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  1. Ted. It is unbelievable. If you liked that check out Prokofiev”s “War” Sonata no. 7 Third movement. That will also blow you away.

  2. Played flawlessly and at that speed on trombone on the Spike Jones Laughing Record from the 30’s, 40’s or 50s.

    https://youtu.be/GRqp3O0-soc

    Also reminds me of:

    https://youtu.be/G-FdX1D5hVg

    from:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_(2007_film)

    and

    Scott Joplin Movie Dueling Pianos Competition Scene – 1977

    https://youtu.be/NOi9K7yZ6QA

    from

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Joplin_(film)

    and

    https://youtu.be/uYW177hXFE8

    from

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossroads_(1986_film)

    https://youtu.be/f7cLBim7a1A

    https://youtu.be/JnE9ooiC-tc

    https://youtu.be/ktaee9X2rik

    https://youtu.be/-yOXsK5-SFY

    https://www.fromthetop.org/

  3. @ veet vivarto:
    I agree, comrade. Only mediocrity should be tolerated. Anything else would be socially unjust, bourgeois, reactionary, islamophobic, orientalist, sexist, classist, racist, imperialist, micro-passive-aggressive, and undemocratic, reeking of decadent formalism*. “The People United Will Never Be Defeated.”

    *

    https://books.google.com/books?id=5n74CgAAQBAJ&pg=PT74&lpg=PT74&dq=stalin+accusation+of+formalism&source=bl&ots=PdDEl638Ys&sig=qA9HR8mpSETPKyY3OaF0Nmf_xjg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqw8-D3ZXSAhUhxlQKHZgnAPkQ6AEINzAE#v=onepage&q=stalin%20accusation%20of%20formalism&f=false

    It is immoral for anyone to have any more talent, heart or ingenuity than anyone else. That’s why I oppose bike paths. Not because they impede traffic, and bicylists are often heedless of pedestrians but because it is just wrong for anyone to have fun when I can’t anymore.

    Of course, modern medicine is solving these problems, one by one, as forseen by the following chestnut:

    “Doc, after my surgery, will I be able to play the violin?”

    “Why, sure you will.”

    “Awesome! You know, I’ve always wanted to play the violin.”

  4. @ honeybee:
    I’m a life-long city kid, but, as I once told a country cousin of mine, I’m really a country kid at heart because when I’m on any one of the four crosstown buses that cut across Central Park, I don’t mind! I understand Obama wanted to put bathrooms along them and have transverse bathrooms. I don’t understand why that was controversial, unless it’s that there’s really no place to park. But, it would be good for pedestrians who walk across. And, at the least the 79th St. one would be safe because there’s a police station right there in the park along the transverse.

    https://michaelminn.net/newyork/parks/central_park/bridges/transverse_roads/2007-07-31_17-23-00.jpg

    https://www.google.com/search?q=central+park+police+station&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1014&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAn8vc65XSAhXGjFQKHQcSCnoQ_AUICCgD#safe=active&tbm=isch&q=central+park+police+station+79th+street+transverse&imgrc=phA33amRFJItzM:

    Talk about countrified! I downright feel like such a hick, now!

  5. @ keelie:

    Sorry, you lost me on that one. The “finger pointing to the moon” analogy is a Zen Buddhist metaphor urging the listener to use the teaching as a tool to get to the other side and then to be discarded and not to worship it as a relic or an idol. To look and see where the teacher is pointing, not to worship the teacher or the finger that is doing the indicating. Some Zen Buddhist practitioners meditate with their backs to the statue of Buddha — which, again, is just supposed to be like a portrait of a beloved teacher – Asians bow to each other as a sign of respect, not worship — and merely a reminder of his teachings and personal example to be emulated — to emphasize this.

    What did you mean?

