PipeChat Digest #480 - Friday, August 7, 1998
 
Re:  PipeChat Digest #472 - 08/02/98
  by <ZieglerBob@aol.com>
Re: playing for one's own church query
  by "Mark Huth" <mhuth@rodgers.rain.com>
Re: Good EO vs Poor PO
  by "Douglas A. Campbell" <dougcampbell@juno.com>
Re: playing for one's own church
  by <FireAlarmz@aol.com>
Re: playing for one's own church query
  by <FireAlarmz@aol.com>
Re: playing for one's own church
  by "bruce cornely" <cremona84000@webtv.net>
Re: playing for one's own church
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@truelink.net>
Re: playing for one's own church
  by "Bob Scarborough" <desertbob@truelink.net>
 


(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #472 - 08/02/98 From: <ZieglerBob@aol.com> Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 20:31:26 EDT   pipechat@pipechat.org 8/2/98 3:56 AM   >Subject: First Night Virginia >From: sohmer@juno.com >Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 19:58:38 -0400 > >Each new year's eve, Charlottesville, VA celebrates the new year with an >alcohol-free series of events, concerts, puppet shows, etc. This year, >our chapter of the AGO is going to be participating (for the first time >in 8 or 9 years!!!!).   > >Any ideas for: > >1. Repertoire to be played? >2. Fun things to do whilst the Ives is being played? >3. Funner things to do either by the organist or narrator on the King of >Instruments?   Occasionally I play for some minor church function (i.e. Ladies Sodality) or the like. How about the "Hokey-Pokey"? You know, ......You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in and shake it all about....you do the hokey-pokey and turn it all around. That's what it's all about.   Have a sing-a-long.   If you know modern tunes, how about "Name that Tune?"   I remember hearing an organist play something backwards once but I don't recall what the tune was.   I heard Stan Kann say once he was asked what all the tabs on the organ are for and in a very straight looking stance he said "I haven't the foggiest idea!"   He did a cute thing by saying "you can imitate a coo-coo" and he played some set of chords that approximated the sound of the coo-coo at the appointed time to indicate the hour. Then he said you can have 2 coo-coos and proceeded to play "Here comes the bride"   Do you know a little ditty called the "Peanut Vendor"? My mom used to play it and I got to sit on the bench and hold down a key on the upper end of the keyboard that approximated the shrill whistle of a peanut vendor's cart.   All sorts of things you can do. Of course I'd never suggest trying some of the stunts that Victor Borge does but I laughed so hard my sides ached and I was in tears it was so funny. Most people think he's great but us musicians think he's greater especially when we realize how he "modifies" (for lack of a better description) songs.   I hope this helps and good luck on your endeavor.   Regards, Bob Ziegler     Robert F. Ziegler zieglerbob@aol.com Playing in the key of "off" in beautiful downtown Sauk Village, IL.    
(back) Subject: Re: playing for one's own church query From: "Mark Huth" <mhuth@rodgers.rain.com> Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 17:25:53 PDT     > Hi Mark, > I wonder what kind of organ your church employer has? > James Grebe   It started life in 1958 as a 2m/14 rank Reuter and was enlarged to 3m/25 ranks in 1989 by Rene Marceau and Associates. The instrument now is a very strong service instrument and does well with a wide variety of concert literature as well.   Mark       Mark Huth Rodgers Instrument Corporation mhuth@rodgers.rain.com http://www.rodgerscorp.com   ==========================   What does geronimo say when he jumps out of a plane?    
(back) Subject: Re: Good EO vs Poor PO From: dougcampbell@juno.com (Douglas A. Campbell) Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 21:25:51 EDT     On Wed, 5 Aug 1998 21:03:40 -0700 "Dennis Goward" <dgoward@uswest.net> writes:   >Note: I am not advocating this instrument as a replacement for any >pipe >organ. Please don't send bombs to my house. > Dennis,   No Bombs - Just Bombardes ! :-)     Douglas A. Campbell Skaneateles, NY   _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]  
(back) Subject: Re: playing for one's own church From: <FireAlarmz@aol.com> Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 23:50:43 EDT   << And as this list (and the other) spends much time bemoaning the fate of both organs and organists, I question the wisdom of ANY action which gives a church an excuse to explore an alternative. Its just not good business, no matter how unpalletable the situation! >>   Bob- I always appreciate your fine words. In this case, I wonder--if there is an organist shortage, and there IS as far as I can see, then why would anyone want to waste their time at an abusive institution? There are too many (part- time, which is what I assume we're talking about) jobs out there---many at *fine* churches. I speak from experience, just having left a slightly ridiculous church position.   Paece, Bill Miller  
(back) Subject: Re: playing for one's own church query From: <FireAlarmz@aol.com> Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 00:00:45 EDT   In a message dated 98-08-06 20:55:58 EDT, Mark Huth wrote:   << The instrument now is a very strong service instrument and does well with a wide variety of concert literature as well. >>   No MIDI???????? Mark, *R* has some wonderful sound module thingys. Tell us you forgot to mention MIDI!!!!!!   Bill Miller  
(back) Subject: Re: playing for one's own church From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 00:04:09 -0400 (EDT)     >then why would anyone want to waste their > time at an abusive institution? There are too > many (part- time, which is what I assume > we're talking about) jobs out there---many at > *fine* churches. It depends upon the quality of the organ. A good organist will put up with almost anything to play a quality pipe organ. When I was in Texas I took a job at half the salary of another job to play in a church with an awful minister and even had to move 30 miles from Houston JUST to play a 3/34 Austin (1953).   :~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~:~+~: o o o _____bruce cornely_____ o o o o o o cremona84000@webtv.net o o o o o o ___ O a H g S o ___ o o o   There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog. -- Konrad Lorenz    
(back) Subject: Re: playing for one's own church From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@truelink.net> Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 22:47:11 -0700   At 11:50 PM 8/6/98 EDT, FireAlarmz@aol.com wrote: ><< And as this list (and the other) spends much time bemoaning the fate of >both > organs and organists, I question the wisdom of ANY action which gives a >church > an excuse to explore an alternative. Its just not good business, no matter > how unpalletable the situation! > >> > >Bob- I always appreciate your fine words. In this case, I wonder--if there is >an organist shortage, and there IS as far as I can see, then why would anyone >want to waste their time at an abusive institution?<snip>   The above is precisely why I spent a good deal of my life working for a labor union. My thought has always been that the AGO should act more like a guild in the true sense of the word, rather than just a professional association. Churches are employers, and should be treated as such.   I won't elaborate further, as I could go on and on. But that's my $.02's worth!   DeserTBoB    
(back) Subject: Re: playing for one's own church From: Bob Scarborough <desertbob@truelink.net> Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 22:47:13 -0700   At 12:04 AM 8/7/98 -0400, bruce cornely wrote:   When I was in Texas >I took a job at half the salary of another job to play in a church with >an awful minister and even had to move 30 miles from Houston JUST to >play a 3/34 Austin (1953). >   As long as one organist will "undercut", or scab, on another one just to play a sweet sounding organ, then organists will always be doomed economically. That's mostly why I got out of it in the first place...you can't make a decent living at it, no matter how hard you try...unless you like working 80 hrs. a week or so. Then, you have the spectre of a mental collapse staring you in the face. Dont' laugh! I've seen it happen.   DeserTBoB