PipeChat Digest #3666 - Saturday, May 10, 2003
 
Re: San Diego
  by <Hell-Felix@t-online.de>
Paris on Sunday morning -- help! (again)
  by <DarrylbytheSea@aol.com>
Re: praise bands
  by "MusicMan" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>
Re: DDE's wisdom
  by "MusicMan" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk>
RE: Is Organbuilding closed (was: Roosevelt Closed)
  by "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve>
Re: San Diego
  by "Shirley" <pnst.shirley@verizon.net>
Tough business (X-posted humor!)
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net>
Re: San Diego
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
London visit by pipechatter
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Who killed the Organ?
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Tough business (X-posted humor!)
  by "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net>
Re: San Diego
  by <patmai@juno.com>
Re: Finding an Organ Tutor
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: San Diego
  by <OrganMD@aol.com>
Re: San Diego
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Outdoor organs - Spreckels in San Diego
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
Re: Who killed the Organ?
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: San Diego
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
 

(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: <Hell-Felix@t-online.de> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 13:03:43 +0200 (CEST)   You should indeed see these organs. Lyle Blackinton is the organ curator at Spreckels. I'm sure, he would be most happy to show you his first big instrument. And, the Fritts in All Souls' is a tracker, tuned in unequal temperament. Not really a typical Anglican Organ, but more an unusual organ for an Episcopal (Anglican) church. Contact Dr. Robert Thompson. He is the organist there, a very nice man - and Walcher pupil(BTW).   Felix (still tired so early in the morning, but there is my recital tonight, the commencement at Curtis at 11, honoring John Weaver with an additional Doctorate)     quilisma@socal.rr.com wrote:   > best Anglican ORGAN is the Fritts-Richards at All Souls' > Point Loma; > > > a big Lyle Blackinton in First United Methodist in > Mission Valley  
(back) Subject: Paris on Sunday morning -- help! (again) From: <DarrylbytheSea@aol.com> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 07:23:26 EDT     --part1_1db.96c0535.2bee3b2e_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Hi, Y'all!   I'll admit my guilt! I've lost it! No, I've not lost my mind (yet), but I lost the wonderful e-mail that told me how to visit 3 Paris churches/cathedrals on Sunday morning. So, if any of you wonderful = colleagues still have it in your mail box or printed out, would you be so kind to = share a copy with me????? Of course, I'll be in your debt.   Of course, thanks, thanks, thanks!   Yours,   Darryl by the Sea   --part1_1db.96c0535.2bee3b2e_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SCRIPT" = FACE=3D =3D3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D3D"0">Hi, Y'all!<BR> <BR> I'll admit my guilt! I've lost it! No, I've not lost my mind (yet), but I = lo=3D st the wonderful e-mail that told me how to visit 3 Paris = churches/cathedral=3D s on Sunday morning. So, if any of you wonderful colleagues still have it = in=3D your mail box or printed out, would you be so kind to share a copy with = me?=3D ???? Of course, I'll be in your debt.<BR> <BR> Of course, thanks, thanks, thanks!<BR> <BR> Yours,<BR> <BR> Darryl by the Sea</FONT></HTML>   --part1_1db.96c0535.2bee3b2e_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: praise bands From: "MusicMan" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 12:40:49 +0100   Good for her ! And you might like to mention to her that most synth. keyboard players in most groups play while standing (and staying, and grimacing, and = undulating, and a variety of other bodily poses which you might care not to inform / remind your daughter of !)   Harry (musicman) and former keyboard player in a group _ so she's following in a good tradition - she might make the remarkable transformation into church organist.   -----Original Message----- From: Dr. Amy Fleming <docamy@alltel.net> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: 09 May 2003 21:21 Subject: praise bands     >My daughter played a piano solo for a school function that was held in a >local church (not mine!). She had to play on a keyboard, worse than = that, >she had to stand while playing!!! I was proud that she did as well as >possible. :-P >Amy Fleming > > >"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: Re: DDE's wisdom From: "MusicMan" <musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 13:26:25 +0100   It was just me wondering why it was necessary to add random quotes to signatures? And whether Dwight perhaps had made a contribution to organs / music in America, or elsewhere ?   Also, perhaps not the best quote given current American (White House) philosophy ?   Harry Grove (a.k.a. musicman) since there's so few people on pipechat find it = necessary to use their complete, proper name now retired from academia, dedicating himself to the Study of Life at the Faculty of Brewing care of 'The Village Pub' (otherwise known as 'God's Waiting Room') English Country Village (that's England, England, not England, elsewhere)     -----Original Message----- From: Randolph Runyon <runyonr@muohio.edu> To: PipeChat <pipechat@pipechat.org> Date: 09 May 2003 17:15 Subject: DDE's wisdom     >I have no idea what you mean by "he back-pedalled a lot," and I don't >imagine you really need to be reminded who he was. I'm just jealous that >Dennis found this beautiful signature quote first, for I wish I could use >it. Maybe if I look into a collection of Ike's speeches I can find = another >just as good. > >Is it "MusicMan's" (sorry, but you didn't give your name) contention that we >must shed our normal signature quotes before we can post on PipeChat? Is >that written in the rules somewhere? > > >Randolph P. Runyon >Professor of French >Miami University >Oxford, OH 45056 >runyonr@muohio.edu > > > > > > >on 5/9/03 10:33 AM, MusicMan at musicman@cottagemusic.co.uk wrote: > >> "Every gun that is made and every warship that is launched, signifies = in >> the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those = who >> are cold and are not clothed" Dwight Eisenhower >> >> And would someone like to remind me who he was ? >> >> And what significance he has to a Pipe organ chat room ? >> >> I know that he back-pedalled a lot ...... >> >> >> "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 >> > > >"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: RE: Is Organbuilding closed (was: Roosevelt Closed) From: "Andr=E9s G=FCnther" <agun@telcel.net.ve> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 10:34:53 -0400   Andres Gunther agun@telcel.net.ve   Richard Schneider wrote:   (SNIP) > I did EXACTLY what Sebastian suggested be done to save a "worthy" M=F6ller organ when I thought I had a client lined-up. (SNIP ETC)   Real-life stories like this one are the cause this business sometimes becomes so desperating and is definitely for "very special" people only. When I had the C-C organ of El Valle disassembled into thousands of piece= s for a restoration after a fire damage the Big Boss of the Patrimony Foundation ran away with all the money. This happens quite often in our uncontrolled latitudes. Could I leave the C-C disassembled for this?- I couldn't, and finished th= e job at my own expense- six months- fortunatedly all the supplies had been bought in advance. The organ was saved, but my bank account was almo= st null. "Happy" end: The Foundation paid me the whole amount- two years lat= er, after a 70% devaluation.   This kind of adventure is enough for once in a lifetime however. I sweare= d to myself this was the LAST time I did something like this- Cavaille-Coll= or not [and are capable to do it again if necessary <G>]-   Hope to come with a lighter matter in my next post Andres =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D First was the cat, then was the Orgler. The Orgler got a pet and the cat got something to wonder about.    
(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: "Shirley" <pnst.shirley@verizon.net> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 10:55:29 -0400   I remember hearing about a year or so ago that Robert Plimpton had left = the position at Spreckels. Where is he now?   --Shirley, who grew up in Plimpton's shadow while studying with Robert = Elmore       On 10 May 2003 at 13:03, Hell-Felix@t-online.de wrote:   > You should indeed see these organs. > Lyle Blackinton is the organ curator at Spreckels.      
