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    Classical music and biography

    It is always interesting and sometimes even important to have intimate knowledge of a composer’s life, but it is not essential in order to understand the composer’s works. In Beethoven’s case, one mustn’t forget that in 1802, the year he was contemplating suicide—as he wrote in an unsent letter...
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    Dizzy Gillespie: A Retrospective

    The post below needs to be highlighted, but I don't know how to do so.-Ron ------------------- I put together the following compendium of prose and poetry in memory of Dizzy Gillespie who died 22 years ago this month. Readers who are not particularly interested in one of jazz's greatest...
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    The beats and me

    My 9 month old grand-daughter, Grace Carmel Price, had just gone off to sleep. This is always a blessing for my wife and I when we are doing our stint of baby-sitting. My wife was gearing-up for her Sunday football in Australia, when my eye caught ABC24’s Big Ideas: The Practice of the Wild.1...
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    PAINTED WITH WORDS: Who are you Vincent?

    On April Fools’ Day this year I watched Van Gogh: Painted With Words on ABC1.1 It has taken me 3 weeks to find the right combination of time and circumstance to write a few words about this moving docudrama. I won’t tell you chapter and verse about the content of this TV program; you can read...
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    SHIRLEY BASSEY and ME

    Dame Shirley Bassey(1937- ) is a Welsh singer now 75 years old. She found fame in the mid-1950s when I was a famous baseball player in a small town in Ontario inthe pee-wee and midget leagues. She was one of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the 20th century...
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    THE BEE-GEES AND ME: A Retrospective

    On hearing today, 21 May 2012, of the death of Robin Gibb yesterday, I wrote the following as a sort of, a type of, eulogy. It’s a personal reminiscence with more meaning to me as a poet and writer than it may have to those who read this at one of the several internet sites at which it is...
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    Cognitive dissonance

    I wrote this piece below today and yesterday; having come to this forum, I'll post it in this section, this catch-all part of Magle International Music Forums.-Ron Price, Australia:cool: ------------------------------------------------------------- The year I joined the Baha’i Faith the...
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    Singalongs And My Two-2 Ring Binders: 1950 To 2010

    Singalongs And My Two-2 Ring Binders: 1950 To 2010 This 2000 word essay explores the story of the gradual evolution of the singalong booklets in my life: 1950 to 2010. The first booklets of music in my life, at least those I remember, go back to 1950 when I was five years old. The first...
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    MY SOUND: Wayne Shorter and Me

    By midnight it is time for me to move away from writing and reading, after what has usually been an eight hour day of intellectual and literary work. I sit in front of the box and let its soporific effects move my brain-waves onto alpha and help induce a sleepy effect---usually by 1:00 of 1:30...
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    Mario Lanza(1921-1959): Great Tenor Voice

    The following prose-poem explores Mario Lanza's bipolar disorder and raises the question: "what would his singing and his life been like if he had been treated/diagnosed for BPD?"-Ron Price ------------------------- SYNCHRONICITY One of the great tenors of the twentieth century, Mario Lanza...
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    The peter-pan juggernaut

    Michael Jackson's memorial service was broadcast live on every major American network television station yesterday on 7 July 2009. It was the largest gathering for a deceased person in world history. In Australia there was a TV special: “Michael Jackson--The King of Pop,” premiered on June 27...
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    A Music Event: Jackson Dies

    I do not hate Jackson, but I have an interest in another Michael Jackson who edited a book of interest to me in the field of anthropology.-Ron Price, Tasmania ---------------------------------- My poetry describes a lifeworld, a domain of the everyday, an immediate social existence, a practical...
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    Errol flynn and true history: 1909-2009

    Errol Flynn, an Australian-born film actor, was popular for his romantic roles in Hollywood films and also for his flamboyant lifestyle. Flynn was born in Hobart Tasmania 100 years ago today, on 20 June 1909 and I write this prose-poem as a sort of quasi-eulogistic, personal reminiscence...
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    ABC1’s "Johnny O’Keefe’: The Wild One," on 6 November at 9:30 p.m.

    Did you folks see: ABC1’s "Johnny O’Keefe’: The Wild One," on 6 November at 9:30 p.m.? I wrote the following prose-poem due to its nostalgia, my reminiscing and some features of O'Keefe's life that reminded me of mine.-Ron Price, Australia.:cool: --------------------------------------...
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    The Music Of The Love Generation

    Late at night, after midnight and before I go to bed, I often watch the TV. It helps me turn my brain off, get into a somnambulant state. For me, TV has always been the best forms of meditation late at night after my mind has been active for many hours, usually about 16 during the day. Many...
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    The Mamas and the Papas On New Year's Eve in Australia

    THE SENSE OF CERTITUDE By the time I graduated from university in 1966 at the age of 21 I owned two LP albums. One was given to me by my mother after my father’s death in May 1965. The LP was Handel ’s Messiah. That LP was symbolic of the classical music influences from my parents in the years...
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    Apologetics Anyone?

    Baha'i Apologetics Apologetics is a branch of systematic theology, although some experience it’s thrust in religious studies or philosophy of religion courses. Some encounter it on the internet for the first time in a more populist and usually much less academic form. As I see it, apologetics...
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    Paderewski’s film debut: 1937-Personal Retrospective

    I find that, if I relate musical experiences to aspects of my personal life, in the process, both the music and my personal life are enriched. Here is an example. It may not be that meaningful to some, but it will serve as an example to illustrate my point.-Ron Price, Tasmania:cool: GREAT...
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    Stanley Kubrick: A Force Majeure

    KUBRICK: A TOUCH OF THE INEFFABLE Stanley Kubrick(1928-1999) began directing films the year my family first had its contact with the Baha’i Faith, 1953. I was nine at the time. Kubrick died one week after the release of his last film on March 1st 1999. I was in my last month of my life as a...
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    Hello, Greetings, Resume, Background, Personal, Lifestory....

    Just to balance the information levels with those who introduce themselves with a "hey and a ho and a hey, hey ho" here is a more detailed statement.(no I am not applying for a job; I am retired from the being-jobbed world. A. EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS HELD 2005-2000-Writer/Poet: George Town...
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