PipeChat Digest #1600D - Monday, September 11, 2000
Fwd: A funny story
  by "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com>
Fwd: Relate an organist's horror story you'd like to share
  by "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com>
Re: Burnt beans of Baaahstun
  by <p.wilson2@juno.com>

(back) Subject: Fwd: A funny story From: "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 09:24:31 GMT     >Subject: A funny story > >This is not an original story, but was forwarded to me. Enjoy! > >The Substitute Organist - Or - >Light On His Feet > >Things were not going well that Sunday... The young minister was >preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to >come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the >church building. > >To futher complicate things, he found out that the regular organist was >sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The >substitute wanted to know what to play. > >"Well, here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But you'll >have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about >the finances." > >After the choir's anthem, the minister came to the pulpit and said, >"Brothers and Sisters, we face a great challenge today... The roof >repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Now, >any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up." > >At precisely that moment, the quick thinking substitute organist played a >stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner!" > >And that is how the substitute organist became the permanent organist.   _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.   Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.    
(back) Subject: Fwd: Relate an organist's horror story you'd like to share From: "Rev. Ed" <edwardorgan@hotmail.com> Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 09:32:39 GMT     >From: Ron Severin <RonSeverin@AOL.COM> >Subject: Relate an organist's horror story you'd like to share   > >Dear List: > >This might be interesting. We all learn from the circumstances of our >previous employment. I'm talking about having to play the impossible >organ, we've all had at least.... of these. Or the most rediculous or >impossible employment situation you can think of, that happened to you, >maybe the present one? The worst wedding soloist? Last minute changes, >to a service already planned, The solist shows up without music! That >should indeed provide variety. > >Sincerely, > >Ron > >PS I hope this is not off topic as some of these can be amusing and even >funny, years later. > >I'll start off with a situation I went through several years ago. An >Episcopal Church that will remain anonymous brought me in to play and >direct. The organ was a former 10 rank, three manual and pedal reduced >to 7 ranks. The organ man took it upon himself to remove the ranks >without telling anyone, so he'd have more room to tune. The wiring was >to say the least like a cat got in the chamber and had a ball, there was >speghetti everywhere, not tied and not neat. The great Diapason 8' 4' 2' >was moved outside the swell chamber, the bass notes of which didn't work. >as the perflex burst. The swell shades didn't close because this learned >tech didn't replace the booking paper when he releathered the swell >pneumatics. They just ballooned like a puffer fish. Every other note on >the swell Salicional was dead, Celeste too. The diapason's too loud now, >the rest doesn't work at all well, and this lady priest tollerated no >mistakes. I was expected to play for free for ice Cream socials, fashion >shows, dinner entertainment, and an off Broadway Show given in the church >by choir, rector etc. with no religious connection at all. All for free! >Black cloths covered stations, statues, and cross, windows for this >purpose. I guess to assuage the conscience. I finally declined on this = one >and was fired the next day, Sunday. Gone was the Geigen Principal from = the >swell, and several flutes 8' and 4'and so was I.   _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.   Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.    
(back) Subject: Re: Burnt beans of Baaahstun From: <p.wilson2@juno.com> Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 03:07:02 -0700       On Sat, 26 Aug 2000 11:27:29 Bob Scarborough <desertbob@rglobal.net> writes: > At 01:41 PM 8/26/2000 EDT, you wrote: > >Place these organs in churches and the attendance would hit the > floor.<snip>   **snip** > >During the dark days of Wagnerian voicing, people did not have > >TV sets and other varied forms of entertainments--the comparison > >doesn't work.<snip?> > > Really? Tell that to the people at the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion, > or who go into Lord and Taylor's to "browse", when they really go > to hear the organ. I don't see TV, et al, as a competitive force to > these venues. > Obviously these organs' audiences don't, either! > > DeserTBoB   And tonight, we had about 3000 people come out in the damp and drizzle to hear Dupr=E9: Po=E8me H=E9roique (Op. 33) Widor: Symphonie in g-minor (Op. 42) Jongen: Symphonie Concertante (Op. 81).   Dupr=E9's Cort=E8ge et Litanie (Op.19/2) was scheduled, but wasn't = performed because of the dampness. (The 'cellists actually had to leave.) Robert Plimpton, our Civic Organist, was accompanied by 57 members of the San Diego Symphony, conducted by David Bowden. It was wonderful! I heard works performed that I had only heard on recordings.   90% of the people who attend these concerts aren't organ "junkies", but they do appreciate good music well-played. Among these are a rather large group of Russian emigr=E9s, mostly retired, who >really< appreciate = concert music.   Granted, these concerts (the Monday night Summer Organ Festival and the Sunday afternoon regular concerts) are free. But, on Sundays, there are usually about 700 people in attendance. Monday Festival performances routinely attract anywhere from 1000-1500. There were about that many at last week's performance by David Craighead, which was something of a surprise to me.   What is it that attracts all these people? Who knows? But they come. By the scores, they come.   Shalom, Preston p.wilson2@juno.com   PS: The Widor was commissioned by Rodman Wanamaker for the dedication of the six-manual console. Because of his untimely death, it was not performed at Wanamaker's/L&T, and hasn't ever been. Why is that?