80 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-1-17

  1. Happy July to everyone.
    Most of the commotion on this blog happens after I’ve gone to bed.
    I read all the Hardy Boys books. I didn’t think about who wrote them.
    I see Tom Clancy is still coming out with books. He’s been dead a couple of years now.

    There was a drug store in Charleston that sold used comic books. You could buy a comic book and resell it to the store. Used books cost .05. They would buy it back from you for ..02 They made $.03 on the transaction.

    I think new comic’s cost ten cents at the time.

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  2. First!
    Some music to wake you all up, from Nova Scotia, my father’s home province. Nova Scotia is somewhat famed for its fiddlers and step dancers, and Natalie McMaster is among the best. Her accent heard in the clip is Cape Breton, a region of Nova Scotia that contains some of the most beautiful landscape in the province:


  3. Good morning! I hope everyone has a great weekend. We have no special plans for the 4th, but in Atlanta staying home means plenty of sounds and some sights of nearby fireworks.

    Karen and I went to the wrong doctor’s office yesterday morning. It was good I took her because we made it to the other office in the nick of time before the grace period ended. She could not have done it using Uber.

    I have writer’s group today. I have something that I need critiqued for possible inclusion in another compilation book.

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  4. Next to Nova Scotia is the province of New Brunswick. I once had the opportunity to play the Miramachi Ballad, which refers to a city of New Brunswick which was the centre of its lumber industry, by New Brunswick composer Kelsey Jones with a small chamber orchestra. It was a lot of fun to play:


  5. Good Morning Everyone. Something that occurred to me yesterday, not that it matters much in yours or my life.
    Princess Diana would turn 56 today. The end of August she will be dead 20 years. BG will be 20 in September. THAT is how time flies.
    I am having a professional photo taken today. I do not photograph well and I am never sure what to do in front of the camera to have my photo taken. I always turn my head the wrong way ending up with 4 chins, squinty eyes, and a crooked smile…so perhaps I should ask you to pray for the photographer. She won’t have the best subject.
    My song for the day from the Sunny South?

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  6. When I posted my first post, there was nobody here, but I see Chas slipped in ahead of me.

    There are three provinces in the Maritime region of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, also referred to for brevity as PEI. PEI is, of course, most famous for the author Lucy Maud Montgomery and her beloved fictional character, Anne. However, the music of PEI is dominated by the Acadian style. The Acadians were the French settlers who set up a colony, Acadia, in what is now Nova Scotia. During the ongoing conflict between the French and British in the 1700s, the British captured Acadia. They doubted the loyalty of the Acadians, although many had made oaths of loyalty to the British, and infamously forced many of them to go to the French territory of Louisiana, where the Acadians became Cajuns. Yet, many Acadians stayed and are now in all three provinces of the Maritimes, and their music is characterized by its sheer energy:


  7. I see Janice was one hundred yesterday.
    Tomorrow is our anniversary. We will have been married a long time. Since 1979. That must mean thirty eight, so eldest son is thirty seven, second is thirty six. daughter is thirty four, son is thirty one, and so on to daughter who is nine. Sadly, husband will still be on the road so I will have to celebrate by pulling weeds. Though it will be Sunday and I don’t pull weeds on Sunday. Instead, I celebrate the things God is doing and has done and will do.

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  8. I didn’t take the header photo but I could have (both species being plentiful here). It’s milkweed, likely common milkweed, with a June bug. Milkweed species are the only things monarch butterfly caterpillars will eat. We have a lot of milkweed on our street, including a great big patch I think someone planted on purpose, and we now have a little bit growing in our backyard, which I have allowed to stay. (Though the aphids really love it.) It’s incredible how many species of insect eat it. By late summer it is often down to leaf skeletons, especially if milkweed tussock moths lay their eggs on it. (The caterpillars are hatched in clusters, so you have a whole group of them eating all the leaves rather than monarch caterpillars just one per plant in most cases.)


