Hello Again

Like I said up there.  Hello again!  It has been kind of a rough year, hasn’t it?  Or is it just me.  I have been curled up in a ball on my bed for the past six weeks, today I emerged to write something for the first time all year.  You think I am kidding, don’t you?  Enough questions already?

  • I was recently listening to Franz Schubert’s “Fantasy in C Major” while reading along with the sheet music.  The total time for all four movements is 21:12, and there are a total of 720 measures in all four movements.  The works out to roughly 34 measures per minute.  So if you went to the song at the halfway point, at 10 minutes and 36 seconds, you should be at measure 360, right?  WRONG!   As most people know, the first movement is Allegro, or fast.  The second movement is Andante, or slow. And the other two measures are a mix of each also, with everything in between.  I have to say that Schubert is on my Liszt of favorite composers.
  • Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Franz Schubert: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Schubert
  • He only lived 31 years, but was quite prolific during that short time.
  • And here he is again, performing for his neighbors:


  • The song on the CD I purchased was performed by Lili Kraus some time before 1986. She was a piano prodigy who was born over 100 years ago in Hungary.  I knew nothing about her before buying the “Big Shubert Box” which has 130 Schubert songs.  I wonder if her family gets a cut of the profits?  I’m thinking no.
  • Here is her biography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Kraus
  • And here is a guy named Evgeny Kissin doing the entire song (he can do all 720 measures flawlessly, I have 24 down, 696 to go):
  • I was in Target the other day, and while I was strolling down the aisle I overheard a conversation by two elderly women (can I say “elderly” or is that offensive?  I don’t know anymore!)”She will drive clear across town to save 15 cents on a can of soup!”
    “Well, there is nothing wrong with saving money.”
    “But what about the extra gas?”
    “Soup doesn’t give me gas.”
    “No, I mean gas for the car.”
  • I also overheard a fellow student say the following after we took our Musicianship Final Exams:  “I don’t want to go through that ever again.
  • We had some pretty good rain a few weeks ago.  I love looking at the online weather map as the storm approaches.  During that storm, the map said we were going to be covered with a giant mass of yellow and orange, but as far as I could  tell it was just dark and grey.  Thank goodness, I had just washed my car.
  • The other day I ran over my own bare foot while vacuuming.  And that isn’t the first time I have done it.  I have done that three times in the past year. You would think that after being alive for this long I would remember that heavy things with wheels are to be kept at least 3 feet from your feet at all times!

And Finally:

  • John’s Musical Theorem #27:  Modes of the Major Scale which have a root which is a perfect fourth or fifth apart differ in shape by only one note.  For example, Dorian is similar to Mixolydian and Aeolian.  Ionian is similar to Mixolydian and Lydian. The only place that doesn’t apply is between the fourth and seventh modes, Lydian and Locrian.  The reason is obvious:  There is a tritone separating the roots of each mode.  Duh!





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