(back) Subject: Tough business (X-posted humor!) From: "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 14:49:07 -0500   I knew the organ business was rough, but after I saw this ad, then I was convinced.   Of course, I'm sure it is a different person, but you can imagine my initial reaction.   =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3Doriginal message = follows=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D   > Dr. Todd Wilson <limgadufazizi@personal.ro>   > Wholesale Prescription Medications! > OUR DOCTORS WILL WRITE YOU A PRESCRIPTION FOR FREE > Buy Your Prescription Meds Online > L0west Prices No Prior Prescription Required   (etc.)     =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3Dend of original = message=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D   I guess I'd better to do something more important now.   <sheepish grin>   Faithfully,   G.A.   -- Richard Schneider, PRES/CEO Schneider Pipe Organs, Inc. 41-43 Johnston St./P.O. Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (877) 944-2454 TOLL-FREE (217) 944-2527 FAX arpschneider@starband.net Home Office EMAIL arp@schneiderpipeorgans.com SHOP EMAIL http://www.schneiderpipeorgans.com URL ADDRESS    
(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 16:35:15 -0400   > On 10 May 2003 at 13:03, Hell-Felix@t-online.de wrote: > >> You should indeed see these organs. >> Lyle Blackinton is the organ curator at Spreckels. > And I was under the impression that the new curator (a year ago?) at Spreckles was Albert ("Biff") Butler II (previously curating Smoky Mary's, NYC, among others), and that his wife (name unknown to me) is "one of" the organists. Make any sense?   Alan      
(back) Subject: London visit by pipechatter From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 22:23:51 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   Some time ago, one of our pipechatters asked me about possible venues for concerts, Handel performances and any organs which could be arranged in London.   At the time, I could find nothing much in the listings.   I now cannot find the e-mail, which I must have deleted in error. I don't like to let anyone down.   If the same person would like to contact me again, not that the time is much nearer to the proposed visit, I would be delighted to re-open the issue and make some enquiries.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK   __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Who killed the Organ? From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 22:38:14 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I can empathise with the problem a redundant organ poses and those who make efforts to save such instruments.   The tragic case of the large Christie cinema organ of the Odeon, Marble Arch, London is something of a classic.   The instrument languished in a barn for decades, and may still be there.   It is most unlikely that this wonderful instrument, the largest in Europe, will ever see the light of day again.   My old Grannie used to mutter, "The path to Hell is paved with good intentions".   The trouble is, for the amateur, (or even the well-meaning groups of people) the problems of storage, fund-raising, transport, logistics, site management, architectural matters, electrical work, building work, re-installation and restoration are really the province of the professionals.   The bigger the instrument, the bigger the problems.   In Holland, they actually have heritage funding and expert advice available. This is something which all those involved in preservation should campaign for, if only as a way of buying much needed time when the bulldozers are sat waiting to move in. Real Estate accountants wait for no man!   In the UK, we have lost many, many historically important instruments due to the difficulties of early intervention and emergency rescue.   There are so many secure empty properties which could be used, but everyone wants their pound of flesh.   Whataever happened to altruism and acting for the public good?   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- Kealypaul <kealypaul@yahoo.com> wrote: > Ron, > > I understand the problems of storage, having > retrieved > a Murray Harris pipe organ that had been ruined in > storage, the console totaled, but the pipes > salvageable, so I placed it in storage. Eventually I > donated the pipes to a church that had obtained a > Murray Harris with good console, but no good pipes.     __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: Tough business (X-posted humor!) From: "Mike Gettelman" <mike3247@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 17:41:52 -0400     --------------33F000A2EFEDBD4EF9373CF3 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3Dus-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   LOL I think Todd would be honored that you added the Doctorate to his title for this amusing little conclusion jumping of yours Rich. Todd does wear a variety of hats however in his pursuit of professional remuneration to keep the home fires tended and food upon the table. In addition to serving as Curator for the Severance Hall Norton Memorial organ, he is Music Director at his beloved Church of the Covenant, he is a touring recitalist and master class instructor, and he finds time for students in between it all at The Cleveland Institute of Music. That's just what I know about. He couldn't possibly find time to fill prescriptions with that work load. IMHO, Todd Wilson is a very fine organist