Will Rogers Plays Had a Place in My Life Through Rubinoff. For years I worked with “Rubinoff and His Violin.” He always would praise Will Rogers. Rubinoff stated in his autbiography: “Will used to give me advice. He was a happy fellow and a pleasure to be near. Will advised me on timing, how to time my gestures, how to get the audience to do my bidding, and how to talk to provoke the appropriate responses.” This quote is from Rubinoff’s book, Dance of the Russian Peasant. His wife, Dame Darlene Rubinoff, co-authored the book with her husband. Maestro Rubinoff always paid homage to Will Rogers at his concerts.
Will Rogers Plays:
William Penn Adair Rogers was born on November 4, 1879, in present-day Oologah, Oklahoma—then part of Indian territory. … Himself part Cherokee, Rogers socialized with both indigenous people. Interest in Will Rogers plays found its way into a hit Broadway show: The Will Rogers Follies is a musical with a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman.
It focuses on the life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers, using as a backdrop the Ziegfeld Follies, which he often headlined, and describes every episode in his life in the form of a big production number.
He gave Rubinoff a gigantic pocket watch. Will had the poem below engraved on its back. Will also included his picture with Dave with the following inscription: “To the greatest fiddler in the world. Your Pal, Will Rogers 1932.” Rubinoff recited it at every single concert. Audiences loved it. Here are some paraphrases::
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time we own,
So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.
Conclusion: So many were jealous of Rubinoff. Musicians frequently were contemptuous about how he pandered to the public. However, they were really jealous of his income. In the 1930’s he made as much as $500,000/year. Now I offer a present to all my readers. Here is a free youtube link to Rubinoff and I, performing at our last concert in 1984. And yes, he’ll show off his Will Rogers pocket watch. You can hear the thunderstorm at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House during the concert. Oh yes, please share. This is happy and entertaining!
Travel Golden Roads With Our New Musical. The featured picture is a reference to Sharon and myself. We are called “The Ohs.” This is short for Ohrenstein. Famed artist, Harold Weiner, drew this for us as a thank you for a charity event that we did for the Sarasota Music Archives.
Meir’s GOLDEN ROADS: A One Woman Musical About Golda Meir. This original musical was written by the performers: Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, singer, actor, librettist; and David Ohrenstein, pianist- composer. Broadway director, Carlo Thomas, gave the one woman show a wonderful, big time, New York, aura. From Golda’s dream to its realization, Sharon plays multiple characters. Her characters include:
Blume (Golda’s mother).
Morris (her husband)
Her sister, Sheyna
Zion (a spirit character)
Numerous other male and female characters
OUR MUSICAL OFFERS THE FOLLOWING
The musical will work in any sized theater.
It can also be booked for a limited run or as a special event. For example, for a fund raiser, luncheon or after dinner show.
The musical has several length options
The set is simple and basic. L & O have both portable Yamaha piano and sound.
For more information or price quote: email – email@example.com
We are all on a pilgramage as we travel the Golden Roads. We all seek the precious jewels of happiness, peace and plenty found on this road. Learn about this one woman born into poverty and persecution. Through her own will power and hard work she overcame these hardships.
Travel Golden Roads With Golda Meir
Our Golden Roads symbolizes the journey some must take to find a better future. Golda’s was quite dramatic:
As a child, Golda was nearly trampled to death by stampeding Cossacks riding horses. Her passion became having a safe home.
Be entertained by the beautiful voice of Sharon Lesley and piano artistry of David. Enjoy the beautiful melodies that punctuate the show. Be enthralled about with the story how one woman’s courage and determination helped to rebuild a nation for millions.
Our New York veteran director is Carlo Thomas. He has received positive reviews from Hal Prince, Irving Lowens of the Washington Star, and Werner Vollmann of the Associated Press in Vienna. As a bass, he has appeared in many operas, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Queen of Spades. He has sung on opera stages in Italy. He personally worked with Broadway composers Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin. Carlo has helped to shape our show and provided exciting projections.
