Premier of the Oquaga Spirit Speaks-Live. At long last, the Oquaga Spirit is making its “world premiere” appearance. This is a once in a thousand year event. It is not to be missed. Feel free to share the wisdom of the spirit with friends. Indeed, happy times have returned.! This wonderful female spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe is ready to share her poetry with the public. By watching some of this 14 minute youtube sample, you can:
Acquire a happy focus on your life for each and every day
Be inspired you to read the Psalms by the poem “Why God Created Man”
Savor her insights into nature and man.
Share her respect for the environment.
Enjoy her humor.
Acquire an idea of the presentation I can personally do for your event, meeting, or party.
With Her Premier, Beauty, Calm, and Serenity are Re-Inaugurated
This spirit loves the culture of our founding forefathers. In her poetry, she refers to some great and early American patriots. For example , “In Get Thee a Walking Stick”
What a spectrum of sounds
Does the morning walker hear.
He’s more alerted and alive,
Than if awakened by Paul Revere.
This spirit loves music. I play on the touring showboat that circles the lake at 4:30 pm daily. The guests sing from outdated, falling apart small songbooks. The “showboat” is simple and even primitive. Yet, I’ve never heard people have so much enjoyment, fun and pleasure. It is as if everyone become a child again. The Spirit floats on the lake while we sing. Songs include: “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”, , I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and Carolina. A medley is relished by Stephen Foster including Swanee River, Dixie and Camptown Races. Myron Cohen’s songs include Mary, Give My Regards to Broadway…Songs, that if you are old enough, you may have heard your grandparents sing. That’s tradition. American tradition, that is. As the boat circles the lake, joyful “cottagers” come out. They wave us by, sing-along, and ring bells. We even get a number of canoe escorts that could easily beat us in a race. The showboat goes exceedingly slow.You can thus savor every moment.
THE GOAL WITH THE SPIRIT’S PREMIER
If a sell a book for $2.99, then fine. If not, a won’t cry. My goal, however, is to present the spirit, through her dictated poetry, live. Her words should be heard live at your event or function. . Length can range from one poem, to a 45 minute presentation with pictures. Every poem has been memorized. Please watch my youtube presentation for ample samples. Then, if you so desire, contact me through DSOworks,com to discuss any particulars. Most important, please feel free to share this blog. I consider it my most important. Thank you- David.
Roses, the only flower allowed in Jerusalem. What got me thinking about roses was the beautiful red rose bush I bought for my wife, Sharon, on her returning home. The cultivation of roses in Jerusalem is based on an article by Joshua Siskin in the LA Daily News, dated 1/15/16. He mentions two sources: Babylonian Talmud and the great sage, Rashi (see picture below).
In Dava Kama, 82b “there had been rose gardens in Jerusalem from the days of the 1st prophets”.
Rashi states they were added to the Temple incense that was used twice a day. Cultivation of the roses was permitted for this purpose by the Jordan River.
MY THEORY AS TO WHY ROSES WERE THE PREFERRED FLOWER OF JERUSALEM
I’ve been blogging on antiquity and number squares. This wisdom was given to me by the Oquaga Spirit. She was of the Lennie Lenape Tribe. They surrounded the area around Oquaga Lake in Deposit, New York. They were also a branch of the Algonquin Indians. The first two odd number squares of antiquity were the 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 (check my other blogs). The middle number of the 3 x 3 is 5. The middle number of the bigger 5 x 5 is 13. Here’s how roses relate:
The rose has 5 “strong petals”.
It has 13 weaker petals on the outside
In geometry there are only 5 possible regular polyhedrons. (Platonic solids)
There are only 13 semi-regular solids (called the Archimedian solids)
Number squares set the entire pattern for the cosmos.
5 and 13 are central numbers on the goddess culture 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 number squares, respectively, used in Neolithic times.
In Hebrew letters doubled as numbers with a single symbol. This is called by the Greek name, gematria. I have blogged about how numerous names that our Creator is referred to in the Torah, duplicate key numbers of 3 x 3 and 5 x 5 squares.
