Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Something to remember, on this 4th day of the ChristMass HolyDay Season...

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

--Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, March 30, 1863

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Hi from JeffC

Semi-Off-Line as we are staying @ 'The Apartment in the City' for a few days B4 Christmas. (No land-line, I am typing this at the Country Kitchen on 54 Hwy. Breakfast skillet and WiFi! Just what America is waiting for!) Shopping and such until Wed..

More l8r,


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Want to be PC? Go Right Ahead! Happy Holidays!

etymology of holiday:(Old English) haligdæg, from halig "holy" + dæg "day"

Friday, December 10, 2004

[personal] XMAS PANIC! 911! SOS! HELP!

My oldest friend sent me a request for musical titles to fulfill his son's particular CHRISTmas wish-list. I thought I would post the result, in case anyone else had similar needs. One good trick in this case is to use AMAZON. Their Customers who bought this title also bought: listings can lead to interesting reads as well as, in this case, sounds. Also, their user-posted lists can give you some good ideas.


-----Original Message-----
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 11:31 AM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [personal] XMAS PANIC! 911! SOS! HELP!

xxxxx wants music that sounds like the vocal choruses in “the Lord of the Rings.” Is there anything you know of in that category.

I assume we are talking listening material, not sheet music/scores, although that is possible w) some of this.

I used to have a playlist in Windows Media Player I called 'Writing Music' which included mostly LOTR and other orchestral stuff. I would listen to it while writing my novel. Lost it somewhere in the transfer to the new laptop. Have to look for it in the back-ups...

We are talking to basic categories:

The big choruses with huge orchestral underpinnings.
We'll call it Die Sturm-Muzik

The high tessitura female voice angsting during poignant points of character development.
Megan refers to this particular form as Woeful-Wailing-Women.

For number one, the major one that comes to mind is the big chorus from Carmina-Burana.
If memory serves it literally IS one of the DSM under-pinnings in the trilogy. This thing is everywhere, but a similar soundtrack in general, which I know includes the big chorus, would be Excalibur.
check it out here: http://www.anthea2.freeuk.com/carminaburana/

Most of the Celtic girls spend MAJOR time in WWW mode. Enya is also part of the LOTR musical palette. Lenox does Into the West, but I don't know that anything else on the album is of the same vein. Planxty is another group with good sounds along this path. (Enya used to do their vocals.) Some of the Celtic groups will get to 'legit' folk-songish.

Celtic Circle (Two-disc set) has some good examples of this 'style'.

Similar Celtic-influenced soundtracks that would also probably appeal:
Last of the Mohicans (both DSM and WWW here)
Braveheart (one could argue too much pipeing, I would argue there are not ENOUGH pipes in Shore's scoring. Besides, there's NO SUCH THING as TOO MUCH PIPEING! ;->)
I can't remember many vocals, but The Patriot had a good adventurer's soundtrack.

Slightly more Popera-ish but along the same vein:
(While not as Sturmish, these are a full chorus of voices.)
ADIEMUS - I have ADIEMUS IV:THE ETERNAL KNOT clips here - http://www.adiemus.f2s.com/sound.htm
Mediaeval Babes http://www.canoe.ca/JamMusicArtistsM/medieval_babes.html

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

America Attacked

December 8, 1941
Franklin Roosevelt "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"
Joint Session of the U.S Congress
Following December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt declares war on Japan.

Yesterday, 7 December 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government had deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives were lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, 7 December, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.
This site has a link to hear the speech and to the original text:

Please re-read the second-to-the-last sentence.

So help us GOD.

This was apperently left off of the memorial in DC. I know it was missing of the initial text I found on the 'net.

I was listening to a re-broadcast of the speech while driving home last night.
The '40s-era commentator described the enthusiastic response of the joint-houses. Even FDR's political antagonists were united behind the President in the time of calamaty.

How things have changed.
Is there a direct relationship to these changes?
How could there NOT be?
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more of the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And our soldiers don't just see freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home. It has been said truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. [cheers] It is the soldier, not the poet who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.

Senator Zell Miller
GOD Bless Us, Everyone.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Chappy Chanukah

Even in ancient times, oil was a major Middle-Eastern concern... ;-)


One of the few Hanukka 'carols': (Despite the Herculean efforts of Mr. Sandler.)
I have a little dreidel,
I made it out of clay.
And when it's dry and ready,
With dreidel I shall play.

Oh Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
I made you out of clay,
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
With dreidel I shall play.