  9. We got an early start this morning. D3 is here to run an annual race called the Hannibal Cannibal. It’s a 5k, 10k, or 15k race that has a killer hill towards the end of it. She did the 5K in just over 37 minutes. Mrs L and I went downtown to watch the start at 7AM.

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  10. You can’t beat Chas here on most days, especially on a Saturday when we’re all sleeping in.

    I’m off to lunch with the cousins. Lots of fireworks in the harbor last night so it was dog-calming duty for me.

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  11. Went and saw the tall ships – we toured three. There were a few cannons fired while we were there, though we weren’t on the boats that fired them. I got some photos and I will try to send a few to The Real.

    Glad you are enjoying the music, Mumsee.

    The West Coast of Canada is a bit like the West Coast of the U.S., everything is a bit edgier. So, from very traditional acoustic music on the East Coast to very electronic on the West. The electronic musical duo Delirium is from British Columbia. Like most electronic duos, they seldom appear in their music videos. In this one, the Armenian-Canadian operatic soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is featured, amidst a post-apocalyptic setting (how original):


  12. If just been talking with a friend on FB who took a family vacation to Israel but didn’t go on a tour. They just booked their flights, hotels, apartment VRBO in Jerusalem and went. They hired a guide for two days in Jerusalem and had a great trip.

    It never occurred to me to travel like that, but of course you can. She asked if I’ve been–no, because I figure as soon as I step foot in the country Armageddon will begin. Maybe I should go as a service to God?

    Have any of you ever been to Israel?


  13. Alberta is one of the newer Canadian provinces and many of the settlers that came in the early 1900s to the brand new province were Eastern European. Among those was a large population of Ukrainians, hence the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton:

    Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both
    now and always, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


  14. Michelle, I haven’t been to Israel, but several of my relatives have, some more than once. I’ve mentioned my two Jewish uncles who married into the family. One had a brother living in Israel (both have since passed away) and their descendants have made a point of visiting the country.

    I think that Kare probably knows more about the music of Saskatchewan than I do. However, this Plains Cree singer born in Saskatchewan, Buffy Saint Marie, was quite well known in the 60s folk music scene, singing with the likes of Johnny Cash. Here she sings with the Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, who has incorporated the style into pop music.


  15. Phos, I’m an Albertan born and raised and lived in BC almost as long as I have lived in Saskatchewan. All I really know is that virtually everyone here likes country music and that is one genre I dislike. (Sorry, Kim and others on here) 🙂 despite growing up in Calgary.


  16. This is a short one, but well worth listening to. The Metis people of Canada are the descendants of First Nations and French Canadian fur traders and speak a creole language. They have communities in several provinces, but the Red River Valley in Manitoba has a famous historical connection. In the early days of Canada’s confederation, after Manitoba became a province, Metis there raised a rebellion when they were forced off their lands by British settlers. They, like the Acadians, have a strong attachment to the fiddle in their music:


  17. Kim @ 8:36. Yesterday was truly blessed of our Lord. We had a good and healing conversation and she apologized to me. We cried…all is well and I am so very thankful for ya’lls prayers for I know He hears the prayers of His children…how I cherish each and every one of you…now on to new adventures! (And I look forward to updates on how your new adventures are going!…so far so good??!!)

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  18. Last, but not least, La Belle Province, Quebec, the largest and the oldest province of Canada. Although Newfoundland was the site of a Viking settlement, the former colony of New France is the oldest permanent European settlement, with Quebec City being founded in 1608. There are so many different types of music that Quebec is famous for exporting, pop – coughCeline Dioncough, classical – Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Baroque – Les Boreades du Montreal, crossover – La Pieta… the list is long. However, perhaps the most internationally famous Quebec musician was the jazz musician, Oscar Peterson:


  19. My photo session down by the Bay was rained out. We are trying again Monday and may try to get some sunset shots. Thanks for the link Michele. I may try some of the suggestions.

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  20. Happy Canada Day (and congratulations on a sesquicentennial) to all our Canadian friends!