Travel Golden Roads and Make Money
This one woman show, featuring Sharon, is a money maker. Call or contact DSOworks@gmail.com today to arrange for your special afternoon or evening with Golden Roads. It was SRO as Golda opened the 2017 Sarasolo Festival held at Sarasota’s Crocker Memorial Church. Don’t be shy! Please share with friends.
Fourfold Orientation Comes from a Number Square. Even numbered squares of antiquity have 4 central numbers. The 4 x 4 number square is key. It is the first even numbered square. The compass also orients by fourfold. It is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions (or points). Usually, a diagram called a compass rose shows the directions north, south, east, and west. On the compass it is as abbreviated initials N,S,E,W:
The number square balances and orients by numbers.
The compass balances and orients direct or geography.
Fourfold Orientation and How the Central Numbers Hold All Potential
The four numbers at the center of the 4 x 4 number square are are: 6, 11, 7 and 10. Do the following operations:
Draw a diagonal so that 6 and 11 are crossed by a diagonal line.
Then cross 7 and 10 by another. Multiply these two sets of central numbers. We get 66 and 70.
Then add both sets together. Thus, (6 x 11) + (7 x 10) = 136.
Next, add all the numbers from one to sixteen. Their total is also 136.
This means the center of the 4 x 4 number square computed in such a fashion, holds the entire sum of numbers of that square. This is also true for all even numbered squares. It is a mathematical law.
Creation in Genesis draws on the featured picture. Our Creator describes his work on each day as “good.” In Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. They shared the same symbol. “Good” in Hebrew is Tov (טוב). Viewed as numbers, these letters total 17. Hebrew words are read from right to left. The first letter is 9. The second is 6. The third symbol is for #2. Thus, 9 + 6 + 2 = 17. Next, look at the featured picture. Any two opposite numbers around the perimeter total 17. Examples: (1 + 16) or (12 + 5) or (8 + 9). This was God’s favored number square for Genesis. Thus, having a “good day” is having a productive day. Is that good for business or what?
Fourfold Orientation is also Basic to Mankind
A fourfold compass regarding the psyche is basic according to Carl G. Jung. It explains the means through which the conscious orients to experience. Below, the seasons, is another.
Sensation is sense perception. It tells you something exists.
Thinking tells you what it is.
Feeling determines whether or not it is agreeable.
Intuition tells you where it came from and where it’s going.
Many blogs will appear about the fourfold orientation.
Roses Contain Mysteries and are Favored by Mystics. First, consider the visible side of roses. Leaves on the bushes come in clusters. These clusters can be comprised of 3,5 or 7 leaves. It has been proven that:”If you want the rose bush to keep blooming, cut the branches between clusters of five and three leaves.” For the roses to continuously blossom, they must be cut between the Fibonacci numbers 3 and 5. Also significant for this blog: The rose has 5 strong petals and 13 weaker. Now the mysticism begins. The background for this blog is the preference that Neolithic cultures showed for number squares.
ROSES CONTAIN MYSTERIES THAT APPLY TO NUMBER SQUARES
Here are the two number squares that the rose draws on. Neolithic cultures knew that nature works on these squares. Today, many have yet to realize this. The 5 strong petals and 13 weaker draw on the key central numbers of 3 x 3 and 5 x 5. The core number of the 3 x 3 is #5. The core number of the 5 x 5 square is #13.
Fibonacci Series Shares the Key Numbers With Roses
Fibonacci numbers grow numbers grow by adding the two previous numbers to arrive at the next larger number. We thus find: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,34…….The series can continue infinitely.Life both favors and significantly uses the ratio of these consecutive numbers. Note: The Fibonacci numbers that form the petals of the rose: 5 and 13. As the series develops, the ratio of the by which the larger of the two is greater than the smaller gets closer and closer to the infinite number of phi: 1.618… That number is called by the Greek word, phi, or the Golden Section. The definitive phi number can never be reached. It is an irrational number that extends to infinity. Could that be why man will always fall short of immortality?
