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by greymouse
Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Keith Olbermann on Ferraro and Clinton
Replies: 18
Views: 1076

Ferraro isn't as right as she thinks she is about this. She's basically drawing a comparison between herself and Obama, but they're in different leagues. Maybe being black has helped him seem exciting and new a little, but it's more like a 30-40% factor at most. She was picked in 1984 with over 90% ...
by greymouse
Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: O.D.S - Obama Derangement Syndrome
Replies: 19
Views: 915

I have to agree with what Lou Dobbs said last night, "This is the worst field of candidates we've had in recent memory." Really? I wonder what he meant by that or if he was looking at it through the lens of some strong bias. I actually think 2008 has been a great year for candidates - open on both ...
by greymouse
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Blowout for Obama in Virginia
Replies: 42
Views: 1769

I still think Clinton's gonna win the whole thing. At any rate, it would be a lot easier to beat McCain than Obama. I always thought her political ability was underestimated. She's poised now for her big comeback, and people riding the Obama train will feel all dreary and defeated which is how elect...
by greymouse
Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ted Kennedy Endorses Obama
Replies: 16
Views: 1467

I never understood the whole desire to create a new JFK type figure in the Democratic party. This happens on occasion with RFK, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, and now Barack Obama. Of course I wasn't alive in the 60's, but in retrospect it all seems kind of superficial. Some sexy young guy who gives peopl...
by greymouse
Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music: representational? A language?
Replies: 65
Views: 4850

Re: Music: representational? A language?

I want to weigh in on the debate whether music is a language. First I want to ask, Is music representational? Many authors state flatly it's not, and fundamentally different from other art forms. Oliver Sacks states this in Musicophilia . I don't see that the answer is so obvious. Of course it's ob...
by greymouse
Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The best qualified candidate for US President?
Replies: 25
Views: 1508

I'll give it a shot. 1. The President has a few major responsibilities: a. Pass or veto legislation b. Commander in Chief c. Hire people to fulfill executive duties (very important. The current President is a good guy, but he has hired too many incompetent corrupt types and it has taken a toll in ar...
by greymouse
Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Edwards Drops Out
Replies: 11
Views: 783

Edwards seems like a really nice guy deep down, but ... total lightweight. I never understood how his old school populist talk caught on as much as it did. Okay, in 2004 the Democrats had more feeble candidates so I can see how he got wind in his sails then. But up against these two monsters, his we...
by greymouse
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 9:38 PM McCain Wins Hillary Leads
Replies: 42
Views: 2155

Hillary’s performance so far makes mince meat out of pundits and opinion polls
You got that right. These Clintons are just plain tougher fighters politically than their opponents. It was nuts that so many wrote her campaign off after Iowa.
by greymouse
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Character Factor
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Bravo David Brooks! McCain is undervalued by the GOP. Barely anybody in Washington has been so tough on fiscal issues. He keeps busy - he's always legislating and negotiating. A veteran. Rock solid on the torture issue. Steady on the war. McCain does his own thing, and I don't like all of his belief...
by greymouse
Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Academia's Pervasive PC Rot
Replies: 68
Views: 3259

I went to a medium-sized midwest college in the mid-90's. I found the stereotypes of PC to be very true . Resident Advisors were the worst. They all had to go to meetings and come back to their halls and lecture kids on race, rape, sex, etc. until the cows come home. There were mandatory meetings, m...
by greymouse
Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Crazy Psych Experiment:Are you in your Right mind.. or Left?
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Fun. I saw anti-clockwise and spent several minutes trying to see clockwise. Finally, I saw it. For me, I had to look at the fluid motion of the top part of her body and not focus on the legs. Then it clicked.
by greymouse
Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What % of your listening is classical music?
Replies: 33
Views: 2871

I used to be about 90% classical for many years, but I'm sort of taking a break recently out of fatigue. My breakdown is probably:

60% Rock/Pop/Metal
15% Classical
15% Jazz
10% Miscellaneous other stuff
by greymouse
Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rabbi's response to Ann's "Perfected" comment
Replies: 67
Views: 3680

