PipeChat Digest #2598 - Monday, December 24, 2001
 
project update - short
  by "Randy Terry" <randyterryus@yahoo.com>
Re: Eggnog
  by <support@opensystemsorgans.com>
Eggnog (while listening to the organ)
  by "Paul R. Swank" <prswank@surfbest.net>
Re: Electronic Organs Sound Just Like Pipe Organs (long)
  by <Wurlibird1@aol.com>
Re: Eggnog
  by <Wurlibird1@aol.com>
Re: Wanamakers Xmas
  by <MUSCUR@aol.com>
Advent 4A - it's been frosty down here!
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
RE: Eggnog
  by "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com>
Re: Eggnog
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Music List, All Saints, Scotch Plains, NJ
  by <Oboe32@aol.com>
ORGAN ANECDOTE
  by "pat and ian" <patian@senet.com.au>
 

(back) Subject: project update - short From: "Randy Terry" <randyterryus@yahoo.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 07:48:55 -0800 (PST)   Hi Everyone!   I hope your seasonal music making is going well. The choir at St. Peter's = has been working very hard preparing for the Festival Eucharist Monday night. We will begin with = a carol sing. The carols will be preceeded by a short composed prelude based on the tune at = hand. I am playing Langlais NATIVITE for the Prelude, and Bach's "In dulci jubilo" from the = misc. chorales for the Postlude. I have chosen a unison setting of Rutter's "Jesus Child" for the = Offertory, and during Communion they will sing a Hopson arrangement of "A la ru, A la me" and = Natalie Sleeth's "Were you there on that Christmas Night," the communion music and Kneeling Hymn - = Silent Night, will be accompanied on the piano.   The organ has been completely tuned, the first time in two years, and most = of the currently available 18 ranks have been tonally finished, regulated, revoiced, etc. = We have decided to remove the great 4' Octave when the new 2-2/3 Twelfth and 2' Fifteenth are ready = to be installed, in February probably, and de-nick the Octave and try to get some point and = articulation in the stop. Currently it is over-winded and cutting the wind down it sounds too fluty, = and with the improvements in everything else I can't let it go as is, although I did = not plan to touch it originally!   With the help of two volunteers and a hand crank materials lift we boosted = the large 2 manual Aeolian-Skinner console up to the gallery. It was totally scary standing = under that beast perched 20" up in the air on a 8" aluminum extension "pole." Even just the bare = shell with no keyboards, side panels, etc., was difficult to deal with due to the odd distribution = of weight, I can't imagine moving it up there as it came to me originally with all its = pneumatic machines, etc. I have cleaned the key-contacts and wired them to the input boards, = installed the wonderful Syndyne drawknobs, accurate reproductions of the originals except they are ivory = plastic not real ivory. All the original ivory appointments other than the divisional nameplates = went to a fellow in Kansas who is restoring a large Skinner console. The new keyslips and = nameboard will arrive from OSI in January and hopefully we will make the transition from Klann = console to rebuilt A-S before lent.   Thanks to everyone who have helped with suggestions, support, etc., it is = happening!   Randy   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Randy Terry, Director of Music & Organist Mona Dena, Principal Choir Director The Episcopal Church of St. Peter Redwood City, California www.stpetersrwc.org   __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Send your FREE holiday greetings online! http://greetings.yahoo.com  
(back) Subject: Re: Eggnog From: <support@opensystemsorgans.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 12:04:06 -0500   Bud wrote: > My mother's recipe:   > Three quarts of milk > One quart of heavy cream or Half and Half > Two cups of sugar (or more, if it doesn't taste sweet enough) > 4-6 beaten eggs   God bless your mother, Bud, but (from San Franscico a la Carte):   12 eggs, separated 2 1/4 cups sugar 4 cups Bourbon 2 cups dark run 4 cups milk 4 cups heavy cream, whipped freshly grated nutmeg   The most important ingredient is the Bourbon (in more ways than one). It's worth the expense to use decent Bourbon, but don't go overboard and waste a really good small batch type. Don't fall for one of those fakes from Tennessee. I use Rebel Yell, but if you can't get that use something like Maker's Mark.   By the book: "Beat the eggs yolks well, add the sugar and continue beating until smooth and yellow-colored. Slowly stir in the Bourbon, rum, and milk. Fold in the whipped cream. Whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into the nog mixture. Transfer to a punch bowl and sprinkle with nutmeg."   It's best to make this just before you serve it, because if it sits, the foam from the egg whites and whipped cream rises to the surface. You have to fold it in again, and each time you do that, it loses some of its loft.   Happy Holidays, everyone. Dick Meckstroth  
