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  • From Rhonda Edgington on a musical day

    It’s funny, Brian was the one who insisted on the no listed pieces thing. Tony didn’t care, but Brian had this idea that it would be a more “relaxed, spontaneous” evening if we didn’t use programs. I thought that was weird, but whatever.
    Actually, I think for him it meant we were being intentionally more jazz oriented, and less “stuffy classical”. Seems a bit simplistic to me, but again. Whatever.

    I clearly stepped in the middle of the big classical-jazz riff at the college by doing this (as evidenced by the folks who didn’t show up…you know who) but I had fun, Brian even found a little extra funds for my efforts, and I thought it was a successful event. So that’s something.
    Thanks for your nice comments!

    That Laotian cafe is super yummy.
    Oh, it’s definitely a B3. Not that I’d know the difference. Tony brings his own with him from Cleveland whenever he comes in to play.

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    • From jupiterj on a musical day

      It’s interesting to me that the impulse to be obscure and not communicate program choices is seen as “spontaneity and relaxed,” when in fact it increases the distance between the performers and the audience in my opinion. Like when Tony forgot to turn on his mic. Heh. That was spontaneous and relaxed. But I often find that the way I conceive of promoting the arts and bringing people together is very different from local profs and artists (yourself excepted, of course).

      I think Huw is making a mistake to not be more supportive. I wish Hope College was more visionary and would cultivate you to replace him when he retires. You would rock in that sort of a gig. I know you and the AGO think that college organ departments are dying, but I disagree with this impact that is sometimes assumed with this assessment when I see so much good music and new organs happening,

      If Tony’s instrument is a B 3 it resembles one I’ve never seen. Usually the cabinet is wood in the front. But I guess that might be true of C3s as well. He seemed like a sweetheart of a dude as is Brian for that matter.

      I’m very interested in some of the pieces you played the other night. Where did you buy the Henry Martin music? I’m having difficult laying my hands on the organ preludes and fugues and I would be interested in his piano preludes and fugues as well.

      Glad you got a little money for this gig. That’s a good sign.

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  • From Elizabeth on immigrant nation

    I hope the Garang family makes it to Holland. It’s overwhelming to think of all the individuals impacted by these tumultuous events — the executive action and following judicial interventions. I think this ugliness is temporary, but it’s going to take a lot of work to get us back on track and mend all the fences damaged in the process. There are some good people in many corners of the world (I think you and I are included) who are trying to do our part to fix this. It ain’t easy. I love you.

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    • From jupiterj on immigrant nation

      I didn’t hear anything at church about them yesterday. My boss is in the Virgin Islands resting up with her partner. They get away regularly. Our associate pastor who presided yesterday is less in touch with the situation and had nothing specific to say about it. It is definitely a troubling time in the world. It’s good to remember that many people are still trying to make it a better place for those who suffer and are ready to help and embrace them. I love you, too!

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  • From Elizabeth on first february friday 2017

    I find this useful: https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com

    I signed up for the email newsletter since I can have trouble “jumping” the Great Firewall to read news.

    I don’t know much about the guy who compiles it: @matt_kiser

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  • From Sarah on an old friend and learning my trio

    I assume you saw that the author of the insane clown president was on the daily show the other day? X

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    • From jupiterj on an old friend and learning my trio

      Eileen and I have fallen out of the habit of watching The Daily Show. Now we only pull up little bits of it on YouTube and then only sporadically. Democracy Now also interviewed Matt Taibbi and we did watch some of that.

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  • From Jonny Keen on an old friend and learning my trio

    Steve you have mentioned needing a pipe organ in order to practice-my wife’s church Covenant PCA has a pipe organ-maybe they will let you practice on their organ-you could call them and find out-the church is located here in Holland I am sure their phone number is in the phone book-peace

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  • From Elizabeth on no success like failure, failure's no success at all

    Good for you being brave and asking. Jeez, what a cold response from him. Well, as a wise woman once said: Shake it off! Haters gonna hate!

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  • From Mark on no success like failure, failure's no success at all

    So I’m a bit of a reactionary but I would remember Huw’s treatment of you when it comes to scheduling guest organists for recitals. Invite Rhonda. Invite Craig. Invite Nora Duncan. Invite your friend who just moved to an episcopal gig. I would wait for a year before even considering to invite that 1928 BCP, hoary old Anglican idiot. But that’s just me.

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    • From jupiterj on no success like failure, failure's no success at all

      I appreciate your reaction. Jen also was upset about this. Locally I have run into quite a bit of lack of vision about supporting the arts outside of Hope College and feel like I want to do my part to connect and support musicians, even Hew when he’s being a bit of a stinker. Jen has a very cool idea about inviting all of the organists involved in the project to play on a dedicatory recital. That would be Rhonda, Craig, myself, and Hew. When she told me this idea about a year ago, I said we should definitely invite this crew, but that it might not happen. Despite Hew’s response, I plan to invite him and his students to come and observe as Pasi installs the instrument. Then I am more interested in involving Hope organ students at Grace than Hew. My guess is he wouldn’t play anyway.

