Monday, March 02, 2009

So, a nice light post about wonderful music.

I saw the most amazing violinist over the weekend: http://www.dbrmusic.com/dbr.htm I do some photography (pro bono of course) for a couple of local non-profits and the gig this weekend was to photograph this amazing musician and teacher: http://www.dbrmusic.com/dbr.htm Daniel Roumaine is a virtuoso on the violin, no question about that. But, he is so much more. He is a thoughtful, humorous and gifted instructor. Watching him put on two workshops with young people (ages 5 through late teens) was just a joy. He never condescended. He always challenged. And the kids always gave him more than they knew they had to give. What this world needs now is exactly what he has, a love for the process of education and the skill to do the job in such a profoundly uplifting way. Mr. Roumaine is returning to Oswego for a concert on March 21. He and two other composers are going to be playing their works as part of a program celebrating the Hudson River. I look forward to seeing, hearing and photgraphing him again. My photography is not the best, technically. Shit, it's not even close. My favorite subjects are musicians and dancers and I shoot in available light about 99% of the time. What I get are, literally, thousands of out-of-focus, underlit, crappy images. But, on the rare occasion when the gods of chiara-oscuro smile on me; well that's what makes it worthwhile. I'm going to try and put a few photos up with this (none from this weekend--I don't have releases from anyone). They will not be problematic as they will be mostly close-ups of hands and instruments or so blurred that they won't be recognizable. But I just want you to have the idea. If you're subject to motion sickness, take some dramamine. Otherwise, enjoy. The photos will be forthcoming. NB: The second photo was originally on film and when I looked at it the first time I said, "Shit, it's out of focus!". Then I looked at it again and said, "Oh, the microphone is sharp, everything else is moving, COOOOOOOOOOL!" Photo 1: Drums Along The Oswego--The Oswego Jazz Project Photo 2: Jason Quinn, former frontman for the "Blue Hornets"--This band included Jason (who has got a new CD out) and George McCann, an awesome guitar player who, last I heard was playing with James Montgomery. Photo 3: A short, but fiery guitarist (name escapes me) at Glen's Cool Grill and Hot Bar, Newburyport, MA. Photo 4: The sizzling hands of *****, former guitarist with ***** Joel.

26 comments:

knowdoubt said...

Brother commie, The dramamine didn't help, I fear I'll be nauseated the rest of the day. I really liked the last picture, the one with the hands picking and the wavy lines. I'm not saying the others weren't good, it's just hard for me to like something that makes me want to throw up.

I'm hurt that my RFI has been ignored and would hate to lose the mentoring of my favorite mentor and most esteemed Deacon. It reminds me of being thrown out of the church and rejected by my last congregational attachment. Possibly you're just to relaxed in your tub, lit candles, mixed drinks, and violin music in the background to be bothered with the less fortunate, in which case I totally understand.

BTW I would have never figured you for a violin type guy, I can't say why, just that I was surprised, maybe it just seemed a little low on the manly scale of heterosexuality. I'm sure there is an explanation. Respectfully offered in the usual spirit of Cretinism,

democommie said...

Brother Knowdoubt:

My bad. I saw your missive and was going to reply but I got sidetracked by an offer to make my little soldier the size of a platoon (and some photos of the new friends he would be making). I must, at present, attend to some other business but will attempt to answer your questions in a thoughtful and honest way (well, maybe thoughtful, anyway!) upon my return to the intertubes._

Anne Johnson said...

I like these. They capture music on camera by including motion.

Sharon said...

When I was learning to use my first fancy camera, I was taught to refer to it as "available darkness." ;-)

democommie said...

Anne & Sharon:

Thanks. Yeah, my best photos are always pure zen. Just being in the moment and open to the cosmos. I have some very nice photos I would show, except I have no release and I can't take the chance that they would wind up being used by a third party.

the Rev Jerry Gloryhole said...

What's next, ballet?
I hope that man plays nice hymns from the Hymnal, and not that awful electronic music. The Lord only likes electronic music if you also butcher and burn the flesh of a farm animal. Trust me. Or Ozzie.

democommie said...

Rev. Jerry Gloryhole:

Ballet? Ballet is perverted and damnable. But, yes; yes, I'm a sinner in my codpiece and tutu.

Recently you told me that you had been discouraged in doing some of your missionary work. If I may, I would like to suggest that you try the "soulwinning" task at this blog: http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/

I'm pretty sure that this Brayton character is a Libertarapostate, but there are some gen-u-whine KKKonservatives and they need a man of your ecumeanical nature to help them sort out right from reich.

the Rev Jerry Gloryhole said...

