Taking Stock of What You Have. Are these words familiar? They come from Irving Berlin’s musical, Annie Get Your Gun. The song iis “I Got the Sun in the Morning.” The sentiment is you have everything when you have the Sun in the morning and the Moon at night. In the song Annie Oakley assess her life. She lists what she lacks. Then she takes stock of what she has. The conclusion:She has ” A healthy balance on the credit side.” The song on youtube with the Broadway star, Ethel Merman, will make you happy.
A New Verdi Street for the Sarasota Opera House. Opera is alive and well in Sarasota, Florida. This master opera composer was all about melody and drama. This first operas were in the two part bel canto style. At first he wrote what is referred to as “cabalettas” . His melodious arias often ended with special closing sections. These sections have quick and uniform rhythm. Many of my blogs are based on the upcoming forefront use of melody. Beautiful music will replace rhythm songs as our main musical thrust. This used to happen in 10 years cycles. I’ve already blogged about how Hoagy Carmichael set the pace in the 1930’s with his Stardust. Rhythm, as in Rap and Rock n’ Roll, has dominated for over 50 years. Our Sarasota Opera House is now on Pineapple subtitled Verdi Street, Sarasota now leads the way by pointing to the return of melody. Verdi Street is a banner for the return of melody.
HOW VERDI STREET WAS BORN
Verdi Street Commemorates the Complete cycle of Verdi’s operas
Maestro Victor DeRenzi is having his 34th season as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Sarasota Opera. His goal was to perform the complete Verdi opera cycle. This should be completed this season. The street sign was subtitled, Verdi in a new street post, by the city to honor this accomplishment.
Without financial supposrt and backing, the world would have little to no culture. I have blogged about that many times. Take Verdi for example: In 1830, he gave his first public performance at the home of Antonio Barezzi, a local merchant and music lover who financially supported Verdi’s musical ambitions. One of my goals to is contribute beautiful music for the return of melody. My wife and I have written 4 major operas and musicals. Each one has taken two years. This has been mostly done by our own efforts and expense, The list includes: The Princess and the Peasant, The Cup of Cleopatra, Golden Roads and Three Queens. She is the lyricist and book writer. I am the composer. Samples can be seen on our products page. Our theme is woman rulers who have contributed to civilization.
The Zodiac Sign of Pisces and Their Music: What you are reading here are excerpts from my upcoming book, Music Under the Zodiac. I copyrighted it in 1995, Library of Congress Txu 724-061. If you quote me, please give credit. The main goal of the book is to present a novel way to help students and musicians to interpret music. This is done in the light of the 12 signs of the zodiac. I use the zodiac as a system to aid in artistic interpretation. I do not work with prophetic aspects of the zodiac or astrology. What you will read here is me simply having fun applying musical ability to the zodiac signs. In writing these blogs I consider each sign in two ways: As a listener and as a performer. Keep watching for my ground breaking book, Music Under the Zodiac under the products heading on DSOworks.com. All kinds of goodies are starting to show up there.
The Music Preferred for Listening to by Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisces are inclined to listen to music that will stimulate their imagination. For this sign, sound is closely associated with visual images. Music expands their awareness as the eyes and ears connect. Pisces likes music that has a mystical feel to it. Compared to the other signs, preferred music can have a slower pace and be more lyrical. Pisces also enjoys counterpoint. Baroque music is high on the classical list. After all, the symbol of Pisces are fish swimming in opposite directions. Counterpoint is one line against another.
The Musical Performing Personality of Pisces
When playing in a group this sign needs to keep feelings under control. Remember, make the instrument laugh or cry. Not yourself. Playing a solo instrument like the piano is great. Guard against tendencies to play music under tempo. Use a metronome to set and keep the pace. As a soloist, keep building your self-confidence, By nature, they can belittle their talents. This is most often totally erroneous: This 12th zodiac sign has tremendous artistic gifts. Preferred musical instruments include piano, cello, violin, and viola.
Genesis: a la Sherlock Holmes. First, the mystery. In Genesis itself, we have references to a previous world. God was called by the name “Emesh”. אֶמֶשׁ .The references in the Torah are noted by Aryeh Kaplan. He was a physicist who became a mystical and Biblical scholar. His text that I use for my source is his book entitled, Sefer Yitsirah. The pre-Genesis world is alluded to and described as follows.