Many of my 146 blogs thus far are about the number squares. All are easily accessible along with our many musical blogs. We have concerts, shows and music- all original. Many are on the thumbnails and can be viewed for free on DSOworks.com. Number squares were the basis of goddess cultures. This knowledge has been lost. On my products page, I have 100 pages with the poetry that the Oquaga Spirit dictated to me. I added pictures. What is the conclusion: With knowledge, a Golden Age of peace and plenty can be regained. I plan, the Holy Name willing, to keep blogging until that happens – David.
Phrasing and staccato are alive and well in my own composition, King David’s Dance.
Phrasing has all but disappeared. In most of today’s sheet music, the notes go unmarked. No legatos, phrase marks or staccatos. I recently looked at an older piece of sheet music: The 1958 score in the picture below by Frederick Loewe for Thank Heaven for Little Girls. Publisher Mara-Lane Music Corp. NY,NY. It is from the MGM movie-Gigi.To my shock and amazement, every note in the piano score was detailed. I found:
A plethora of two note phrases
Numerous staccato markings
Frequent accent marks
A two tiered accompaniment. Sometimes rests were in one layer, while held notes were in the other. Of course, this implies a preferable use of finger legato for one layer. Then you must also play staccato for the second layer. It also implies very sparse piano pedaling in order for the detail to come through.
Virtually every note in the treble clef for piano had some form of detail attached.
HERE’S MY PET PEEVE WITH MOST OF TODAY’S PHRASING ESPECIALLY IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
Many of today’s editions of music, especially classical, have legato phrase marks that are like a four foot long beard. They seemingly go on forever. Here are some of the disadvantages of such phrasing:
A true four bar long legato mark is mostly unnecessary for the music at hand. Also it is extremely difficult to play.
Articulation, as in emphasis and accent, are lost.
The much more common two note phrase is totally overlooked.
C.P.E. Bach wrote a treatise on musical interpretation. He said to be a good instrumentalist, listen to good singers. Today that would be the recordings Frank Sinatra. Everything is sung in a punctuated, clipped and detailed style.
Conclusion: long phrase marks for piano music (4,8, or even 16 bars) are simple a sign of a lazy editor. Or a sign of an editor that does not know how to edit. No editing marks, on the other hand, leads to the same conclusion.
I worked for 15 years or more with Rubinoff and His Violin. In the series of books called “What Ever Became Of?” by Richard Lamparski, Rubinoff is reputed to have made hundreds of thousand of dollars a year in the 1930’s for his musical ability. If anyone was detailed, it was him. He would become furious if I left out one marking over a note. “People have to be shown how to play it!”, he would shout. Enjoy his musical details in this recently found video of Rubinoff and I playing. The you tube presentation is from 1984. He was 86 years of age at the time. The world famous harmonica players, the Sgro Brothers, called him “the master.” They have quite a story about a concert they gave with him. I’ll blog about that in the future. We were at Scotts Oquaga Lake House in the Catskill Mountains. He was distracted by nothing: even the loud thunder storm you’ll hear in the background. Lots of free samples are on our website. Also, check out some of my products on the site at DSOworks.com.
Finally the feature picture. I learned from Rubinoff. As a composer, I detail my music with phrasing as you can tell from the markings on King David’s Dance.
Take Five was composed by Paul Desmond. He was the alto saxophonist of the The Dave Brubeck Quartet. The meter is in an unusual 5/4 meter. It was one of the first Jazz numbers with a time signature other than the more common 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. In the late 1950’s the Dave Brubeck quartet was touring Eurasia under a grant by the state department. On a personal note, these grants were not unusual. I ( pianist, David Ohrenstein) worked with David Rubinoff and His Violin as his arranger and accompanist. Rubinoff played in Vietnam for general Westmoreland’s troops with a grant from a U.S. State Department. You can hear one of our 45 minute concerts on Oquaga Lake in New York (played in 1984) on DSOworks.com for free. It is a thumbnail on the page “Lost Concert Found”. Rubinoff was 86 years of age at the time. In between numbers he talked about his personal friendships with Victor Herbert, Carouso, Irving Berlin, Fritz Kriesler and John Phillip Sousa. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime treat!The special twist was at the end of the night, they got up and left one at the time.