(back) Subject: Eggnog (while listening to the organ) From: "Paul R. Swank" <prswank@surfbest.net> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 11:46:56 -0500   Dick,   If you can tear yourself away from your eggnog long enough to reply... How is your Fisk Organ program coming along?   Paul R. Swank Baltimore, MD prswank@surfbest.net     you wrote: >The most important ingredient is the Bourbon (in more ways >than one). It's worth the expense to use decent Bourbon, but >don't go overboard and waste a really good small batch type. >Don't fall for one of those fakes from Tennessee. I use >Rebel Yell, but if you can't get that use something like >Maker's Mark. > >Happy Holidays, everyone. >Dick Meckstroth    
(back) Subject: Re: Electronic Organs Sound Just Like Pipe Organs (long) From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 20:44:27 EST   Tyler Robertson writes:   >Secondly, I live in Waco and know much about the FBC organ, organist, and =   tuner >(not the original). In my opinion, that organ normally sounds like = a big calliope. The >difference between pipe/digital ranks is not huge, = however I would not call it any >success story. (snip) <<   As do I, Tyler, and what you describe is distressing. Although I have not =   played nor heard the FBC Rodgers in 3-4 years, the condition you relate is =   certainly a vast departure from its original state. When installed and during its earlier times, the organ was delightfully balanced and voiced. =   Perhaps the current problem is one of personnel who maintain the organ, or =   who fail in that attempt. As I am not familiar with them, the operative = word will have to be <perhaps>.   The FBC Rodgers cannot compare with the most recent installations of = Rodgers products due to the advanced technology of newer models. However, I do remember its unveiling by Joyce Jones and the subject instrument was no = where near a Calliope in sound.   My current appointments place me at an Allen TC-4 at 9:00 and a Rodgers = 220 at 10:30. Of the two, I prefer the Rodgers as a service instrument. Both =   are in UMC churches in Waco.   Best Holiday Wishes, Jim Pitts  
(back) Subject: Re: Eggnog From: <Wurlibird1@aol.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 21:30:59 EST   Another highly successful and much sought after recipe for eggnog is as follows:   Purchase 1 quart of eggnog (any brand) from the supermarket. Purchase 1 fifth of good whiskey from the package store. Place eggnog and whiskey side by side in brown bag, tightly closed. Allow both to sit undisturbed overnight. Remove whiskey from bag; drink whiskey. Throw bag and eggnog away.   This is attributed to the same person who proclaimed that "the mixture of Scotch and water is the ruination of two good things."   To all, my best wishes for a joyous Christmas and terrific New Year.   Happy Holidays, Jim Pitts    
(back) Subject: Re: Wanamakers Xmas From: <MUSCUR@aol.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 21:41:29 EST   DudelK@aol.com writes:   > Are you Dennis James the > theatre organist I've not yet had the good fortune to hear or Dennis = James > the talk-show/game-show host of yesteryear, or neither?   I'm the theatre organist. The talk-show/game-host passed away several = years ago but we were linked in two way:   1. In 1950 television was in its infancy. "The" Dennis James was a member = of the broadcast team for a very high-powered station in New York City that = was readily picked up in southern New Jersey where my parents resided. When I =   was born they had three name choices in mind: Jesse (which I preferred = until I was about 10), Harry (which may have been fortuitous), and Dennis = (chosen because they liked the way the first and last names sounded together).   2. When I began touring with the late Charles 'Buddy" Rogers, the silent movie star and big band leader of note (and Mary Pickford's last husband), = it turned out his golfing partner at the Toluca Lake Country Club was none = other than "the" Dennis James. I would call Buddy at Pickfair for various production details and to keep us straight Buddy had me identify myself as =   "Dennis James, your organist." The other one had to say "Dennis James, = your golfing partner!"   I can recall many times in the early days of my theatre organ circuit activities while waiting to rise on the console I could overhear members = of the audience say such things as, "That's NOT Dennis James!" or "I didn't = know Dennis James could play the organ" and my favorite, when playing the = opening number and coming up on the elevator, "Wow, he hasn't aged a bit!"   > it was an > "occasion" and the grand court was packed.   I wish I could have been there! Back in the late 60's and early 70's when = I was on staff there the grand court was regularly packed for the recitals = and it's lovely to see they're back at it again!   Dennis James Musica Curiosa   p.s. I recall from your earlier post that you live in Washington, D.C. = I'll be appearing in two performances at the I. M. Pei auditorium in the new = wing of the National Gallery of Art playing theatre organ (on an electronic instrument) and theremin on January 26 and 27 next month.  