I don't get what was so anti-Semitic about Coulter's comments. First, she acknowleged that Christians believe the Old Testament. She didn't at all deny that Christianity is based on Judaism. She just said Christianity is easier because Jews have to obey the laws, but Christians know they're sinners....
by greymouse
Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rabbi's response to Ann's "Perfected" comment
Replies: 67
Views: 3680

This is a nice post. I didn't know all those statements from the Sermon of the Mount were from the Tanakh. Well I knew the Golden Rule one, but the rest all passed my attention. 8)
by greymouse
Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:24 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Evil Woman - Ann Coulter
Replies: 285
Views: 13046

Coulter's comment wasn't really bad. She was really just saying what her religion instructs her to. It's implied in Matthew that Christians should go out and try to preach the gospel basically. Also, many of Paul's letters insist that we are saved by faith. If Coulter really believes all this, then ...
by greymouse
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Philip Glass Fans
Replies: 5
Views: 661

A nicely written article about Glass. What a great composer!
by greymouse
Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The left's obsession with falsely reporting on Limbaugh?????
Replies: 22
Views: 2660

Limbaugh has obviously been the most effective advocate for conservatism in the last couple decades (with no close second), :roll: Hardly. The man is an entertainer, a carnival act, not a thinker. The most effective advocate for conservatism was Jimmy "I never met an enemy of America I didn't embra...
by greymouse
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The left's obsession with falsely reporting on Limbaugh?????
Replies: 22
Views: 2660

Is he still saying he's on loan from God? And was the Holy Ghost the one who told him to bring Viagra with him to the Dominican Republic? Just wundrin. :twisted: :roll: :evil: Well, he says he has "talent on loan from God". Limbaugh has obviously been the most effective advocate for conservatism in...
by greymouse
Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: When listening, do you consciously track a piece's form?
Replies: 34
Views: 2489

I track form consciously sometimes - usually at a concert when the music gets all my attention. It's helpful to be familiar with the standard forms though. I remember I used to find variations, passacaglias, and the like to be really annoying until I learned the basics of how they work. Now I enjoy ...
by greymouse
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Radiohead Album Price Tag: 'It's Up to You'
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Yeah I agree with slofstra, rock/pop music has been fantastic the last few years! You can't really keep up with it all. It's actually fun to listen to new music again. 8)
by greymouse
Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Republicans Cannot Win Without Ohio
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Quibbling over states is really only an issue after 2000, but it rarely makes a difference in the overall picture. The main thing is Republicans have to get their morale back. They lost a lot of it when they passed a bunch of spending bills and didn't fulfill many of their campaign promises when the...
by greymouse
Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Radiohead Album Price Tag: 'It's Up to You'
Replies: 8
Views: 705

This reminds me of when rock groups like Pearl Jam or Fugazi would do similar ideas with their concerts in the 90's. I'm not a huge fan of these schemes because it seems kind of morally smug, like they're sticking it to the evil corporations or something - the indie crowd just eats this stuff up! Bu...
by greymouse
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: At the Risk of Sounding ...
Replies: 43
Views: 3324

I agree with dulcinea about Valse Nobles et Sentimentales which sound really awful to me. It was probably just fashionable at the time to do such works, but either these are really ghastly or I'm totally not hearing something important. La Valse is well done though, and RebLem's explanation looks on...
by greymouse
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: McCain Caught With Foot in Mouth
Replies: 13
Views: 872

I like McCain and I'm leaning toward him, but his comments were really dumb. In particular, how does the Constitution establish this as a Christian nation? It doesn't.
by greymouse
Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's 7th and 8th symphonies
Replies: 64
Views: 3976

Beethoven's 7th and 8th symphonies

I just heard on a radio special that Beethoven felt insulted that his 8th symphony was overshadowed by the 7th, and that he felt the 8th symphony was a superior work in every way! :shock: I don't generally want to second guess such a great composer, but are there times when composers can't objective...
by greymouse
Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Greenspan's book.
Replies: 37
Views: 2900

