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While we like to think all the performers that appear on these pages present a blast of fresh air, Darlingside is exceptional. All four members met at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., having sung together in one of the schoola€™s eight a cappella groups, the Octet, and at different times having taken the same songwriting course given by the esteemed Bernice Lewis. Don began performing at open mics at the boarding school he attended for high school and wrote songs with his roommate (remarkably, the song a€?Drowning Elvisa€? had its inception here).
Harris Paseltiner was born in Evanston, Ill., and grew up in nearby Glencoe, north of Chicago, near Lake Michigan. With once-a-week cello recitals starting at age 6, Harris developed a stage presence early. His father became interested in a cappella singing when Dave was in middle school and early high school, so he also got into it. The formation of Darlingside was an evolutionary process that saw other talented student friends at Williams playing for awhile in different formats. While a€?Blow the House Downa€? stood out as a favorite early on, as I listened to each song on EP 1 (2010) and Pilot Machines (2012) for analysis, it became harder and harder to favor any one song in particular. True to the banda€™s name, in a€?Good Man,a€? there are no easy phrases, no a€?darlingsa€? in here to describe the lingering addiction and loss of and separation from a difficult woman.
For this listener, the violin-cello intro in a€?Surrounda€? is the first full introduction on this album to Darlingsidea€™s particular sound. In a€?The Catbird Seat,a€? an oft-requested song from Darlingsidea€™s fan base, therea€™s a gossamer poetry in the lyrics.
The symbol of a drowning man in a€?Drowning Elvisa€? serves to create an image of someone left for dead after the crash and burn of a relationship.
In Darlingsidea€™s debut effort, relationship dissolution gets a variety of innovative treatments a€” the group conducts a clinic on how to attack the subject melodically and lyrically from a number of angles. Darlingside collaborated with songwriter and gifted singer Heather Maloney to release the 2014 five-song EP Woodstock on Signature Sounds.
Chris, received the guitar in tip top shape.A  Very beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!A  Another fantastic instrument. A I finally got around to recording it the other night, and it was really easy to get a decent sound on tape (well, digital tape). Chris, I just wanted to let you know some compliments I received on your work this past weekend. It's been great having a guitar that you don't have to amplify except if you are in a loud club environment playing with other electric instruments, and you don't have to force sound to get volume when you don't have amplification. The sound is superb and, of course,it's a beautiful piece of work that I will treasure for years. I could go on all day about how pleased I am, but for starters, the sound is soooooo complex. A (I honestly don't know that much about luthiery, but I like finding out good things aobut my guitar!). Man, sometimes it feels like I could physically pull sound out of this guitar when I play it.
Email to Chris Kachian after a concert in Twin cities chris outstanding concert on saturday!A  thanks so much for letting me know about it.
Dallas TX The guitar is great.A  I have one other that has almost as good a sound but the extra harmonic overtones, vibrations, etc. This guitar is the sweetest thing I've put my hands on in a long time (aside from my one-year old daughter).
As I sit in my favorite chair listening to Christopher Parkening playing Chaconne by Bach, I can't help but take a few glances over at my brand new Spruce and Brazillian Chris Carrington guitar and dream of greatness.A  A new guitar doesn't make one great, but it sure is a wonderful catylist for motivation and inspiration.
But spending a four-figure amount on anything requires microscope-esque examination, so I talked Chris into letting me take #164 to the Christopher Parkening master class in Montana.A  It soon got praise from not only the students, but was given a real christening in my heart after Mr.
Chris not only helped me in finding this guitar, but he also has spent care and time explaining how he crafts the nuances of the instrument and how things work in his shop, which I appreciate.A  He obviously loves his work and I am proud to now own my Chris Carrington Spruce guitar and will enjoy breaking it in in the years to come. I purchased a flamenco guitar with cypress body and a cedar top from Chris in March 1999.A  I have enjoyed it since. I think it is remarkable that Chris is able to make an instrument so well suited and adjusted to the rather specialized world of flamenco.A  I hope to enjoy mine for many years. Chris, thanks so much for enhancing my life with the richness of whatever you touch.A  The very best to you, your beautiful wife Diane and your boys.
Dominic Frasca, New York City Chris Carrington is one of the most open minded and creative guitar makers on the planet, he understand what a player wants and needs from a guitar becuase he is a player , and a bad ass one at that.A  His guitars represent the future of classical guitar. Established 1914 - Cigar Box Guitars Making a Comeback      Native Bamboo luthier Claude Kennedy sells cigar box guitars in Clearwater. A A LARGE rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed "Off with her head!