(back) Subject: Advent 4A - it's been frosty down here! From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 21:04:10 -0600   4 Advent, Year A St. Agatha=92s Episcopal Church DeFuniak Springs, Florida   Prelude: Pastorale - Cesar Franck Advent Wreath Prayer - Advent 4: Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, merciful and gentle: to you be praise and glory forever. Your light has shown in our darkened world through the childbearing of blessed Mary; grant that we who have seen your glory may daily be renewed in your image and prepared like her for the coming of your Son, who is the Lord and Savior of all. Blessed be God forever. Processional Hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel - H 56 Sequence Hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Picardy) - H 324 Offertory Hymn: Sing we of the blessed Mother (Rustington) - H 278 Music during Communion: Of the Father=92s love begotten (Divinum mysterium; text H 82) O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green; text H 78) Closing Hymn: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (Truro) - H 436 Postlude: Offertoire: Joseph est bien marie - Alexandre Guilmant   Made it easy for myself =96 French guy stuff that I know and love. It = was a rainy day, but we need the rain, just not the muddy mushy clay. =20   What a week. Got a relatively inexpensive writing/computer desk for the old computer, so that I could download some stuff before it dies completely. I retrieved pictures sent me by list members of my summer vacation, and put some in frames to hang in my bar with all the organist-groupie shots. The desk had been dropped on its side and sustained some damage. Rick said it was the distressed look =96 I retorted that it was the traumatized look. But we kept the desk anyway.     Was going to buy myself the mahogany sweater chest to store organ music in at the church, but Rick went with me to the antique store and talked me out of it. He said, =93I thought you wanted something to stand the music up in.=94 I said, =93I=92ve given up on that idea, because I can = find nothing with the right dimensions unless I order it built or YOU build it for me.=94 I thought that would change his mind about the sweater chest, but he said I should wait. Don=92t ever take a husband to the antique store.   We baked a red velvet cake and an egg custard pie this afternoon. Tomorrow it=92s the cookies, the sausage/cheese/rotell dip from hell for the teenagers, the meatballs and cocktail sausages and other goodies for Christmas Eve. Then Tuesday it=92s the ham (Register=92s, of course) = and chicken and dumplings, to go with the fried turkey, dressing, collard, turnip and mustard greens, biscuits and cornbread and brown-n-serve rolls (for the teenagers again), cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, maybe a few green beans and peas. Then I have court on Wednesday and am expecting my new office furniture to be delivered =96 maybe I=92ll have the rest of the week off.   Christmas Eve service is a lot of music, but nothing extremely difficult, so it should be enjoyable. One of the old biddies that used to hate me is getting senile =96 last week she came up to me and hugged = my neck! This week she shook my hand twice during the exchange of the peace. Of course there=92s more where she came from, and they have a secret sign-up sheet to take turns at the church.   Got to the church this evening to help change the frontal and put up the Christmas tree. The crew that was supposed to decorate the church for Christmas had not shown, and nothing was done except for the cr=E8che. There=92s a lady who only comes to church for Easter and Advent and Christmas. She gave the ceramic figurines for the cr=E8che, and only comes so that she can set it up every year. In fact, there are no sheep or shepherds, but we have 3 wise men, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus with an angel in the bed with him (there should be a law against that), and =96 count them =96 10 angels! Not just any angels, but tacky angels. No = star over the cr=E8che, but another tacky gold angel. There are two sacramental ones that stay out in the parish hall all year long. In a church cleanup between priests, I once found the box for them and put them away with the nativity stuff =96 a month later they reappeared. Someone today had moved them over to the narthex for decorating the cr=E8che =96 this evening they were back in the parish hall. So Rita = and I hung the wreaths in the windows after trimming the tree and cutting the tacky sacramental doves off the wreaths. Then I went back to the parish hall to retrieve the mysterious tacky angels and put them back in the cr=E8che. One day they might disappear for good.   This is the time of year I count my blessings and remember my sins, especially the ones where there is videotaped evidence out there somewhere. Among blessings is my goddaughter who came to visit Wednesday while her father fixed the broken note on the organ. She was an utter delight. Among sins - one Christmas when I was a public defender, we decided to write a rap for our boss. Each person in the office had a stanza, sitting at his or her desk. But before we rolled the tape we went next door to happy hour at the neighborhood bar, so that we could be more uninhibited about rapping. We ended up at the boss=92 desk for the last verse and it got worse. Rick was NOT amused at the Christmas party debut. Of course, when I left that office, I received payback, because they all dressed up with cowboy hats and performed a revised version of Hank Williams, Jr.=92s, =93There=92s a tear in my beer=94 = just for me, with slightly changed lyrics, in both VHS and audiocassette version.   Enough reminiscing=96 may your services in the next days be blessed indeed.   Glenda Sutton            