ANOTHER BIG ROSE CO-INCIDENCE
Consider the following about roses contain mysteries: I have already blogged extensively about these bullet points below . Both 5 and 13 define the strong petals on a rose. Both 5 and 13 define the core of the 1st two odd numbered squares as pictured above. The co-incidence extends to regular and semi-regular polyhedrons:
There can only be 5 regular polyhedrons.
There can only be 13 semi-regular polyhedrons.
The knowledge of many of prehistoric civilizations was also preserved by planting roses in Jerusalem. This knowledge today calls for a new vision of peace and co-operation. Let roses lead the way. Hooray for flower power!
Neolithic Magic Squares Shape Temple Foundation. First, what are Neolithic magic squares? They are just like any other magic square. Magic squares only require the sum of each row, column and diagonal be equal. 
Many of the blogs on DSOworks are about how Neolithic cultures used number squares. What started me on an unusual journey was a presence around Oquaga Lake. It told me, “If you wish to understand the source of ancient culture, look more closely at the 3 x 3 magic square.” Even better, it then revealed the hidden number codes that it contains. I sensed the presence was a spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe of American Indians. Through the hidden codes it explained, I was able to duplicate the dimensions of the foundations of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.
Any two opposite numbers total ten. Here some pairs: 4 + 6 = 10. Or, 9 + 1 = 10. The central number is 5. I call it C-1. The perimeter totals 40 (4 x 10). I call it P-1.
By two numbers at the time: 49 + 61 = 110. Another, 29 + 81 = 110. If it crosses the center, it’s dual to itself: 59 + 51 = 110. Or, 15 + 95 = 110. This number, 110 can be pulled out of the square in 16 different ways. Then the central number is 55. I call it C-2. The perimeter’s 8 double numbers total 440 either way. As 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 + 49 + 92 = 440. I call 440 P-2.
It works three numbers at the time: 492 + 618 = 1110. Or, 951 + 159 = 1110. This number can be pulled out of here it 8 different ways. The perimeter totals 2220, It also works in either direction three numbers the time, corner to corner. 276 + 618 + 834 + 492 = 2220. I call this perimeter P-3.
Hidden Codes in Neolithic Magic Squares Measured a Key Foundation
For me, evidence of the use of the Neolithic Magic Squares was in a syndicated press release. The paper I will refer is the Beaver County Times. It is dated April 14, 1995. Yitzchak Magen, Israel’s chief archaeologist for the West bank of Israel, made a find. His discovery came from the writings of ancient Roman historian, Flavius Josephus. At the time of the 2nd temple, Menashe was a high priest in Jerusalem. He married a Samaritan, Nikosa. He was told to either leave his temple or leave his wife. He chose to leave the temple. However, he got another temple. The Samaritan leadership made him their priest. Then they built an exact replica of the Jerusalem Temple. Magen’s team uncovered the temple foundations on Mt Gerizim. It is in the Palestinian town of Nablus. The rectangular perimeter of the temple foundations measures 560 x 400 feet.
Here’s how the formula fits: (C-3) + (C1) = 560. In feet this numbers the length. The length is derived with the central number code of fives as 555 + 5 = 560.
For the width, two perimeter numbers from the same grid were used. ( P-2 of 440) – (P-1 of 40) = 400.
Conclusion: (1) We don’t need flying saucers to explain unusual co-incidences. (2) Oquaga Lake is sacred. (3) When we see the simple unity that everything shares, it’s an easy step to worldwide peace.
Sleep Therapy as per the Oquaga Spirit. I have been so fortunate. My family and I spent at least 15 beautiful summers on Oquaga Lake. The entire family got to go with me. I was employed as the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. As a result I have added another profession: That of a working poet. Scott’s is located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains of New York state. There, I met the presence of a spirit. I call it the Oquaga Spirit. “In the mornings I’d stroll and the spirit would be afloat.” The spirit spoke in poetic verse. The verse was mostly in simple quatrains in triple meter. A square four or angular two has dominated business, music, dance and poetry. Get ready for a soothing new wave of triple meter. As the spirit states: Return ye to the waltzes of Vienna. Incidentally, I am currently playing the piano at the Sarasota Crab and Fin on St Armand’s Circle. See events on DSOworks.com. Come and listen to me outdoors and enjoy beautiful melodies of Strauss waltzes.
