Monthly Archives: October 2014

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LISTENING ON BBC RADIO 3


For a well crafted combinstion of music and words – especially  today’s edition which has the theme of Light – tune in online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mb49w

Be patient.  Today’s recommended episode will be available shortly.  In the meantime, you can sample previous episodes on that site.

LONG LIVE RADIO!

CALLING ALL LYRIC WRITERS 1


As you might deduce from the title of this blog site, I often create the lyrics for my own music.  But inspiration for the words is just as often in short supply in my head.

And so I decided to invite you lyric writers out there to listen to my tunes, the ones I think are begging for  sympathetic words.   If you f\eel inspired by the music, then put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and string the words together,

This is a trial run  So I have not yet figured out how such an endeavor  might work out.  But \a couple of parameters come to mind.

1.  I will designate the character of the music, and thus the content of the  lyrics.  The first piece , attached below, is to   me  indisputably a Christmas Carol.    So lyrics with that content are  invited.

2.  My music is all copyrighted at the Library of Congress.  You should protect your submissions  as you see fit.

3.  Most of  my work is unscored which  can be a problem.  Although I have no theoretical music training (i.e., I cannot read/write music), I have Finale software.  That should enable me to produce a lead sheet if that proves desirable.

I have other as yet unformed thoughts which I will bash into shape later.  In the meantime here is the first tune,

Please let me have your comments on the idea.

(c. 1995)

THEM THERE DURNED BANKERS!


I hate to admit it: but once upon a time, back in the good old days, I was a Vice President of a major Wall Street bank (no big deal – VPs are still too numerous to keep tabs on) . The good old days, when the core business was taking in deposits and making loans with that money.. Nothing too fancy.   But we helped grease the machinery of the world economy. There’s no need for me here to go into the disastrous changes in the banking business since my days of, relative, innocence. This just to note an October 6 2014 article in
The New York Times:
– “Big Banks Face Another Round of U.S. Charges”.  http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/morning-agenda-more-trouble-for-big-banks/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog Main&contentCollection=Morning Agenda&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body  To which I added the comment: 

“Transatlantic note. The UK government recently announced that it would like to create a new criminal offence for the attempted manipulation of Libor, and extend any new legislation to cover seven other major financial benchmarks.”

And so them there durned bankers might yet see the inside of the hoosegow!

LOOK AFTER YOUR FEMURS AND YOUR FEMURS WILL……., ETC., ETC.


Yes, yes. I have been quiet for a while.

So I managed to break my left femur. And my bone is not healing as fast as it should.

So I have been housebound for the last six months With the help of an Exogen device (do a search), I hope to be out and about in a limited way in a few months.

So, you ask, if I have been housebound with lots of time on my hands, how come no blogging?

Good question. I can only say that the breaking of the femur and the inability to move around and out at my usual high speed did in that part of my brain that allows blogging.

So I forced myself to the keyboard today. Let’s see if I can keep it up.

So, I repeat, LOOK AFTER YOUR FEMURS!