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by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Latest on priest abuse of children

I've never figured this out, though I have a theory. I grew up Catholic and knew numerous priests, and never in any of their wildest dreams would it have occurred to them to approach me inappropriately. There is something that even other disapproving priests call "clerical culture," which is a euphe...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "other" Francks: Eduard and Richard
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: The "other" Francks: Eduard and Richard

Whew, you had me scared for a minute. Thanks for adding that they are no relation to César, the only important Belgian composer of the common practice period. I know that I have deprecated the hideous Panis Angelicus, but he also wrote this:

by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 130

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

A simple Google search will bring up info about scientific inquiries that explore he meaningful effect of music on animal species other than humans. The two pieces I posted being only the tip of the iceberg. The impact may not yet be provable but it is not, as you claim, an idiotic notion. Scientif...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 130

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

If you can produce a study in which a true experiment was run to prove that cows give more milk when they have been listening to Mozart (or something on that level), then I will change my mind. Laboratory animals exist for only one reason, and that is to improve human well-being. I can understand pi...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 41

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

Yes, I remember the days when all we needed to watch TV was a TV set and, if we were really keen about it, an outdoor antenna. Actually, I know someone who still does that, though now he needs a digital TV set or a digital/analog converter, and with three public TV stations and the City University ...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 130

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

Q.E.D.Which means "quod est demonstrandum," meaning roughly "I have made my point." 😉 Ibid. I'm getting quite an education here-yeah I had to look up ibid too: "Ibid. - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibid. Ibid. is an abbrevation for the Latin word ibīdem, meaning "in the same place", commo...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 75
Views: 736

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

We were in South Korea recently where tipping is almost universally forbidden and almost considered an affront if you offer. We flew Korean Airlines in the late 1970's or early 1980's as tourists-a trip that included Japan, Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong-got a great price in those days through Sue's...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 41

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

I had DirectTV before, but it was via satellite, the only possible connection where I live. Now I have Dish TV. I can't even remember why I switched, only that I wish it weren't so expensive.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 130

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:09 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:21 pm
"It is a truth universally acknowledged" is a quotation from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Q.E.D.
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Which means "quod erat demonstrandum," meaning roughly "I have made my point." 😉
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 130

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

It is "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," not beast. It is the opening line of William Congreve's The Mourning Bride . It is a truth universally acknowledged, even in the present Age of Surfaces, that whosoever pursues trivial knowledge, foregoes that which is worth doing. "It is a tru...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 130

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

It is "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," not beast. It is the opening line of William Congreve's The Mourning Bride.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: The greatest quiz show upset of all time

I believe that was Walter Kaufmann, with two n's rather than one. At least it is if it was the same historian of philosophy who rehabilitated Nietzsche in the 1950's. I am sorry for the misspelling. I'm not getting any younger, you know. 8) Yes, in his time Kaufmann, who died far too young (in his ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leon Fleisher & Mitusko Uchida at Marlboro VT
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Leon Fleisher & Mitusko Uchida at Marlboro VT

Leon Fleisher is, of course, a Baltimorean. Many years ago I attended a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, or, Bunthorn's Bride at the Park School in that city. His son, whose voice had not yet changed, was stupendous as Bunthorn. Talent runs in families.

by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bavarian State Opera With Refugees Uses Rossini's Mose in Egitto
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Bavarian State Opera With Refugees Uses Rossini's Mose in Egitto

It is a misconception based on previous history that Munich is a conservative city. The current mayor is a member of the Social Democratic Party, and Munich has been governed by the Social Democrats or a Social Democrat-led coalition for all but six years since 1948. Yes, rural Bavaria and the smal...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 36

The greatest quiz show upset of all time

I do not like getting these Windows 10 pocket suggestions, and wish I could figure out how to turn them off, because almost all news is bad. (As one of my college professors, Walter Kaufman, said, everything is awful and always has been.) Nevertheless, I could not resist this one. I have retired fro...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Be fruitful and multiply,' Beijing tells its millennials
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: 'Be fruitful and multiply,' Beijing tells its millennials

Right now, as usual at this time of year, I'm dealing with be fruitfly, and multiple. :)
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

Donating a car to charity is a gigantic scam. It may get an old car off your hands without going through the even worse process of trying to sell it privately or through a dealer, but that is all there is to be said about it. You get no receipt from the person who actually picks the car up, and the ...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Absolute Pitch
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Absolute Pitch

This has come up before, but possibly before Len joined. Absolute pitch is something one is born with. You either have it, or you don't. There is no in-between, or developing it later on. I have known a number of people who have it, and I assure you that I could not match them in their power to iden...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee's latest journey into the dark heart of America
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee's latest journey into the dark heart of America