So What did the Oquaga Spirit Say About Sleep Therapy?
The spirit’s poem is from the “The Morning lake in July”. I sensed the spirit to be a female American Indian from the Lennie Lenope tribe. They, at one time. lived around the lake. Also, be sure to listen to the free youtube video above of me reciting some of this spirit’s wonderful poems.
The morning lake in July
Has no wrinkles or crinkles.
Its flat facade gently flows
Marked only by a few sprinkles.
Just like a youthful lad
Whose skin is smooth and healthy
Without a care and trouble free
As if he were quite wealthy.
But later in the day,
When the winds begin to blow,
And boats are out by the dozens,
It’s then that age will show.
The next morning with the rising Sun,
The lake is once more new.
Just like us, after a good night’s sleep
We dispel the feeling of blue.
Angelic Media to paraphrase a Great Comedian. For years I was the piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I had the privilege to accompany many comedians. Al Smith was one of my favorites. It was one of my busiest times: Seven days a week I performed the following afternoon and evening schedule:
3:30 I played on a showboat sing-a-long that went around Oquaga Lake. Fun,fun,fun!
4:30 I sometimes played the afternoon feature show.
6-7 Elegant music for the dinner hour.
7:30 -9:00 played with The Lake-Shore Four dance band
9-10:30 Played for feature shows. Al Smith was frequently called upon. Audiences loved him.
10:30 until closing: For dancing until everyone dropped.
So What is the Angelic Media All About?
When I worked with Al Smith, I was in awe of his timing of his excellent comic rhythm. During his show, Ray Scott, the owner, would be on the drums. Gary Holdridge, son in law, would play the organ. Al had funny stories and many one liners. He also would play banjo classics during his act. Included, of course, was Oh Susanna. One of his most memorable lines, in my opinion, is: “My wife is an angel….She’s always in the air harping about something.” Why was this so funny? Because of the double meaning of “harpy”. Its intended meaning had to do with the Greek concept of harpies. In Greek mythology and Roman mythology, a harpy (plural harpies, Greek: ἅρπυια,harpyia, pronounced [hárpyi̯a]; Latin: harpȳia) was a half-human and half-bird personification of storm winds, in Homeric poems.
Now, How does This Tie into the Angelic Media?
The news, in general, seems to continually harp on a few subjects. They have an obsession with statistics. Here is what the Oquaga Spirit has to say on this fixation. The poem which I quote is from the Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It is entitled: News. The entire book is available as a product on DSOworks.com
Mercury-Hermes ran past
Wearing wing-tipped shoes.
I asked him why he hurried?
He said he carried news.
And so it is with man
Who must be in the know;
News must travel quickly’
Or in the trash it goes.
He dashes to the station
Where it will be broadcast
At the speed of light
To regions remote and vast.
But I just take my time
Walking down the path.
Hermes carries statistics.
I enjoy nature’s math.
Disappearing Mailboxes Out- Dates a Work of Art. Famed cartoonist, Harold Winer, created a number of illustrations for us. They were a thank you present. At one time he was associated with the Sarasota Music Archives. My wife Sharon, and myself, do musical charity work. The Sarasota Music Archives was one of the beneficiaries. It has one of the finest collections of sheet music in the country. As a thank you, Harold Winer gave us a number of art works. The Ohs is short for our last name, Ohrenstein.
