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  •  So much for going outside! (10+ / 0-)

    I can't miss a musical comment!  What would Jim think?!

    USM is the University of Southern Mississippi.  I'll edit to correct that.  Thanks for noticing.

    I never could take lessons from my Dad.  I started Suzuki (violin) when I was four and played until I was 20; in band through Jr. High, High School, and college I played oboe and English Horn, then was captain of the sideline percussion group during field season.  I was a music major for a while but gave it up for history when I realized that trying to get back into piano at 18 was a bad idea.

    I have been known to pick up my oboe from time to time - and my violin.  I can still pick my way (slowly) through most of the pieces from the last Suzuki book I worked through - vol. 6.  

    Favorite recordings... Dad was a Brahms/Chopin guy, so I'm quite partial to Horowitz and Rubenstein's recordings of their oeuvres.  Carol Rosenberger is a favorite pianist; she's sensitive to the tempi written for most of my favorite Chopin and Brahms.  Barenboim's recordings of the Bach partitas and Scarlatti little pieces... and his new releases of the Well-Tempered Clavier... are lovely.  I also love Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Gershwin's little pieces for piano as well.  Lang-Lang is a magnificent newcomer that I really enjoy.

    Gould... I've never been a Gould fan.  Pollini either, for the same reason - I can hear them breathing, loudly.  Gould sang along.  Both pain me to no end.

    Steven Osborne's new recordings of the Beethoven Sonatas and last year's Rachmaninoff preludes are TO DIE FOR.  They're perfection embodied.  

    I think you're thinking of the Ravel concerto.  As for Dad, he worked up some LH pieces during his recovery.  Then, a year later, he had a second operation at Touro for the same contracture.  I could always tell when it was bothering him - he'd miss some of notes - black keys - in the Chopin Nocturne in b.

    "Katrina was no puddle and this is not a leak." Inspired by Another American Lie

    by khowell on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 10:39:10 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for all that! Especially (5+ / 0-)

      that rec for the Beethoven and Rachmf. I'm going to put that on my Christmas wish list right now!

      I too played violin but not for long enough. My older sister played it and I had to try to be different--it seems to have been my mission in life at that point. The oboe is another instrument I wish I could play, always loved it.

      But history. I can relate.

      you (Repubs) lie down with "Nazi"-chanters, you get up with a responsibility for what they might do. -David Corn

      by Gorette on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 10:59:42 AM PDT

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    •  I Grew Up (5+ / 0-)

      Listening to my dad sing along with George Jones and Hanks Williams. My great love was and always will be rock and roll. The Beatles, The Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix. That's the music I've lived and breathed my whole life.

      "Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality." Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Pam LaPier on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 11:20:50 AM PDT

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      •  Love Beatles and Stones as well......couldn't (4+ / 0-)
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        have done without them. But married a man who hated Rock. I know. Well, we're divorced. That's probably why. heh.

        Just really was into choral music in high school, and voice lessons. My love of classical music is strongest.

        you (Repubs) lie down with "Nazi"-chanters, you get up with a responsibility for what they might do. -David Corn

        by Gorette on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 11:24:54 AM PDT

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      •  My husband (5+ / 0-)

        always says I was born 30 years too late.  I have more Beatles, Stones, Neil Young, Zeppelin, Clapton, and Bob Dylan than most people ... certainly most people who've just turned 30.  When I started listening to jazz (vibraphone in jazz band was what I loved about being a music major - that and theory) it was like people must've been in the teens and 20s...  an epic battle of conflicting cultures, wrought over Brubeck instead of Joplin.

        "Katrina was no puddle and this is not a leak." Inspired by Another American Lie

        by khowell on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 11:45:50 AM PDT

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        •  Sounds like me, only I belonged to the (3+ / 0-)
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          Beatles, Stones, etc. era...I started listening to "Jazz Decades" on the radio with my Dad Sunday nights and fell in love with the music of the 30's and 40's, and a bit of 1920's Louis Armstrong and Bix Biederbecke. I even drove long distances to see musicians like Roy Eldridge, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson in the 1970s.

          My dad died in a car accident over three years ago...in perfect health until then, always thought he'd live to his 90s...he only played music on the phonograph (later got a CD player), but he was great at that (left some wonderful records)...

          "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

          by Alice in Florida on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 02:08:32 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, Ravel! n/t (6+ / 0-)

      you (Repubs) lie down with "Nazi"-chanters, you get up with a responsibility for what they might do. -David Corn

      by Gorette on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 11:21:42 AM PDT

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