Creative and Artistic Inspirations, Like Take Five, Come from Exotic settings
While on tour, the David Brubeck quartet heard the music of Hungarian street musicians, They were playing Bulgarian songs in unusual meters. That is what prompted Paul Desmond to compose Take Five. When they returned to America, the group gave the song an extra special twist. “Take Five” was first played by The Dave Brubeck Quartet to a live audience at the Village Gate nightclub in New York City in 1959. At the end of the evening, they musicians would end their gig with Take Five. They would pack up and leave one at the time while play it. This was in the style of Haydn’s Farewell Symphony written almost hundreds of years earlier. Speaking of travel and music, I also have blogged about how a rich Russian widow sent Debussy to the exotic Far East so he could enlarge his own musical palette.
My Own Experience Playing Take Five Over the Past Seven Years at My Gig at the Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande, Fl
In one word, Take Five is “magic.” Guests and diners discuss romantic subjects or simply the affairs of the day. Then, the moment the two chords of distinctive rhythm begin (Eb minor and Bb minor) I’m amazed at what happens: People from all around the room stop talking and actually say “Take Five.” It is certainly a real audience -pleaser.
Mankind: 120 Years. They question then becomes what is the source of Genesis 6:3- And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. The Hebrew from the Torah of the Scripture are: וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, לֹא-יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם לְעֹלָם, בְּשַׁגַּם, הוּא בָשָׂר; וְהָיוּ יָמָיו, מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה.
The source is found in the featured image given above. Hebrew uses gematria. That is the cross over been words and numbers. That cross over does not exist in modern languages. Words are one thing. Numbers are another. Current languages use separate symbols for letters and numbers. Certain old languages, as Hebrew and Greek, used the same symbols.
אָדָם – In Hebrew, generic man expressed as Adam, has a gematria of 45. That states, unequivocally, man’s source is the 3 x 3 number square. Total the numbers from 1 to 9. They equal 45.
מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה- These are the Hebraic “120 year words”. Look at the featured number square again.
Her’s how 15 can be found in 8 different ways by single numbers on the same number square. That totals the 120. Not only man(45) , but his life span(120 expressed in years) is thus connected to this fundamental number square of all number squares. The 3 x 3 number square is “The grain of mustard seed from which everything grows”.
THE 3 X 3 NUMBER SQUARE OF MANKIND GIVES THE LIFESPAN IN GENESIS 6:3
The three vertical ways are: 4 + 3 + 8. Then 9 + 5+ 1. Finally, 2 + 7 + 6.
The three horizontal ways are: 4 + 9 + 2. Then 3 + 5 + 7. Finally, 8 + 1 + 6.
Then, we have the two diagonal ways: 4+5 + 6. Then, 2 + 5 + 8.
This, 8 x 15 = 120.
I have been shown how the cultures of antiquity used these number squares. My main source and guide was the Oquaga Spirit of Oquaga Lake. The “Lady of the Lake” as I call her. My family and I spent some 15 summers by this lake in the foothills of the Catskills. The lake is on top of a mountain. This spirit dictated my book of some 100 pages of poetry with pictures now available as a product DSOworks. It is called the Oquaga Spirit Speaks. The spirit showed me the source of “truth”. She revealed the hidden number codes in this basic number square. The essence of the spirit is a female of the Lennie Lenpe American Indian tribe. The tribe dwelled around the lake at one time.
Numerical Kin at the Great Pyramid & Piano Keys. The numerical kin are numbers 8 and 5. Animating numbers is an ancient concept. Today, many find animating numbers as archaic– in a negative sense. I almost hate to think about how the ancients would think of our “civilization.” Here is the ancient view of how 8 and 5 are numerical kin:
Both 5 and 8 are in the Fibonacci numbers. They are actually “kissin’ kouzins”. They are adjacent numbers in the series: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34.. etc. Each number, after 1,1, is the sum of the previous two numbers. From large to small, nature uses this series. See Fascinating Fibonaccis: Mystery and Magic in Numbers. It is written by Trudi Hammel Garland.
