missing in others.
"Oxford comma or not ... can't we just get along?"
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It's true that language changes, and there are good reason for that, among them are changing social conditions and mores, whether for better or worse. Some really are for the better. Others reflect quite a different type of trend.

It's always been strange to me that English does not have a gender neutral pronoun. But the purpose of it would be to use when gender is unknown, as happens quite frequently. Its purpose is not to cope with people who are "confused" about their own gender. Gender consciousness is built into the human family, and for most people is a perfectly natural and even a desirable thing.

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As the author of this article notes, the problem it addresses is one of the most painful problem copy editors address in their everyday work. While I still wince when I encounter the epicene they in a manuscript, I also wince at he or she, which is clearly a kluge and a substitute for something that does not exist, so I try to avoid that verbiage, too.

However, I would be among the first to throw away the old ways and accept the use of the epicene they if I detect its use becoming strongly supported by other copy editors. And there does indeed seem to be a tide shift in the making in the near future. The sooner the better, because I'm tired of stopping to spend ten minutes rewording every sentence where it comes up. This could be one of those issues where if the original author is comfortable with it, then we copy editors ought to be able to accept it.
I've long espoused the utility of the singular they as a handy pronoun for when the sex of the subject is hypothetical or unknown. But as a copyeditor, I'm beholden to convention—it's not for me to tell an author they should use a form that some people consider ungrammatical.
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Three or four months ago I shared most or all of these pictures on Facebook, annotating them as a sort of comparison of my father, who was a prominent classical musician and me. I was never a prominent anything at all, but there are some parallels. Read the captions if you can. Enjoy.
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Okay, this all makes sense. As a left-handed person I wear a watch on my right hand instead of my left (when I wear a watch, as I prefer not to wear anything on my hands or arms). For that reason I have never worn a wedding ring. Well, except for about a week when I was married to that other person. It was of approximately cigar band quality and broke almost immediately. But because of musical instrument playing I've never wanted anything on my fingers.

Ramona??? How is it I never knew my own mother wanted a middle name? That's really interesting. Over the years she probably told each of us a few things she never told any of the others.
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I was born, played ball, became addicted to radio, rode bikes, learned music, enjoyed high school, became a composer, went to music school, had a band, lived in New York City, studied the Bible, lived in Maine, lived thirty years in Arizona, had two children, learned computer science, learned to run for days, moved to Ohio, read massive quantities, love my wife, live in a place I don't want to leave, can't retire, need work, hope for life in a better system  to come.

Please add me to circles about:
  • Music: classical, modern classical (aka new music), jazz, good songwriting (from Irving Berlin to Sting), blues, American musical theater, third world and ethnic, and on and on
  • High culture: art, literature, theater, dance, photography, film
  • Running, particularly ultrarunning
  • Books - I read a lot -- literature, historical fiction, biography, US history, music, much more
  • Social networking in general - its philosophy, place in our lives today, and possibilities for the future
  • US history
  • Web technology
  • Linux, Mac OS X, Unix (over 25 years experience)
  • Writing, editing, English language practice (usage, grammar, publishing, linguistics, semantics)
I operate a business in freelance editing, Neologistics Editing, and would be happy to be of service to you in that regard.

Not to Be Overlooked
I've been one of Jehovah's Witnesses since April 1971. I'm not interested in using social media to debate religion of any kind, nor to even discuss it except with known fellow believers.
Bragging rights
Have run 188 miles in 72 hours. I've spent 35 24-hour days running around on tracks.
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Editor, writer, computer technologist, musician, not in that order of preference or chronology
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