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  • Interests Composing-Arranging<br />Yamaha Motif ES8, Notator-Creator, Finale, Protools Mbox<br />Jazz Trombone & Piano<br />Teaching-Pedagogy<br />Epistemology<br />Fiction<br />Poetry: Longfellow, Tennyson, Kipling
  1. Peikoff on the coming election

    I am sorry if you or anyone else took it that I was implying that you were immoral or that you or anyone else on this list does not understand Objectivism.
  2. Peikoff on the coming election

    See 19-minute recorded statement from Dr. Peikoff's DIM Hypothesis: Dr. Piekoff gives his reasons for voting against Republicans (in 2004 election). (From Capitalism Magazine)
  3. Peikoff on the coming election

    I agree with Dr. Peikoff. The Democrats are incapable of holding any ideology due to their inability to be certain about anything. It is impossible for them to hold any long-term view. They are environmentalists today, and who knows what, tomorrow. They are less dangerous because they can't act on conviction. The religiously ideological Republicans are much more likely to come in with guns, break down your door and put you in chains, or worse, for not believing in spirits or the correct spirit. They are as bad as the democrats and worse. They are for the welfare state, environmentalism and most everything else the democrats are for. But worse, they are against individual rights, science, and medical advancement, for mystical reasons. Bush and his team have rigorously courted the religious fundamentalist right. This is a huge organized movement across the U.S. There is a resurgence of religion on college campuses and the "praise & worship" movement is re-invigorating the churches. Creationism is now being taught along with what little actual Science that is being taught in the schools. But the main dangerous thing about the Bush-Republicans is that they are highly organized and pushing a religious agenda. They are religious zealots. Sixty years ago, people were religious, but they still had common sense and believed in science. Religion was not a part of the curriculum in the schools. We were able to fight and win W.W. II. We did not have the fawning, religion-inspired altruistic, kind and gentle approach to war that the Republicans push today. The Republicans certainly are not doing a good job fighting terrorism. They have our best people bogged down in a no-win war in Iraq. They do not believe in totally destroying the enemy. I agree that the Democrats seem to be weak on defense. But which is worse, to take a few hits from the Al Qaeda or to become a Christian theocracy? I don't think that Al Qaeda's best effort can destroy America. They can do a lot of damage, but not the damage to the Republic that the Republican-Religious-Right can.
  4. Hip-Hop

    I don't think the concept of brutality can be conveyed just by the music alone, without lyrics. A waltz with brutal lyrics could be just as evil as some contemporary pop music. The lyrics add the conceptual. Possibly, a malevolent sense of life could be conveyed by the music of a rap tune, although not the concept of malevolence. (See Ms. Rand's discussion of music in "Art and Cognition" from The Romantic Manefesto.
  5. Hip-Hop

    The small amount of rap that I have heard seems not to have much melody, if any. It seems as though the rappers are chanting words to certain rhythms. Maybe there are some rap tunes with recognizable melodies. If there is no melody is it still music? I will admit that I have never purposefully listened to a complete rap tune, but have heard snatches here and there as I flipped the TV tuner from channel to channel.
  6. Hip-Hop

    Is the music of Hip-Hop Rap??
  7. Hip-Hop

    Thanks Valara
  8. Hip-Hop

    What is Hip-Hop? I asked some students once and they laughed at me and said "it is a lifestyle, not a type of music."
  9. Hip-Hop

    I generally don't listen to lyrics either, especially in pop music. Exceptions would the great standards by masters like Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Bacharach and David, Rogers and Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, & Henry Mancini (Moon River). But then, you can't really compare them to what is produced by today's Entertainment Artists. I liked Carol King, the 5th Dimension, and Brazil 66 also. They did some nice originals and treatments of popular tunes. I probably wouldn't remember the melodies on these except for the lyrics: Carly Simon .......You're So Vain that I bet you think this song is about you... Dusty Sprinfield (Barry Mann) Just A Little Lovin' early in the mornin' Beats a cup of coffee for startin' off the day... But, it's the melody that usually catches my ear, and sometimes an interesting beat. I can definitely understand enjoying music without understanding the lyrics.
  10. Part of Space Ship Two Unveiled

    Very inspiring, Michael!
  11. Le Nozze Di Figaro

    My first experience with this opera was when I was in college and played the Overture with the school Wind Ensemble. I also rehearsed, conducted, and performed this piece when I was a high school band director. The overture is totally integrated work. The themes are presented and developed seamlessly. Everything fits and nothing could be added or taken away. It has a wonderful buildup and climax at the recap of the main theme that makes me want to sing and dance with glee! It also projects a wonderful, uplifting sense of life. The opera has this same kind of integration and sense of life. I had the good fortune to hear Le Nozze di Figaro at the Munich Opera Festival many years ago and have heard it live several times since. I like listening to recordings of opera music, but much prefer live performances, especially a comic opera by Mozart or Rossini. The music, as great as it is, is only a part of the work of art. An interesting biography on Mozart is: The Life of Mozart, Including His Correspondence, by Edward Holmes. It includes many letters by Mozart recounting how he composed, and his and the general public's reactions to his musical works. A nice web site is The Mozart Forum.
  12. Humans now in control of Earth's climate?

    Is this pure junk science, or is there some valid work being done? Maybe they are helping to predict the weather. If humans are in control of the climate, are we also causing the weather?
  13. New CDs available!

    I'll have to check out my Villia-Lobos albums.
  14. "Humans are now in control of the Earth's climate, for better or worse," Hansen tells ABC News. For more see: here "This evidence implies that we are getting close to dangerous levels of human-made pollution," ... James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies For more, see: here (from (Also on ABC News this evening (9-25) I wonder if NASA gets more funding if they take a pro-environmentalist stance? How can the same agency who puts up the Space Shuttle make such statements?
  15. Conflict with My Convictions

    You are right on this. Facts and knowledge are out. Consensus education and not offending the students with certainty are in.