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by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 16, 2005 1:01 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13437

Joe,

I understand you may have some stories to tell. Maybe you'll share some about the audition tape for classical announcers on a radio station that no longer does classical. I recall one person had trouble pronouncing names as "exotic" as Margaret Truman correctly!
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Red Ken Makes More Copy
Replies: 3
Views: 1254

What an idiot! Comparing a terrorist to the one pope of the 20th century who may have been greater (from my standpoint, anyway) than John Paul II. But it does remind us of a double standard. What is terrorism elsewhere is a martyrdom incident (something to be respected) when the victims are Israelis...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Bush Bequest
Replies: 18
Views: 3269

Corlyss, Obviously I agree with you about Quayle, but I give Nixon much more credit for brains that you do, even though I could hardly say I liked him. Especially in his later years he was interestingly, and sometimes helpfully, provocative. For instance, in '92 when all the candidates were just tal...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The End Of Faith
Replies: 76
Views: 13326

So much preaching, yet you're against religion? I find that ironic! It is as pointless and intolerant to blindly bash religion as it is to force one's own religion on others. And actually, what you're doing is trying to push your own non-religion religion on others. I don't think you'll find a lot o...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Bush Bequest
Replies: 18
Views: 3269

Oh, come on! The weren't all so ignorant. Nixon was VP for 8 years, long enough to debate Khrushchev, and have stuff thrown at him in Venezuela. He was crooked and anti-semitic, but far from a total idiot. I think he had some idea what was going on in the world. Bush 41 ran the CIA for awhile. He wa...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Senate Kills Bid for Katrina Commission
Replies: 7
Views: 1885

As if the Republicans would come off looking good. What was the job description for the head of FEMA again? "Must be a college friend of a friend of the president. No disaster experience necessary."
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pledge of Allegiance: Here We Go Again!
Replies: 29
Views: 5687

Well, they said "for which it stands" which didn't make any sense to me at that age, so I thought they meant "for Richard Stands." whatever that was supposed to be about!
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:00 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The German Election Goes Down to the Wire
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

No question but a lot of younger Germans are interested in getting to know Jews better. Perhaps they wonder what their country would be like if it hadn't lost its pre-Hitler Jewish population, and their descendants. In particular, I'm thinking of: 1) A German pastor from Berlin who visited here a fe...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:46 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Pledge of Allegiance: Here We Go Again!
Replies: 29
Views: 5687

As has been pointed out already: They don't explain to kids what it means. When I first heard the pledge, in kindergarten or first grade (which then included "under God") I always wondered who "Richard Stands" was, as in "for Richard Stands" and why didn't they pronounce his name right?!
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Richter's Moscow 1955 Schumann ABEGG Variations
Replies: 2
Views: 1376

Every artist that I've heard numerous times in concert has had a significant memory slip at least once, except for Cherkassky. I heard Rubinstein get lost in the Waldstein Sonata, and Horowitz lost his place in one of the encore pieces he was known for playing, Moszkowski's Etincelles. Dad heard Sch...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Emotional vs. Technical Performance
Replies: 12
Views: 2371

I don't think any performer thinks that way, ie. to be technically OR emotionally impressive. He/she plans to do the best job possible to the music using using his/her talent. Then we can all judge afterwards how the performer succeeded, according to our understanding.
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The End Of Faith
Replies: 76
Views: 13326

Sure, go to a psychologist or a lawyer if you think he/she can help you. But's wrong with going to a rabbi or priest or other clergy if you think he/she will be able to help you because of his/her education, and your common values? Not you personally, but someone else who feels that way?
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13437

Back when I was a student at the Manhattan School of Music I had a friend who was a rather good pianist. (I think he's a computer programmer now.) He had, oh, such a graceful and elegant way of arriving at the F sharp which is the first note of the second theme of the first movement of Chopin's B Mi...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bill Clinton: Saviour of the world?
Replies: 20
Views: 3893

Although I much prefer Clinton to what now runs the country I think there might be an irony in someone, even an ex-president, teaching a course at a law school who had previously agreed to give up his law license to settle a suit against him.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 13, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Don't Send Your Kid to a Conservatory
Replies: 24
Views: 5863

I'm glad that the writer notes that classical musicians may have an education as long as that of a physician. Certainly the six years I spent at the Manhattan School of Music getting my bachelor's and master's degrees are just a small fraction of my many years of professional study. I will also neve...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13437