The soldiers were silent, and looked at Alice, as the question was evidently meant for her. Alice thought she might as well go back and see how the game was going on, as she heard the Queen's voice in the distance, screaming with passion. The hedgehog was engaged in a fight with another hedgehog, which seemed to Alice an excellent opportunity for croqueting one of them with the other: the only difficulty was, that her flamingo was gone across to the other side of the garden, where Alice could see it trying in a helpless sort of way to fly up into one of the trees. The moment Alice appeared, she was appealed to by all three to settle the question, and they repeated their arguments to her, though, as they all spoke at once, she found it very hard indeed to make out exactly what they said. The executioner's argument was, that you couldn't cut off a head unless there was a body to cut it off from: that he had never had to do such a thing before, and he wasn't going to begin at his time of life. The King's argument was, that anything that had a head could be beheaded, and that you weren't to talk nonsense.
The Queen's argument was, that if something wasn't done about it in less than no time, she'd have everybody executed all round. The Cat's head began fading away the moment he was gone, and by the time he had come back with the Duchess, it had entirely disappeared; so the King and the executioner ran wildly up and down looking for it, while the rest of the party went back to the game.
OU can't think how glad I am to see you again, you dear old thing!" said the Duchess, as she tucked her arm affectionately into Alice's, and they walked off together. Alice was very glad to find her in such a pleasant temper, and thought to herself that perhaps it was only the pepper that had made her so savage when they met in the kitchen. She had quite forgotten the Duchess by this time, and was a little startled when she heard her voice close to her ear. The other guests had taken advantage of the Queen's absence, and were resting in the shade: however, the moment they saw her, they hurried back to the game, the Queen merely remarking that a moment's delay would cost them their lives. They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and, as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break.
So they went up to the Mock Turtle, who looked at them with large eyes full of tears, but said nothing.
This was quite a new idea to Alice, and she thought over it a little before she made her next remark. So Alice began telling them her adventures from the time when she first saw the White Rabbit. Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if anything would ever happen in a natural way again. The judge, by the way, was the King; and as he wore his crown over the wig, he did not look at all comfortable, and it was certainly not becoming. The Hatter looked at the March Hare, who had followed him into the court, arm-in-arm with the Dormouse. This did not seem to encourage the witness at all: he kept shifting from one foot to the other, looking uneasily at the Queen, and in his confusion he bit a large piece out of his teacup instead of the bread-and-butter. Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court.
For some minutes the whole court was in confusion, getting the Dormouse turned out, and, by the time they had settled down again, the cook had disappeared. ERE!" cried Alice, quite forgetting in the flurry of the moment how large she had grown in the last few minutes, and she jumped up in such a hurry that she tipped over the jury-box with the edge of her skirt, upsetting all the jurymen on to the heads of the crowd below, and there they lay sprawling about, reminding her very much of a globe of gold-fish she had accidentally upset the week before. Alice looked at the jury-box, and saw that, in her haste, she had put the Lizard in head downwards, and the poor little thing was waving its tail about in a melancholy way, being quite unable to move. As soon as the jury had a little recovered from the shock of being upset, and their slates and pencils had been found and handed back to them, they set to work very diligently to write out a history of the accident, all except the Lizard, who seemed too much overcome to do anything but sit with its mouth open, gazing up into the roof of the court.
There was a general clapping of hands at this: it was the first really clever thing the King had said that day. At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face.
First, she dreamed of little Alice herself, and once again the tiny hands were clasped upon her knee, and the bright eager eyes were looking up into hersa€”she could hear the very tones of her voice, and see that queer little toss of her head to keep back the wandering hair that would always get into her eyesa€”and still as she listened, or seemed to listen, the whole place around her became alive with the strange creatures of her little sister's dream.
So she sat on with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull realitya€”the grass would be only rustling in the wind, and the pool rippling to the waving of the reedsa€”the rattling teacups would change to the tinkling sheep-bells, and the Queen's shrill cries to the voice of the shepherd boya€”and the sneeze of the baby, the shriek of the Gryphon, and all the other queer noises, would change (she knew) to the confused clamour of the busy farm-yarda€”while the lowing of the cattle in the distance would take the place of the Mock Turtle's heavy sobs. In the late a€™90s, out of all the players who showed up to the open mic at the Fast Folk Cafe, he was one of the very few who stood out and lasted. As a child, barely beyond his toddler years, Marc intuitively would sing songs around the house.
Marca€™s brother, four years older, introduced him to a mix of things like Bob Marley, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles and The Beatles. Hansmann used a standard Mel Bay system, teaching sight reading of melodic passages and chord formations at the same time with some music theory mixed in.
After a year and a half, Marc came to class and confessed that he hadna€™t practiced that weeka€™s lesson. Before he got his first guitar, Marca€™s father actually rented a guitar for over a year for him to use.
