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Michael Hammer
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No Pressure
The interwebs is a fun place. Some people last week were excitedly proclaiming it was now officially AUTUMN and therefore time for SPICED LATTES! Others, more dour, and thus, better informed, were trying SUBTLY to remind the first group that it was currentl...
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Getting Through
Whenever I give a concert for regular folks I get the same pieces of advice: play a variety, keep it short, play stuff they know and like. Also, play Phantom of the Opera. This can be a little disconcerting if you are a classical pianist, but over the years...
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Words....words...words
Cleveland columnist Dick Feagler passed away a few weeks ago. I grew up in the Cleveland area and enjoyed reading his columns. Feagler had a gift for painting in words a picture of the town he loved back in the "good old days" that could leave you nostalgic...
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Running
One morning my wife was doing something at her computer and said across the room, "they're having a 5k here in town. Why don't you sign up?" Five kilometers? Are you crazy? I've jogged to the mailbox and back on a rainy day, but... How far is that in miles,...
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The Ives Festival
Last week our local classical station online feed didn't week for a couple of days. That meant I had to go elsewhere to listen to the radio before bed. I have a radio, but it makes an annoying buzzing sound with the headphones in and the connection is very ...
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As seen on Wikipedia
From time to time I do some checking into the sources of some of my web traffic and discover that it is being referred by wikipedia. Maybe you've heard of them. For the last decade they've been the new almighty online encyclopedia with all of the answers fo...
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Dissatisfaction theory
I play a pipe organ with four manuals and a hundred stop knobs. Lately, I've started to become unhappy with it. Oh, boo hoo , you in normalville are pouting at your computer. So sad; here's the world's smallest pipe organ to play a sad song for you . This i...
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Keep it together
My longtime choir director and friend from Illinois retired a couple of weeks ago. I was looking at some pictures on Facebook which reminded me of the trip I made in April and how I substituted at my old church. For the prelude I played one of her favorite ...
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Hail, Cesar!
You may never have heard of him. If so, don't feel bad. Cesar Cui, one of the "Mighty fistful" of Russian composers in the 19th century, is mostly known for his invective . He had a day job as an army officer (military engineer). The one place you are most ...
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Goldfish Variations
Thinking, I've heard, is the art of connecting things. If you want to be able to hear, to really listen to, classical music, it helps if you can make those connections. When the main tune comes back, or when it is altered, or when the subject of a fugue kee...
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