Ratio of the height of the Great Pyramid to the base is 5 to 8, respectively. The height, in shorter Egyptian cubits (1.71818…ft) is 275. The length of any side of the square base is 440 . See John Michell’s The New View Over Atlantis.
The Great Cubit of 55 cubits also measures the Great Pyramid: 440/275 = 8/5.
5 to 8 as Numerical Kin on the Piano Keyboard
When you play a keyboard, you activate the power of the Great Pyramid. Here’s how:
Its 8 to 5 ratio is found in the ratio of white keys to black in the octave.
As “5” represents the height of the Great Pyramid, there are 5 elevated black keys within the c to c’ octave.
As 8 is the number of the base; the 8 white keys are the foundation from which the 5 black rise.
The side of a square base of the Great pyramid measures 440 cubits. We, in the U.S. and England, tune to “A” 440. It is one of the white keys.
Please keep checking the blogs. Very soon I will reveal one of the fundamental forgotten principles of the Great Pyramid. It has been has been long buried.
Finally, I have just finished my “labor of love” as the pianist on the isle of Boca Grande at the Gasparilla Inn. I’ll be available for a while as a piano teacher in Sarasota.
I had the goal of finding a significant model for the theme of “balance”. I thought it was the 5 regular “Platonic solids”. They are totally regular and balanced anyway you look at them. To accomplish this, Buckminister Fuller’s Synergetics was on my “to read” list. The book, however, is like a long lasting sucker: It is so big and intense, that you can only take one lick at the time. Then, I had a dream about a humming bird. Shortly afterward, we went to Oquaga Lake’s setting in the Catskills. There, I met the Oquaga Spirit, as she called herself.
The Humming Bird of my Dream Makes Itself Known on Oquaga Lake
Our family started going to New York’s Catskills for five months; from May to October. My wife, Sharon, and I, did our featured shows twice weekly. I was also the house pianist. Spring fed Oquaga Lake has a spiritual presence. On the products page on DSOworks.com, I have my book of poetry:T he Oquaga Spirit Speaks. The spirit was originally a female from the matriarchal Lennie Lenope tribe. The tribe is a branch of the Algonquins. There is still some controversy over the meaning of Oquaga. Most recently an e-mail contact told me that Oquaga is a Mohawk word. It means “land of the wild grape.”
The resulting 100 page poetry book has poetry with pictures. It is available through DSOworks.com for $2.99. I priced it that way to make the spirit’s words affordable. Shortly I will post on youtube samples of me reciting the poetry. This excerpt below is called “The Oquaga Spirit”.
Doris and Scotty called
With an invite to Lake Oquaga
I met the spirit on walks
That lead to the words of this saga.
I played the piano at night
And afternoons on the boat.
But in the mornings I’d stroll,
And the Spirit would be afloat.
The poetry has several references to the humming bird including,”Ivy Towers.”
They perch on the porch
Hidden in the flowers;
Gazing down at us
From their ivy towers.
Of every size
From the humming bird
To the owl so wise.
Tango with the Mango Tango from Our New ballroom dancing CD. It is Entitled Dancing Near You. The contents were both composed and scored for orchestra in the cradle of ballroom dancing-New York’s Catskill Mountains. Blogger, David did the composing. Singer-arranger, Sharon, did the orchestrations. This was accomplished under the guidance of the finest ballroom dance instructors. They came to Scott’s Oquaga Lake House from all over the world: From Cincinnati USA to South Africa. Why? Scott’s is like “the last of the Mahicans”- an Indian tribe from the Hudson Valley area of New York state.