(back) Subject: RE: Eggnog From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@access.aic-fl.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 21:13:10 -0600   I am so happy for all these eggnog recipes - thank you all, dear souls. However, I doubt I will try it at home. My dearest friend and mentor (may he rest in peace) once made homemade eggnog for one of those notorious public defender parties. He had created a huge yellow meringue out of his eggs, and we had to eat the nog with spoons. I still grimace when I think of the waste of good bourbon.   Go for the FlavoRich - it's the best, with just the right blend of nutmeg already installed. That with just the right touch of Wild Turkey 101 12-year old rye, and I would slap your grandmother!   Glenda Sutton (who never mixes her eggnog with Spicy V-8, and who never drinks on the organ bench)          
(back) Subject: Re: Eggnog From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2001 19:42:42 -0800   No, no, NO, dear! (grin) ...   Southern eggnog is COOKED; in fact, the locals in Polk County FL (south of you ... Holy Trinity, Bartow, St. Luke's, Mulberry, St. Paul's, Winter Haven, All Saints', Lakeland, etc.) call it "Boiled Custard" ... but of course it's neither boiled NOR custard.   Nectar of the gods ... it was always a special treat when we were sick, = too .... the ultimate comfort food.   Cheers,   Bud   Glenda wrote:   > I am so happy for all these eggnog recipes - thank you all, dear souls. > However, I doubt I will try it at home. My dearest friend and mentor > (may he rest in peace) once made homemade eggnog for one of those > notorious public defender parties. He had created a huge yellow > meringue out of his eggs, and we had to eat the nog with spoons. I > still grimace when I think of the waste of good bourbon. > > Go for the FlavoRich - it's the best, with just the right blend of > nutmeg already installed. That with just the right touch of Wild Turkey > 101 12-year old rye, and I would slap your grandmother! > > Glenda Sutton (who never mixes her eggnog with Spicy V-8, and who never > drinks on the organ bench) > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org    
(back) Subject: Music List, All Saints, Scotch Plains, NJ From: <Oboe32@aol.com> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 00:20:43 EST   All Saints Episcopal Church Scotch Plains, NJ Rev. Jane Rockman, Rector Peter Isherwood, Organist and Choirmaster   Family Service of the Christmas Story and Holy Eucharist 5 o'clock in the evening Prelude: Noel X, Daquin Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Tchaikovsky Carols: O Come All Ye Faithful Hark the Herald Angels Sing O Little Town of Bethlehem Away in a Manger Silent Night Joy to the World Anthems: (The St. Cecilia Junior Choir) To Us Emmanuel, John Horman Hodie Christus Natus Est, Michael Bedford Postlude: Marche Characteristique, Tchaikovsky     Festal Service The Nativity of The Lord, 10 o'clock in the evening   Preludes: -Noel X, Daquin -Swiss Noel, Daquin -(Clarinet and Organ) -It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, John Peeters -What Child is This?, John Peeters -(The All Saints Choir) -Ding Dong Merrilly on High -Sussex Carol -In Dulci Jubilo, J.S.Bach (The little one)   Carols: O Come All Ye Faithful Hark the Herald Angels Sing The First Nowell Silent Night Joy to the World   Anthems: En Natus Est Emmanuel, Michael Praetorius Dormi Jesu, Edmund Rubbra   Postlude: In Dulci Jubilo, J.S.Bach (The Big One)     Christmas Morning Mass 10 o'clock in the morning   Prelude: In Dulci Jubilo, J.S.Bach Carols: O Come All Ye Faithful Angels From the Realms of Glory Angels We Have Heard on High Away in A Manger Joy to the World Anthem: (SA Duet) "The Holly and the Ivy" Postlude: Improvisation on "Joy to the World", Isherwood    
(back) Subject: ORGAN ANECDOTE From: "pat and ian" <patian@senet.com.au> Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 16:38:55 +1030     Hello Everyone,   Hope you'll like this excerpt from Robert Giddings "Musical Quotes and Anecdotes", published in Longman Pocket Companions:   "There let the pealing organ blow, To the full-voiced choir below, In service high, and anthems clear, As may with sweetness, through mine ear, Dissolve me into ecstasies, And bring all Heav'n before mine eyes".   John Milton - Il penseroso (1632).   Happy Holiday to you All!   Ian ("Down Under" in South Australia).