Santa Claus at the ballpark


Santa Claus at the ballpark

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You know it was 95 degrees when the ballgame began at 6:05. I thought the guy in Santa Claus suit was insane at first. But the more the Christmas in July night unfolded at the Bridgeport Bluefish ballpark the cooler I felt.

It was a fun evening and we had a great time.

Our personal thanks to my brother-in-law Frank and my sister in-law Marian for the invitation. I also want to thank the Bluefish promotion team for a fun event. Thanks Citibank for the fireworks after the game.

Oh and the Bluefish won 6-4! Go Bluefish!

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Jimmy Webb’s Welcome Resurgence

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I have long admired Jimmy Webb as a singer and song writer. You know his songs well. They live in your heart and blossom like flowers whenever you require them. He has written such masterpieces as By The Time I Get To Phonenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, Up, Up and Away, MacArthur’s Park, Didn’t We and All I Know.

We recently saw Jimmy Webb perform at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, CT. It was a delightful evening of songs played on the piano, accompanied by the personal remembrances of Mr. Jimmy Webb. He shared his memories openly about such friends as The Outlaws (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash,Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings) which preceded the song, Highwayman. Jimmy Webb is a very accomplished piano player, which adds a powerful dimension to his on-stage presence. He made Infinity Music Hall feel like his living room. He was very taken with the venue, which always has an engaging ambiance. His stories charmed us as he spoke with warmth and great aplomb about Harry Nilsson, Frank Sinatra and our personal favorite friendship, Richard Harris.

You can hear some of those stories on Jimmy Webb’s recording, Live and at Large.

After an energetic and soulful two hour concert, Jimmy Webb met with his fans in the lobby, signing autographs and posing for pictures. He told me he really liked Santana, which made me smile 🙂

Jimmy Webb has released a new collaboration recording Just Across The River last week. It was recorded over a two day interval in Nashville. The collaborations with esteemed friends includes Billy Joel (Wichita Lineman), Jackson Browne (P.F. Sloan), All I Know (Linda Rondstadt), If You See Me Getting Smaller (Willie Nelson), Galveston (Lucinda Williams), and By The Time I Get to Phoenix (Glen Campbell) just to name a few :). The recording flows evenly as each new texture of Jimmy Webb’s musical tapestry unfolds before our sensibilities. You can learn more about this special collaboration recording, Just Across The River on Jimmy Webb’s Web site.

Its great to see the resurgence in Jimmy Webb’s musical career. He richly deserves the praise he is receiving in the press and music community for this collaborative effort, Just Across The River.

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Jaron Lanier – Visionary Musician

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My goal is to be a cognoscenti in music, instructional design and journalistic excellence. I visualize these three disciplines in total congruence. They are the Zen of my work-life balance.

Journeying further along that path I meld my purpose with instinctual visionaries such as Jaron Lanier. Jaron Lanier is blessed with an innovative musical purpose that transcends much of what we understand about past and present state music. Thankfully he crafts that skill readily through the unique construction of  musical instruments he invents which allows us to experience the deeper textures of music’s rich harmonic spectrum.

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In a far reaching interview with Jaron Lanier about music in 1994 he expressed his understanding about the body and musical instruments. http://www.exhibitresearch.com/kevin/nyc/jaron/index.html

I believe the body is able to know much more than the mind, in terms of instantaneous action. And there will be some very somatic form of programming in the future. And I look to musical instruments as an inspiration as to what that will be like….

So, essentially, I think the way we look at in musical instruments today is what programming languages will look like tomorrow. Not the music, but the instruments….

Discography

Proof of Consciousness Mark Deutsch and Jaron Lanier

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Instruments of Change

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