and a super nice gentleman for sure. Cheers Mike   Richard Schneider wrote:   > I knew the organ business was rough, but after I saw this ad, > then I was convinced. > > Of course, I'm sure it is a different person, but you can > imagine my initial reaction. > > =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3Doriginal message = follows=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D > > > Dr. Todd Wilson <limgadufazizi@personal.ro> > > > Wholesale Prescription Medications! > > > OUR DOCTORS WILL WRITE YOU A PRESCRIPTION FOR FREE > > Buy Your Prescription Meds Online > > L0west Prices No Prior Prescription Required > > (etc.) > > =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3Dend of original = message=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D > > I guess I'd better to do something more important now. > > <sheepish grin> > > Faithfully, > > G.A. >   --------------33F000A2EFEDBD4EF9373CF3 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3Dus-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <!doctype html public "-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en"> <html> LOL <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I think Todd would be honored that you added the Doctorate to his title for this amusing little conclusion jumping of yours Rich. Todd does wear a variety of hats however in his pursuit of = professional remuneration to keep the home fires tended and food upon the table. In addition to serving as Curator for the Severance Hall Norton Memorial = organ, he is Music Director at his beloved Church of the Covenant, he is a = touring recitalist and master class instructor, and he finds time for students in between it all at The Cleveland Institute of Music. That's just what I know about. He couldn't possibly find time to fill prescriptions with that work load. IMHO, Todd Wilson is a very fine organist and a super nice gentleman for sure. <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cheers <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike <p>Richard Schneider wrote: <blockquote TYPE=3DCITE>I knew the organ business was rough, but after I saw this ad, <br>then I was convinced. <p>Of course, I'm sure it is a different person, but you can <br>imagine my initial reaction. <p>=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3Doriginal message = follows=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D <p>> Dr. Todd Wilson &lt;limgadufazizi@personal.ro> <p>> Wholesale Prescription Medications! <p>> OUR DOCTORS WILL WRITE YOU A PRESCRIPTION FOR FREE <br>> Buy Your Prescription Meds Online <br>> L0west Prices No Prior Prescription Required <p>(etc.) <p>=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3Dend of original = message=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D <p>I guess I'd better to do something more important now. <p>&lt;sheepish grin> <p>Faithfully, <p>G.A. <br><a href=3D"mailto:requests@pipechat.org"></a>&nbsp;</blockquote> </html>   --------------33F000A2EFEDBD4EF9373CF3--    
(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: <patmai@juno.com> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 22:01:53 GMT     Dear Alan and PipeChatters,   Curator Biff Butler is married to Carol(e) Williams, who has been = appointed Civic Organist for San Diego on the famed Spreckles orgel in = Balboa Park.   As part of the AGO Regional Convention in San Diego in 2001, we were = treated to a recital by Robert Plimpton, the long-time incumbent in the = San Diego civic organist position. Biff introduced me to his wife before = that concert.   Biff used to work for Hal Gorman and the Church Organ Company in = Nixon, NJ, which just happened to take care of the pipe organs at Douglass = College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, whence I received my BA in = Music in 1970.   Pat Maimone who enjoyed Westminster Choir College's 9:45 AM Commencement Service (a musical feast) at Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ, (with the = rather new Mander pipe organ, a brass group, seven octaves of handbells = and several outstanding choirs) this morning until about noon, when I had = to depart to play a wedding at the Cadet Chapel, West Point, at 3 PM. patmai@juno.com     ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today!  
(back) Subject: Re: Finding an Organ Tutor From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 23:05:42 +0100 (BST)   Hello,   I don't see that being "non religious" should be a handicap in wanting to play the organ.   The death of Charles MacDonald was a sad event.....he was very talented. I first knew Charles when he was 13, and we more or less grew up together as organists in the North of England. In spite of his talent and his involvement with cathedral music, the "tortured soul" was always a part of his personality, and the one which possibly led him towards a certain self-destructiveness. I remember him well in happier times.   My advice would be to contact local organist's associations or perhaps the music staff of Lancing College where Charles often performed. Brighton is not far away, and of course, on the secular side, there is Worthing and the theatre organ fraternity. Someone, somewhere, will have just the answer for you, so make enquiries and tell them of your "problem".   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK   --- Roy Hopkins <rdhopkins@btinternet.com> wrote: > > > I am not a religious person and herein my problem > lies: > > A few years ago I started having organ lessons with > the organsist that used to accompany my school > choir. Some people on the list may know him; Charles > Macdonald .................... > > I crave more than anything to have the opportunity > to play real .........   __________________________________________________ Yahoo! Plus For a better Internet experience http://www.yahoo.co.uk/btoffer  
