Catskill Resort Celebration- my Home Away from Home. The Catskill Mountain Resorts are coming back. It’s possibly starting with Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was the Scott’s piano player for some 15 years. Oh boy, are the Catskills coming back! They have just been the background for a wagon load full of prestigious top entertainment industry awards. Some of the list is below, in blue. Immediately below is the Catskill Mountain movie trail from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Catskill Resort Celebration at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House
Als0, below the picture is link to a special interview with one of the stars: Rachel Brosnahan chats with Jimmy Fallon about the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She talks about years ago Scott’s turned down the filming of Dirty Dancing. The clip at Scotts, relatively new posts, have 75,00 views.
Above, Rachel is speaking in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. It is at the Barker Hangar. Date is Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Location is Santa Monica, Calif. (Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP)
Yes miracles still happen. Just when everybody is ready to give the resort up, this happens. Scott’s will be featured in quite a number of episodes this coming year. I have been the piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House over a span of some 15 years. Hard times hit the resort. Bus loads of people from Ontario, Canada stopped coming. This was due to higher taxes and added health insurance costs on group bus tours. A high percentage of their business was Canadian. In addition to to regular fair, Canadians loved the wilderness and seemingly magical feeling of this pristine, clear lake.
More Catskill Resort Celebration
Here is one of my my contributions to Scott’s Oquaga Lake House: As Rubinoff and His Violin’s arranger and accompanist for over 15 years, I brought Rubinoff to the resort. This was in 1984. At age 86 David Rubinoff also performed miracles. This youtube video is the only complete 44 minute+ concert of his in existence.He took America by storm in the 1930’s. Please also enjoy this rare Scott’s video as I (David Ohrenstein) accompany this “legendary” violinist. He plays his Strad. It belonged to the Czars of Russia.
Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984 – YouTube
Last, but not least for my wife, Sharon, and myself. We wrote an opera comique entitled Patra. It will be showcased on Schroon lake in New York state this coming September of2019. The American Center for New Works Development is sponsoring it under the auspices of the Seagle Music Colony. More details on our website. DSOworks.com. Patra has a banner heading. Exact date to be announced shortly. Don’t miss this event!
Hollywood Nineteen Thirties under Rubinoff’s Baton. I frequently blog about David Rubinoff and His Violin. That’s because I worked with him for over 15 years. My capacity was as his arranger and piano accompanist. The years spanned 1971 to 1986. In 1986 Dave passed away at age 89. He was the very model of musical success. This was especially true in Hollywood during the nineteen thirties. I’ll never forget the spontaneity of his reply when I said to him: “Mr Rubinoff, music has been good to you.” He immediately replied as a matter of factly, “Why, that’s because I’ve been good to music.”
You can now listen to a recent concert that I was honored to perform at with maestro Steven Greenman. Steve performs the Fiddler just as Rubinoff intended it. The Ted Lewis Big Band museum curator and conductor extraordinaire, Joseph Rubin, invited me in from Sarasota to play the concert honoring my friend and mentor, David Rubinoff.
Dave’s wife, Darlene Rubinoff, wrote a book about his life. Dave personally dictated it to her as she tape recorded his voice. Eloquence, sophistication, technical prowess, passion and perfection marked his playing. But most of all he openly conveyed the love he had for his audience. In return his audiences loved loved him. This was to the tune of hundreds of thousands annually in the 1930’s. In this regard I must quote Mr. Rubinoff’s words through his angel of a wife, Darlene Azar Rubinoff:
“I worked every hour of the day and night, driving everyone with no conception of time, being only interested in my music and pleasing the public. My audiences screamed and applauded. They were after me night and day, waiting for me outside the stage door for a glimpse or for an autograph. I seldom refused them. They were the reason for my success. That is why I drove the orchestra and the arrangers so hard. I screamed, I cajoled. I even, on occasion, threw things in order to win my way. The amazing thing was, I was always right when it came to my music.”
Please enjoy the internal link below of the concert I gave with Rubinoff in the Catskills at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. The youtube link is at the end of the blog. It was over 30 years ago. Also, my wife Sharon and I have written a new opera entitled “Patra”. The featured artwork is used by permission from the “From Cairo With Love” art gallery in Cairo, Egypt. It will be premiered in New York on Schroon Lake this coming September. Please read about the details under the “stage”on our front page of DSOworks.com.
