PipeChat Digest #4256 - Wednesday, February 4, 2004
 
Re: oops - that was supposed to read...
  by "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com>
Re: Church organists behaving badly
  by <ContraReed@aol.com>
READ THIS !!!  ( was: BAD NEWS!!!
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
READ THIS !!!  ( was: BAD NEWS!!!
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Re: OHS 2003 - The Final Day - At Last
  by "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu>
Re: PipeChat Digest #4255 - 02/03/04
  by "Fran Walker" <fwalker@northwestern.edu>
Re: LQ mp3 for those with slow connection
  by "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net>
Re: Church organists behaving badly
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
EMCATOS - Pipe Organ Pops Announcement
  by "Len Beyersdorfer, MARATHON Digital Publishing" <LenB@MDigital
 

(back) Subject: Re: oops - that was supposed to read... From: "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@mindspring.com> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 19:19:39 -0600     ----- Original Message ----- From: <RMaryman@aol.com> To: <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 4:27 PM Subject: oops - that was supposed to read...     > The subject line was supposed to read Tannenburg, not what it said...mea cupla   It probably wasn't you fault. That evil Christmas tree has a habit of infecting everyone. Cupla? Yes, I think there was a Pedal Koppel on the Tannenberg, which engages a second set of pallets in order to couple = Manual I to the Pedal.    
(back) Subject: Re: Church organists behaving badly From: <ContraReed@aol.com> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 22:01:46 EST   The organist at my church has a couple of things he likes to sneak into services, but only on special occasions. On the Festival (Feast?) of St. = Mary, the Virgin (Assumption of Mary into Heaven), (August 15 or so), he has been = known to sneak "Her Name was Mary," "Mary's a Grand Old Name," and "I Remember Mary," as well as "Mary had a Little Lamb," into his improvised postlude. = Once you hear a few people in the congregation snickering, you know someone has =   heard another "Mary" tune. We have also heard snippets of "The Easter = Parade" in the postludes on Easter.   On one occasion years ago, we had a rather ultra-conservative guest = preacher who had grown up in the congregation, but is now serving a church in = Germany. In his sermon, he started railing against murderers, thieves, rapists, burglars, abortionists, tax cheats, and to make sure he was not = misunderstood, took an exceptional strong stand against "homosexual perverts." Keep in mind = that this was the first Lutheran church on the east coast which voted to become =   "Reconciling in Christ," i.e., made a conscious effort to welcome gay and = lesbian into full participation in the parish. Needless to say, the entire congregation became VERY uncomfortable - the gays because they thought = they never dreamed they would be made to feel unwelcome there, and the rest of the congregation, because they knew how uncomfortable the gays were feeling. = After the sermon was over, and it was time for some traveling music, the organist = started playing "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage aux Follies." As the song = progressed in a very solemn manner, several gay members of the congregation stood up. = Then as more people realized what song was being played, more people stood up. =   Eventually, the whole congregation was standing up in solidarity with our = gay members. The sad thing was the visiting minister had no idea what was = going on until after the service when his 80 year old mother told him how he had = offended her congregation and some of her best friends.   He hasn't been asked to preach there since.   Richard Spittel Baltimore, MD   BTW, We have signed a contract with Patrick Murphy of Stowe, PA, to = rebuild our soon to be decrepit Moller. Hopefully it will be done in a couple of years.  