(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: <OrganMD@aol.com> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 18:06:34 EDT     --part1_7b.10c13377.2beed1ea_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Hi   Carol Williams is in fact the organist, however Lyle is still the curator.   Bill   --part1_7b.10c13377.2beed1ea_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D3 = FAMILY=3D3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D =3D3D"Arial" LANG=3D3D"0">Hi <BR> <BR> Carol Williams is in fact the organist, however Lyle is still the = curator.<B=3D R> <BR> Bill</FONT></HTML>   --part1_7b.10c13377.2beed1ea_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 15:24:49 -0700   No.   The present Civic Organist is Carol Williams, whose husband (I think) is "Biff" Butler, an organ service person (and an Austin rep?). I think he remains on the East Coast most of the time.   If Lyle Blackinton has been removed as curator, EYE haven't heard of it. It WOULD, however, be consistent with Ms Williams' modus operandi.   Carol Williams rode into town "like an avenging uberb***h with chronic PMS" (to quote one of my sources); she has alienated virtually the entire musical establishment of San Diego, from all reports; Lyle Blackinton is well-beloved among San Diego organists; to remove him as curator of the Spreckels Organ (which he maintained through the lean years BEFORE the money started rolling in) would PROBABLY be the last straw.   Watch this space for future developments. Ms Williams' days as "Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society" (as she now styles herself, I note) are likely to be numbered. San Diego is pretty laid back, but it doesn't take kindly to arrogant organists who wear spiked walkin' boots when they're not playing the organ.   Cheers,   Bud, who's observing from the sidelines at a SAFE distance (chuckle)       Alan Freed wrote: > > > On 10 May 2003 at 13:03, Hell-Felix@t-online.de wrote: > > > >> You should indeed see these organs. > >> Lyle Blackinton is the organ curator at Spreckels. > > > And I was under the impression that the new curator (a year ago?) at > Spreckles was Albert ("Biff") Butler II (previously curating Smoky = Mary's, > NYC, among others), and that his wife (name unknown to me) is "one of" = the > organists. Make any sense? > > Alan > > "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: Outdoor organs - Spreckels in San Diego From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 15:25:38 -0700   For those who might not have seen it:   http://members.aol.com/pipewheezr/spreckles.html    
(back) Subject: Re: Who killed the Organ? From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 19:34:30 -0400   On 5/10/03 5:38 PM, "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:   > Whataever happened to altruism and acting for the public good? > Terminology totally unrecognizable. Sorry.   Alan    
(back) Subject: Re: San Diego From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 19:34:32 -0400   On 5/10/03 6:24 PM, "quilisma@socal.rr.com" <quilisma@socal.rr.com> wrote:   > No. > > The present Civic Organist is Carol Williams, whose husband (I think) is > "Biff" Butler, an organ service person (and an Austin rep?). I think he > remains on the East Coast most of the time.   Hoo boy! Ye plot certainly thickens. The "Carol Williams" name is the = one I couldn't remember. We're on the same scent. It must be two years ago (even more?) that she ascended the bench there. And Biff himself told me that he was soon to follow--and, allegedly, apparently, maybe, in fact did so, maybe a year (or a bit more) ago. > > If Lyle Blackinton has been removed as curator, EYE haven't heard of it. > It WOULD, however, be consistent with Ms Williams' modus operandi. > > Carol Williams rode into town "like an avenging uberb***h with chronic > PMS" (to quote one of my sources); she has alienated virtually the > entire musical establishment of San Diego, from all reports; Lyle > Blackinton is well-beloved among San Diego organists; to remove him as > curator of the Spreckels Organ (which he maintained through the lean > years BEFORE the money started rolling in) would PROBABLY be the last > straw. > > Watch this space for future developments. Ms Williams' days as "Artistic > Director of the Spreckels Organ Society" (as she now styles herself, I > note) are likely to be numbered. San Diego is pretty laid back, but it > doesn't take kindly to arrogant organists who wear spiked walkin' boots > when they're not playing the organ. > Oh, boy, is this interesting!? Biff maintained our Walcker for ten years = or so. He and I got on fine. I was often his key-holder. I have the impression that he knows where all the bodies (and bombardes) are buried, and doesn't mind discussing the details. But, again, we got on well, and = I never had any complaints about, or by, him.   You BET I'm watching for "future developments." Funny that innocent = ingenue Shelley brought this whole thing to our note! Now you see what you done, Shell?   (Seriously, I DON't consider this "gossip," but just "keeping up on developments.")   Alan