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by MarkC
Fri May 07, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Neanderthal in All of Us
Replies: 28
Views: 19129

Re: The Neanderthal in All of Us

What I wonder is how that would have gone on. I mean really "how." :) Was it mostly "consensual"? Or did the Neanderthals rape the whomevers? (They call it "humans.") Or did the whomevers rape the Neanderthals? Were there attitudes in the different groups about each other? Like, did many of the whom...
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese Jews from Kaifeng arrive in Israel
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Chinese Jews from Kaifeng arrive in Israel

Well actually I would bet that only maybe 3% of the people on this site have heard the joke. :)
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 3480

Re: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera

I don't care that there's nothing about the Traviata situation in his Wiki article, and I'm not interested in fixing it.

I just find it flabbergasting. It's rare to see such an omission.
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 10:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

Lance must have given many of us a new source of self-esteem. I certainly never realized before that our inabilities can make us 'advanced'!!
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese Jews from Kaifeng arrive in Israel
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Chinese Jews from Kaifeng arrive in Israel

....but seriously folks....... :) Good story, Saul!
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chinese Jews from Kaifeng arrive in Israel
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Chinese Jews from Kaifeng arrive in Israel

Old joke:

Well, we were sitting in a Chinese restaurant and happened to be wondering if there were any Jews among the Chinese people. So we asked the waiter, "Do you have any Chinese Jews?" And he says, "No, so sorry, we have orange juice, tomato juice, pineapple juice, no Chinese juice." :mrgreen:
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 3480

Re: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera

I'm not sure if you realize it, Mark, but you've just said Slatkin is incompetent and that it was foolish of the Met to pick him. :) :?: That's exactly what I meant. Actually, if we want to be more accurate.......they didn't "pick" him for it; they picked him for something else -- an opera he (appa...
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

Lance wrote:.....but probably not as advanced (in inability) as Lanza.....
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

(Sorry Chalkie, sorry......I just had to give Lance those lol's for that)
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 3480

Re: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera

.....Even if it's not his fault (entirely), it will remain a stain. I don't see how anyone could imagine it was his fault entirely. In fact, I don't see how anyone could think it was mainly his fault. IMO it's like when people boo a ballplayer for being lousy. They should boo the management whose b...
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 12:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera
Replies: 15
Views: 3480

Re: Proof That Slatkin CAN Conduct Opera

I don't think anyone said he can't conduct opera.

But it's true most of us didn't necessarily know if he could.

In any event, it's not a common thing for him, which was part of the other point.
by MarkC
Thu May 06, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

I pronounce anyone who doesn't like this a Philistine..... {smiley suppressed}



But of course then again I also liked the tenors in the Marx Brothers movies. [smiley suppressed reluctantly]
by MarkC
Wed May 05, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

As long as y'all don't pick menu #1 just to spite us anti-vealers. [smiley suppressed]

P.S. I don't eat anything that I never heard of, or which sounds like a plumbing supply company. [covers self, awaiting the flames]
by MarkC
Wed May 05, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

......Mark however seems to feel otherwise and has said so LOUDLY...maybe he should be SHOUTED DOWN equally as LOUDLY... It's OK even if I'm talked down quietly. Like I said, I don't have to eat. [smiley suppressed] (I'd order the vegetarian dish and just sort of shove it around on the plate.) [ano...
by MarkC
Wed May 05, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

......I think it is wholey sufficient that if menu one is selected, that veal is an option which can be ignored by those that choose to do so. I would not change it. Do you realize what choices there are if someone ignores the veal (which some of us would)? As I said, I'd manage. But the reason I'd...
by MarkC
Tue May 04, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Five Myths About Immigration
Replies: 18
Views: 1724

Re: Five Myths About Immigration

Mark, how can you separate the subset of "illegal immigration" from the subject of "immigration"? How can you not?? BTW.....do you not realize.......those of us who have problems with it......we (for the most part) only have problems with the illegal kind. Besides which, I didn't write the piece; M...
by MarkC
Tue May 04, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Five Myths About Immigration
Replies: 18
Views: 1724

Re: Five Myths About Immigration

.....Why should I take seriously the view of a person who has trouble even bringing herself to call an illegal immigrant an illegal immigrant?..... That's 98% of it for me too. IMO anyone who blurs that point is either dumb or playing games, and I don't have too much patience for either. "Immigrati...
by MarkC
Tue May 04, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Five Myths About Immigration
Replies: 18
Views: 1724