    Our younger daughter (who loves Canada, and has driven through large parts of it with Canadian friends) came into the library a little while ago wearing an American flag shirt, so I ragged her a bit on that.

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  21. There were a couple recent references to Tom Sawyer, which reminded me of a recent comment I made on a friend’s Facebook photo. The photo showed her 12 year old daughter & a friend painting their white picket fence. I asked if Tom Sawyer had talked them into it.

    Re: Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, etc – I don’t recall reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys (although I may have), but I do remember reading at least one or two Bobbsey Twins books.

    There were also, believe it or not, books about Barbie Roberts & her family, as in the Barbie dolls. One thing I remember about them is that the writer used “um hum” for “uh huh”, & even my eight or nine year old mind thought it sounded silly.

    As for sleeping in on a Saturday, which I really needed to do. . .I was awakened by puppy Janie jumping on my bed & starting to play with Heidi. Little Guy had been downstairs, I guess, & had left both doors open, then decided to let Janie out of her crate.

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  22. Thanks for the Canadian musical tour, Roscuro. Now I can add more names to the list beyond Gordon Lightfoot, Glenn Gould, and Charles DuToit. 😉

    The PEI duo reminds me of some of the acts who have played at the local venue where I sometimes perform. (It is more than just classical music that is featured there — they get quite a nice variety of musical styles, and I’ve always enjoyed listening to the type of music that PEI duo played.)

    I’ve got a few Canadian/musical connections. Besides having enjoyable conversations about music with a certain Ontarian friend 😉 I also had two piano students (a brother and sister) who had lived in Quebec; a music friend from around here (organizer of most of the shows in which I’ve played, and a duet partner in the past) who traveled to British Columbia this year; and I sent one of my original piano compositions to a certain friend in Saskatchewan. 🙂

    Happy Canada Day to my northern neighbors!

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  23. My husband is of French-Canadian ancestry. His father was born in Caribou, Maine to French-Canadian parents, & grew up speaking French (well, Canadian French). Hubby’s dad had much trouble when he had to learn English in school, so he did not want to teach Hubby to speak French.

    Chickadee went through a period of time in her teens when she loved the idea of Canada. (She was thrilled when I pointed out that she was 1/4 French-Canadian, not merely French.)

    We were watching a dance competition show that showcased dance teams from all over the world. She was disappointed that there was no team from Canada. She blurted out, “I wanna see dancing Canadians!”

    It was so funny! I’ve reminded her, & laughed with her, about that several times over the years.

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  24. Almost forgot! I said Happy Canada Day on Facebook, but not on here yet. So. . .

    Happy Canada Day, Canadian Friends!

    Which reminds me – Little Guy has been referring to the Fourth of July as America Day. 🙂

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  25. Michelle- I went to Israel 40 years ago on a singing tour. Israel was one week out ten, which included Austria, Yugoslavia, Germany, and Switzerland. Ironically, we only gave one concert in Israel, and couldn’t give one in Vienna because of a Mozart festival at the same time we were there.

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  26. I’ve not seen (or even heard of) that movie, DJ. What’s it about?

    Gordon Lightfoot has such a distinctive sounding voice. Really love that sound.

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  27. Good Morning Everyone. Up and at ’em.
    I have Sunday School this morning and a listing appointment this afternoon.

    Here is a question for those who choose to play.
    Why do people hold on to checks for two months before depositing them?

    I have my bank account set up to text me each morning what the balance is. I mostly use my debit card so it stays fairly accurate. I buy gas and groceries and a few other things. Mr P checks all of our accounts every day in detail. Luckily. I got a text from the bank yesterday morning that said I had $48.75 in my account. Not a big deal. Gas tank is full, Mr P had been to the grocery store Friday. I had no plans to spend anything. I can and have carried a balance like that for a week. THEN I get a text that I have $6 in my account from Mr. P. I wrote a $100 check to someone the end of April and they FINALLY deposited it on Friday!!!!
    Yes, I understand I am at fault here and should have known the check was still outstanding but I just do not understand why people hold onto a check for TWO MONTHS. If you write a check to me I deposit or cash it as soon as I can—I don’t like outstanding checks.