Mexican Pyramid Squares the Circle. First. What is “square the circle?” Squaring the circle is a problem proposed by ancientgeometers. It is the challenge of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle. You may only use a finite number of steps with compass and straightedge. In 1882, the task was proven to be impossible. This was a consequence of the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem. But wait a minute. Lindemann and Weierstrass did not consider R. Buckminister Fuller’s theories in conjunction with the Mexican Pyramid of the Sun.
Mexican Pyramid Really Spheres the Circle
So who was R. Buckminster Fuller?
R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, 1895 – 1983
The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller:
Hailed as “one of the greatest minds of our times,” R. Buckminster Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world’s problems. For more than five decades, he developed pioneering solutions that reflected his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does “more with less”. Born in Milton, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1895, Richard Buckminster Fuller belonged to a family noted for producing strong individualists. They were inclined toward activism and public service. Fuller developed an early understanding of nature during family excursions to Bear Island, Maine. He also became familiar with the principles of boat maintenance and construction. Below are a couple of internal links for further information.
Comparing the Mexican Pyramid of the Sun and Fuller’s Formula for Packing of Spheres
Packing of spheres in successive layers falls under a formula. It was discovered by R. Buckminster Fuller. It’s the number of the particular layer being considered, squared x 10 + 2. You can pinpoint how many spheres successivelyen circle a central sphere. Here are the 1st five examples.
For the 1st layer, 1² x 10 + 2 = 12 spheres.
The 2nd layer we have 2² x 10 + 2 = 42.
For the 3rd layer, 3² x 10 + 2 = 92.
The 4th layer is 4² x 10 + 2 = 162.
The 5th layer is 5² x 10 + 2 = 252.
Ancients looked at what things had in common by common numbers. This was regardless of unit of measure used. We can thus equate the packing of the 5th layer of spheres with the measure of the Mexican Sun Pyramid. Also, Plato’s Ideal City, in his Republic, had 2520 rings. Is this line of thought just fun? Perhaps. But also, perhaps there is no such thing as mere co-incidence?
Steady Eddie Had the Gift of Rhythm. I always seem to have had the best of luck in mentors. Maestro Edmund DeMattia was up there with the best. He recently passed away. I miss him. I’ve always excelled as a composer and am a fairly good pianist. Ed communicated how I could steady my rhythm in performance.
“Steady Eddie” was a Great Musical Innovator of the American Military
The idea for a “National Concert Band” began in 1973. Discussions were held among retired and former members of the four major military service bands in the Washington, DC area. The organization’s two main purposes were: (1) To provide a way for area military musicians to continue to play after retirement. (2) To preserve the concert band tradition of music in the United States. Ed also happened to be one of the founding members of the American Concert Band Association (ACB). The National Concert Band became a member of this professional organization. This was in no small part due to Ed. Because of him, those who retired from military service could continue their music in the National Concert Band .
One of Ed’s last concerts was with my wife and myself. Wife, mezzo soprano Sharon Ohrenstein, is also a composer, lyricist and arranger.
Sharon and I shared in co-composing. We worked together on a couple of military marches for Memorial Day. Link is below to our live performance of “Glory and Honor”. We even had Civil War Re-enactors firing their muskets during the concert on conductor’s cue!
Finally, what I am most proud of in the realm of the American military march. I worked with “Rubinoff and His Violin.” This was over a 15 year span. I was his arranger and accompanist. The American March King “-John Philip Sousa” gave Rubinoff’s career a big boost: He procured a continuous stipend from the State Department for bringing fine music to children in the public schools.
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Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it all Up. December 25, Christmas Day, is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. This blog is about the 7 x 7 magic number square. It could well be called the Merry Christmas Number square. First of all what is a number square?….. Magic number squares only require the sum of each row, column and diagonal of numbers equal the same sum. Second, what defines the 7 x 7 number square? Ancient civilizations were into number squares. Each of the 7 known planets had its own square of numbers. Also, seven was known as a virgin and prime number. It cannot be evenly divided by any other number other than itself.
Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it Up
The 7 x 7 number square was assigned to Venus. She was goddess of beauty. So was also connected to Greek goddess Athena. Because 7 was called a “virgin number,” it is associated with Mary, mother of Jesus.
Note the central number of the 7 x 7 square. It is number 25. That numbers Christmas Day.
Total all the numbers in the 7 x 7 number square. Those are the the sum of all the numbers from one to fifty. Their total is 1225. Read this as 12/25 and you have both Christmas month and day.