Re: Five Myths About Immigration

I wish I could be as sanguine as that first post. The biggest problem about the immigration debate (IMO) is that a lot of people like to blur the distinction (like, not make the distinction at all) between immigration and illegal immigration. When I see that something does that -- as that article do...
by MarkC
Mon May 03, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ASKING HELP FROM ANY CMG MEMBERS
Replies: 24
Views: 3800

Re: ASKING HELP FROM ANY CMG MEMBERS

I don't know anything about music :mrgreen: but here's something I do know: Congratulations and have a great day!!!!! P.S. I think some of the movements from Handel's Water Music make great wedding music. I remember years ago they used it at a White House wedding (of Tricia Nixon) and I thought it w...
by MarkC
Mon May 03, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

....I agree.....unfortunately, the material just does not pass the test of time... George Carlin felt the same about his early stuff, like hippy-dippy weatherman: "The pollen count: one two three four five!" He said he didn't understand how he had gotten away with that kind of stuff. I, on the othe...
by MarkC
Mon May 03, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Next season's piano recitals
Replies: 5
Views: 703

Re: Next season's piano recitals

.....Here are the two I propose to set aside: 1. Ivan Moravec; Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin. When I heard Moravec in recital a few years ago, he seemed past him prime. Now 80 years old, I don't anticipate he'll be any closer to his prime..... Wow! I didn't know he was still.......how do we say ...
by MarkC
Sun May 02, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

Groucho did something like that in The Cocoanuts......the line was something like, "Do you realize values have gone up 1929 since 100%?"

But Firesign Theater seems to have left him behind by a wide margin. :lol:
by MarkC
Sat May 01, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

P.S. The people who loved Firesign Theater also seemed usually to be into Cheech & Chong (which I did get). :) I never saw either, but I did see this episode of Jeopardy where Anderson Cooper utterly embarrassed himself: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/03/19/pot-smoker-cheech-marin-...
by MarkC
Sat May 01, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

Must have played Waiting for the Electrician 50 times back in the day. Wonder how it would sound now ... Would that be this.......? FyfD19gZKQk Listening now.......the only thing I get so far is "He says he can shout, don't hear you!" :mrgreen: And also that (for some reason) the Schulz-Evler piano...
by MarkC
Sat May 01, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

slofstra wrote:I often purchase smoked horsemeat.....
I guess that's better than smoking purchased horsemeat, which was the first way I read it.

Things are funnier when you start not to see so good. :lol:
by MarkC
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

Bless you, chalkster & markc, for your stand on veal. :D Thank you, and you're welcome. We can get our vitamin A from cod liver oil. I guess with fish being a lower form of life, one can feel a little less bad about the killing involved. It's a fallen world and we have to do these things..... While...
by MarkC
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

......Firesign Theatre.... Wow -- there's something we don't hear much about any more. I never heard or saw any of their stuff, but many of my friends were fanatics and would talk about their routines. Somehow I just never got around to checking them out. And I haven't heard them mentioned in decad...
by MarkC
Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

This just shows again that we have different ideas of what musicianship means. since I do it for a living, I'll trust my own. That's awfully rigid. If you think "musicianship" necessarily involves high intelligence, you are insisting on a narrow definition. But of course feel free to trust it all y...
by MarkC
Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

I meant what I said - "Never heard such a thing before."..... I knew you meant what you said, but colloquially it could have been ambiguous -- it could have meant either thing. I realized it probably meant what it did. But believe me, I read it very very carefully before I expressed my wonderment. ...
by MarkC
Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

^^ Never heard of anything like that, and I wouldn't 'assume' anything. ^^
Thanks for posting it. I'll be looking into it. (Not necessarily about O'Neal's but in general.)
by MarkC
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

In terms of my sense of musicianship, Lanza was extremely, extremely high. baloney. he learned everything by wrote, by repetition - pigeons have been taught to play ping-pong....does that mean they have great intelligence?? This just shows again that we have different ideas of what musicianship mea...
by MarkC
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?
Replies: 40
Views: 3530

Re: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?

Has anyone come across this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXxdgAX3GwE Scriabin Jazz Study N°5 by Serge FORTE ? I quite enjoy it myself, having had a crack at the original etude (op 42 no 5) Cool stuff!! And even though I know and love the original, if not for your 'orientation' it probably would h...
by MarkC
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

.....Mark is the first person I have come across that shares that same viewpoint..... I guess it's a thing of what circles we move in. My wife had the view before she met me, and it seems to be a view shared by many people I know, although interestingly it's almost never stated or discussed. What m...
by MarkC
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

......I really do not understand all this brouhaha about veal, never heard such a thing before,.... I can't tell if part of what you mean is that you just don't know (as opposed to knowing but not feeling it's well taken). Don't worry -- either way, we won't bombard you with it. But it's what Chalk...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