When he got to the eighth grade, he collaborated with other young musicians, finding a drummer and bass player. The music Marc was playing at the time was a mash-up of Beatles, Pink Floyd and Yes, who he also liked. Late in his junior year of high school, Marc dropped out of the band and concentrated on solo guitar, preparing for a college music school.
Marc applied to The Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater in Hartford, Conn., The New School in Manhattan and the Ithaca College School of Music. Hea€™s still friends with the bassist of that college band, John DeCrescente, who played bass on Crash Boom Pow. For the first five years after getting out of school, Marc didna€™t care how he made money.
He did a stint in a cover band, which made money, but he found it wasna€™t getting nearer his goal of being an original solo artist. Around 1997-98 he wanted to start finding himself and performed solo at a number of venues including The Fast Folk Cafe open mic, where I first encountered him.
Although he played a lot of rock music, he continued to expand his skills with the acoustic guitar, using it for his songwriting.
Life took a quantum leap upward when Marc was asked to be a backup singer and guitarist for Rob Thomas, the lead singer for Matchbox 20. Crash Boom Pow fuses an intensity of rhythm and melody to create a groove that is impossible for the listener to ignore.
Marc likened a€?Who Are All These Peoplea€? to a€?Crash Boom Powa€? in its kaleidoscope of imagery. The banda€™s sound, combining contemporary folk, chamber music, a cappella and rock a€™na€™ roll, permeates the atmosphere with a charged, electric quality, like an approaching storm. There, at her urging, they were taught to a€?kill your darlings,a€? those lyrics that come too easily, are too facile or a€?clever,a€? that get in the way of the forward movement of the piece. At his mothera€™s urging, Auyona€™s classical training (Suzuki method) on the violin began at age 3. At Williams, his performing was confined to college events, occasionally solo and occasionally with friends. Harris good-naturedly said that, counter to most stories we hear, he ran off the soccer field in kindergarten yelling, a€?Dad, can I take violin lessons?a€? His entire family a€” parents, a brother and a sister a€” were all music lovers. As he describes it: a€?I used to go to school early to play in a chamber orchestra, and then had a period of symphony orchestra each day. There was no stage fright issue getting up to play original songs with guitar at open mics in high school.
In high school, Dave was introduced to new music by friends a€” Dispatch, Guster, John Mayer, Pat McGee and generally softer alt rock stuff. It has a cinematic feel to it, and opens the door for a savvy film-maker to use as part of a soundtrack (or at least the film credits outro) in a story about taking an unexpected path and looking for a second chance for redemption. That, and the combination of the delicacy of the melody and the deliberate hesitancy in the vocal phrasing carries with it the sensation of heartache.
An a cappella intro with high, almost wailing oh-oh background choral effect leads into a rapid tremolo on electric guitar and a matching beat on snare drum.
Especially when further reflection sets in: only out of your lips could those words pull me out of my head.
For me, their version of the title track eclipses both versions originally heard by CSNY and Joni Mitchell.
I believe theya€™ll continue to thrill audiences with their vibrant melodies, meaningful lyrics and killer chops a€” both singing and playing a€” for a long, long time. I performed with it last night at a coffee shop in Denton and received so many compliments on it. This guitar has the sweetest sound that I have ever heard and I will put it up against any of the top guitar makers. I frequently play an outdoor patio at a restaurant where I usually would play amplified using an Ovation.
It works in all contexts (I've used it for gigs, chamber music as well concertos.) and through any system.
The joints are carefully fit, the neck is a dream, the details are carefully done, the wood is nice, it looks good. I couldn't let you know any sooner how much I like the guitar because I didn't want to set it down long enough to write to you.
Carrington proved to be a clean and lively guitarist whose playing was A refreshingly free of extranaeous squeaks. She projects as well as any guitar I've ever played and has that dark and sweet sound I was looking for -- reminds me of a good cognac. Also, I used the electronics in a chamber rehearsal and the flute player said that he could hear my part very clearly. I originally bought it to use as an electric classical guitar for chamber music, my group Ufonia and concerti. I have big palms, and the shoulder helps me with my thumb position automatically.A  No pain radiating up my neck. Yesterday I received #102, or my new guitar as I like to call it.A  It is beautiful and sounds the same.


I wanted to buy a world-class concert guitar and I'd decided on an instrumentA  from one of the big-name luthiers.A  I figured it was the only way to get a guitar with really spectacular sound.
Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say "Look out now, Five! The three soldiers wandered about for a minute or two, looking for them, and then quietly marched off after the others. Alice looked up, and there stood the Queen in front of them, with her arms folded, frowning like a thunderstorm. Alice did not quite like the look of the creature, but on the whole she thought it would be quite as safe to stay with it as to go after that savage Queen: so she waited. She was a little nervous about it just at first, the two creatures got so close to her, one on each side, and opened their eyes and mouths so very wide, but she gained courage as she went on. This, of course, Alice could not stand, and she went round the court and got behind him, and very soon found an opportunity of taking it away. She carried the pepper-box in her hand, and Alice guessed who it was, even before she got into the court, by the way the people near the door began sneezing all at once. He always had that something extra, that power in the vocals, a sharpness in technique on guitar, an assuredness that rendered him memorable. His brother took a few guitar lessons but didna€™t like his teacher and didna€™t stick with it.
At 13 he got an amplifier for Christmas so he bought an electric pickup for his acoustic guitar. He got a distortion pedal and experimented with a€?throwbacka€? rock stuff, a lot of covers by a€™60s groups like Led Zeppelin. Chords his guitar teacher taught him using the Mel Bay system would get used, perhaps by moving fret positions.
There were the typical college entrance requirements and, in addition, a music school audition to prepare for.
Marc was exposed to a student community that was eclectic, comprised of a mix of suburban, Midwestern and hippie types. He sang in choral and a cappella groups in college and got general advice on breathing from the choral director.
One of them, McHale Barone, liked the sound and brought the band in to rearrange a Budweiser jingle, getting the Von Em sound on a€?This Buda€™s for You.a€? It premiered during the 2000 Superbowl broadcast and aired for two years.
He also felt the desire to work solo tugging at him and had been mixing in solo gigs during that time. Marc credits Hudson Valley performer Kathleen Pemble for turning him on to early childhood music.
It seems to make use of everything in Marca€™s very deep toolbox and has the best examples of the vagaries of human interaction. He got a distortion pedal and experimented withA  a€?throwbacka€? rock stuff, a lot of covers by a€™60s groups like Led Zeppelin.
He sang in choral and a cappella groups inA  college and got general advice on breathingA  from the choral director. It seems to make use of everything in Marca€™s very deep toolbox and has the best examples ofA  the vagaries of human interaction. Locked into air guitar, air fiddle, air harmony, listening to a€?Blow the House Downa€? from their full-length CD, Pilot Machines. He received a fellowship to study music in Ireland, Brazil and Turkey in the 2007-08 school year and came away from his year abroad convinced that he could pursue music as a career.
There were Suzuki violin lessons early on for one or two years, which never took hold, and a few starter lessons in guitar at 13 to 14 years old. Then after school it was solo practice, lessons and chamber music rehearsals and musicianship classes and recitals on the weekends.a€? He picked up the guitar in high school and began experimenting with songwriting. I was forced to be in a play in second grade and I had one line, which I delivered incorrectly.a€? Even at Williams, when he took the songwriting course (which had a performance element), he still dealt with stage fright any time he had to perform.
Key members of the band got back together in 2009 and moved into a house just outside of Northampton. Dave Senft (performance anxiety conquered) takes most of the lead vocals and Don Mitchell steps in for key songs. Therea€™s a depth that elicits from me an astonished a€?Oh my God a€¦ are you serious?a€? again and again. While there is cello accompaniment on this, ita€™s practically a stand-alone as an a cappella piece. Davea€™s pleading lead vocal essentially performs a duet with the violin-cello combo and the voices of the others slide in behind him while backing handclaps effectively increase the listenera€™s pulse rate. In fact, a boy, Adam I think was his name, about 12 years old and a pretty good player was very interested and I gave him all of your information.
I performed an art opening at a large gallery here in Raleigh this past weekend and received many compliments on the volume and sound of the instrument. It plays evenly throughout its entire range, has a very punchy top range, a delightfully sonorous middle range, and the loudest bass response I've heard from any guitar. I finally have an instrument that is well balanced across the strings and up and down the neck, as well as having a rich and complex tone.
Finally a string broke, so I decided, before I rushed to change it, that I'd finally e-mail you to tell you how great the guitar is and how much I love it.
A Performing on an instrument he made himself, he achieved an excellent balance with his colleagues, the guiitar being audible at all times.
I like the fact that she's not too moody; it takes about 2 minutes to warm her up each day and then she sings like a Roman siren. I did not get much time playing (too much travelling this week) but I cant wait to go back home and play it. The sound is simply amassing, particularly for a new guitar.A  What a beautiful sound and it is also sounds somewhere between flamenco and classic Thank you very much for the guitar, I'll treat it right I hope ot see you soon, please give me call when you can make it to Michigan.
