Music editor was the theme for daughter on this special recording

Music Editor Smoke Screens and How to See Through

Music Editor Smoke Screens and How to See Through. Today I have a very special post. My daughter came over. She appears in the featured picture of a Florida Studio Theater Murder Mystery. Her name is Kathryn Parks. She asked me to record an audition song for her. She is an actress. She is the first actress from the left. After I recorded her music,  she asked: “So what can I do for you?”. I had no particular music prepared to record. But then I thought, how about a youtube-like piano lesson where I illustrate the frailties of musical editors. I certainly do not play my musical choice perfectly. It was a one-take, one- time spur of the moment type of thing. As a matter of fact, Kathryn was recording it on her telephone. Near the end of the Prelude, a little piece of music is missing. That’s when someone called. She blocked the call. But, it ate up 2 or 3 measures of playing. But nevertheless, in this video I do the following:

Playing the Prelude and Illuminating Music Editor Frailties

  1. Play the Prelude from the Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy. Dance Suites frequently started with a Prelude to settle down the audience. It was not uncommon to seat guests during the actual playing of  a prelude. During this time the pianist would give the audience an informal taste of what they could expect the hear.. He would also test the acoustics of the concert room or hall. Here I tested the capabilities of her telephone. Preludes were literally the warm up time for a concert in every sense of the word.
  2. Point to specific places in the music where I think the editor erred.
  3. Graphically show how lots of “busy work” markings does not necessarily mean the editor is competent.
  4. How the editor ignored the rests that Debussy placed in the music. Believe me, a genius like Debussy did not mark the rests out of boredom or hand fatigue.
  5. Last, but not least, show how to see through various types of what I personally believe are erroneous markings. Others may not think so.

Feel totally free to share this post on the music editor with friends. They might find it amusing.

What I use to demonstrate the keyword: music editor
Prelude definitely sets the musical and artistic tone for a concert.

A brief lesson on reading piano music: mis-markings and how to read through them properly. Sampling Debussy's Prelude from the Suite Bergamasque.

Posted by DSO Works on Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

This is a candidate for one of the ancient burial sites by its yin yang characteristics.

Ancient Burial Sites Used the Perfect Fifth Ratio 3/2

Ancient Burial Sites Used the Perfect Fifth Ratio 3/2. Many Neolithic cultures placed the numbers of harmonious ratios of musical intervals into their buildings and environment.   How can musical intervals possibly apply to burial sites? What was the purpose of seeking harmonious intervals for interment? Where and when did this happen?

  1. The tradition belongs to  yin-yang concept of the ancient Chinese
  2. The ideal was the 3/2 ratio. Three parts yang to 2 parts yin. 3/2 defines the musical interval of a perfect fifth. The higher note vibrates 3 times; for 2 of the lower.
  3. The tradition characterizes ancient burial sites in China. I found what I thought was such a location in Wiki commons. It is pictured as the ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN. See featured pictured above.
    railroad tracks interrupted the yin yang flow of ancient Chinese burial sites
    The natural flow of yin yang was thought to be interrupted by railroad tracks.

    The fifth has always been considered a perfect interval. In Western music, intervals are most commonly differences between notes of a diatonic scale. The smallest of these intervals is a semitone. In music, an interval ratio is a ratio of the frequencies of the pitches in a musical interval. For example, a just perfect fifth (for example C to G) is 3:2. There are only 3 perfect intervals in our scale system. They are the octave, fourth and fifth. They are called perfect for the following reason: They vibrate in whole number ratios from 1 to 4. They sound the most harmonious. Major and minor intervals vibrate with higher number integers. Note the following list:

    • The interval between C and D is a major 2nd (major second).
    • The interval between C and E is a major 3rd (major third).
    • The interval between C and F is a perfect 4th (perfect fourth).
    • The interval between C and G is a perfect 5th (perfect fifth).
    • The interval between C and A is a major 6th (major sixth).
    • The interval between C and B is a major 7th (major seventh).
    • The interval between C and C is a perfect 8th (perfect octave).

