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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

December 25th, 2012
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by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

imgp5930I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
‘There is no peace on earth’, I said,
‘For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men’.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men’.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.


And a little music to go with the poemI Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas Everyone

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Cool for Cats Friday

November 26th, 2010
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Ladies and Gentlemen. The lovely…


And talented…

Ana Vidovic.

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Saturday Fluffernutter: Bond Can’t Drive; Lohan Can’t Act; Aaron Shearer 1919 – 2008

April 26th, 2008
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The nutty stories from the fluffy world of celebrities.

Trouble on the James Bond “Quantum of Solace set. In the last movie, Daniel Craig’s first as the British spy, the one car chase lasts all of ten seconds before rolling. It appears the Craig/Bond hasn’t improved as a driver. This week saw two crashes on the set, the last one sending a stunt man to hospital. The first accident saw an Aston Martin DBS, the only one available for shooting, into Lake Garda in Northern Italy last Saturday.

Doesn’t “high-class call girl” imply a level of class anymore?

Since I started doing the Saturday Fluffernutter, this may be my favourite quote. Rupert Grint, who plays Harry Potter’s sidekick Ron Weasly, was allegedly discussing moving to Los Angeles, and decided he didn’t really want to as he would end up bumping into people like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan:

“I haven’t met Paris and don’t want to either. She and Lindsay are the type of girls you need to stay away from. I met Lindsay last summer and she talked about herself a lot. She said she was going to win an Oscar before she turns 25. I just kept thinking, ‘But you can’t act’.”

The pity of the thing is, it appears to not be true:

In response to articles published this week, Rupert Grint wishes it to be known that he has never met Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton and has not nor would he make any negative comment about them as has been stated. He has also never made any negative comment about Los Angeles. He will be taking action against those parties spreading these falsehoods.

He may hit like Mays and run like Hayes, but actor Wesley Snipes pays taxes like s*%t. He was sentenced to three years prison this week for failing to file a tax return between 1999 and 2001. Judge William Terrell Hodges gave snipes the maximum sentence saying it was important to create a deterrent.

Somehow I fail to see how society is better off with Wesley Snipes sitting in prison.

If you have ever picked up a nylon string guitar, slapped it on your riased left knee and tried to sort out the difference between apoyando and tirando, you have probably used an Aaron Shearer book: His instructional books “Classic Guitar Technique” are the most widely used in the past 40 years. Shearer, was director of the guitar program at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory and North Carolina School of the Arts. His former students include some of the finest guitarists in the world today, including Manuel Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, and David Starobin. This past Monday Aaron Shearer passed away, aged 88.

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Picture of the Day – Victorian Guitar

March 27th, 2008
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Going Upstate

September 28th, 2007
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I am heading to the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York’s fall festival for the weekend, where I will play:

Two waltzes:

Tema De Strauss (theme by Strauss: Kiss Waltz) – Fransisco Tarrega
Los Das Hermanitas (The Two Little Sisters) – Fransisco Tarrega
English Suite – John Duarte

A full day of playing by society members, then a composers seminar with Mir Ali, and finally a concert of pieces from the Segovia Archive by Mark Delpriora.

I am shutting down the blog for the weekend, including the usual weekend fare.

Regular posting will resume Tuesday.

Blog Administration, Classical Guitar

Pachelbel’s Canon in D

April 30th, 2007
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Last year I played at a friend’s wedding and, as I documented elsewhere, it went reasonably well. For her walk up the aisle I chose to play Pachelbel’s so very pretty Canon in D.

Sorry about that Gail.

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