I was overjoyed to find it was a wonderful concert instrument at an extremely affordable price. Alongside the expert craftsmanship, it sounds so very balanced, sonorous, bass expressive and sweet. With each tour, he'd bring a newly finished guitar fit with electronics that he would play in my shows. So you see, Miss, we're doing our best, afore she comes, toa€”a€”" At this moment, Five, who had been anxiously looking across the garden, called out "The Queen! Next came the guests, mostly Kings and Queens, and among them Alice recognised the White Rabbit: it was talking in a hurried, nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing her. The Cat seemed to think that there was enough of it now in sight, and no more of it appeared.
Then againa€”'before she had this fita€”' you never had fits, my dear, I think?" he said to the Queen. Crossing 8th, in the crush of bodies around me, I feel someonea€™s toe against my left heel. His fathera€™s record collection included classical, blues and soul music, and that made an impact as well. Marc, who was burnt out on the mechanical repetition of exercises, was actually convinced he was going to quit and said so.
Hea€™d find that certain changes would create similar sounds to the aforementioned groups, and hea€™d use them in his banda€™s material. During that time, Marc experimented with a wah-wah pedal and played around with progressive, blues and traditional progressions. On top of his natural ability, he finally took voice lessons in his late 20s, which helped with a€?placinga€? his voice, he said.
He worked a variety of jobs, including as cashier in an A & P, and as a roofera€™s helper. While Von Em had played to 500-1,000 concert-goers, the Rob Thomas tour was a whole other beast. The title track, a€?Crash Boom Pow,a€? conjures up cinematic imagery, but not so specific that it dictates a story line. Over a funky guitar line, hea€™s rapping: Did I say that Ia€™d spray you with mace?A  All I meant was I needed my personal spacea€¦ Ita€™s the very apropos track a€?Personal Spacea€? from his new CD Crash Boom Pow. The steady, metronomic snare beat and driving electric guitar strum crank up my heart rate and provoke ecstasy. His mandolin playing (minimal before the trip) improved exponentially with exposure to the culture and musicians a€” and their musicianship a€” in those countries. Don credits performing with Chorus Angelicus, a touring childrena€™s choir not connected with school, as his most intense and formative early experience.
Early on, he was drawn to the music in Disney movies (The little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, etc.) and the music of Elton John. He didna€™t start getting over it until he began busking regularly in Boston and abroad, after college.
Dona€™s lead vocal is softer and therea€™s a wonderful harmony blend on the passage pull me undera€¦ The sonorous cello creates a mournful, lament-like undercurrent. Having seen the band perform a€?Whippoorwilla€? live a couple of times, Ia€™m also partial to that track from the EP. A When you hear it, you going to think that I'm an even bigger asshole than you previously thought. It works in all a€?contexts (I've used it for gigs, chamber music as well concertos.) and a€?through any system. Thanks for your advice on the setup and materials, it is the easiest to play classical guitar I've tried. She's also very well balanced in the upper and lower range, bringing my bass notes out much more clearly with less effort.
First, the absolute concertA  quality of the guitar, plugged or unplugged.A  The intonation is perfect.
You could say that he learned his craft through constant testing and retesting of his designs while actually in concert. Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King's crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and last of all this grand procession, came THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS. The strings on mine were so high off the fret board, I quit (much to my regret later) because my fingers hurt.
They played in a couple of bars to enthusiastic reception until the owners stopped it to avoid problems with under-age laws. The national touring acts that came through included the Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler and, early in its career, Phish. Carrying hundred-pound batches of shingles up long ladders was perilous, and protruding nails on stripped rooftops were hell on the flimsy shoes he wore.
They toured the East Coast and opened for acts like The Mamas and the Papas and The Young Rascals.
Marc laughingly agreed, joking that he might have thought, a€?I can buy FIVE falafels today!a€? He also wrote a jingle for HIP insurance and a few others. At this point, Ia€™d been playing it for about three weeks, dropping into a groove each time.
The national touring acts that came through includedA  the Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler and, early in its career, Phish.
It presents a a€?collage of imagesa€? gathered from Marca€™s time in New York City.A  It allows listeners to have their own reactions and pictures. He played in numerous orchestras and his main interest was chamber music (he started in earnest at age 10), specifically piano trios (piano, violin and cello). His father helped him learn the lyrics to a€?Under the Seaa€? (from The Little Mermaid) so hea€™d be able to sing it more effectively. It plays evenly throughout its entire range, has a very a€?punchy top range, a delightfully sonorous middle range, and the loudest bass a€?response I've heard from any guitar. I have played for hours going through all my old songs that I learned just to hear the big sound it makes. I had problems with technique on my last guitar (which I haven't played since I bought this one) that have disappeared now, so the time we spent measuring for my hands paid off.
I base this on the fact that I traded in my 1979 Kohno for it, and had no idea I would be doing so when I walked into the store.