(back) Subject: READ THIS !!! ( was: BAD NEWS!!! From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:19:45 -0500   On 2/3/04 6:01 PM, "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> wrote:   >> *IS IT REALLY THAT BAD? > > Yes! > >> *Are these "National Trends" only noticeable in Universities >> or *all* organ & organ education related areas? > > They are noticeable in a decline in church attendence.   We must recognize, however, that certain sorts of churches are experiencing attendance increases, mostly churches which do not use pipe organs -- or even ANY organs. This usually is part of a total "package" = of conservative theology based rather heavily on certain aspects of the Law = and of a strong "I'm saved" accompaniment to this Law-based life. > They are noticeable in a decline in support, and an increase in cries = for > censorship, of public and school libraries.   So many people are so frustrated or downright angry with various "liberal" aspects of American society that they are ready to give up on = much of American society, walk away from it, and try to channel as much = resource as possible into institutions and activities whose moral fiber et al they can better control. They see numerous things in schools and libraries, to name a few, which are very objectionable to them, and they have given up trying to reform those institutions; thus, they now seek to "write them off." And they have enough power, political and otherwise, to actually accomplish these goals to a significant degree. The "Woodstock generation" isolated itself to a degree from the mainstream of society in the '60's and '70's and effected some real = changes in American culture. The present-day conservatives and studied this phenomenon and have learned their lessons well and are carrying on some of the same sort of cultural attack. In both cases, there is an intentional snub of the "larger culture" in favor of a relatively narcissistic push = for one's own values. Homeschooling is an extreme practice of this: totally pulling one's children out of ANY school, because NO school can be = trusted. Instead of the important American phrase "E Pluribus Unum," we have "E Plurubus Plurum." (O.K.: I forget just enough Latin to likely have that phrase incorrect! Can anyone fix up my lacerated Latin, please?) But you get the idea. It could well be the breaking apart of American society = into "camps" that INTEND not to get along with each other.   > > They are noticeable in the rage for "distance education" as a substitute = for > classroom interaction and the upholding of standards at the university = level, amidst many other trends to turn them into mere vocational schools.   Another instance of individualism. > > They are noticeable in the virtual disappearance of a place for public = radio > and TV, among other cultural provisions, in federal and other = governmental > budgets.   Public radio in America is a relatively recent phenomenon. The discussion at hand here is perhaps not helped as much with this point as with others. > They are noticeable in shoving aside music to the status of a peripheral > luxury, if that, in the curricula of many public school systems.   The Woodstock generation lived and died on the notion that if it = see,ed good for a given person, then it was good: "Who are YOU to tell me what is good?" So respect for authority took a bad nose-dive in those years, = whether respect for one's parents, for the pope, for the field of criticism of various artistic or literary expressions, etc. That generation now sits = in board rooms of major corporations and continues to think that way. Thus, = why should they devote corporate dollars to a particular art form when they think that their favorite and more immediately accessible art form is just as valid? > They are noticeable in the fact that cuss-words have crept into the = programs > of radio and television, to the extent that a bill is now in congress = that > would direct the FCC to continue the oversight that it used to exercise = in > this regard. And in the fact that, in a certain forum of folks who = consider > themselves liberal and enlightened, NO ONE agrees with me that it makes = any > sense to keep the forces of entropy from dragging one more portion of a > once-civilized public life straight into the gutter. Am I really crazy = to > think that we should? (To anyone who lives outside the U.S.: please let = me > know privately whether, and if so when, the broadcast media in *your* = country > are allowed to pepper their output with obscenities.)   _Catcher In the Rye_ led the way in the minds of many impressionable people. Never mind, of course, that Shakespeare also used a few choice words. > They are noticeable in the number of signs, more-or-less carefully > manufactured and posted for the public to read, which contain = mis-spellings.   Refinement in one's own writing is simply yet another expression of = such narcissism. The emphasis of many teachers was to "express yourself." = But years ago a student in a class I was teaching wrote about double dating to = a concert and wrote, "I picked up my girlfriend Jane and Andy." The absence of a comma means that his girlfriend was named Jane. (He intended to = write, of course, "I picked up my girlfriend, Jane, and Andy.) Frankly, you = can't express yourself if you don't have the writing skills with which to do = it!! But careful teaching and requirement of good writing skills got lost somewhere in the shuffle, and we now have a generation of two of college-bred citizens who can't write very well. Their punctuation = skills are often so bad that they couldn't "punctuate their way out of a paper bag." :-)   Enough of this!   