- Genesis 1:2 It was unformed and void.
- Genesis 31:29 “The God of your father, Emesh, said to me.” This was alluded to by Laban.
- Genesis 31:43 “And Emesh gave judgement.” This is alluded to by Jacob.
Keeping Sherlock Holmes on the Trail
In these blogs, I state a premise. This premise is affirmed by leading authors and archaeologists. The numerical essence of a deity (gematria) is found as the civilization’s key measure. A ruler also ruled by setting the standards of measure. Invaders obliterate the old standards of measure when they conquered a country. That can make clues even more difficult to find. The ancient foundations at Teotihuacan were also conceived by the “hunab” of 3.41 feet. The ancient deity referred to is Genesis, Emesh, אֶמֶשׁ, by using the rules of gematria, equals 341. Aleph = 1; mem=40; and shin = 300. Thus, 1 + 40 + 300= 341. The 3.41 foot “hunab” is the official standard of measure of various cultures in central America. Peter Tompkins, in his Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids, refers to the hunab’s discoverer: Hugh Harleston. Although Teotihuacan was developed in the 1st century AD, it was built on older ruins. Some schools of thought believe its foundation may even be even predate 4,000 B.C.
What Conclusion Might Sherlock Holmes Draw?
The conclusion is “elementary, my dear Watson”. There was “chaos” before the Creation in Genesis. Mystics explain that this happened because the vessels on the Tree of Life did not interact. In keeping to themselves, the vessels could not endure the pressure that resulted. There needs to be a free flow from one vessel to the next. As a consequence they broke. Their shards became the root of all evil. As the vessels on the Tree of Life need to interact, so do people. That’s why greatest teaching of all our true religious leaders is to practice love. If man becomes the vessel par excellence of love, then nothing will be shattered. We then can all enjoy a new era of peace and plenty.
Oquaga Spirit: At last, the poetry book by The Oquaga Spirit Speaks has arrived. Here is even better news. The price is only $2.99. See the products page on DSOworks. This spirit dwells around Oquaga Lake. She will make her presence known to any receptive ear. This essence from the Lennie Lenape tribe talked my ear off. I described her disposition in the poem, “The Oquaga Spirit”:
What a communicator was she
This sprite both blithe and free
So much she needed an ear
She ignored my tranquility.
INVITE THE OQUAGA SPIRIT TO YOUR WEDDING
The book’s 1st printing on this website includes 99 pages of poetry and pictures. Most pictures were taken by my family. The cover picture was taken by my daughter. She, like many other brides, loved getting married at Scott’s, right by the lake. Scott’s Oquaga lake House has been in business since 1869, It has been continuously owned and honorably run by the same Scott family. Son-in-law, Gary Holdridge, officiated at our daughter’s wedding. He is a both a captain and justice of the peace. A wedding on Scott’s Showboat of Song is “As Good As it Gets.” What makes this poetry book different from all others, you ask?
- Every poem was inspired in or around the Catskill Mountains.
- Most of the poetry was written while hiking in the early morning hours. As penned in the poem, “Get Thee A Walking Stick”:
He (the poet) beats the morning Sun
To catch beams of words.
Sometimes his eyes are blurry
The hour seems absurd.
- The spirit teaches solid moral values. Even visiting ministers have quoted her lines. I believe these two quatrains offer one of the reasons David wrote his psalms: To praise God. Here is an excerpt from the poem: Why God Created Man:
As a man needs praise
For good things he has done;
God also needs to hear
About his stars and Moon and Sun.
Fulfill your reason to be
Ignore not Divine intent
Daily sing his praises
Fulfilling your covenant.
Where else can you add joy, happiness, revive pleasant memories, or celebrate life in a meaning full way for only $2.99? Heed the words of the Oquaga Spirit. Read, and even memorize, her poems. Each one is a treasure. And yes, I’ve memorized them and practice their recitation, daily. I would be happy to do live poetry with picture programs. Contact me through DSOworks.com. for dates, prices and availability. Also. I will be shortly posting a front page thumbnail of me reciting a sample of the poetry.