Not enough crazies there. I hang at Pharyngula too, but there's too much firepower already.
Besides, it's not as if reason works with the Rushpublicans.
Hey! made up a new word! Watch it infect the blogosphere, from your very own humble blog.
I miss the General, but can't post there anymore.
Sniff. Is it my virtual breath?

democommie said...

Rev. Jerry Gloryhole:

I simply can't beleive you can't post at the General's place. It must be some code fuck-up or something. Anything you want to put there, send it to me and I'll cut'n'paste it. If it doesn't get on there when I do it, then I'll know there's something wrong.

SeattleDan said...

I sometimes have to resubmit comments at the Generals. Be persistent.

Dave von Ebers said...

Demo, Seattle D … I have the same problem over by the Gen’rul’s. I wondered if it had something to do with my using a Mac. You know me, always with the paranoid consipiracy theories …

Anywho, Demo, sounds like yer having way too much fun for a curmudgeon. You are a curmudgeon, aren’t you? I know I am.

the Rev Jerry Gloryhole said...

Sure, code issues...I can't post a thing, though; can't select an identity, even if I'm already signed onto blogger. Blogger won't let me, even tho I can post anyplace else.
Well, TypePad treats me the same on Whiskeyfire, too, and no place else. Grr.

I keep praying, but it doesn't work.
Go figure.

democommie said...

When I go to the Generals I do one of two things.

If I've already signed on at this blog, I type a comment, save it as a copy, choose the "google account"and then hit "post comment". It usually tells me that it can't do it, so I wait a minute and hit it again. Then it usually goes.

If I'm not already signed on. I do the same thing, except hit "preview" and usually go through the same bullshit.

Hey! My word verification is "strom"--wtf?

democommie said...

Dave von Ebers:

A curmudgeon in high dudgeon and that's a fact, Jack!

Richard said...

All in all, it's enough to make you miss that goddamn Haloscan. I love you guys. Can I be a curmudgeon, too? God knows I'm pissed off enough to qualify. Not as pissed as Pissed Off Patricia, but pretty pissed off. Also.

democommie said...

Richard:

Yes, we could be an org. within an org. at the GC(Cubed)R. We could be the Glorious Curmudgeon Club--GC(Squared).

Richard said...

We could be an influential bloc within the GC(Cubed)R, we curmudgeons! How many votes to stop a filibuster do you need over there?

democommie said...

Richard:

I think a Glock9 will do the trick for the filibusters.

Bukko_in_Australia said...

Hey Demo -- I got your e-mail, but for some reason the hospital's computer system would not send my reply. FUCK HALOSCAN! I realise this has no bearing on anything, but it's fun to write. Anyway, here's my e-mail sent the long way around.

I only ran into Dorsey once or twice peripherally. He was based in the Trib's Sarasota bureau when I was there, and later got a boost up to somewhere else, maybe Tallahassee. He had a rep as a decent reporter, but this way way before he showed his fictive talents. I remember your sister's name. To tell the truth, I always throught B.C. Manion was a man's name. As I say, my bureau was in the hinterlands, so I didn't get to the Tampa HQ all that often. I don't think it was her who broke the story about the Ray brothers, the three kids with AIDS. That was uncovered by the Trib's health reporter, as I recall. But if you get a chance, ask her about the three boys from Arcadia who had HIV and had heir house burned down. Unfortunaely, my investigation found that a family member burned it, not an aggrieved local redneck, but the Trib would not let me print that.

Bukko

mutzali said...

Can members of the ladies' auxiliary be curmudgeons? Or are we still just bitchy old broads?

mutzali

Rueben Drones said...

I like bitchy old broads. Especially the ones who brook no crap. But I'd go with the auxiliary cause it sounds more official. But that's just me.

SeattleTammy said...

Dear demo,
whatever you do, do NOT buy Nuclear Jellyfish. I'm just sayin.

democommie said...

I gotta find a way to combine my love of music with my disdain for the reichwing.

Dave von Ebers said...

Demo, I find it’s very easy to combine my love of music with my disdain for the right. I do it by listening to music. ’Cuz if you listen to most musicians long enough, they’ll eventually betray their own disdain for the right wing too. Except for guys like Ted Nugent … but Ted Nugent only serves to prove what all around jerk-offs right-wingers really are.

democommie said...

Dave von Ebers:

Yeah, I kinda get that.

I gave up listening to all of Teabag Teddy's music a long time ago. Except for "Journey to the center of the mind" which was done by the Asbury Dukes, before Ted became an OBVIOUS complete asshole.

heartbreaktown said...

cool pix Demo!