Second, I was stunned by the high fidelity produced by the electronics.A  Absolutely incredible! And it looks just great!"       Skipper's Smoke House in Tampa recently hosted a cigar box guitar concert featuring the Delta Swamp Rats, a blues oriented ensemble. He developed a long-term friendly relationship with his teacher, Bob Hansmann, who still occasionally shows up at Marca€™s gigs. They did a couple of a€?battle of the bandsa€? competitions in school a€” one each in his sophomore and junior years. He remembers a course in sight reading where, in the final exam, the student was expected to see and play sharp and flat notes placed in odd places in a random test piece. For larger, special-event, multi-band shows with groups such as No Doubt and The Black-Eyed Peas, sponsored by Z-100 fm, there were audiences of 30,000.
His robust playing style leaves him particularly suited for ruminations on the fragmented human condition, especially that of New Yorkers.
A long-practiced head-swiveling vigilance is the only thing that saves me from an express bus as it blows past me through the caution light at the 15th Street intersection.
In high school, Auyon started to really enjoy vocal harmonies and the bands that used them. As he explains: a€?We fooled around with the idea of starting a band back in college, and then got serious about it in the fall of 2009. He took trumpet lessons in elementary and middle school, but drifted away from that (hardly having practiced to begin with, he says). Although ita€™s tempting to dissect every song, space is limited, so Ia€™ve just selected some particularly noteworthy pieces. AsA  he explains: a€?We fooled around with the idea of starting a band back in college, and then got serious about it in the fall of 2009. The true wonder of all this though, is a€?that all those qualities translate into the amplified application. It seems like it will be a very versatile instrument to use for playing A different venues. And when I added the chorus and reverb I found aA  beautiful tone that I intend to use in the upcoming recording project.A  So, all of this is a tribute to you, an extremely gifted luthier and guitarist. I wanted to learn something cool like a€?Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.a€™a€? He told Hansmann about this. He continued learning from early Beatles albums like Rubber Soul, experimenting with chords and guitar runs.
They also played at some block parties, outdoor flea markets, an Ossining fair and a birthday party.
Unlike some of his classmates, Marc liked a movement class where the student had to clap and step in different rhythms, ingraining the music on a physical level.


When they played Live 8 in Philadelphia, counting cable viewers, the audience was more than two million.
While in high school, he took classes in music and performed in chorus, assemblies, plays and concerts. Other instruments a€” guitar, bass, percussion a€” were self-taught or learned from friends. I'm amazed that a guitar with such a good acoustic quality sounds so natural when amplified.
It has a wonderful tone as a straight acoustic that I know will open up beautifully with some playing and the RMC is really going to change the way I use the Roland synth and how I compose.
Your combination of talent is extremely rare, and I feel very lucky to haveA  stumbled upon you as I did!
One was a cutaway with MIDI accessability, and the other two were traditional concert guitars. His stuff is not exactly folky, but ita€™s definitely wooden music and it sure generates excitement.
Demonstrating an astute sense of timing, she fled Germany before the Nazi Holocaust could claim her. Hansmann told Marc, a€?It took a strong kid to hold out for a year and a half.a€? He immediately switched gears and prepared a blues song for Marc to learn and worked out a Beatles song as well.
Marc wrote songs all through high school, though many were not suitable for the rock group he was in. His sense of rhythm is so strong that it would seem hea€™d have a real affinity for this class. Therea€™s a syncopation that captures the uneven nature of relationships and a minor key melody expressing a pessimism in outcomes.
For our first two years as band mates, all of us lived in a house together, and we took turns cooking meals for one another. A reporter that was covering the event asked me at length about where I got the guitar - he obviously was a player and took down your web address. I've been playing in public frequently lately and have never heard a richer sound come from an amplified classical guitar.
I was truly amazed to see guitars with electronics sound comparable to much more expensive concert guitars. It breathed new life into Marca€™s dedication and he left feeling that he wanted to study and play music forever. But I know enough about chemistry to know that a chemical by itself may be poisonous but not poisonous when in a compound with other chemicals. He performed in symphonic orchestral performances in high school and sang in an a cappella group toward the end of high school. My students have purchased several of Chris's guitars, and I own a spruce top with a MIDI pickup. Then WFUVa€™s John Platt picked him for one of his monthly On Your Radar acts at the Living Room in New York City in August of this year.
He also participated in symphonic orchestral performances in high school and did a little bit of acting in college. I hadna€™t seen him in the flesh since the long-gone Fast Folk days, but we quickly got reacquainted before his set. Coming down off of that high perch, though was necessary for Marc to realize his dream of being a creative solo act.
