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January 6, 2009
Vol. IX, No. 1

"Happy News Year!"
And so we begin another year. That's year #9 for Somehow the site is still up and running after all these years. I would make a resolution to write a Rampage every week but my track record indicates that would be a resolution too hard for me to keep.

I received an email that is featuring a "Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions" event, filled with hundreds of products and great savings. Conspicuously missing from the top ten list is the resolution to shop less -- Hmmm, I wonder why...
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I can think of a few resolutions that organists everywhere should be making for the coming year:
1. Practice more
2. Play more Bach!
3. Take an AGO exam
4. Ask for a raise!
(Not necessarily in that order...)

I continue the work of cleaning up the site. It seems every page has some dead links. Such is the nature of the web, I guess. I maintain a date on the main page next to each link to show how current each page is so I hope that's helpful. The latest page I weeded out was the Choosing An Organ page. It's shorter now but at least all of the links work:

That's not a typo in my Rampage title. I took a brief tour of Google News to start the new year. The first article that caught my eye is short but you have to love the enthusiasm (and money) some people have for their hobbies.
"Lexington man builds house to hold pipe organ"

The other Google story I wanted to share is about a pipe organ restoration in India:§ionid=22&issueid=31&Itemid=1

An article like this reminds me how US-centric I am in my thinking. I don't feel it's a good thing but it's a challenge to break out of it. Here's an AP story that a community member forwarded to me that was picked up all over the world. Here it is on a Taiwan news website:
"More US schools getting in tune with mariachi"

It's also available in Spanish, with a photo:

The story brought to mind the article I wrote about last time that talked about how at one time in the US that music appreciation was the foundation of the entire educational system. On the international topic, years ago I compiled a list of websites showcasing organs in Japan, intending to create a Japan Organ Links page. But between the language barrier and the lack of good photos of the organs, I abandoned the idea. That's a perfect lead-in to two other articles that I found but I won't tell you about them just yet. I realized that I could use them to create a new entry on my Workshops page, which I hope to post later this week. It's been a long, long time since I've posted a workshop. I hope some of you find it helpful. In the meantime, I'll leave the curious with the link to my previous workshops:

Have a great year!

Dan Long

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