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November 1, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 28

"The Future Hangs in the Balance"
Tomorrow will be one of the most dramatic days in recent history. I, for one, will be glued to the TV as the results come in. There was talk during this election of two Americas. The way I see it, there's one that believes in the power of music and one that doesn't. Whether as performers, teachers, or listeners, or all of the above, lovers of music witness everyday what a big effect a little bit of music can have on a person's life. And yet we also know that when the chips are down, music education is the first thing to go, even before art classes, even though studies show that music makes you smarter. If we're really interested in educating our kids, government programs should focus on exposing them to more music rather than spending all our money on testing them. If we educate them right in the first place, we won't need to test them!

So, on the eve of the big day, as someone who believes in the power of music, I'd like to believe that the best person for the job is someone who can pick up an instrument once in a while and enjoy the power of music, even if it's not a pipe organ. Now, I know that some people weren't happy with the last musician we had in the White House but, hey, he played the saxophone. It could have been predicted!

Here's a fun web page brought to you by The Celebrity Orchestra page provides a list of celebrities, including former US presidents, who studied music but didn't pursue it as a profession, as well as their weapons, I mean, instruments of choice.

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Updated Pages
Pipes Hall of Fame:
Newly inducted is First Parish of Sudbury of Sudbury, Massachusetts. "First Parish of Sudbury was considered a country church in August 1895 when parish elders ordered a Cole and Woodberry organ to replace the 60-year-old two manual William Goodrich model. In the early days a 'Blow-boy' pumped the organ to supply wind to the pipes. Payment records for 1901 show that the Blow-boy was paid 17 cents each Sunday while the organist earned 50 cents for his work. In 1928 an electric motor and blower was installed in the room directly beneath the organ, but the organ continued to be hand-pumped for special services as late as 1950. The recent restoration of the Cole and Woodberry organ was completed this summer, the last of a three phase project that began in 1986 when the organ's 'action' was renovated. 'What you hear today is what you heard in 1895,' said Morris-Bennett. 'It has a lot of color to it, a lot of breadth to its sound. Even though it's small it can more than fill the space without being overpowering.'"

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Added is "MusicFriends is a group of parents, community members, and other music advocates working to support local school music programs through grassroots initiatives. Membership is entirely FREE!"

Read the latest on the BLOGs! 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
"Organist Ready to Perform" - October 22, 1004 - I am getting ready to play Fantaisie in A Major by Cesar Franck on October 31st in a 5-organist recital at a church in College Park, Maryland.....
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Victor Frost
"X 04" - The MIDI files I have included here on a monthly basis are so tiny because they don't contain music as such, just a set of digital instructions. It is up to your computer to translate this stream of data into music and effect playback using hardware and software....
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Dan Long
"10/31/04-The Devil's Music?" - My postlude today was Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. There was some online discussion among organists in the days leading up to Halloween about the inclusion of certain organ pieces in today's services. Some felt that it was inappropriate to include....
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WHAT I'M READING..."The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self" by William Westney. There are books that entertain us and books that make us think. There are some books that do both and this is one of them. I have found this book very stimulating, at least so far. I had trouble getting into it because no one really likes self-help books and especially one on music. I do nothing wrong! Click the link below for more information on this book:
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WHAT I'M LISTENING TO..."1984" by Van Halen. I can listen to this album over and over and I do. While it may not be as raw as some of the earlier VH albums, it shows them at the peak of their development, doing what they do best. All the songs are winners. Click the link below for more information on this CD:
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WHAT I'M WATCHING..."Magnolia" Starring: Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore. This is a great movie that is just a bit too long. I can't ever seem to watch the whole thing in one sitting. However, if you enjoy the kind of movie where there are many stories occurring simultaneously, this one's for you. Click the link below for more information on this DVD:
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Have a great week!

Dan Long

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