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May 28, 2010
Vol. X, No. 4

"Still Surviving on the Street"
As I was writing this Rampage, the words "Still surviving on the street" popped into my head. It took me a moment to realize they were lyrics from the song "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones:
But it makes sense -- a song about survival in New York City. I'm still here. "Go ahead, bite the big apple, don't mind the maggots." No kidding!

Anyway, has always been a "labor of love" so, when push comes to shove, I generally have to stick with my "labor of love of putting a roof over my head." But while the site hasn't received much attention from me over the past few years, that's not to say it doesn't weigh on me.

Back when I started emailing out Rampages over 9 years ago :-o, there weren't nearly as many organ websites on the internet as there are now. So I've always felt a certain obligation to keep the site up and running. Hey, I'm an institution! But the fact that there are now many, many organ sites all over the world has allowed me to relax my grip on the wheel a bit. Not to mention what a huge development Facebook has been these past few years. I'm not a big user but I see many of you on there.

In March, I made a short trip to Philadelphia. In between Philly cheesesteaks I didn't have a lot of time but I did experience a couple of organ highlights. The Cathedral Baslica of Saints Peter and Paul was spectacular:
Heard a little bit of the organ, enough to know I would enjoy a recital there. Also, I strolled through Wanamakers, sorry, Macy's.
Didn't get to stay for a concert but I'd always wanted to see the layout. I found it very hard to imagine how the organ was installed. Great city, lots to do, great food and people so I look forward to going back.

Just to bring this back around to survival:
"How to Survive (Almost) Anything: 14 Survival Skills"
"Most survival guides fail to consider some very useful tools: an individual’s character, wits, and worldview. The tips assembled here will change the way you approach each and every day -- and help you survive a particularly bad one."

Unlike me, Sue Burkhalter has been diligent about keeping up with her blog. I always look forward to her entries to see what she's been up to the past month. The latest topics from Sue are (1) I AM TAKING A HIP HOP DANCE CLASS (2) “WHERE’S WALDO?” HOW I KEEP TURNING UP IN CLASSES TAUGHT BY RENOWNED YOUNG CONCERT ORGANISTS:

Added is, an online metronome ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music. Also a convenient way to turn your very expensive laptop into the equivalent of a $10 clicking box.

Added is a YouTube video called "Piano Stairs." "Can we get more people to choose the stairs by making it fun to do? We believe that the easiest way to change people's behavior for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The Fun Theory."

Enjoy the long weekend but don't forget what Memorial Day is all about!

Dan Long

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