  28. Another RANT this morning. If you were not in the military, do NOT use military terms unless you are writing a book or a screenplay.

    A mother announcing on Facebook that her son is “in the sandbox” and asking all of her friends to drop off items for his care package on her front porch and then all of her friends talking about the “sandbox” just sounds awkward. Not to mention that she has already sent a Birthday Box that was decorated on the inside (she used to be a kindergarten teacher) and is now working on the 3rd care package. I know he has only been gone a few weeks because she announced THAT on FB too! Poor kid is probably dying of embarrassment or being harassed to death by the guys around him!

    I have already sent a message to her about being a little more discrete about what she posts on FB but she assured me she only leaves it up for a little while then takes it down. Ummm guess she doesn’t get how this inter webby thing works.
    We had our own personal Marine over seas. We had a general idea of where he might be but nothing got posted all over FB. A few times he was able to call his dad.


  29. Poignant story, August Rush based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist, in part. I liked it.

    In other news:

    I tracked my daughter most of the way across the world yesterday but when I went to bed last night, her flight STILL had not landed at stop #3 and was three hours later. I couldn’t stay up any longer, went to bed and when I got up this morning it still had not landed.

    Trying not to panic, I hunted Twitter for an Air Ethiopia flight that had crashed–and thankfully none had. No email from her, but then I turned to FB and 25 minutes before she had posted a photo of her visa into Uganda.

    Thankful. Let her adventure begin.

    If only I could go back to bed and get some sleep, now . . . 🙂

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  30. Kim – Don’t you keep a running total/balance in your checkbook?

    Shortly after marrying Hubby, I was surprised when he said something about how we can never really know how much money is available because of outstanding checks. Turns out he had never been taught to balance a checkbook. That’s especially surprising because his dad once owned a small business & his mom did the books for it. Maybe they just took it for granted that he would figure it out.


  31. Speaking of small businesses, I couldn’t believe the ignorance of a post I saw on Facebook a while back. It said that if you want to start your own business, but not pay all your employees a “living wage” (IOW, well above minimum wage), then you don’t deserve to own a business. It added that, by only paying minimum wage, you would be taking advantage of your employees in order to have your dream of owning a business, which it called the height of entitlement.

    Isn’t it true that the majority of small businesses fail? That most of them don’t even show a profit in the first five years? That many small business owners barely get by?


  32. Isn’t that what online banking is for? Keeping balances? 🙂 I tried but wasn’t always that good at it, back in the day. Now I can see my balance and what’s still outstanding with a few computer clicks. I used to use the automated phone service just to double-check what had cleared and what hadn’t.

    Real Estate Pal, whom I saw again at the dog park last night, still is being mum about the guys who were *supposed* to do my foundation. I’ve sent him text / email inquiries about an update fairly recently and so I know he’s not forgotten about it and I don’t want to be perceived as “nagging” as he’s been such a help to me in lining up workers and has really gone out of his way to help me on all these house projects. But I’m beginning to get the feeling that these guys we were semi-counting on aren’t too keen on doing this job and we (OK, I) may have to reassess the situation.

    The guys may be in Guatemala, they have a ranch there and so split their time. But since they’re primarily roofers, I’m afraid the roofing biz will kick up again within a couple months and then I’ll really be out of the loop for them. They never gave Real Estate Pal a price when they checked the foundation out initially, but he indicated it would definitely be less than the lowest big I got from one of the companies (which was $11,000 — others were in the $20,000 range).

    I’m trying to be patient and not worry or feel anxious, but I am anxious. The foundation & the windows (the latter can’t be done without the former being done first) and the 2 big things left (I’m willing to wait on painting).

    OK, be anxious for nothing, I know.