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: READ THIS !!! ( was: BAD NEWS!!! From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:21:02 -0500   On 2/3/04 6:01 PM, "Emmons, Paul" <PEMMONS@wcupa.edu> wrote:   >> *IS IT REALLY THAT BAD? > > Yes! > >> *Are these "National Trends" only noticeable in Universities >> or *all* organ & organ education related areas? > > They are noticeable in a decline in church attendence.   We must recognize, however, that certain sorts of churches are experiencing attendance increases, mostly churches which do not use pipe organs -- or even ANY organs. This usually is part of a total "package" = of conservative theology based rather heavily on certain aspects of the Law = and of a strong "I'm saved" accompaniment to this Law-based life. > They are noticeable in a decline in support, and an increase in cries = for > censorship, of public and school libraries.   So many people are so frustrated or downright angry with various "liberal" aspects of American society that they are ready to give up on = much of American society, walk away from it, and try to channel as much = resource as possible into institutions and activities whose moral fiber et al they can better control. They see numerous things in schools and libraries, to name a few, which are very objectionable to them, and they have given up trying to reform those institutions; thus, they now seek to "write them off." And they have enough power, political and otherwise, to actually accomplish these goals to a significant degree. The "Woodstock generation" isolated itself to a degree from the mainstream of society in the '60's and '70's and effected some real = changes in American culture. The present-day conservatives and studied this phenomenon and have learned their lessons well and are carrying on some of the same sort of cultural attack. In both cases, there is an intentional snub of the "larger culture" in favor of a relatively narcissistic push = for one's own values. Homeschooling is an extreme practice of this: totally pulling one's children out of ANY school, because NO school can be = trusted. Instead of the important American phrase "E Pluribus Unum," we have "E Plurubus Plurum." (O.K.: I forget just enough Latin to likely have that phrase incorrect! Can anyone fix up my lacerated Latin, please?) But you get the idea. It could well be the breaking apart of American society = into "camps" that INTEND not to get along with each other.   > > They are noticeable in the rage for "distance education" as a substitute = for > classroom interaction and the upholding of standards at the university = level, amidst many other trends to turn them into mere vocational schools.   Another instance of individualism. > > They are noticeable in the virtual disappearance of a place for public = radio > and TV, among other cultural provisions, in federal and other = governmental > budgets.   Public radio in America is a relatively recent phenomenon. The discussion at hand here is perhaps not helped as much with this point as with others. > They are noticeable in shoving aside music to the status of a peripheral > luxury, if that, in the curricula of many public school systems.   The Woodstock generation lived and died on the notion that if it = see,ed good for a given person, then it was good: "Who are YOU to tell me what is good?" So respect for authority took a bad nose-dive in those years, = whether respect for one's parents, for the pope, for the field of criticism of various artistic or literary expressions, etc. That generation now sits = in board rooms of major corporations and continues to think that way. Thus, = why should they devote corporate dollars to a particular art form when they think that their favorite and more immediately accessible art form is just as valid? > They are noticeable in the fact that cuss-words have crept into the = programs > of radio and television, to the extent that a bill is now in congress = that > would direct the FCC to continue the oversight that it used to exercise = in > this regard. And in the fact that, in a certain forum of folks who = consider > themselves liberal and enlightened, NO ONE agrees with me that it makes = any > sense to keep the forces of entropy from dragging one more portion of a > once-civilized public life straight into the gutter. Am I really crazy = to > think that we should? (To anyone who lives outside the U.S.: please let = me > know privately whether, and if so when, the broadcast media in *your* = country > are allowed to pepper their output with obscenities.)   _Catcher In the Rye_ led the way in the minds of many impressionable people. Never mind, of course, that Shakespeare also used a few choice words. > They are noticeable in the number of signs, more-or-less carefully > manufactured and posted for the public to read, which contain = mis-spellings.   Refinement in one's own writing is simply yet another expression of = such narcissism. The emphasis of many teachers was to "express yourself." = But years ago a student in a class I was teaching wrote about double dating to = a concert and wrote, "I picked up my girlfriend Jane and Andy." The absence of a comma means that his girlfriend was named Jane. (He intended to = write, of course, "I picked up my girlfriend, Jane, and Andy.) Frankly, you = can't express yourself if you don't have the writing skills with which to do = it!! But careful teaching and requirement of good writing skills got lost somewhere in the shuffle, and we now have a generation of two of college-bred citizens who can't write very well. Their punctuation = skills are often so bad that they couldn't "punctuate their way out of a paper bag." :-)   Enough of this!   Karl E. Moyer Lancaster PA    