Mail boxes have pretty much disappeared; yet, Sharon and I are still performing. We have started to write our own. I have always been a composer. Sharon writes the lyrics and book. Most recently, we wrote Golden Roads. It was the opening show for the Sarasolo festival. Carlo Thomas is our director. We thank him for his help. He guided our rehearsals. Also, he provided about 2 dozen artistically made posters. During the course of the presentation, Sharon co-ordinates the dialogue with the pictures. Our show sold out, SRO. On the positive side, the mail is still there. Only, it is called e-mail. Speaking of which, please feel free to share this e-mail with friends. Let’s have many new shows of all typesthat can offer us rides on Golden Roads.
Special Birthday for My Teacher, Mischa Kottler. How many people can still be outstanding in their fields of endeavor when they are in their nineties? I guess that when you are that aged, every birthday is a special birthday. The active aging honor mostly goes to creative artists and musicians. When Mischa Kottler was 94, he flew, without escort, to Sarasota to visit us. “Us” is my wife, three children and me. He shows up at the Sarasota-Bradenton airport sporting a handsome blue sport coat wearing a baby blue colored French beret. Music kept him young and vital until his last days. He stayed with us for weeks at our Sarasota home. There I was lucky to receive regular piano lessons from this great master once more. For our family and friends he flawlessly played the version of Chopin’s Minute Waltz that on youtube below. Another famous musician who actively lived into his nineties was James Hubert “Eubie” Blake (* 7 February 1 887  in Baltimore , Maryland ; † 12. February 1983 in New York City , New York ). He was an American jazz pianist and – Composer who influenced the development of Ragtime and early jazz. Music and the arts definitely offer “a retirement profession.”
Chopin-Kottler Waltz 6 in D♭ major, Op 64~1
Special Birthday and a Special Man, Mischa Kottler
Mischa Kottler was a pianist, born in 1899. As a young man in New York, he played for Sergei Rachmaninoff, impressing Rachmaninoff with his own third piano concerto. Rachmaninoff recommended Kottler study in Europe; he went and became a student of Alfred Cortot in Paris and Emil von Sauer in Vienna, the latter being a pupil of the great Franz Liszt. Back in the United States, Kottler was lead pianist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 1933 he became musical director of WWJ radio in Detroit. He was chairman of the Piano Department at Wayne State University, and was a major influence on young pianists.
To this day I am also still actively sporting my piano profession. From Christmas to Easter I play 6 days/week in Boca Grande at the Gasparilla Inn. It is a favorite spot for VIP’s. I’ve recently completed my 8th year at the Inn. On the summer season, I just started playing on St. Armand’s Circle at the Sarasota Crab and Fin. I also offer piano lessons in Sarasota to aspiring musicians. Check out events on DSOworks.com
Significant Rests determine Wedding or Funeral. Does a composer write rests into his music or not? If he does, the rests have a very specific function. They add lightness or breathing space into the music. We would expect a lack of rests in a funeral march due to its somber nature. On the other hand, we would expect rests in a Bridal Chorus. On the basic level: A funeral is a sad and heavy occasion = few, if any rests. A wedding is lighter and definitely joyful. We would expect quite a number of rests. Significant rests, and other factors determine the difference. One of the most tradition funeral marches was written by Chopin. While, the most traditional wedding march for the processional was written by Wagner.
Frédéric Chopin‘s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor, Op. 35, popularly known as the Funeral March, was completed in 1839 at Nohant, near Châteauroux in France. However, the third movement, whence comes the sonata’s common nickname, had been composed as early as 1837. It was played at the graveside during Chopin’s own burial at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Wagner wrote a bridal chorus in Lohengrin. It uses a similar opening rhythm to Chopin’s Funeral March. The basic pattern of Chopin‘s motif is (1) quarter note, (2) dotted eighth, followed by (3) a 16th note, and another (quarter note). However, the musical motif of Wagner‘s wedding march lightens the mood with two rests. They are the 8th and 16th note rests in the featured picture. I suggest the pianist observe these rules when playing for either occasion:
When performing the wedding march, release the damper pedal during the rests. This pedal adds heaviness to the music and the occasion. Rather, let the rests come through and punctuate the melody.
Conversely, when playing the funeral march plenty of damper pedal is just fine.
Yes, I am available as a pianist for all occasions.