  6. @ honeybee:
    @ honeybee:

    http://www.centralparknyc.org/events/parent-events/conservatory-garden-tour.html

    http://www.nybg.org/home/

    https://www.bbg.org/collections/gardens/japanese_garden

    https://www.google.com/search?q=prospect+park+new+york+city&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1014&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjTxq_VtZbSAhUGTSYKHdfBA6EQ_AUIBygC&dpr=1#imgrc=hnMXSXzzyXUlvM:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=van+cortlandt+park&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1014&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjN08j_tZbSAhWJ6CYKHfNhADkQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=WTTX02ljrHNK9M:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=met+cloisters&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1014&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj14sCCuZbSAhWG5CYKHa7-B80Q_AUIBygC

    https://www.google.com/search?q=frick+collection+nyc&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1014&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZwI-RuZbSAhUKKyYKHSXQAk0Q_AUIBygC

    http://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions

    https://www.yivo.org/

    https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x89c258fecf664df5%3A0x33d224a0d5dacca2!2m19!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m13!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FRockefeller_Center!5srockefeller%20center%20-%20Google%20Search&imagekey=!1e3!2s-Uam7ZYGzusE%2FWHPJWvQAO6I%2FAAAAAAAAwco%2FLiYpDH_TkYA8bJ1aj_kQ6dP5YxQA82J3wCLIB&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjuzp7cupbSAhUG4iYKHbd2DKsQoioIlAEwFg

    http://merchantshouse.org/the-house/

    https://www.google.com/search?q=fort+tryon+park&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKrp3zu5bSAhWILSYKHUwtC9YQ_AUICSgC

    https://www.google.com/search?q=fort+tryon+park&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKrp3zu5bSAhWILSYKHUwtC9YQ_AUICSgC#safe=active&tbm=isch&q=new+york+botanical+garden

    https://www.google.com/search?q=bronx+botanical+garden&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwik08KevJbSAhUB5iYKHXgIDIQQ_AUICSgC&biw=1920&bih=1014

  7. @ honeybee:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=nyc+tree+map&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=1014&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivqoOCvZbSAhXFQiYKHRymAykQ_AUIBigB#safe=active&tbm=isch&q=nyc+top+five+hiking+trails

    https://www.google.com/search?q=bronx+botanical+garden&safe=active&rlz=1CAACAO_enUS731US731&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwik08KevJbSAhUB5iYKHXgIDIQQ_AUICSgC&biw=1920&bih=1014

    Not that I ever go to any of these places. When asking directions in New York, always ask a tourist. The natives don’t go anywhere and don’t know anything. But, they think they do. So look for foreigners with cameras. They’ve got all the maps, they’ve studied the place. Real New Yorkers are only like that when they are tourists in other places.

  8. It was also the Theme for the TV show,
    “The Green Hornet” which marked Bruce Lee’s debut as Kato. (1966). Jazz version

  9. @ keelie:
    I think I understand. Perhaps you are implying that he is denigrating, the flip side of worshipping, talent instead of seeing it as an inspiration as in “The Israel Test” by George Gilder:

    “The test can be summarized by a few questions: What is your attitude toward people who excel you in the creation of wealth or in other accomplishment? Do you aspire to their excellence, or do you seethe at it? Do you admire and celebrate exceptional achievement, or do you impugn it and seek to tear it down? Caroline Glick … sums it up: “Some people admire success; some people envy it. The enviers hate Israel.”

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/01/george_gilders_israel_test_who.html#ixzz4ZlMf4CQC
    Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook”

    And while we’re on the subject:

    Live performance of Perlman and Zuckerman, Mehta Conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Huberman Festival, playing Mozart Symphonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra and bonus of Handel-Halverson Passacaglia (originally for violin and cello) parts 1 and 2

    https://youtu.be/szMu8si_YYQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFTVZ0AVgM8

  10. @ veet vivarto:

    Hilarious clip of Heifetz impersonating bad student

    https://youtu.be/Aumx4cfygFo

    [Jascha Heifetz was one of the most famous violinists of all time and a great teacher, as well. Films of his Master Classes in the ’60s, from which this clip is taken, have been posted to youtube.]

  11. @ Sebastien Zorn:
    Thanks for the tour of NYC. Do you ever visit these places? I see my beautiful vista from my windows. The Blue bonnet and Indian Paint Brush are in full bloom as is the cactus. The rattlesnakes are out of hibernation . Life is good,

  12. @ honeybee:
    Not if I can help it! I hate going anywhere. That’s why Manhattan is great. Everything is around the corner or delivered within the hour.

    I played a job on the water in the Hamptons and when I saw a great blue and white sky, I exclaimed, “Wow! It looks just like a screensaver!”

    I only enclosed those photos to make the point that my cave trumps your cave. So there!

    The perfect society.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Caves_of_Steel

    Things To Come HG Wells 1936
    https://youtu.be/atwfWEKz00U

    1 hr 12 min in

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