And, now that you mention page turners: Artur Balsam told of a concert, I believe in Cuba many years ago, when he accompanied a violinist. The page turner did a satisfactory job. But, after they concluded the printed program the violinist and Mr. Balsam, while still on stage, decided to do an encore...
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13437

Abram Chasins (pianist, composer, author and one of the people who made WQXR in New York one of the first important classical music stations) told of giving a piano recital somewhere down south in the 20's or 30's. He was playing something new to his repertoire, I think a Prokofiev sonata. The town ...
by Donald Isler
Mon Sep 12, 2005 8:58 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13437

Funny that you mention Lili Kraus, John. She was never one of my favorites. She did, however, have quite a high level of self-esteem. I once heard her say on the radio that one of her children had played a recording for her and asked her to guess who the performer was. She replied "Schnabel!" to whi...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: It's September 11th Again
Replies: 7
Views: 2083

We had a short memorial to 9-11 here at a riverside park in Irvington, NY, 30 miles up the Hudson from the WTC site. Four years ago we could see the smoke from there. The whole thing was probably typical of many other such commemorations throughout the country. It was about 30 minutes long, attended...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Bloopers in Music
Replies: 67
Views: 13437

My teacher, the pianist Bruce Hungerford, could tell very amusing stories about his experiences. Two of them: 1) The people running one series where he was performing got his biography and that of his teacher, Carl Friedberg, mixed up, and so he read in the program that he himself had been a student...
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

Anybody see Bush doing anything lately that wasn't in HIS self-interest, ie. keeping right-wingers and the well-to-do happy?
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 10, 2005 2:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

Though I may be proud of my witticisms I didn't mean to post the same thing 3 times! Would appreciate if someone could delete 2 of them. Couldn't figure out how to do that!
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 10, 2005 2:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

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by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 10, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

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by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 10, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

Corlyss' problem wth Clinton is that he always gets her zygote.
by Donald Isler
Sat Sep 10, 2005 12:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

No, Nixon spent his last years in New Jersey, and I'm pretty sure he died at a hospital in New York.
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Notes from a Hurricane Katrina survivor
Replies: 18
Views: 3888

Glad to know that Frank is well.

Came home to a phone message from my nephew, who is with the NY State National Guard somewhere in Mississippi. He said damage was much worse than what we have seen on TV.
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:40 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Celebrating Jewish life in the New World
Replies: 20
Views: 4081

Also, we're not all white. Although I don't believe many of them have come to this country Israel brought almost the entire Jewish population of Ethiopia to Israel in the 80's and 90's, and they are black. When I did a project called Volunteers For Israel 10 years ago I spent a day or two sorting (I...
by Donald Isler
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Well, she's a carpetbagger. Why not him?
Replies: 64
Views: 9718

I'm sure they're happy Clinton has his office in Harlem. Although that wasn't his original plan. At first he wanted office space on a high floor of a building that's part of the Carnegie Hall complex, but it was so scandalously expensive (considering that we taxpayers would be paying for it) that he...
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 08, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Oh Lord, Here We Go Again!
Replies: 18
Views: 3314

2006 is also the tricentenary of Benjamin Franklin, inventor of the glass harmonica.
by Donald Isler
Thu Sep 08, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What is the average age of the Conservatives on this Board?
Replies: 8
Views: 2089

Age has nothing to do with it. It's all about your political beliefs. I know lots of seniors who aren't conservatives. Including a cousin I visited the other day who had just read, and wanted to discuss an article he'd been reading about the long and short term economic consequences of Katrina. He's...
by Donald Isler
Wed Sep 07, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Osama And Katrina
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

Corlyss wrote: "Oh, he was a big and important cheerleader up until late last year. I've heard him on many C-SPAN journalist roundtables. His dyspesia came as it was clear that they Army didn't have enough troops to control the security situation in Iraq." No he wasn't. Like many other people who ha...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Osama And Katrina
Replies: 6
Views: 1881

If you think Friedman's been a cheerleader for Bush going into Iraq you haven't been reading him very carefully.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 393507

Two historic, and very different versions of the Apassionata Sonata, played William Murdoch and Nicolai Medtner.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: September 9: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

Friedberg, a student of Brahms and Clara Schumann, was a long-time Juilliard faculty member until he was fired at age 75 because he was considered too old! (I bet Rosina Lhevinne, at 95 and still teaching there, must have been amused by the memory of that!) His students included many wonderful music...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:47 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 8685