I gotta agree with Ralph here. Greenspan's book is a nail in the coffin of democracy? That sounds very exaggerated. America is definitely strong because we argue and have always argued bitterly about what's best and what's right. We need to argue about foreign policy all the time, and if Greenspan t...
by greymouse
Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical music with a deeper sound (literally)
Replies: 49
Views: 4704

Isle of the Dead by Rachmaninov comes to mind, or his orchestral music in general. Fans will call the textures murky and foreboding, while cynics will say it's just horribly orchestrated. :P
by greymouse
Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Care to guess the composer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1385

The first quote was pretty easy. I figured it was either Messiaen or Boulez, and Messiaen was more into the traditional morals.

The second one, I can't think of a great fit. I'll guess Cage though.
by greymouse
Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Specter Should Follow RINO Warner.
Replies: 10
Views: 840

Wow, the GOP is in a complete tailspin! Just a short time ago, they had the Executive branch, both houses of Congress, gobs of judicial appointees, majority of governors ... now they are facing an electoral wipeout if they don't get their act together. Of course, Craig should resign immediately. The...
by greymouse
Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: SCOTT JOPLIN: jazz or classical?
Replies: 31
Views: 2044

I consider Joplin's music to be classical even though it's a ragtime style because it's completely scored for performance, but I'm not a big fan. It's usually fun to listen to for a little bit, and then it wears me down. I don't consider it jazz. I'd say it's a tie between being ragtime and classica...
by greymouse
Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Teachout: Selling Classical Music to a disinterested public
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

I agree with the sentiment of this article - I wish Gilbert the best and it's always exciting to see new blood and a new approach. It's interesting to read his take on "middlebrow" culture. This condescending attitude is part of the “entitlement mentality” that has long prevented our high-culture in...
by greymouse
Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Biggest contributor
Replies: 26
Views: 2666

Some of the biggest influences on the Romantics aren't really valued much anymore. Gluck was extremely important in changing opera, but now he's sort of forgotten. Paganini was quite trendy and very much copied by the Romantics, but now it's just that tune everyone makes variations from. :twisted:
by greymouse
Thu Aug 30, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Biggest contributor
Replies: 26
Views: 2666

I agree with the 6 or 7 names jbuck gives as the most important 19th century composers. I had the exact same list. The biggest influence on the Romantic generation has to be Beethoven. The longer pieces, the harmonic expansion, the increased expressiveness is all Beethoven. You can always hear him i...
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democrats Ain't Behind This Collar
Replies: 77
Views: 4831

While some closeted men certainly use "bisexuality" as a means of escaping public shame, others are genuinely bisexual. Parts of the gay world are notorious for persecuting bisexuals as the Christian right persecutes gays (not to the same extent, but it is there). I heartily agree. People project b...
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: La boulangerie, a thread for Nadia Boulanger.
Replies: 34
Views: 3472

I've read that she was an extremely intensive teacher which I think is nice. That's the way it ought to be! However, some of the things I've read seem downright silly. I'm sure she didn't memorize the entire Western Music canon. Can you imagine somebody testing her by asking her to sing some random ...
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poll : Do you have perfect pitch?
Replies: 53
Views: 3547

karlhenning wrote:Now's the time to reveal the invention of the organ-capo!

Cheers,
~Karl
:lol: I think the closest we've come to that is Ives banging wooden blocks on piano keys, but the future may hold promise for more.
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democrats Ain't Behind This Collar
Replies: 77
Views: 4831

I'm of a generation that has a certain sympathy with closetedness (as a friend once said, "you just lie through your teeth"). But it is one thing to still feel the need to be closeted and another, even all those years ago, willfully to choose a career that is against your nature and implicit belief...
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Democrats Ain't Behind This Collar
Replies: 77
Views: 4831

The most unfortunate part of it all is that he, and some of the others who have been caught with their pants down, so to speak, are not just in the closet, but have pursued anti-gay legislation. This goes beyond being closeted, to self-loathing. I condemn their hypocracy and the destructiveness of ...
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poll : Do you have perfect pitch?
Replies: 53
Views: 3547