Our no-longer-posting member Chalkie once did a photo session with Spike Lee and couldn't wait to get rid of him. He confirmed my opinion, base on earlier movies and interviews, that he is a reverse racist, or, in plain English, that he hates white people.
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 75
Views: 736

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Yes, folks, I blew it. I'm not exactly old and feeble, but from where I live I just don't have this kind of trip in me anymore. I live alone and would need someone else to kick my arse out of here to motivate me. I hope you will forgive me, and that those of you who did attend had a wonderful time.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yet another episode of What's My Line
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Yet another episode of What's My Line

Forget the guests, though as usual this is an entirely interesting episode. The amazing thing is that Van Cliburn is on the panel. He looks so young. He was a boy.

by jbuck919
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category

Many years ago I was a communicating member of IMDB. There was a very intelligent member who ran a series called "rewriting the Oscars." One of the few winners that withstood the test of time was this, which won for best song:

by jbuck919
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When will 'Our Mr. Sun' CME Earth again?
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: When will 'Our Mr. Sun' CME Earth again?

A pity that it can't be harnessed to destroy only Republicans.
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Flash Gordon or Flash-in-the-pan? Military experts aren't sure what the new Space Force will be
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Flash Gordon or Flash-in-the-pan? Military experts aren't sure what the new Space Force will be

Ha ha ha, I love the Flash Gordon link. As a boy, possibly like you, I watched Buster Crabbe in all those serial flicks as well as the Buck Rogers ones he starred in. They are about as realistic as a real space force, which is another trumpification that we will be lucky to survive. Viva Ming the Me...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Chicago Voices PBS Great Performances

This is mainly for maestrob, who may remember exactly what I'm talking about. One of the first professional vocal ensembles aside from an opera company was in Philadelphia, and what I heard them sing (over the radio) was the unique and wondrous Bach cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden. They were perfe...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 75
Views: 736

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Actually, Len's instructions work perfectly. The crosstown shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square connects with the no. 1, 2, or 3 train going up the west side, and while you do have to do a fair amount of walking underground, sometimes it's better than going out in the midday sun. Only the 1 t...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

Fortunately, New York has not yet abandoned music instruction. Even around here, I have substituted at schools you would never have heard of that have multiple music teachers--band, chorus, theory, occasionally orchestra. I've even done the job rather than accept the usual fill-in sub plans. Believe...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 75
Views: 736

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

I'm not even going to worry about public transport, it has been so long since I have been in Grand Central. I know that our fearless Len never takes a taxi, but if I'm going to be there at all, it seems the prudent alternative. We love Grand Central-just walking down the main aisle of that great fo...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 75
Views: 736

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

You're going to love this. I don't know if anyone else here depends on Amtrak, but Penn Station is currently under maintenance and trains are being diverted to Grand Central. What a terrible shame. :lol: I actually don't have to walk around a rat-hole that seems the entire width of Manhattan on this...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Jonas Kaufman at Carnegie Hall
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Jonas Kaufman at Carnegie Hall

I'll bet that Kaufmann has recently done an operetta CD, and his current tour is aimed at promoting it. (No, I haven't looked it up.) John and I had this conversation a long time ago, but the night I heard a force of nature like Stephanie Blythe sing Fricka in Die Walküre, I learned that she was th...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

I remember once Cavett had Benny Goodman on the show, who seemed unaware of the fact that his fly was open. So Cavett said to him, "Please stand up with me, and turn your back to the camera." Cavett joined him in this, and Goodman stood, and turned his back. Then Cavett said, "Now, I'm not going to...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joey Roukens' new 2- Piano Concerto
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Joey Roukens' new 2- Piano Concerto

" In Unison " live recently at the Concertgebouw with the Jussen brothers ; I enjoyed: https://www.nporadio4.nl/concerten/7650-ijzer-staal-en-schoonheid-prokofjev-en-roukens Is this for real? I don't know Dutch, but I recognize it when I see it and can figure out the basic caption. Those two young ...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The first man to climb Mt. Everest
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: The first man to climb Mt. Everest

This almost inconceivable accomplishment which is now littered with dead bodies etc. and a hstory of numerous people who have more or less done the climb was made by the man who is featured at the beginning of this episode of What's My Line. He does acknowledge that he was joined by his Sherpa comr...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

Cavett wrote this for Jack Paar, needing a snappy line to introduce Jayne Mansfield: "Ladies and gentlemen, here they are — Jayne Mansfield!" Now I'm reminded of something else. Don't ask why I saw the Prince movie Purple Rain, but I did. In it there is a group called Apolonia's Six, but there are ...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