.....on the scale of great musicianship -Rubinstein and Horowitz are up around 9-9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I'm not sure Lanza registers on the scale. Aha......now it's been transformed into "musicianship"! It intrigues me how many debates seem to come down to semantics.......or something like that...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

HOLY COW (pardon the expression) -- it really is that just one menu gets selected in advance for all of us. Of course regard this as just one person's vote, but it's a LOUD one: Unless the veal can be replaced on the first menu, the first menu shouldn't even be considered. Having veal as one of just...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

Chalkperson wrote:I don't eat veal either, because of the way the animal is reared......
That's just what I meant.
(Was it not clear?)
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

Maybe brains are overrated. :mrgreen: I prefer people to have brains, but I don't require it. :lol: I've heard Rubinstein described as "brainless," and while I wouldn't say that, I know what they mean. I've heard Horowitz described in even more unflattering intellectual terms. In fact, since we're t...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?
Replies: 40
Views: 3530

Re: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?

......the first time I listened to a whole disc of Scriabin piano music, it was immediately attractive. The early stuff sounded like Chopin with an edge earned by the intervening century. Then came the later works, especially the 9th sonata. This totally grabbed me. Scriabin had looked into the aby...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I know this isn't Facebook, but
Replies: 7
Views: 958

Re: I know htis isn't Facebook, but

My car's splashguard broke and was making horrible noises underneath the car. So I had to have it removed, even though they couldn't replace it right away. So now I'm driving around without a splashguard.

Just saying. :)
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 11623

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

OK, I'll have one of everything. :lol: But seriously folks.......about the menu selections, this may or may not be a narrow point. I don't think it is, but if it is, then ignore it. Speaking as someone who's not a vegetarian, I have the impression that VEAL particularly is an offensive food to many ...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

well a real opera star should at least be able to perform an opera role on-stage. Mario Lanza was not able to do so. Who says we're judging just on the basis of "opera star"? Here's the question in the OP: "Were or are there other performers in the classical world who got there on the basis of some...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

Heck148 wrote:yes, he was essentially a fake. a bozo with a gorgeous voice, who hadn't a clue how to use it.....
Depends on our concept of what "real" means.
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Singers who got there without the pipes ...
Replies: 91
Views: 6083

Re: Singers who got there without the pipes ...

Mario Lanza?? You don't think he was real good? I'm biased because my parents liked him a lot, and I grew up hearing some of his 78's. But as near as I can tell, he was indeed real good. He had that extra to really reach people. He was really big .. a household name in the 1950s. I would guess the ...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Malcolm X the Scumbag
Replies: 24
Views: 13068

Re: Malcolm X the Scumbag

HoustonDavid wrote:You sly dogs and your Roman numeral jokes; it's a good thing I studied Latin 55 years ago. :D
LV
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Malcolm X the Scumbag
Replies: 24
Views: 13068

Re: Malcolm X the Scumbag

Old joke: Dan Quayle, on being asked who his favorite African-Americans were: "Uh......Martin Luther King, and......uh......Malcolm the tenth." Reminds me of the (off-topic) story that when "The Madness of George III" was released in the US they changed the name to "The Madness of King George" so A...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?
Replies: 40
Views: 3530

Re: Scriabin: why the "rambling" feeling?

You have to just keep hearing it without thinking about it, and eventually you get it. Yes, but Mark, that's true of everything..... Not in the sense of "get" that we were talking about. If you mean "get" in the highest and most sophisticated sense, or in great depth, then yes. But Lance and I were...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Von Weber's Piano Trio, Op. 63 - stunning work!
Replies: 13
Views: 1667

Re: Von Weber's Piano Trio, Op. 63 - stunning work!

Hmmm ... I just remembered Harvey VAN Cliburn, too! :wink: LOL.......I was going to do a Van Cliburn thing but you beat me to it. :mrgreen: P.S. I assumed the "Harvey" was a joke, but then figured you probably wouldn't have just made it up, so I checked on it. And darned if that isn't his actual fi...
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Malcolm X the Scumbag
Replies: 24
Views: 13068

Re: Malcolm X the Scumbag

Old joke:

Dan Quayle, on being asked who his favorite African-Americans were: "Uh......Martin Luther King, and......uh......Malcolm the tenth."
by MarkC
Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Malcolm X the Scumbag
Replies: 24
Views: 13068

Re: Malcolm X the Scumbag

I feel like even if Saul started a thread denouncing Satan called "Satan the Scumbag" the outcome would be very much the same: jbuck would elaborate on Satan's good points and Ralph would talk about his many pleasant conversations with him. There is no winning for poor Saul, it seems. :P Yeah right...