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  33. Cleaned out most of the first drawer of the 4-drawer file cabinet last night, lots of old church meeting minutes (I used to do them for) which can all “go.”

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  34. Sweet Puppy Janie has not been getting the hang of housebreaking. (Why do we call it that? I don’t want her to break the house, nor do I want the house to break her. So around here, I refer to it as potty training. 🙂 )

    She does usually make it to a puppy pad, which is helpful, but she hasn’t learned how to “ask” to go out yet. Nightingale is stepping up her efforts, with little treats to give her when she does “go” outside, & trying to take her out whenever she goes down the stairs, so she’ll begin to associate that with going potty.

    This “little” puppy (she’s three months old now) is growing so fast! She’s gonna be a big, beautiful dog, & it looks like she’ll catch up to Heidi’s height pretty quickly. Speaking of Heidi, Janie & she play very well together.

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  35. Kim, I to, hate to have checks outstanding. I usually deposit checks as soon as I get them.
    Linda (DIL) has something on he phone that she can swipe and it’s already deposited.
    I don’t do that.

    There is a lady in the Hendersonville Lions who carries no money at all. She would write a check for $1.00 for a tailtwister fine.

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  36. Who remembers making this years ago? I had an aunt (by marriage) who made this. It was much better when she made it.
    1 box chicken Rice-a-Roni
    3 green onions, chopped
    1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
    1 red pepper, chopped
    1 sm. jar pimento olives, sliced
    2 jars marinated Artichoke hearts
    1/2 tsp. curry powder
    1/2 c. or more mayonnaise
    Oil from the 2 jars of marinated Artichoke hearts
    4 chicken breasts, cooked
    1 can water chestnuts, sliced
    Cook Rice-A-Roni as directed and cool. Chop onion, peppers, slice olives and put artichoke hearts. Shred chicken. Mix all together and chill.
    Serve on lettuce leaves and garnish with hard boiled eggs and cherry tomatoes, paprika and parsley. Serve with hot rolls. Serves 10 to 12.

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  37. Kim – Earlier today I was talking to Chickadee about Janie’s potty training trouble, & she suggested the bell idea. The McKs used that for their dog, who had the same problem Janie has. (But I never heard how well it worked for them.) I passed the link on to Nightingale.


  38. Good sermon on the raising of Lazarus.

    Now, back to my house and that file cabinet … 2nd drawer looks like mostly old financial papers that can be shredded.

    Maybe what I’ll do is just tell Real Estate Pal to let me know if or when he thinks we’ve hit a definitive “dead end” with the roofers, until then I’m willing to wait (for a little while, anyway). Then I can try to figure out a Plan B. 😦


  39. A Happy Anniversary to Mumsee!

    The church took notice of yesterday’s national holiday in the best way possible this morning. The pastor opened by quoting verses about how we are citizens of a heavenly country and pilgrims here, and then prayed with simple sincerity for the country we live in, the government, the people, and the church in the country. We then sang about the authority and sufficiency of Christ, since it is communion Sunday; while the sermon was the beginning of a series they are doing on the Apostles’ Creed and how such historical creeds bear witness to the Scriptures. We closed with communion. We all love the place we live in, but to place our earthly dwelling in the hand of the Lord in order to focus on Him was sweet.

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  40. Kizzie, I wondered if your surname was French-Canadian when I first saw it, since the suffix is quite common among French Canadians.

    Kare, Lightfoot just keeps going, despite the newspapers who erroneously report his death from time to time. My father bought his first album, before he became famous, and has always really liked his work.

    Glad you enjoyed it, 6. I sometimes think I have the most fun when I go looking for music on a particular theme. There is so much music to enjoy.

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  41. Down to the last file cabinet drawer (which I think is the one with the 3-ring binders of BSF lessons — found some other lessons loose in regular file folders and I just tossed those).

    3 bags of trash/recyclables and 2 more bags of documents to shred.

