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    poem in today's NYTimes

    (Central Park, 9 a.m.)

    Dear Diary:

    I had not breathed
    in years

    but one evening
    picked
    a wind
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    JACOB and the MANDOLIN ADVENTURE

    New book by Anne Dublin.
    From the back cover:
    "Thirteen-year old Jacob's life in 1920s Poland where he lives in an orphanage for Jewish children. His days are brightened by playing in the...
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    From "The Pink Panther"

    From the song, "It Had Better Be Tonight".

    "If you're ever gonna kiss me
    It had better be tonight
    While the mandolins are playing
    And stars are bright"

    Music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by...
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    Wallace Stevens

    Mandolins and Liqueurs

    La-La! The cat is in the violets
    And the awnings are let down.
    The cat should not be where she is
    And the awnings are too brown,
    Emphatically so.

    If awnings were...
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    Jonathan Kellerman

    Worth looking at is Kellerman's novel, A COLD HEART.
    The book is dedicated to George Gruhn and John Monteleone among others.
    The book features vintage mandolins and guitars.
    Kellerman himself has...
  6. Thread: technique

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    technique

    I was told by the great mandolin virtuosos Andy De Meo that technique comes before expression. Sometimes I think you can have too much technique. Some people can play very fast but not say very...
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    Re: Strategies for learning without teachers?

    I think someone can become a mandolin professional with Don Julin's 2 mandolin books for dummies. The book of mandolin exercises has stuff in it I have never seen in any other mandolin book. The...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Here are some teacher-student success stories.
    David Grisman-Andy Statman, Jethro Burns-Don Stiernberg, Hugo D'Alton-Alison Stephens.
    In all 3 cases the students did some things that surpassed...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    My first teacher, besides renting a Gibson "A" mandolin to me, started me off with the Mel Bay Mandolin Method and the Pleyel duets. I have always regretted starting this way. I think a better way...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    I play in a mandolin and guitar orchestra. Also played domra in a balalaika orchestra. Never had a domra lesson.
    Waiting the arrival of a great mandolin. F5. When it comes may seek out a...
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    Re: Andy Statman's Jazz Mandolin series

    I have other books and tapes. The ones by Sam Bush and the Mel Bay books by Jethro Burns. They are pretty good but I think the best one I have is Bluegrass Up The Neck by Niles. There are things...
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    MISS LONELYHEARTS by Nathanael West

    This is one of the great American novels.
    In an early chapter Miss Lonelyhearts (his personal name is never mentioned) ruminates on how mandolins are tuned.
    "Man has a tropism for order. Keys in...
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    mandolins on television

    Old Kung Fu episode with Jodie Foster playing mandolin.
    Old Partridge Family episode with Ray Bolger playing a Martin mandolin.
    I wish there would be more mandolins on television!!!
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    Rita Dove

    There are 23 poems in the section, "Mandolin", in Dove's book, THOMAS AND BEULAH (1986). The whole book is reprinted in her COLLECTED POEMS: 1974-2004.
    From the poem, "Variation On Pain":

    "He...
  15. Thread: Lara's Theme

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    Re: Lara's Theme

    Leonard Davis had many stories about being with Maurice Jarre who wrote "Lara's Theme".
    One funny story which I can't remember was about Jarre's wife! We even did a concert where we paid tribute to...
  16. Thread: Lara's Theme

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    Re: Lara's Theme

    Just thought you should know that Leonard Davis is the balalaika player on the soundtrack of Dr. Zhivago playing "Lara's Theme". I played in the Balalaika and Domra Society of New York under...
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    it's official

    I went to a Martin Guitar showcase yesterday. They will not be building mandolins ever again. Not now, and not in the future. They will continue to manufacture mandolin strings.
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    Re: Dave Apollon Photos

    I played in the New York Balalaika and Domra Orchestra which included three great players: Alexander Kuchma, bass, Jack Raymond, alto balalaika, and Nick Parmon who was the concert master, domra.
    I...
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    new webpage

    www.longislandmandolinandguitarorchestra.com

    Some tunes and video as well as a nice picture of the whole orchestra!
  20. Re: Barcarole: Lever du soleil sur Sainte Victoire (G. Jean)

    Outstanding! You have an open invitation to sit in with the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra!
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    Re: Famous people who play(ed) mandolin

    Jack Crystal, Billy Crystal's father, played mandolin for an hour every Sunday, on his day off. Billy mentions this in his show, "700 Sundays." Jack Crystal was a jazz concert promoter and ran...
  22. Re: C. Munier: Barcarola for mandolin & guitar (w/ score)

    This is what I was looking for! I have printed it out and will bring it to rehearsal on Tuesday to play with one of our guitarists in the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra.
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    Re: Insurance for a mandolin orchestra

    I know the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra has insurance because one of our members had a terrible fall at a rehabilitation center we rehearsed at. She had to sue the center to pay her...
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    Emanuel Shenykman

    Has anybody listened to his "The Art of the Mandolin" record he did with a classical guitarist of some stature. Emanuel was also a great domra player. On the cover it looks like he is holding an...
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    Re: Led Zeppelin Going To California

    Don Julin makes it all look so simple. He's also an excellent octave mandolin player. Nice job Avaldes!
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