The Tango- Beauty of Dancing Can Even Be “Heard” in Our Mango Tango
What’s on youtube is only a sampling of the 22 cuts of Dancing on the CD
The Mango Tango · Sharon Ohrenstein · David Ohrenstein Dancing Near You ℗ 2014 Sharon and David Ohrenstein. Click on youtube words to experience pure delight and masterful orchestrations by Sharon. Hope you have fun listening to it. The Mango Tango can be purchased for 0.99 on our products page on DSOworks.com. The entire CD is also available with 15 full length numbers and 7 shorts for competitions. Every conductor thinks Sharon did a great job on the orchestrations. Our daughter, Kathryn Parks, is dancing with Charlie Logan on the CD cover.
The Day a Skunk Attacked the Scott’s Dancing Ballroom
After ballroom dancing demonstrations, there was public dancing. Instructors would walk around the solid chestnut dance floor to assist others. Older people would experience a second youth. Like Shang-ra-la, you were young only while you were there. Everyone wore glamorous, tailor-made outfits. Ultra thin, soled shoes were standard. They were very expensive. No one dared to walk outside while wearing them- That is, until the day the skunk came. It entered the ballroom. Everyone started screaming. Worse yet, when they ran out of the hall, they had to run down on the cement path while wearing their very expensive ballroom,dance shoes. That was typical of the “fun” at Scott’s. Why? People need vacations where they can come back with stories that they’ll enjoy, share and savor with others for years to come.
The Oquaga Spirit Speaks is Also Available for the First Time: Only $2.99.
Oh, yes, please get your own copy of the Oquaga Spirit Speaks. The poetry of this female Indian spirit is now available starting this week. She belonged to the Lennie Lenape tribe of the Algonquin nation. The Algonquins called themselves Anishnabe, which means “original person.” Boy, was she, and her poetry, “original!” It contains 100 pages of poetry and pictures for only $2.99. Conclusion: Scott’s, in the Catskill Mountains, is fun at its best.
Congruous:Perfect Musical Intervals and Fibonacci Series. Perfect intervals have the most pleasing sound. They have been judged so since antiquity. These intervals vibrate in whole number ratios. A unison vibrates in the ratio of 1:1. The octaves vibrates 2:1. The fifth vibrates 3:2. The fourth is an inverted fifth. Instead of C-G (C-D-E-F-G); we have G-C (G-A-B-C). The fourth is merely an “inverted fifth” in the 7 letter musical scale of A,B,C,D,E,F,G, A,B,C,D,E,F,G,…. We count 5 letters from C-G. We count four letters from G-C.
Inverted musical intervals have a rule by nine. When a fifth is inverted (C-G); it becomes a fourth (G-C). 5 + 4 = 9. When a unison is inverted (c-c), it becomes an octave(c-c’): 1 + 8 = 9. When a 3rd is inverted c-e) , it becomes a sixth (e-c’): 3 + 6 = 9. When a second is inverted (c-d), it becomes a seventh (d-c’): 2 + 7 = 9.
Let’s look at the first numbers of the Fibonacci series. They grow by successive addition. At first, the “one” repeats. Then we continue adding the adjacent numbers. We thus have: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13 etc.
Congruous: Three Basic Perfect Intervals With the First Four Fibonacci Numbers
Look the the musical unison, the one; but in terms of its complementary octave. The one is really two, i.e. the unison and the octave. The one therefore repeats. We have “1,1,…” Likewise the “vesica piscis” shows one circle in the process of becoming two. They second is its complement. Numberous geometrical forms and shapes are generation by geometrical construction from this vesica. In a similar way, the shapes and forms of the Universe are generated by the Fibonacci series.
The vesica piscis demonstrates the “one” becoming the “two”. One circle is morphing itself into two circles. The length of the vesica is defined by BA and the width by PO. Read my blog on DSO works about the 1st Christian church, the Glastonbury Abbey in the town of Glastonbury, England on DSOworks.com. It was most probably built by the disciples of Christ including St Joseph of Arimathea. He settled in Gastonbury with a grant of 12 hides of land right after the crucifixion. Its proportions were set by the turquoise area of the interlocking “vessel”.
I’ve blogged about the Glastonbury Abbey in the town of Glastonbury England. John Michell, in The View Over Atlantis, explains the basis of its foundation: Two circles interlocking center to center of 660 feet each.