Below is an internal link to a fun story for the Holiday Season. Rubinoff, the famed violinist, literally brought holiday cheer all year round to children. I recently gave a concert under the auspices of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. The concert was under the baton of museum curator, Joseph Rubin in Circleville, Ohio. Since I was Rubinoff’s arranger and accompanist, Maestro Rubin asked me to play in the concert. Rubinoff spent a good part of his life giving concerts for children in public schools. In the “gag” picture, found in the internal link, comedian Jimmy Durante is playing Rubinoff’s violin (not very well, I might add) Rubinoff is clowning around at the piano. What fun!
Our best wishes for a happy holiday season- David and Sharon.
Glendalough Cathedral 30 Miles South of Dublin. St. Peter and St Pauls’ Cathedral Achonry, is a former cathedral in the Republic of Ireland: It is within the same enclosure as Our Lady’s Church and the Round Tower.
My source for this measure- 110 feet in height – is the book, Riddles in the British Landscape. It has 148 illustrations and 4 maps. The book is written byRichard Muir, p. 183. Publisher is Thames and Hudson, London, 1981.
Glendalough Cathedral has a Tower Built by a Hidden Number Square Code
Masonic symbol is traceable to the basic number square of antiquity. 110 is found here. Feet are assigned to this figure. Why is this number square Masonic? A pattern outlines a Masonic symbol. We have nine numbers. Take the numbers three at the time as follows:
At a slant, 1, 2, 3 gives you the top triangle of the compass.
7, 8, 9 offers the reciprocal bottom triangulated half of the “T” square.
Finally, 4, 5, 6, offers the slanted diagonal. Again these numbers are tilted in the number square. In the Masonic symbol above it occupied by “G”.
So where is the 110 used at the Glendalough Round Tower? It seems like the square only goes up to nine. But, consider the numbers in the following manner: Two at the time by opposite polarities. We now have:
49 + 61 = 110
94 + 16 = 110
95 + 15 = 110
45 + 65 = 110 etc.
Finding the Hidden 110 at the Glendalough Cathedral
For those who care to go thru the trouble and time, 110 can be found in sixteen different ways on this simple number square. The total of all 16 becomes 1,760. Those who know measurement can recognize 1,760 is another number of measurement: There are exactly 1,760 English yards in one mile. Three feet are in the yard. There are 5,280 feet in the mile. Thus, 5,280 ÷ 3 = 1,760.
Why go through all this trouble? This number square once marked a lost Golden Age of Peace and Plenty. This code needs to be reactivated. Why shouldn’t we all have the same today? The tower at Glendalough Cathedral would then become the symbol of good things to come.
Harappan Civilization & Square of Saturn Aspects. Harappa was part of an Indus Valley Civilization . The square of three of Saturn, pictured above, was preserved in ancient cultures worldwide. Ancients connected this square with the planet, Saturn. Both measurement and engineered are derived from this number square. Why? I believe it goes back to a destroyed civilization that predates recorded history. Perhaps it was Atlantis? Plato wrote of thereality of this legend. Generations of survivors made an attempt to preserve their knowledge of Atlantis through this number square. It was once the ideal behind a Golden Age.
Harappan Civilization and its Scope
Harappan civilization coincides with what is Pakistan and northwest India today. It flourished over the fertile flood plain of the Indus River and its vicinity. Religious practices of the Indus valley culture date back to approx. 5500 BCE. The ruins of Mohenjo-daro were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.
Harappa and Mohenjo-daro were built on uniform grid-plan blocks. They had town planning and standard streets. Even houses were set out by a code. By 2350 B.C. the two cities were well established. They traded by land and sea with the Summerians.
Harappa’s citadel parallelogram is 645 from east to west. It measures 1380 feet from north to south. On length and width totals 2025 feet. This figure squares forty-five as: 45² = 2025. Look at the 3 x 3 number square. The nine numbers total 45. This is one way the civilization drew on the 3 x 3 number square.
Here’s a second: Just North of the citadel was the state granary. It measured 150 feet from east to west. The North to south width was 75 feet. One length and width totals 225 feet. Look at the 3 x 3 number square. Any row of three numbers totals 15 feet. Thus, 15² = 225.
There are many other parallels which will be the subject of future blogs. The internal link below offers one example of the depth of the 3 x 3 number square.
Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind… I am a location poet. Poetry comes to me only on lakes in upstate New York. Try as I might, it evades me anywhere else. The featured picture on Wikicommons is entitled “A Windy Day by the Sea”. I thought it would best portray wind in a poem given to me by the “Oquaga Lake Spirit.” Oquaga Lake is in the United States .  It is to found in Broome County of the state of New York.
