Sunday, December 13, 2009

public domain score & parts

last week, a discussion came up in our early[renaissance] music group about public domain score & parts and where they were available on the internet.
here are 3 sites that offer free legal downloads for your personal library.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


"An assistant at a grocery store in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, was ordered by the Performing Right Society (PRS) to obtain a performer's license and to pay royalties because she was informally singing popular songs while stocking groceries"
read more....

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

marguerite porette

as counterpoint to the acim post a few days ago, i should probably tell you about marguerite porette.

marguerite wrote a book "the mirror of simple souls" and refused to back down from her beliefs. she was burned at the stake by the inquisition in 1310. here's a 15 second summary of the book. nobility, in marguerite's vocabulary has to do with a soul's ability to resonate to the lord's love. when a soul is first birthed from god, it is cast like a bell during it's outflowing. some souls resonate more easily to god's love than others. annihilation refers to the death of the soul's own-willing, own-having, and own-knowing; to be replaced by god's-willing, god's-having, and god's knowing. a noble soul sees this death and resurrection as her natural place in god.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Course In Miracles

I have been hearing about A Course In Miracles for a long time and was curious, but not curious enough to read the whole thing. Following is a summary of the public domain version. The original is @ 600 pages and 300,000 words This summary is about 3000 words generated by the apple text summary wizard.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

christine and barack

today [saturday feb 21] we are headed up to boscov fifth street highway to do an all day photo shoot. the acor gallery has an art exhibit there, and we are part of the show - taking portraits of people with barack obama; who we borrowed from the reading library for the occasion. btw, this picture was taken with my pocket camera.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

where's christine?

christine has become ubergeek. it's easy to see why she becomes the maven whereever she goes. she fixed my blackberry to track her whereabouts. this picture is her google maps location at the philadelphia airport waiting for a flight to arkansas. a half hour earlier when i looked, it showed her on the highway on her way to the airport.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Lord Forgive Me

today i did the unthinkable. i threw out a half-pound of starbucks coffee.
i've been wondering lately why starbucks taste has gotten weak and bland. so finally i went berserk and trashed the starbucks.
then i went to the local microroaster max crema.
besides roasting every day, max creama's has heavy cream! mmmmmmm.
now i'm happy.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


2/1/2009 3:13:00 AM
CONCERT REVIEW: Ensemble musicians go for Baroque By Susan L. Peña Reading Eagle Correspondent
The ensemble Melomanie has carved out a unique niche for itself, which it demonstrated in a concert presented by the Albright College Friends of Music in the college’s Center for the Arts.
Tracy Richardson played the harpsichord; Kimberly Reighley played Baroque and modern flutes; Douglas McNames played a 1708 cello; Donna Fournier played the viola da gamba; and guest Rainer Beckmann played recorders.
In every case they played with sensitivity and attention to detail; their choice of material was interesting and highlighted their many gifts.
Beckmann had his turn with "Blue Mosque for Bass Recorder" by Dutch contemporary composer Jacques Bank. The exotic sounds, produced by various extended techniques, called forth the calls of the muezzins of Istanbul. It was a tour de force unlike anything I’ve heard on a recorder.
Contact correspondent Susan L. Peña at

Saturday, January 31, 2009

volunteer peten

my friend matt peters has lived in guatamala for the last 10 years
a few months ago he was interviewed on bctv

in the last 10 years, he has built a school and a library, and created an ecological preserve. all with volunteer contributions and labor. go matt!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

john dowland

a few years ago, when i recorded multi track music on a windows pc it was get the software, get an expensive firewire microphone interface and an expensive microphone, and a steep learning curve.
maybe i'm getting smarter, but on the mac and garage band, i had this song done in less than an hour. without ever having seen garage band before.
this is john dowland's "come again". it's written for 4 parts, but i doubled the top part. i should probably mention it is played with soprano alto and tenor recorders.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

mlk remembrance

i videoed the mlk remembrance monday night
here is michelle post singing "People Get Ready"

and here is Robert Jefferson, President of the Berks Chapter of the NAACP reading "I have a Dream"
btw, the artwork is by ed terrell

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

david dragonfly

christine and i got matching tattoos at dragonfly studio in west reading.
we both got a freckle tattooed on our right hands.