Drink Youth from the Fountain of Music. I’ve had three primary mentors in my musical career. All have been productive and producing well into their eighties and/or nineties.
- Mischa Kottler was the official pianist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for some 30 years. He headed the piano department at Wayne Ste University in Detroit. When he visited us, at age 93, he was still able to play Chopin’s Minute Waltz which you can hear on the youtube presentation just below. You’d believe he was a mere youth.
A VISIT FROM THE LEGENDARY MISCHA KOTTLER
Mischa Kottler – A visit by the legendary piano instructor. Here’s how it all started: The phone rings. I pick it up and hear, “David, this is your piano teacher, Mischa.” I was incredulous . Having left Detroit, Michigan 10 years earlier, I remembered that Mischa Kottler was in his eighties just before I had moved to Sarasota. I said to the voice on the phone: “That’s a joke. Who is this, really?” He said: “It’s me, really. And I heard that you have more children than I know piano concertos.” Between that gruff Russian accent and his famous sense of humor, I knew it was him.
Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube (to be amazed beyond words, click on you tube words and watch)
Youth and My Next Mentor, Dave Rubinoff
(2) David Rubinoff, the world renowned violinist, was another mentor. The 1st thumbnail on DSOworks.com “Lost Concert Found” is of Rubinoff and I playing in New York. Immediately below is another presentation that features our work together. When he plays, youth hugs him.
Buckminister Fuller is a “comprehensive engineer”. How does everything interact was his question. Synergetics, his masterpiece, is such a book. It is not for the faint-hearted.
Buckminister Fuller, in Synergy 108.01-02, states how two prime events are tetrahedronally co-ordinated. Two triangles come together. They have open ends. They then create the 6 lined tetrahedron. The Star of David uses two triangles. When forming into a tetrahedron, they become left and right helixes. Their 6 edges then makes the 6-edged tetrahedron. Look the the picture of the tetrahedron. It has four corners, six edges and four faces.
Buckminister Fuller, David and His Shield: the Connection
As blogged about, letters actually doubled as numbers in antiquity. In today’s numerology, letters are merely assigned numbers by free association. David, in Hebrew, is spelled, dalet, vav, dalet. דוד (David). Hebrew goes from left to right. The first letter, a dalet, equals 4. The second letter, a vav, equals 6. The third letter, another dalet, equals 4. Here is the incredible connection. Both the hexagon and the tetrahedron define David.
- A tetrahedron has 14 topological features. Its 4 faces, 6 edges, and 4 corners, by gematria, reconstitute David’s name as dalet(4), vav (6), dalet(4).
- Two triangles interact to form the tetrahedron. The shield of David has two triangles.
Conclusion: Both the name “David” and his symbol represent a fundamental natural processes. It is called by the name, synergy. This is when the behavior of the whole is unpredictable by its parts. In this manner, two triangles of the star become four faces of the tetrahedron. Buckminister Fuller humorously illustrates this with the following equation: 1 + 1 = 4. This can happen when fruit, atoms or molecules are packed. The Biblical wisdom just in even a single name, but what a name, is awesome.
Autumn of 2014 was the last time I communed with the Oquaga Spirit on Oquaga Lake. Our family had many summers together at Scotts Oquaga Lake House in October,before the hard frost hit; we would pack our bags and return to Florida. I this regard we may have lived like some of the North American Indian tribes. The featured poem for this blog- "Walking"- is not in the upcoming book. The poem, however does give a sample of the spirit's communication.
WALKING THROUGH A FROSTY AUTUMN FIRE IN AUTUMN
A blanket of pure white frost
Glosses over the fields
As the Sun glistens upon it,
Scintillating colors it wields.
Green that once graced the summer
Is now frosted by the breath of cool.
Another season has made an appearance
As the thread of time unspools.
The frosty ground contrasts
The blazon leaves above:
Making a background of white
Against the rainbow colors I love.
A bush beams in delight,
Proud of her new red heraldry.
She shows off her brand new clothing
That even those faint of sight can see.
As the Sun continues to rise,
The frost begins to fade.
But the leaves maintain their inner warmth
On this masterpiece that nature has made.
