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Good article. Superlative blog. I haven't read many articles from it lately, but I used to check it daily. Glad to see most of the same people are contributors (top level language people) and that the blog is going strong.
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Looks like a wonderful resource. I can't find a way to subscribe, however. Help!

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My son-in-law and daughter have been putting up a bunch of Isaac videos (the whole collection must number around 150). I've stopped posting them to G+ automatically. This one is particularly fun, though. It's a beautiful day, and Isaac is in a mood to run and explore.
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So nice to see him again. Growing fast!

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Oh my goodness! A modern master of the Hammond organ. He seems to be one of those guys who doesn't even have to think about it. Hands on the instrument and the music just comes out. Instant connection.
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The blurb on this says:

Alison Balsom plays Qigang CHEN's "Joie Eternelle" for trumpet & orchestra at BBC Proms with China Philharmonic conducted by Long YU on 19 July 2014.

First of all, this is a lovely and subtle piece of music -- not primarily a virtuoso showpiece, although it does become that in due time, but a sonic structure. At over 18 minutes it's a major work, as long as a lot of three-movement concertos. But it is nothing like a traditional concerto. It has many elements of classical music that people used to traditional sounds and harmonies can hold onto. But it also has a lot in addition. The orchestration is subtle, and the Chinese orchestra sounds excellent. The piece is not avant garde, and it's also not "Chinese" if you know what I mean.

If there was ever a night in which Ms. Balsom earned her pay as a trumpet player, this concert had to be it. Holy cow! That it was a BBC Prom concert mad it all that much more of a big deal. Talk about pressure!

Much of the piece features the beautiful soaring sound the trumpet is capable of. But there is also some passage work of great complexity, including several sections where I wonder how she had enough breath to get through them. As a one-time brass player myself (bass trombone), I know that you have to plan ahead to breathe! If you run out of no air, no sound comes out the other end.

I also noticed that Ms. Balsom turned bright red in some places. The great orchestral trumpet player Adolph (Bud) Herseth was famous for not only being the best player ever, but for turning utterly beet red as he played. I never saw that in another player until I noticed Alison turning roughly the color of a radish in some of the more extended high passages. Her lip must have been hamburger by the end.

This is a good one. Highly enjoyable if you have a few minutes to listen.
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Hallo +Lynn David Newton. Sorry I took so long to reply. Finally got around to enjoying the music this morning. It was also lovely to see the Royal Albert Hall, so long since I've been there!

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Great stuff if you're into really fast incredibly proficiently performed progressive bluegrass. (I am.) Most people know by now that Chris Thile will be taking over for Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion", which I find incredible, i.e., that anyone at all can continue that gig, but one thing is for sure, and that's that this kid can sure play -- well enough that he got a MacArthur genius grant. These guys are really entertaining.
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Antoine Dufour is about the best player I've heard of this particular style of music that makes use of the full instrument's capabilities, i.e., harmonics, percussion, open tuning, two-handed playing, etc. More and more players are picking it up, and some are pretty good. Of those I've heard I like this guy the best so far. (Based on three or four tracks I've heard.)
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+Lynn David Newton I agree. I always read labels. They look like great quality ingredients for sure, being mostly or entirely organic from what I saw. Which is how I try to cook, where it matters. 
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It doesn't get any better than this.
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This piece just sparkles. The guitarist is quite good, very aggressive and confident. I've heard her play other things that are quite good as well.

I listen to this YouTube channel frequently. It's apparently a guitar shop that deals in professional quality instruments. They bring in world class or aspiring to be world class musicians who get to play on one of the instruments they have in the shop at the time. You can always see them in display cases in the background. The recordings are always stunning, and so are the instruments.
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We definitely have here a fledgling runner in the making! Especially when he starts out carrying the water bottle. Beautiful day, too.

This ranks for me as the all-time best Isaac video. I don't expect anyone but the most diehard Isaac fan to watch more than two minutes, but that much is definitely worth watching.

I'm constantly amazed by how good-looking and cheerful this boy is. And now I know what I can do with him when we come to visit next time.

This reminds me of an experience I had Ed and Cyra-Lea would enjoy hearing about, which I'll add as a comment to this post.
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And that, my friends, is why I started running. My oldest son was so active and so fast that when I read Kenneth Cooper's observation that parents needed to stay in shape ("Imagine if your child was running toward the street...could you catch him?") I knew I had to start training. :-) 

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What a loss. I had the pleasure of sitting in a room with about a half dozen faculty and students and talking for about an hour with Mr. Boulez back about 1964. And then I had nerve to ask him for his autograph on my personal (annotated) score of his earlier masterpiece "Le marteau sans maître" -- which he inscribed with the words "In memory of a good time in Urbana" (except in French). It was not until after then that Mr. Boulez became world famous as a conductor. And he was indeed one of the very greatest. But I knew him principally as a composer. (Also posted on FaceBook)
Mr. Boulez belonged to an extraordinary generation of European composers who, while in their 20s, came to the forefront during the decade or so after World War II.
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This is a documentary type of piece about world class trumpeter Alison Balsom recording an album called Sound the Trumpet, all music by the great composers Henry Purcell and George Frederick Handel.

I have this album and think it's fabulous. On it Ms. Balsom plays only on the sort of valveless trumpets that were used in that era. (Beefed up with little finger holes on the side, which I believe mainly help with intonation -- they are not valves.) As a long-time brass player myself, I can only tell you that playing on the upper overtone series of a valveless instrument is like walking the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.

This documentary, about ten minutes long, has generous samplings of the music on it, including bits from one of the finest countertenors I've ever heard. Missed his name (and not inclined right now to go look it up). The film is extremely well-shot, and gives the viewer an idea of what it's really like to make recorded music. I can't imagine a more satisfying way to spend a few days, and that's apparent in the playing and faces of all the musicians involved. Five stars here.
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You are so right there, +Lynn David Newton - the only issue with Youtube, apart from the frequent gross comments (I usually remember not to look at them) is the quality of the sound recordings. And playing through a computer is... well... less than ideal. Even playing on the sound system through the Roku is only as good as the quality of the uploaded recording. 
I thought we had a lot of albums/music, but a young man (yes, young!) in Frenchy's the other night confessed that he had 1400 albums on CD and vinyl. When he said that you can never have too much music we agreed, but I said that you can't easily listen to it all. "Not in one day" was his reply, which was great! And so true.You can never have too much. 

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What an incredible voice and way of delivering songs this woman had. I never heard of her when she was alive. What a loss.
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Same guy - the one with the hat. After the Monkees he formed the "First National Band" and released over a dozen LPs. Later he did a couple of slightly weird concept musical books. Basically you played a record while reading the books and if you were an average reader the music formed a soundtrack to the book. It nearly worked... :-) 
The best known songs were Different Drum (recorded by Linda Ronstadt) Joanne (allegedly about a cow) and Rio about a fantasy escape to Rio de Janeiro. (The latter made number 1 in the UK charts) His best album by far was "And the hits just keep on coming" (He has a very droll sense of humor and little time for the music industry establishment!)
Oh yes, and his grandmother invented Tippex and he apparently inherited most of her fortune when she died. Making him rather independent of said establishment! He also co-founded MTV.
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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.

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  • 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.

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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.
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Have run 188 miles in 72 hours. I've spent 35 24-hour days running around on tracks.
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