A mistake musicians make I've noticed in trying to develop perfect pitch is sitting around beating a little hammer or banging a piano key tearing their hair out. :P Using real music is the way. Imagine a piece or just some random song in your head, then play it on CD. If it is in the same key you im...
by greymouse
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Poll : Do you have perfect pitch?
Replies: 53
Views: 3547

I have almost perfect pitch. I remember pieces in my head in the correct key so if I hear a tone it's compared against those. However, it's not as powerful and effortless as some people have. It sometimes takes a few seconds to click, and I can't distinguish microtones or any of that silliness. I wa...
by greymouse
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Extended adolescence is bad for everyone
Replies: 45
Views: 2698

I agree with this article basically. I think my generation has been coddled way too much and we're spoiled. I was brought up in an environment that encouraged "finding yourself" and all types of other soft stuff. It's caused hardcore wimpiness. But my parents' generation isn't prepared to accept thi...
by greymouse
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Reading the Bible.
Replies: 32
Views: 3008

these kinds of "simplifications" are insulting for they assume a level of intelligence that cannot deal with historic reality to the extent of only needing to be told once as a child that the third hours was the third hour from a standardized dawn The translators' assumption of reader ignorance wou...
by greymouse
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Reading the Bible.
Replies: 32
Views: 3008

I also vote for NRSV for comprehension. I have one with wonderful foonotes (not explanations, but cross references to other similar verses), and it has great headings to help when skimming through like "Judah and Tamar" or "Instructions for Building the Tabernacle" etc. My NRSV has been wonderful. B...
by greymouse
Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Have your tastes in classical music changed over the years?
Replies: 104
Views: 7397

Some things stay the same. I have always disliked Rimsky Korsakov and Strauss. Richard or the Johanns? Well, both come to think of it, but I feel more guilty about Richard. :P Some other things never change as well. I have always adored Brahms and Ravel. I now feel it takes at least 5-10 years to k...
by greymouse
Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Have your tastes in classical music changed over the years?
Replies: 104
Views: 7397

Yes, mine have changed a bit. I was introduced to classical music in college. At first, I was most drawn to the 20th century wild stuff because I was frustrated throughout my youth at why musicians always used the same 7 notes and common meters. It was intoxicating to hear the various ways composers...
by greymouse
Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Modern "Classical" music?
Replies: 38
Views: 3209

Interesting question, Fluter. At the time, I unfortunately can't listen to the files. Everyone has their own definition for classical music, so I can only speak for myself. This is my definition for it which is probably not even close to a reputable textbook definition: Classical music is music that...
by greymouse
Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do any of you intentionally fall asleep to classical music?
Replies: 32
Views: 3179

I occasionally use early music because it's soothing. I try to pick something that drifts a little without too much rhythmic regularity. Some chant or maybe a Josquin des Prez mass. I also use such music for bubble baths.

After listening to early music, my body vibrates. It's really kind of weird.
by greymouse
Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio"
Replies: 55
Views: 4137

In college, I took part in a performance of this piece. I have to say I didn't enjoy it at all. I think Liverpool Oratorio has the following weaknesses among others: 1. Excessive use of trite flash and dazzle (both McCartney and the orchestrator are responsible for this) 2. Over the top sentimentali...
by greymouse
Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sergeant Pepper's in the classical repertoire?
Replies: 38
Views: 3331

I don't care for orchestras playing rock/pop music. I'm not sure why - it just always sounds really stuffy and goofy as all heck to me. I figure classical is meant to be classical, and rock is meant to be rock. I do think it's great though for a rock band to be influenced by classical or vice versa ...
by greymouse
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Read the Classics?
Replies: 36
Views: 2842

I think the old classic novels are not especially interesting compared to many 20th century classics. Actually the reasons Wesley gives feel more compelling to me than old novels themselves (except the business about sophistication - why bother with that at all?). There are very few pre-1900 books I...