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  • From jupiterj on jupe composes himself

    Brains ARE cool that ‘s for sure . And mysterious.

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  • From Elizabeth on mostly links

    I’ve listened to one of those episodes on poverty. I found it really brutal! I’m not sure I’ll listen to the rest of them just now. Man.

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    • From jupiterj on mostly links

      I understand. Eileen and I are working are way through them. I’m re-listening to Episode 2 and have made it all the way through 3. Brutal they are, but I’m finding them a helpful counterbalance to the influx of information and news just now.

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  • From Elizabeth on jupe composes himself

    Wow, that’s so excellent! And how amazing to have something emerge from a dream.

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  • From Elizabeth on some book talk

    I’m supremely disturbed by your continued use of the term “Basefuck.” Ok, now I’ll read the rest of your post.

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    • From jupiterj on some book talk

      Oh dear. Sorry about that. I try to use a different version every time. Didn’t know I was repeating that one. Thanks for reading.

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  • From Elizabeth on tools for coping

    So many good links and recs here. Thanks! Listening to On the Media now. Love you!

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  • From Mark on tools for coping

    I thought this was an especially helpful episode. Listened to it while lying in bed and then again while driving to and from Ann Arbor this afternoon. Thanks for your notes.

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    • From jupiterj on tools for coping

      Yes, I was especially glad to hear what Lakoff has to say. I convinced Eileen to listen to it as well and then she recommended it to some of her alto friends at the Grace Choir Alto breakfast yesterday. Thanks for the Solnit book. I am now keeping a doc of “possible reads” to try to track books that interest me better.

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  • From Sarah on tools for coping

    Yes, i recommended hypernormalisation – I thought you started it but didn’t finish it, and I think you said it was oversimplifying things.. I found it useful for a bit of context, but it does simplify – it sorta creates a dot-to-dot connecting events to get to where we are now, skipping over a lot I’m sure

    As Elizabeth put on Facebook, ‘were all in this togetger!’
    X x

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    • From jupiterj on tools for coping

      We watched Hypernormalisatoin a bit again last night, but the YouTube version was blurry. Instead we turned to the new Netflix version of Lemony Snicket and quite enjoyed the first episode.

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  • From jupiterj on confessions of a nerd

    Loving people currently in your life is an admirable thing! I do that, too! And Elizabeth and Sarah both responded saying they read the blog regularly.

    I’m not seeking peace with people in my past. I just wondered if they were my idealized audience as I blather on here. But who knows?

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

    Hope you’re having a good holiday!

    love from Uncle Steve

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  • From Cindy Cosway on confessions of a nerd

    “I have been thinking about my blogging as letters to people in the past. People who are not now who they were then. These are letters to their former selves. I think about this when I know my kids are busy and probably not checking the blog very much.”

    I find this fascinating. In two parts. Part 1: I’m not sure I would spend much time writing letters to folks that aren’t who they once were – and maybe/probably weren’t all I thought they were from the start. I admire that you do and it must bring you some peace. I often think I’m missing some genetic code of emotion, but not sure which one.

    I love the people that are currently in my life, and I spend very little time thinking about those that are no longer in my life. (until I read your blog, anyway – Ha!)

    Hopefully I’ve not over-shared.

    Part 2: I believe your kids are never so busy that they don’t check your blog much. Smiley face.

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  • From Cindy Cosway on sheepish jupe

    I think most of us have these frustrated moments, then regret later. This too shall pass. :)

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  • From Elizabeth on confessions of a nerd

    Hey! You don’t call. You don’t write. Of course I read your blog.

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    • From jupiterj on confessions of a nerd

      Everyday? Well my hits fell way down and I know somebody (or some bot) is not reading these days. At any rate, I’m glad you’re having time in England. Thank you for reading and commenting. love from Dad

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      • From Elizabeth on confessions of a nerd

        I love you! Usually daily if I’m home. But with a VPN so I’m not sure how that registers with google analytics. On the road definitely not every day.

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  • From Sarah on confessions of a nerd

    Not checking the blog? Psh.

    We can always Skype too, you know… and you can chat to our present selves! :D

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    • From jupiterj on confessions of a nerd

      I know you check the blog, but I also know that sometimes you wait and read several at a time. Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting! love from Dad

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  • From jupiterj on 2 experiences

    David,

    dude, you are too kind. I had fun but I wish we could have heard each other a bit better.

    Steve

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