    Combining some old files into new ones for archive — anything having to do with the sale of my mom’s house, the purchase of this house, my mom’s estate settlement info/taxes.

    Had to laugh at my lame attempts at a filing system: found a folder labeled “current mail” with a gas bill from the early 1990s in it — and nothing else. 🙂 I presume it somehow got paid.

    My life’s motto — I tried.

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  42. Indeed there is so much great music to enjoy, Roscuro. I’m taking a lot more interest in a variety of musical genres now than in the past. Rock music was my big thing in my teens and early twenties, but classical gradually replaced that in my late twenties. (I far preferred rock over classical during my college years, despite being a [classical] music major. Felt a little guilty about that fact, too, feeling like I wasn’t dedicated enough to the classical “cause” in my school years.)

    I still enjoy hearing 70s and some 80s rock pieces on occasion, but I long ago stopped seeking them out. (My husband still likes to listen to classic rock, so I here it then when I’m with him while he’s listening to it.)

    I’m reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Music History these days. I had to take music history courses in college, of course, but history was not something that interested me a great deal at that time, not even music history, so not much of what I learned “stuck.” I like reading history much more now than in my younger years, and this book, quite to my enjoyment, covers much more than just classical music roots. Half the book is devoted to Western Classical Music — ancient, medieval, renaissance, and through the baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century and beyond art music, while the other half of the book delves into American Popular Music and World Music.

    You can see a listing of the chapter titles and subtitles, and more, here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Idiots-History-Lifestyle-Paperback-ebook/dp/B00ANW4GE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499031848&sr=8-1&keywords=the+complete+idiot%27s+guide+to+music+history

    A refreshing read, and quite interesting, with its inclusion of styles as varied as New England hymns; blues & jazz, folk music, Gregorian chant, Indian ragas, African polyrhythmic styles, and so on.


  43. I started taking an interest in World Music when I taught violin to a student from Pakistan who wanted to play a popular Bollywood tune, of which I managed to transcribe a simple version. There are some poor quality Bollywood songs, but the best are really interesting to listen to, as they draw upon a highly refined classical music tradition which is older than the West’s (the poetry is interesting too, but that’s another discussion). Two recurrent instrument types I find fascinating to find in nearly all world music. The first are bowed and plucked stringed instruments having a neck and sound box. There are the more ancient versions of the bowed instruments, such as the ritti of the Fula people in West Africa, and of the plucked instruments, such as the Egyptian ud or the Indian sitar, but the violin itself seems to be quickly absorbed by every culture it meets, as does the guitar, and easily incorporated to their traditions. The other are the percussion instruments. Percussive styles are endlessly fascinating. There is the finger virtuosity of the Middle East riqq and dumbek players, the near vocal quality of the West African tama and sabar (the ‘talking’ drums), and the complicated circular rhythmic cycles of India and Central Asia.


  44. Clicking on the link in my 5:52, then on the book cover image will take you to the contents page with the chapter titles, but it doesn’t show the little descriptions next to the chapter names that are shown in the book’s “Contents at a Glance” page, as in the book sitting on my desk right now. For example:

    1. From the Beginning: Ancient Music Discovering the very first music in the Western world — and learning a little Greek along the way.

    8. This Led to That: The Evolution of Classical Music Making sense of ten decades’ worth of serious music.

    10. From the Bayou to Bourbon Street: Blues and Jazz Examining the true American genres of blues and jazz, from the Mississippi Delta to swing, bebop, and beyond.

    14. The Music of the Middle East The music of Arabia, Persia, and Turkey — with a little bit of Israeli music thrown in, for good measure.

    The suggested listening lists at the end of each chapter, and the timeline of significant world events going on during the featured time period add even more value to the book. It’s been a fun read so far — not dry at all. I’ll have to look up some of the music at the end of the later chapters when I get to them, as I’m not as familiar with the world music category.


  45. Philip Glass wrote in his memoir about his experiences with different types of instruments than what we in the western world commonly encounter. That was another good book.


