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Ben Powell ~ “Preliminaries”

“I spent my early years trying to imitate the tone of Eric Clapton and Peter Green. I was 26 before I heard Martin Taylor’s album Solo. From that moment I locked myself in a room for the next seven years and taught myself how to play fingerstyle.” Ben Powell is also interested in philosophy and […]

Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Coming in November

Antonin Dvorak ~ Czeck Romantic Music ~ Symphony No. 8

The famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak is best known for his 9th Symphony, “The New World Symphony,” which he composed during the winter and spring of 1893 in New York City when he was the Director of the National Conservatory of Music (1892-1895).  It has been so amazingly popular since its first performance  that it has […]

Utopian Dreams ~ Ayn Rand, John Calvin & the Conservative Right

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course,  involves […]

“Introduction to Dashboard OFA” ~ Online Organizing Network for Obama For America

If you are interested in joining the campaign for Obama-Biden, you can join up through “Dashboard” online, the official Obama Social Network.  Click on the link below to download a slide-presentation, which will introduce you to the basics of the website. iNTRODUCTION TO DASHBOARD

“The Planets” ~ A Musical Astrological Guide by Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst was a prolific English composer who is most famous for his fabulous seven movement orchestral suite, The Planets, which he composed between 1914 and 1916.  Holst was a devotee of astrology.  Each movement is named for a planet in the known solar system of his time with the exception of Earth.  Included in the […]

Opening of the South Montgomery County, Ohio Office ~ Obama For America

We Are Fired Up & Ready to Go!! Grand Opening was on Thursday August 9th, 2012 6:30pm-8:00pm The office is now open everyday! Election Day is November 6th, 2012 Southern Montgomery County Office ~ Obama For America 679 Lyons Rd. Dayton, Ohio  45458 The office is located in the Arrow Wine Plaza across from Sam’s and Fed-Ex […]

“Romances for Saxaphone” ~ Branford Marsalis

This beautiful album dates from 1986.  I have always loved it. Artists; Branford Marsalis – Saxophones The English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton, Dir. Tallis Chamber Choir, Philip Simms, Dir.   “L’Isle Joyeuse” – 6:40 ~ Debussy “Pavane” – 5:40 ~ Faure “Arabesque No. 1” – 4:11 ~ Debussy “Vocalise” – 5:58 ~ Rachmaninoff “Pastorale” – 2:42 […]

Daniel Day-Lewis as “Lincoln”

I can hardly wait till November 10th, the release date for Spielberg’s “Lincoln“! This will finally be a movie that does the real Abraham Lincoln justice.

Book Review ~ China’s New Confucianism(s)

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. ~ Confucius China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life In a Changing Society by Daniel A. Bell (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton University press, 2008). Daniel A. Bell is the Zhiyuan Chair Professor […]