The Oquaga Spirit Speaks has about 100 pages of poetry and pictures. I hope to post the book on the products page fairly soon. The picture evokes an image from a poem called "Change": "September's maple tree has spiraled leaves in red. So intense in tone, they look as though they've bled." One of my own goals is to tour as a poet. I've managed to memorize every poem in The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. A free audio thumbnail is also in the works. On the way down to Boca Grande, I practice reciting the poetry. This I do, as is said in music, "molto espressivo"-"with much espression". Just as the spirit insists.
A Code for the Cosmos, Sciences and Arts. This grid of numbers is the prime and most basic number square that can be built. Yet, it hides the most complex mathematical codes. An American Indian, female spirit from the matrilineal Lennie Lenope tribe explained the code to me. The tribe lived around Oquaga Lake. Her spirit would visit me on my daily walks around the lake. Her book of poetry (The Oquaga Spirit Speaks) will soon be available as a product on DSOworks.com.
EXAMPLES OF THE COSMOS AND THE 3 X 3 NUMBER SQUARE
This one square of numbers takes on three forms. It balances by ones, tens and hundred. Please read previous blogs. . It is a model for any “three in one”. Both Christian and Hindu Trinities partake of this model. It also finds its way into the Muslim and Jewish religions. As this square balances in three distinct ways; 3 x 9 (boxes) = 27 boxes:
- Muslims celebrate Ramadan on the 27th day of the 9th month.
- The Christian Bible has 27 chapters.
- The Greek concept of the 9 muses comes from this basic form.
- The 1st sentence of Genesis in Hebrew the Torah, by numerical equation totals 2701. Again, please review previous blogs where this is explained. Perimeter 1 around the central five (by single numbers = 40); perimeter two by tens equals 440 (overlap the digits). Perimeter three by hundreds = 2220 (straight reads by hundreds across each side of the square). Genesis adds these three perimeters as 40 + 440 + 2220 =2700. Then one is added for the Hebrew symbol “aleph”א , that begins the sentence. Number 2701 has special significance on the Tree of Life, but that’s another blog.
א בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ. 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. = 2701 by the practice called gematria
Only when you look past the visual barriers of the lines of the grid can you find the essence of the “three in one truth”. Buddha confirms this when he stated: that the “Tathagata”, who realizes full truth, is the one that has acquired three bodies. This seed of the magic squares is found as simple graph found under Buddhist spires.
Space and Time Coalesce on Route 66. This wonderful road is full of adventure for the traveler and mystic. Distinctly American pilgramages took place on this road. Now it is mostly historic.
Who among us does not remember the song “Get your kicks on Route 66”. Or the television show, Route 66. It stretches 2,448 miles from Chicago to LA. Both 66 and 2448 are higher charged ancient numbers. Are you ready for this adventure? Please bear with me. First, enjoy the king.
NOW FOR THE INTELLECTUAL KICKS ON ROUTE 66
- 66- oh my gosh! This is almost too hot to handle. It might take several blogs. First, the element of time. In the Torah, Yahweh is spelled yod, hei, vav, hei. These letters also represent the numbers 10,5,6, and 5 respectively. Ask any Hebrew speaking person. Their total is 26.The three tenses as spelled in Hebrew, past, present and future are spelled with the same three letters as Yahweh.
- It shows how God is eternal. The past is spelled Hei(5), yod(10), hei(5) = 20. Present is hei (5), vav(6), hei (5)= 16. Future is Yod (10) , hei(5), yod(10)+hei (5)= 30. Thus, 20 +16 + 30 =66.
- Oh, you say. It is just a co-incidence. Then how about this? In Islamic mystical tradition 66 is the numerical value of the name, Allah. (see The Mystery of Numbers by Annemarie Schimmel) All mankind belongs to the same marvelous tradition of God’s creation. Let’s learn what we have in common and share the peace that comes with it.
- Lastly. I will demonstrate how the elements of the zodiac (earth, air fire and water) reveal a secret code that represents actual chemical elements. Their total atomic number will be shown to be 66. That is for a future blog: The Hebrew word for the zodiac circle is “galgal”. Its numerical equivalent is 66 ( galgal).