  46. The Middle East is the hub of the musical wheel of the world. The instruments that the Psalms speak of have equivalents in modern Middle Eastern folk music – the riqq is the tambor of Psalm 150 and “high-sounding cymbals” are still played in Coptic sacred music They are also the ancestors of nearly all Western instruments – the Egyptian ud is the ancestor of first the lute and then the guitar, and the Arabic rebab the ancestor of first the rebec and then the violin (stringed instruments or neginoth are constantly mentioned in the Psalms). It was impossible not to see the influence in West Africa as well – the ritti I mentioned of the Fula looks very much like the rebab, and the tama and sabar both have a similar shape to the doumbek and are played primarily with the fingers as the Middle Eastern percussionists do.

    It is sometimes difficult to determine if a musical tradition has moved west or east through the Middle East. Take the Gypsy and Klezmer music of Europe, both style developed by the two groups of outcasts in Europe, the Roma and the Jews (in some regions of Europe, music and entertainment were one of the few professions either group could have). They sound similar and have left an indelible impression on Western music, both on international styles – the form of a modern jazz band (wind, percussion, keyboard, bass) is the form of a Gypsy or Klezmer band and the jazz fiddle style is wholly Gypsy in origin – and on regional music – the Flamenco of Spain is Gypsy in origin; Two Guitars, so often labeled a Russian folksong, is of Gypsy origin; the czardas of Hungary was played by Gypsies, though danced by Hungarians; and it is hard to distinguish Polish and Romanian folk styles from Klezmer and Gypsy music respectively, since the latter have so permeated the former. We know where the Jews came from; the Roma are harder to locate, but genetics have linked them to a semi-nomadic tribe of
    people in Rajasthan India. Indeed, the musical styles, and the dancing styles bear an uncanny resemblance in both the East and West nomads, but on their journey west, the tribe has left its mark, and people groups, in Iraq, in Egypt, in Turkey. It has come full circle. The Roma brought the ‘fiddle’ style west to Europe, yet the violin went east to India and China.


  47. In the age of the internet, one can hear those different instruments. I posted an Israeli riqq about a year ago, here is the Syrian style of the riqq:


  48. The tama and sabar. We cannot hear as well the connection to the cadence and tone of human speech, because we do not speak the language that the drummers speak, but I once listened a sabar drummer play along to an English hymn that I knew very well, and I realized suddenly that the drummer was playing the words, matching the poetic feet of the verses so closely that the drum was ‘talking’.


  49. From the previous clip, “you would have heard a lot of this rhythm in the film music of India and Pakistan.”. You would indeed:

    I’ll stop now.


  50. Amazing the variety of sounds a skilled player can get from one percussion instrument. The timbres of the riqq and the doumbek were fascinating to hear.

    I was glad to have time this weekend to sit and watch the videos, as well as hear the music. Oftentimes I’ll listen to the music posted here without watching the performers. Seeing their technique, their facial expressions, the way they held/moved their bodies while playing definitely enhanced my enjoyment of the music this weekend.

    Thanks, Roscuro.


  51. Peter, is the “killer hill” the one that you climb up about a million steps to get to a lookout over the river? There might have been some other attraction, I can’t remember. We were there in ’05, and I remember the million steps more than I remember whatever was at the top of them!

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  52. I have found it difficult to get to this blog lately. This evening Art and I watched the movie Unbroken. On other nights we watched the first two Hunger Games movies. And recently we watched We Are Marshall. They have all been enjoyable.

    Church with the interim pastor was good this morning. His wife is very nice. He is the one who was going to be overseeing our two churches through the merge and has already been a member of our church for a long time. I am thankful we are not having to adjust to a totally unknown person.

    I need to go back and read today’s posts. Today I worked on rewriting what I carried to my critique group. That is mostly why I did not get to the blog earlier.

    I expect most of you are asleep by now. I hope to be In a few minutes. At least early fireworks seem to be done with for this evening.


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