(back) Subject: Re: OHS 2003 - The Final Day - At Last From: "Karl Moyer" <kmoyer@marauder.millersville.edu> Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:51:45 -0500   Malcolm, ever generous, has been so again. His introductory comments = about the values of careful, concentrated listening to and enjoyment of small historic organs is right on target. I'd never have been able to so it so well.   > At Salem United Church in Bethel, PA, the first recital of the day was > played by John Charles Schucker, a name new to me, and a person I hope = to > hear again. He was at one time an Organ student of Karl Moyer, who was > perhaps responsible for bringing him to this convention.   During the 1976 OHS convention in central PA, as a high school boy John turned pages at Altalaha Lutheran Church, his "home church," for the now-sainted Dr. Carol Teti. The organ there is a Dieffenbach. He had = been playing the "organ" in his father's funeral home across the cemetery from the church, but attending the convention "did a job on him," and he asked = to study with me as the basis of seeking admission to two "big-deal" music schools. He got admitted to both and went to Juilliard with Vernon deTar, now also sainted. May they both rest in peace! He converted to a piano major after two years at Juilliard, but continued to play the organ.   The OHS 2003 convention committee determined not to return to Altalaha Church but to begin the final day at Salem Reformed (now Salem U.C.C.) Bethel, PA, which also has a Dieffenbach. So it was a no-brainer to = invite John "back home" to OHS 2003 in central PA, this time as a highly skilled and the sensitive organist he is, remembering with relish his high-school years' involvement in the prior central PA convention. His playing was = just marvelous, too.   It was also a no-brainer to take the convention to Haag's Hotel for their final convention meal, a PA. Dutch supper. As the locals put it, you can really "eat yourself full" there. I'd go back tomorrow if I = could.   Karl E. Moyer Pa Dutch boy who grew up not forsaking his heritage or the good PA. Dutch cooks    
(back) Subject: Re: PipeChat Digest #4255 - 02/03/04 From: "Fran Walker" <fwalker@northwestern.edu> Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:29:50 -0800   Re: EMAIL & FAX #'s for 2 NU BIG-WIGS, RE: BIG-TIME TROUBLE AT NU - THANX!!! ;-)   You guys, if you can't snail-mail, I think emails and especially faxes to the NU Provost & President would help:   "We respectfully request that the Northwestern University Administration >reconsider and reverse their decision to eliminate the School of Music's >Organ and Church Music major degree programs."   >President Henry Bienen >Northwestern University Phone: 847-491-8413 Fax: 847-467-3104 E-mail: <mailto:nu-president@northwestern.edu>nu-president@northwestern.edu   >Provost Lawrence B. Dumas Phone: 847-491-5117 Fax: 847-467-1630 E-mail: <mailto:nu-provost@northwestern.edu>nu-provost@northwestern.edu   Thanks! Fran Walker (fwalker@northwestern.edu) Organist, North Shore United Methodist Church 213 Hazel Avenue, Glencoe, IL 60022-1775 847-835-1227; fax 847-835-1243 http://www.gbgm-umc.org/northshoreumc/    
(back) Subject: Re: LQ mp3 for those with slow connection From: "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 10:42:20 -0800   Re: LQ mp3 for those with slow connectionThanks Alan - and all of you = who have written such kind words. For those of you who might have had difficulty accessing the piece, keep trying - I guess you all hammered the site at once <chuckle>   Also, a big thanks to our listmeister David for lending me the space (and the bandwith!)   -J ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Alan Freed=20 To: PipeChat=20 Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 8:21 AM Subject: Re: LQ mp3 for those with slow connection     On 2/2/04 10:09 PM, "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net> wrote:     I forget the woes of a dial-up modem since we've switched to = High-speed cable modem this summer - my apologies.   SOOOO -     Jonathan! =20   Astonishing. Really enjoyed that. You just keep up the good work.   Alan=20     --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.567 / Virus Database: 358 - Release Date: 1/24/04  
(back) Subject: Re: Church organists behaving badly From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 22:05:39 -0800 (PST)   Hello,   That is just deliciously, delightfully, shamelessly outrageous musical politics!   Buy the organist a drink immediately!   When I play, they sure stand up......then leave!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- ContraReed@aol.com wrote: > The organist at my church has a couple of things he > likes to sneak into > services, but only on special occasions.   > After the > sermon was over, and it was time for some traveling > music, the organist started > playing "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage aux Follies." > As the song progressed in a > very solemn manner, several gay members of the > congregation stood up. Then > as more people realized what song was being played, > more people stood up. > Eventually, the whole congregation was standing up > in solidarity with our gay > members.   __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! SiteBuilder - Free web site building tool. Try it! http://webhosting.yahoo.com/ps/sb/  
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