They shouldn't be orchestrated at all, Berlioz, Liszt, or no. Why not? The originals with piano remain available to all who want them. Later composers orchestrated their songs originally published with piano accompaniment, Wolf and Mahler for example, after orchestral concerts had become more numer...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

They shouldn't be orchestrated at all, Berlioz, Liszt, or no. If this is really Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as the site claims, he is unrecognizable physically.

by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anne Sophie van Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Anne Sophie van Otter

None of this rings remotely true, and I am shocked that the Washington Post published it. In addition, and perhaps irrelevantly, if she was planning a Lieder recital that included clichés like Erlkönig and Die Forelle, when Schubert wrote more than 600 songs, most of them masterpieces, it is hard fr...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”
Replies: 23
Views: 291

Re: @TheDickCavett A:"Imagine Donald Trump’s library." B:"You’d have to.”

A funny thing about Dick Cavett, and I may have posted this before (sorry). On the NPR series Selected Shorts he read the classic story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber, and as sorry as I am to say it, he was not very good.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The first man to climb Mt. Everest
Replies: 3
Views: 95

The first man to climb Mt. Everest

This almost inconceivable accomplishment which is now littered with dead bodies etc. and a hstory of numerous people who have more or less done the climb was made by the man who is featured at the beginning of this episode of What's My Line. He does acknowledge that he was joined by his Sherpa comra...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: NY Times login password breach
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: NY Times login password breach

I received no such message and have had no problem logging in with my computer-memorized password. Everything is compromised these days. The scammers are always a step ahead of the supposed security specialists. Sometimes the security messages themselves are a scam. That is not to say that I mistrus...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Study shows that admissions test predicts later success at NYC's elite high schools
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Study shows that admissions test predicts later success at NYC's elite high schools

I got a perfect score, but most of the people in the room failed it. How, I thought, can anyone be so dumb as to fail a test like that one? Power over the internet? That acronym, I suspect, would be POI, no? POE —> process of elimination. Perfectly legal. I agree the SAT verbal provides a valid mea...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Specifically for John F What's My Line
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Specifically for John F What's My Line

Of course, anyone will find this interesting. You need not advance, because it is the first mystery guest. Incredibly, the sons of Bennett Cerf and the married John Gable and Arlene Francis were the co-editors of the Harvard Lampoon.

by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Klan sweetens deal with candy
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Re: Klan sweetens deal with candy

As I have posted before, here in tiny Stony Creek there are two prominent houses that display the Confederate Battle Flag. My mother could remember a time when she was a young girl and the KKK (they called them "Night Riders") did their thing around here. In spite of all that, if I knew that the KKK...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No single birthplace for modern humans, scientists now say
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: No single birthplace for modern humans, scientists now say

It's the 'point of proof' that you use. The immeasurable can not be measured. I hope you someday believe. Then you must prove it wasn’t the Flying Spaghetti Monster Thank you, Henry. Though your comparison is a little off the wall, this time I can agree with you. I grew up as a very strong believer...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Study shows that admissions test predicts later success at NYC's elite high schools
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Study shows that admissions test predicts later success at NYC's elite high schools

Test scores do not lie. That certainly has been received the received wisdom and, as far as it goes, appears to be a plausible. The University of Chicago now thinks otherwise. I suspect Chicago offers students more than a four-year curriculum based on taking tests. My only real problem is with the ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Study shows that admissions test predicts later success at NYC's elite high schools
Replies: 9
Views: 217

Re: Study shows that admissions test predicts later success at NYC's elite high schools

Oh, a standardized test predicts academic success? What news! :roll: Yes, but actually it might be even bigger news if it did . For generations, colleges have relied on these tests, which have proven reasonably reliable in predicting academic success. Although the people who produce the SAT and the...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The source of western "Turkish" music
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: The source of western "Turkish" music

Turkish band music is the source of all modern marching band music, with the possible exception of pipe bands and fife-and-drum as occurred at the surrender at Yorktown. The following is not Turkish, though there are many YouTube places where you can see Turkish bands marching. I'm afraid it is Sous...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of our time?
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Music of our time?

I don't believe you can have listened past the opening minute, because the remaining 14 minutes are sung, quite beautifully, by Dawn Upshaw. She does have a beautiful voice; I love Dawn. And this is some 'music of our time' which I adore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNBPJ5FVeU I stand corrected.
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Venezuela strongman Nicolás Maduro unhurt in assassination attempt
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Venezuela strongman Nicolás Maduro unhurt in assassination attempt

Whether you wish to believe this or not, as usual I am not making it up. I had a high school classmate named Carlos Rangel. He was kind of a kid at the time, but boy, has he grown up. His father, I learned later, was the most important liberal journalist in Venezuela. He is in deep concern for his c...