This might explain his ease as frequent spokesperson (everyone takes turns) at Darlingside gigs. The intensity of his guitar and vocal attack sold me and I offered him a cover feature on the spot. I may have to raise the action a bit if I play classical gigs or get used to playing closer to the bridge when playing rest stroke passages.A  Do you recommend tying knots at the end of the string rather than looping it over the bridge as I noticed you had done that.
But you should be aware that the story of Chicken Little is notA  a "fable character." While he did say "The sky is falling" quite a bit, this was only because he had difficulty making contact the his agent provocateur whose actual physical appearance had changed over the years.
The video faculty includes Eric Hulsizer, a former Channel 8 cameramanA who photographed "Channel 8 On Your Side," and Lisa Inserra of Cox Media (the company that owns Valpack) who is active in producing television commercials for her company's clients.az?i»? In my program, I've studied drawing, camera operation, scripting, digital imaging, programming basics, copyright law, video editing, website design, sound production and editing. One of myA professors says the program is the best of its kind in the Tampa Bay area and I think he's right.az?i»?i»? Please, please, put the word out to others so that this fine program will be better known. It doesn't matter what your heritage is or whether you are still in high school or old enough for Medicare. Petersburg Collede digital arts program is filled with both talented professors and students. A  I learned something from every man I met or exchanged emails with, and Lou taught me a few words in Spanish.A  Ole! In your story on stadium horns, you called them vuvuzwelas, what is that funny looking symbol after the photo credits. The image can be used freely, subject to some restrictive terms in the license, including crediting the photographer.
It looks to me like he called on Curtis LeMay, Colonel Clearwater - and then realizing he had made a mistake - schluffed it into Colonel Kilgore.
We can take a little walk, maybe get our feet wet, and then lie on a blanket and listen to the waves. I do the same thing myself, when the mood strikes.A  And how about this for being an "in tune with women" kinda guy?A  A few days after I had ordered myself 2 new green dresses and several in black to add to my collection from a mail order company named Newport News, he sent an email asking:A  "So, what are you wearing right now? A  For Christ Sake!!A  How about saving the Taxpayers a buck?A  In addition to that $6 million you've already blown by hovering and covering me, and scheduling a proper Face to Base meeting in your office; at my convenience? Dramatic, but no drama.A  Short black skirt, or long black dress?A  Heels or boots?A  Camo, or commando? Here's a photo of American school children using the original Bellamy salute:A I think the photo speaks for itself. Colonel Clearwater Dear Colonel Clearwater: What do you think about the Egyptian revolution? Fundamentalists, in any religion, are usually a reaction to what the followers perceive as injustice. This doesn't mean Egyptian society and culture will necessarily change; it is still their culture and values. But in the long run any thing they make of it will be for their benefit (and not the benefit of the United States). Until then, as in the end,there is much more to come.A A A  Once Upon a Time, a little mushroom popped through the moss covered ground of the Southeast Alaska Rainforest. Not by rampeling down the side of the building like Tom Cruise, but by sliding in with a tourist visa when it was not open to tourists. Clearwater: Republicans are betting that your readers don't care - that after all you did to beat them in 2006 and 2008, you're going to sit this one out. So they're whipping up their base by blocking help to unemployed workers, blocking summer jobs for teens, apologizing to the big companies that gave us the spill in the Gulf, and doing anything else they can do to stop progress. Yes, that Rand Paul, who says freedom means a private business can discriminate against African-Americans, and that President Obama holding polluters accountable for the mess in the Gulf is "un-American." And he's not alone. One candidate calls Social Security "horrible policy," while another has said that Americans will turn to "Second Amendment remedies" against Democrats. Grant, Attorney at Law, Juneau, AK From Wedding Bells to Tales to Tell: The Affidavit of Eric William Swanson, my former spouse AFFIDAVIT OF SHANNON MARIE MCCORMICK, My Former Best Friend THE AFFIDAVIT OF VALERIE BRITTINA ROSE, My daughter, aged 21 THE BEAGLE BRAYS! In New Hampshire, Paul Hodes is running neck-and-neck with his Republican opponent to take this seat for the Democrats. We've just started to turn our country around, passing healthcare reform, working to hold the big banks accountable for the Wall Street meltdown, pushing legislation to address climate change and end our addiction to oil.
The GOP is betting big that saying "no" and blocking progress is a path to success in November.What bet will you make?
I think the Republicans should adopt as their emblem the condom because it more clearly reflects the party's political stance. A condom stands for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives one a sense of security while screwing others.
Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, Last week, my friend and colleague, Congressman Anthony Weiner, did something very good, and very gutsy. Weiner's report showed that this firm, which sells gold coins, rips off its customers while benefiting directly from Beck's Chicken Little lunacy about the economy.