Never Never Sit Still – the poem
So what is my connection to Oquaga Lake? There is a resort on the lake. It is called Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was their house piano player for about 15 years. Their “season” lasted from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. This was almost five months of solid piano employment annually.
My duties began with the tour around the lake on Scott’s Showboat of Song. This was at about 4:30 pm. Then I would play an afternoon Show. This was followed by the dinner hour, ballroom dancing, up to 2 feature shows and after show dancing. Last dance call was often about 11:30 pm. This assignment was seven days a week. Here are the words of the spirit’s poem- Never never sit still.
Be like the wind to renew:
Circulate and blow through.
Keeping in motion is youth’s potion,
Never, never sit still.
Air that sits in mass
Stifles and doesn’t pass.
It grows stale and makes one pale:
Never, never sit still.
Swamp decays on stillborn days,
The stagnant calls for storm.
Keep the heart pumping
Keep the mind thinking:
Never never sit still.
This poem has numerous hidden meanings and teachings on the subject of breath. They will be covered in future blogs. Below are a couple of internal links about my current employment.
Above is a sample of my piano playing at the Gasparilla Inn. I ‘ll be there for my 10th season this coming year. It was built in 1911 and is in the Department of the Interior’s National Historic Registry> Details in the event link.
Extremely Humble King of Early American Music. In part, Dave Rubinoff’s exactitude helped the cause of early American orchestral music. To him, music was sacred. He had such a passion for music, that his temperamental outbursts were quite infamous. He never got mad or angry any at anyone- just at what they didn’t do with the music. The American public loved him. 225,000 turned out for one of his concerts in 1937 at Grant Park in Chicago. His success and temperament were the source of much jealousy and resentment. The musicians under him were often quite resentful. They were not used to such a fireball.
Extremely Humble King at Work
Very few people were so driven by music as Dave. When he conducted or played violin, it seemed like he was on a quest for the Holy Grail. He sought Truth through music. He rarely, if ever, talked about his past personal accomplishments in music with me. His mind was focused on the music we were currently working on. Sometimes we’d work a week on arranging 16 bars of music. We would try this solution, than another, than yet another. That’s why I think of him as an extremely humble king. He literally bowed his head to the great arrangement that a melody demanded. of music. The public treated him like royalty for his efforts.
Below is a concert we gave together at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in the Catskills. The year was 1984. He was 86 years of age at the time. Although Dave most likely gave 1000’s of public concerts, below is the only sample of a full concert in existence. Every minute is worth listening to. Dave discusses each selection, and why it was special to him. Some people even resented his success. A prominent concertmaster came in to hear one of our performances. I won’t even mention the derogatory things he said as he made fun of this great violinist’s style. He learned a good part of his style from Will Rogers. Will Rogers, who identified with the American Cherokee Indians, even taught him how to take his bows. He was best friends with Will.
Two Seven Two – What are these Three Numbers About? They provide a numerical key to lost prehistoric antiquity. Clues of the past have many forms and fashions. Numbers are one of them. A primarily defined number is megalithic yard. It was 2.72 feet. Professor Alexander Thom of Oxford University established this accepted measure. For background on the subject, study writings of the John Michell. His books have been my companions for over fifty years. Now they are mostly out of print and difficult to acquire.
How Megalithic Measure Comes From the Traditional Arrangement of the 3 x 3 Number Square
A megalithic inch is 0.816 inches. That is a straight read across the bottom- left to right, on the 3 x 3 number square pictured to the right. If you reverse these numbers you have 618. These are the square root numbers of the Golden Section. This was called “phi” by the ancient Greeks- 1.618…. The square root is o.618 feet.
A megalithic yard contains forty megalithic inches. Here’s the arithmetic: 40 x 0.816 = 32.64 inches. Next, 32.64″/12″ = 2.72 feet – or 1 MY. Next:
Add the 8 perimeter numbers. You have 8 + 1 + 6 + 7 + 2 + 9 + 4 + 3 = 40. It is no co-incidence that there are 40 megalithic inches in the megalithic yard.
In summary: Three primary ancient numbers come from the perimeter: (1) The megalithic inch as 816 comes from the bottom three perimeter numbers- left to right. (2) Phi’s square root numbers are from the same bottom perimeter but reversed as right to left (618). (3) The number of megalithic inches in the megalithic yard as 40 from the entire perimeter.
This blog is the tip of the iceberg. Keep reading the posts on DSOworks for more information on the subject as well as on music. It will be forthcoming.