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June 1, 2002
Vol. II, No. 19

"Roll Out Those..."
"...lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda and pretzels and BEER!!!" That's how we sang it in high school choir rehearsal. We used to drive our choir director crazy. If you don't remember that song, it was sung by Nat King Cole and peaked on the Billboard charts at #6 in 1963. For the curious, here are the lyrics:

Summer may have finally arrived here in the city. It was in the 90s today. If Old Johann Sebastian had had a fridge, I'm sure he would have been one of those who believes a nice cold one is the best cure for a hot, summer day. According to The New Bach Reader,
J.S. Bach not only accepted firewood as part of his compensation, but also barrels of beer. My, how organists' contracts have changed over the years!

On this very hot first day of June, I've been pondering several questions. First of all, where did the church get the beer? Second of all, did having all that beer at home keep J.S. from hanging around down at the corner pub? And, if so, did it contribute to his being such a prolific composer? And father?!? Finally, if Bach had written a fugue based on "The Beer Barrel Polka," could you dance to it?

I have one last link for today. For organists with contracts modeled on the old days, this would be a very creative alternative to standing in line at the supermarket with returns:

Click this link to read comments and offer your own:

Updated pages
Organ Links: See the Opus 29 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, Texas, by Visser & Associates Inc.

Announcements: There's an update on the BACH AT NOON organ recital series at Grace Church in New York City.

Musician Jokes: Have a chuckle or two.

Have a great week and stay cool!

Dan Long

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