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  1. Em says:

    Apropos of nothing….
    Sitting up here in the mountains watching an old John Wayne movie from the early 1930 s…. I think i see why God is partial to us simple minded folk… the foolish can confuse the wise with the right Leader – Wayne is wearing a black hat, btw. Now that is confusing … 🎠 🎠 🎠

  2. Em says:

    Been listeningv to 1940s swing bands today… Anyone know how those musicians manage to blow all those different horns so spot on?
    Praying everyone’s Sunday has some of God’s edification for the soul tomorrow – no starving souls…..

  3. Dan from Georgia says:


    Lots of hard work I would say. And a good set of lungs. I took flute lessons in college, and it took me the whole quarter to learn how to actually make a note sound good. Thankfully I had a very patient teacher.

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    As a guitar player, I am always amazed at those who can play guitar and sing at the same time. It’s not as easy as one may think, nor as common.

  5. My son chose to play the flute this last year. I couldn’t blow a note, my middle and high scull experience being brass, the baritone and then trombone. I got frustrated with him and he with me. I can still read music and tried to teach him the simple things like whole and quarter notes, how to count. I even showed him a Jethro Tull video, but one of the ones where Ian Anderson was scary. Oops… it didn’t end well.

    In 5th grade I wanted to play the flute or the trombone but my mom forced me to play the baritone becauae no one played it and I could get college scholarships.

    When we moved the end of 6th grade, I played it in 7th and 8th grade. When I entered the small high school the band had two baritone players. So they made me switch to a trombone with keys, no slide. So much for no one playing it. After the upperclassmen graduated, I switched to the slide which wasn’t hard to learn. I also joined Jazz Band.

    Senior year, band conflicted with Honors Government. That teacher found out (I had him for Honors History as a junior) and convinced me to drop band. My mom was checking out and going into a personal meltdown by then so it was my decision). That was good because 12 grade government was taught by the basketball coach and even two days in I realized that it was bad. And thus ended my music career…

  6. Owen says:

    I started playing flute in 7th grade – the reason I chose it out of all the instruments displayed on Band Day was it was small enough to fit in my school bag without being seen (I was pretty self conscious back then.) Would have picked the piccolo instead (even smaller) but the band instructor said you have to start with flute before piccolo.

    Would still be playing it now, but haven’t owned a flute for several years.

    I always admired horn players, being able to control pitch while blowing raspberries 😉

  7. filbertz says:

    played trumpet through college. Sold it for rent $. Occasionally think wistfully about playing it again…but wisdom outweighs wistful. I do appreciate a fine musician though…

  8. CM says:

    Dan from GA,

    Then there is the Air Guitar Hero:

    But in any case, the song needs more cowbell.

  9. CM says:


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  10. bob1 says:

    I feel really,, really sad about this story about a 30-year old guy who died from COVID after he attended a party in San Antonio. His last words were, ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”

    Is this what it takes for us to wise up?

  11. Jean says:

    There is a disputed quote allegedly made by Winston Churchill:

    “Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”

    Regardless of whether or not Churchill made that comment, does it still apply?

  12. directambiguity says:


    Dr. Jane Appleby tells a story told to her by an unidentified nurse of a statement made by an unidentified dead person. And her Twitter account is set to private. I need some type of verification in this atmosphere.

  13. bob1 says:

    This isn’t a debating point. And I don’t need to prove anything to you anyway.

    Good grief.

  14. The mother in the house across the street has the virus. Her son was going door to door soliciting donations for medicine. I answered the door without a mask but he had his on and stood off the stoop. They don’t know where she got it, maybe at work. He’s maybe 30 so I’d guess him mom in her early 50s. They are a Mexican family. I don’t interact with them much but we wave and smile. The mom doesn’t speak much English. A few years ago she asked me to weed eat her front green strip when she saw me trimming. She tried to offer me money but I politely declined.

    As typical for our town, it’s 3 generations and a lot of people in a small house.

  15. Muff Potter says:

    Em wondered:
    Been listeningv to 1940s swing bands today… Anyone know how those musicians manage to blow all those different horns so spot on?

    In those days they read music with a key and time signature, everybody counting out time on the beat.
    It wasn’t the dissonant free-for-all like so much of today’s stuff is.

  16. directambiguity says:

    Gee bob1 seems like you would want more than hearsay but zero evidence is enough for you. And you’re right you don’t need to (and can’t) prove it to me or anyone else.

  17. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    TNV, baritone horn aka euphonium substitute? Either of those I could imagine some decent scholarships. A trumpet player once told me that if I wrote for euphonium, tuba, English horn and viola there would always be players desperate to tackle my stuff. I haven’t written anything for baritone horn yet but I’ve thought about it once in a while.

    Muff, I love a lot of jazz up to Thelonious Monk and after that less and less of it but George Russell did some great stuff in the 1970s.

  18. WTH, I looked it up: it was a valve trombone. When I was a junior, I started to get decent on the slide trombone and our music teacher got one of the janitors to tutor me and a friend on the slide. The janitor had played in college. You could tell. Then I dropped band and then moved to an apartment where brass wouldn’t have worked.

  19. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    apartments are definitely not ideal for brass! Valve trombone, eh? A la the great Juan Tizol with Duke’s band? Nice. One of my hobbies is tracking down chamber pieces for guitar with every instrument I can think of and Gyorgy Kurtag’s The Little Predicament is an avant garde goofy piece for piccolo, tenor trombone (slide) and guitar. Took me a while to find the score for that one! Now, of course, I can’t find any trombonists to play music with here in Seattle anyway.

  20. CM says:


    There are no jazz bands or big bands in Seattle at all?

  21. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    There’s not a shortage of musicians so much as rehearsals are hard to pull off in quarantine circumstances and I’m limited to traveling by public transit to boot. I know some really good classical trombonists but they’re kind of busy parenting and working lately.

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