From a letter I just received from a cousin in Metairie, Lousiana: "The situation is unbelievable. It all seems so surreal. One thing you have not heard on the news is that Mayor Nagin sent city busses all over the city on Sunday before the storm to try to get people out of the city. We don't know w...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: The Horror of Katrina
Replies: 42
Views: 8685

This hurricane DID give us warning; we knew it would be a category 4 or 5, and that it was headed directly to New Orleans, or nearby. And even if Pizza is right that technically the governor and the mayor should have done more, and sooner, Bush could have mobilized and sent in troops much faster. Wo...
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Ahoy Pizza: Israel Arts Minister-Barenboim an Anti-Semite
Replies: 7
Views: 2102

Barenboim would have never refused to speak with a Palestinian soldier who appeared in uniform, or treated him/her in such a disrespectful way. That's where his hypocrisy (not to mention his screwed up priorities) shines through.
by Donald Isler
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:18 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Uh-Oh! Cosima the Conservative's Back
Replies: 14
Views: 2885

The nation's business goes on but this won't be forgotten anytime soon. Not with (probably) thousands dead, a major U.S. city evacuated, and voters all around the country watching this tragedy, which makes us look like a third world country, on TV every day.
by Donald Isler
Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: New Orleans: Doing What We Can
Replies: 123
Views: 23541

I wonder if any of our Dutch friends are giving money to help the hurricane victims, as some of us are dojng? That's ALSO part of the American way!
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:32 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Mr. Magoo Stays On Vacation
Replies: 51
Views: 12986

Don't know, or much care, if Owlice and Lilith are indeed one and the same. As for Owlice: 1) Huckleberry is on the right path as far as figuring out her real name (though I won't reveal it here), and 2) I remember her because a couple of years ago when I offered to give complimentary copies of my C...
by Donald Isler
Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: BUSH RETURNS TO WASH DC BECAUSE OF HURRICANE
Replies: 16
Views: 5776

Every election he's eligible to run for? Well, the second President Bush may or may not know that the second President Adams spent his last years in the House of Representatives. He actually died there at age 80. Plus, they have so much in common! After all, Adams was an intellectual, a linguist who...
by Donald Isler
Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage
Replies: 57
Views: 16682

Obviously you wouldn't vote for Duke. And I wouldn't vote for the other bums. Also, by the way, I don't consider myself a particularly left-wing Democrat. But I don't think we Jews face a greater danger here than that someone as rotten as any of them gets elected Senator or Governor. Duke came might...
by Donald Isler
Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage
Replies: 57
Views: 16682

Paranoia, Pizza. It's not very hard to assemble stupid statements full of garbage by good-for-nothings who don't like us. Ain't no way he's going to be elected to any political position, let alone one of great prominence. Duke almost was. Twice. By people who, no doubt, are right-wing Republicans, l...
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Falwell, Farrakhan, and the ADL's Selective Outrage
Replies: 57
Views: 16682

Anyone who says Farrakhan makes David Duke look like a "Hadassah lady" has such an ignorance of history that I wouldn't take much else he says seriously. Does anyone remember what David Duke, whom we all agree is an anti-Semite, ALMOST accomplished? No?? In his 1990 race for the U.S. Senate from Lou...
by Donald Isler
Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Pirro Fumbles During Senate Kickoff
Replies: 10
Views: 15164

I'd love to see Al be a part of Jeanine's campaign (g)! Seriously though, everybody already knows if they are Clinton lovers or haters. Nothing will change there. But Pirro, with a husband who actually did jail-time because of his financial dealings, may face some of the same problems Geraldine Ferr...
by Donald Isler
Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: A Horrible Irony
Replies: 24
Views: 8357

Corlyss,

I suggest you review your history and geography if you believe that:

1) The Six Day War happened in the 70's or 80's, or

2) That New York borders on Ohio.
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 01, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: August 3: Names and Notes in Music
Replies: 4
Views: 2897

Going by the fervor of the Red Sox fans I know I think they will still remember!
by Donald Isler
Mon Aug 01, 2005 7:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: From London to Jerusalem
Replies: 16
Views: 6078

In any case the Vatican should be denouncing terrorism in Israel, especially as it is usually aimed at civilians, even if it disagrees with Israel's military tactics. When is terrorism against civilians justified anywhere??
by Donald Isler
Sun Jul 31, 2005 10:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: IKIF
Replies: 9
Views: 3215

OK, Corlyss. Over in the Reviews section I wrote a description of what you missed last night, excepting only the two franks and the papaya juice. (Personally, I usually go for the orange drink, instead.)