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August 8, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 22

"Pipes Hall of Fame"
In my Weekly Rampage of May 23, "Score One for the Pipes!", I applauded the Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, New York, for deciding to replace their electronic organ with a pipe organ. Since then I have read many more encouraging stories, so many, in fact, that I decided to create a web page that celebrates all those involved. The Pipes Hall of Fame recognizes people and institutions that have replaced their electronic organ with a pipe organ, renovated their pipe organ rather than replace it with an electronic organ, or otherwise deserve special recognition for their efforts in furthering the cause of the pipe organ. I've posted a portion of the inductees:
Congratulations to the inductees! Stay tuned--more are on the way. Also, if you would like to nominate a candidate for induction, please send me an email with a link to an article.

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Updated Pages
The BLOG writers are still at it, each adding a unique additional perspective to the website. The link below leads to the main BLOG page and the links below that lead to the individual BLOGs. If you are interested in contributing by writing your own BLOG, please email me.

Susan Burkhalter
"Organists' News"
August 2nd, 2004
Here's an update on my entry of April 24th: Lois Miller of the BACHorgan community e-mailed me with more explanations of their church organ. She said, "What our organ....

Victor Frost
"1 VII 04" - There are times composing seems like the most natural activity in the world, and there are times when the prospect seems as inscrutable as solving a thermonuclear equation. I'm in the latter phase of the cycle right now, even though summer has freed up the....

Peter Stapleton
"Recitals" - I enjoyed Fred Swann's message in the last issue, and sympathize with his remark that organists are often among the missing at organ recitals.
I'd suggest a few reasons and a few remedies.
As our church choirs do not always provide the dazzling choral....

Dan Long
"Project Practice (8/5/04)" - Project Practice is over. It didn't last that long but it's not as bad as it looks. Fortunately, I was better at practicing than I was at updating my BLOG.
Item: Maintain the Toccata and Fugue in F Major (This is currently in rotation and I don't fear....

Book Store:
Added is " The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self" by William Westney. I first found out about this book when I read a magazine article adapted from it. The author captures the imagination with his personal story and concept of "juicy mistakes." From "In this groundbreaking book, prize-winning pianist and noted educator William Westney helps readers rediscover their own path to the natural, transcendent fulfillment of making music. Teachers, professionals and students of any instrument, as well as parents and music lovers of all ages, will benefit from his unique and inspiring philosophy, expressed with clarity and immediacy. He offers healthy alternatives for lifelong learning and suggests significant change in the way music is taught. For example, playing a wrong note can be constructive, useful, even enlightening. The energetic creator of the acclaimed Un-Master Class workshop also explores the special potential of group work, outlining the basics of his revelatory workshop that has transformed the music experience for participants the world over." Click the link below for more information on this book:
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WHAT I'M READING..."The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason. "A mysterious coded manuscript, a violent Ivy League murder, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide in a labyrinth of betrayal, madness, and genius." This book has been getting promoted in the wake of The Da Vinci Code. So far, it seems like there's been a lot of setup and not much action, making it hard to compare the two books. On the plus side, I have enjoyed learning what it's like being a student at Princeton, if the book is to be believed. Click the link below for more information on this book:
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WHAT I'M LISTENING TO..."Beverly Hills Cop" Soundtrack. I never really "got" soundtrack albums but this movie was on recently and I decided I wanted to hear what the full version of "Axel F." sounded like. "Axel F." is an all-synth instrumental that was a big hit back when the movie came out but I wasn't into it at the time--too commercial. In fact, the soundtrack as a whole is a time capsule of the synth-dance era with its drum machines and bouncing bass lines. There are a couple of other hit songs on there in addition to "Axel F." but most of the songs are ho-hum--better to just watch the movie. Click the links below for more information on this CD:
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Have a great week!

Dan Long

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