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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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    I always thought that Dawg wrote "Mandolin King Rag" and that this was his earliest composition and his earliest recording. In Mandolin World News they printed the song and said you can hear in it...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    Joke!
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    Einstein played violin in a string quartet and it wasn't going well. The cellist said: "What's the matter Einstein? Can't you count!".
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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...
  7. from the lyrics of the sone, "Beyond Compare" by Marshall Barer

    "If I could play the mandolin,
    Since I cannot, I'll just declare
    You are beyond compare
    And leave it right there."

    Anybody familiar with this song or the composer?
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    Re: Wallace Stevens

    Wallace Stevens was born in 1879 and died in 1955, the same years for Einstein. Which leads me to a joke.
    Einstein was playing the violin with a string quartet and it wasn't going very well.
    So the...
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    Re: Wallace Stevens

    Another typo. "Gay" should be gray.
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    Re: Wallace Stevens

    The title of the poem is Mandolin and Liqueurs
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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...
  12. I was there for one performance when Andy Statman...

    I was there for one performance when Andy Statman sat in. I sat next to Andy who was in the audience during the show. He played an F-5, one of Dawg's. I met Svend after the show, along with his...
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    Re: Where to start with Jazz Mandolin?

    Don't forget Andy Statman's Jazz Mandolin series from Homespun. It is designed for people coming from Bill Monroe and bluegrass. Andy himself may be teaching online...
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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...
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    Re: Lessons With Andy Statman

    If you decide to take lessons with Andy don't be embarrassed about how bad you play in front of him. He is a very understanding and sympathetic teacher. There may be someone somewhere who plays...
  16. 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: Advice on a Mandola?

    Got a great Flatiron 3MW mandola from Stan Jay at Mandolin Brothers. Sometimes Flatiron mandolas appear on the Mandolin Cafe classifieds. But I am still pining for a Gibson mandola.
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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

    When I lived in New York City I took mandolin lessons with Arthur Cremin of the New York Schools of Music, which at one time, had over 15 schools in the New York City area! It was said that every...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    Here is a true story. I took piano lessons with a guy for two months before I found out he did not play the piano. One day I asked him to play a piece I liked and he wouldn't do it. I insisted and...
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    Re: mandolin teachers

    It is funny the number of good mandolin players we turned down In the Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra because they couldn't read music. They all played better than me! We offered to teach...
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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

    Prima. It was made for me by the late Milton Cherin who was an engineer for Columbia Records and who won a Grammy. Milton built balalaikas and domras in his apartment until the neighbors complained...
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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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