After the musical unison (1 to 1); we have the first perfect interval, the octave. It vibrates in the ratio of 2:1.
After the octave, the next perfect interval is the fifth. It vibrates in the ratio 3/2.
Thus we see the repeated one with the next two Fibonacci numbers form the basis of perfect musical intervals. The first four numbers being 1,1,2,3…
Of course, the piano keyboard merely continues the series: Two black keys. Then 3 black keys. The total is 5. Then we have 8 tones from one octave to the next. Then we have 13 half tones altogether: The 5 blacks are added to the 8 whites. Behold the series: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13…Music works with the same numbers as life.
In the distant past, this knowledge spanned the Earth. Life was harmonious and perfect at one time in Eden. I propose reviving this wisdom with its vision of peace and plenty. In this manner, our lives will seem congruous with each other. Paradise is projected by the mind.
Math and Philosophy in Antiquity- Higher Number Squares. (Before beginning I should mention to please check out the wonderful products on DSOworks.com. They cover poetry, piano solos, musical theater, concert band, chamber music, and musical therapy. Over the months, these products are going to multiply!). Now,there were 7 number squares and 7 planets. One for each. Saturn is 3 x 3. Jupiter is 4 x 4. Mars is 5 x 5. The Sun is 6 x 6. Venus is 7 x 7. Mercury is 8 x 8. Finally the Moon is 9 x 9. Associations are what things have in common. That is the crux of ancient philosophy. Now for the big surprise!
In the Garden of Eden we have a Tree of Life. It also uses math. Number squares in antiquity do not stop at 9 x 9. The Tree of Life uses the next 10. Let’s look at the next ten number squares: 10 x 10 to 20 x 20
The tree of life uses a higher musical octave of number squares. Keter is 10 x 10. Chokhmah is 11 x 11. Binah is 12 x 12. Chesed is 13 x 13. Gevurah is 14 x 14. 15 x 15 is not used. Fifteen is the characteristic number of the most basic 3 x 3 number square. It is the center or the source. It also hides several hidden number codes. These hidden codes on the 3 x 3 square were revealed to me by the Oquaga Spirit (see poetry book on DSOworks,com). Continuing, Tifereth is 16 x 16. Netzach is 17 x 17. Hod is 18 x 18. Yesod is 19 x 19. Malkhut is 20 x 20. My source for the higher octave is Aryeh Kaplan in Meditation and the Kabbalah.
As the basic seven squares called the basic 7 planets; qualities on the Tree of Life could be called upon by the next octave. Judaism confirms and affirms love, compassion and kindness by calling on the pillar of mercy to the right. That is, emanations 2,4 and 7. Calling on power, discrimination and self-glorification on the left leads to trouble. The world was destroyed once before because of this. Nothing gave, so everything shattered.
How Does Judaism, Through Math, Call on Love. Compassion and Kindness?
Judaism calls on these qualites through the first 12 Hebrew words of the most sacred and key prayer: The Shema Yisroel.
Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be his glorious kingdom forever and forever.
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.
Here is the connection through math. Those who have been reading the blogs on DSOworks.com already know how ancients had the same symbol for both numbers and words. The formula for figuring out the sum any row of numbers on a number square (Aryeh Kaplan) is the sum of the numbers in any row, cubed + plus the total number of numbers in that row, then divided by two.
Thus, the characteristic number of Chesed-Love is 13 x 13 x 13+ 13/ 2 = 1105. The first 6 words of the Shema total 1106, as spelled above. One was allowed for the presence of the Blessed Name.
The characteristic number of Netzach-Victory is 2465. As 17 x 17 x 17 + 17/ 2 = is 2465.The total of the above opening 12 key words of the Shema is 2464. Again one is allowed, by tradition of colel, for the presence of the Blessed Name.
Conclusion: By calling on the positive and wonderful qualities of the right pillar of the Tree (love compassion and kindness) we have a formula for survival. We must not once again “shatter the vessels” on the Tree of Life.