Every time Beck screams that there is an impending Obama-led government takeover of the economy and your savings aren't safe, he's making a sales pitch for this sleazy advertiser. You see, Beck's ratings have recently crashed, and most of his reputable advertisers have deserted him. Now that he's been exposed, Beck has spent the last week using his big media platform to attack and undermine Weiner - he even set up an attack website designed to damage Weiner's political standing.
This collusion between big media, conservative commentators, and quack economics is a scam, but it is powerful if it remains unopposed.
And we need to support people like Weiner, who have the guts to go after right-wing lunacy at the source. Consider his statement: "I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site. That oil disaster must be stopped, and a way must be found."I am not the original author of that sensible thought, but it has been my favorite definition of faith for a while.
While we have no way of certainty for moving past them, working to find a pathway that takes us beyond our doubts is the best option in my view.
HELL'S BELLS: THE TELLS OF THE ELVES RING LOUD AND CLEAR IDENTITY THEFT, MISINFORMATION, AND THE GETTING THE INFAMOUS RUNAROUND Double Entendre and DoubleSpeak, Innuendos and Intimidation, Coercion v Common Sense, Komply (with a K) v Knowledge = DDIICCKK; Who's Gunna Call it a Draw?
Then how come Congress starts each session with a prayer and the president is sworn in on a Bible?
Wants to KnowDear Wants to Know, As I said in an earlier reply, our countrys laws and structure are not based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, as Sarah Palin and others claim.
So most of us do not work on Sunday and some businesses are not open for business on Sunday. So we have a religious custom of not working on Sunday and a secular custom of watching football on Sunday. The Constitution states that the president must take an oath, but it does not mention anything about a Bible.
Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, I understand you answer, but you say customs and traditions. Wants to Know MoreDear Wants to Know More, It is important to realize the difference between a custom and a tradition.
It is a custom at my house that every year we watch football on Thanksgiving Day after we eat. A tradition is a ceremony invented for the purpose of commemorating some historical event or to develop a sense of binding in a community or religious group.
Thanksgiving Day is a tradition in America that serves the purpose of reminding us of what we have from God for which to be thankful and is loosely based on the first harvest feast of the Pilgrims to celebrate their first year of survival in the New World.
It is a tradition; a ceremony we use to create a common bond among Americans by commemorating our heritage. When Congress meets, the first thing that happens is that the designated speaker calls the group together. Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, I have just seen a video about an organization called the Council on Foreign Relations. This organization has members who were past Presidents and past Secretary of States of the United States, plus leaders in the fields of finance, industry, and other important positions in society. The spokesman on the video has concluded that this organization must be a part of world conspiracy to take over the world and put the entire world under a one-world socialist government and I agree with him. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an organization of foreign policy experts, people concerned with international trade, prominent historians and writers, as well as others who are involved with foreign policy and international affairs. The CFR hold speaking events with question-and-answer periods which are usually televised on CSpan or other cable stations. The speakers are usually world leaders, historians, writers, or others involved in international affairs. Some of the speakers have included such figures as Nelson Mandela, George Soros, Thomas Friedman, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ronald Reagan. The journal, which I have subscribed to and read for over 25 years (plus you can buy it at the newsstands in Borders or Barnes and Noble) provides a forum for contrasting views and opinions regarding issues affecting foreign policy.
Some people have made a nice living scarring others with conspiracy theories about the CFR.
My advice to you is to go to the store, buy and read their journal, watch their events on CSpan, and be wary of people who wish to sell you on the idea that other people are out to get you. Colonel Clearwater________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Dear Colonel Clearwater: Cancel my subscription to your liberal rage.
And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this earth." Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1984 Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater: Liberals? I realize that there is collateral damage in war, but this is no less than cold-blooded genocide.
They were shooting at insurgents who, upon later investigation, turned out to be civilians. By saying the soldiers were shooting civilans implies that they knew they were shooting civiliansj.
The real guilty party are those who convinced the American public that this war was necessary and just.
Can you tell me how the "Smallest of the World's Leading Newspapers" managed to scoop "Florida's Best Newspaper?" Pedro TechadorDear Pedro, Always nice to hear from one of the Techadors.This was a WikiLeak scoop.
Palin:Your statement reminds me of what Republican Congressman, Devin Nunes said during the health care vote. And now you are bringing the ghosts back into this chamber." There is no polite way to get around this. Tea Party Patriots are morons when it comes to history, economics, and how to run a society. Much like the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan after World War I, the Tea Party Patriots are people who believe they have lost their privileged status in American society and wish to thwart others hopes for the American dream.
Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on which editor yells loudest) President Obama considers Wall Street, the banks, the Republicans in congress, and those with tea party policies as necessary players in the solution when they are, in fact, part of the problem. Both the Senior Citizens' Right to Work Act and the Family Medical Leave Act were passed this way.



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