    Ancient Burial Sites share the 3 to 2 Perfect 5th ratio with other disciplines

    (1) Microbiotic cooking  uses the 3/2 ratio for healing. It advocates 3 foods that grow above the ground in addition to 2 that grow under.
    (2) Chinese geomancers detect yang and yin currents. Yang is the blue dragon, Yin is the white tiger. Yang current takes the path over steep mountains. Yin mainly flows over chains of low    hills. Most favored is where 2 streams meet surrounded by three parts yang and 2 parts yin.  That was the spot where Chinese ancient burial sites were built.

    Chinese believed that proper burial of ancestors controlled the course  of the surviving family’s fortune. Great dynasties are said to have arisen from proper placement of tombs. Also, the 1st action of a government facing rebellion was to destroy the family burial grounds of the revolutionary leaders.

    If Ancient Burial Sites are Beyond You, Here’s a Simple Musical Exercise to Help Your Health and Fortune

    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star incessantly uses the interval of the perfect fifth. So does Baa, Baa Black Sheep. Sing the first 4 notes of each. With both nursery rhymes, the interval between the 2nd and 3rd notes is a perfect  fifth. You have your choice: (1) Sing the first four notes over and over, Or (2) simply and just sing the 2nd and 3rd notes over and over.  Another choice is take piano lessons. Play Mozart.

     

 

Learning piano with the Best Piano Instructor, Mischa Kottler

Learning Piano With Mischa Kottler Thanks to My Dad

Learning Piano With Mischa Kottler Thanks to My Dad. This blog is in memory of my father. Much of the content will be in my eulogy for my father, Bernard Ohrenstein. He just passed away at age 97.  Dad was from Poland. He was a survivor from four years in the camps.

Learning piano with Mischa Kottler thanks to my father.
My father, Bernard Ohrenstein, saw to it that I studied with the best piano instructor, Mischa Kottler.

My father saw I had a flare for piano and composing. This was at age 11. He did everything possible to nurture that. I began composing as soon as we got the piano. He arranged for a solo concert of my eastern European flavored music at the local synagogue in Detroit. I was 12 years old when I played the concert.  Later that year wrote a musical play. He arranged for a presentation with renowned Detroit Mi  and Louisville Ky cantor,  Joseph Birnholtz.  I had been studying piano with a Mrs. Foster. At my 1st year recital I played the entire Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven from memory.

Learning Piano With Mischa Kottler

Dad then took me to the best, Mischa Kottler.  Mischa was  considered the finest teacher and prima piano player of Detroit. He headed the piano department at Wayne State University. He was the official pianist of the Detroit Symphony. He had his own radio program with WJR, On it, he played a different program every Sunday. My father paid for my college education and piano lessons with Mischa.

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aziJb4KAcwA
Dec 28, 2013 – Uploaded by Joseph Beels
It gets better: When 1st accepted by Mischa, you were placed on a waiting list. Lessons could even be 2 months apart. So what did my father do?  Being a jeweler, he made a solid gold ring. He then sent the ring to Italy to finest craftsman. The head of Beethoven was carved  intaglio on a sardonyx stone.   Beethoven was set into the ring.  My father’s plan worked. I got regular piano lessons. Mischa wore the ring at every concert he gave. It was his pride and joy.  So what came of my learning piano with Mischa?
  • Even at my current age, I play six nights weekly at the Gasparilla Inn. There, I’ve entertained two American Presidents. Guests have also included members of the British House of Lords. I am currently completing my 8th year.
  • I married a wonderful book writer-lyricist, Sharon Ohrenstein. Together, we write and produce shows. Below are short youtube samples. They are from our newest show entitled, Golden Roads. Thanks to my dad (and mom, of course) I’ve had a wonderful life filled with love and music. My advise to parents with children: Do any of the following: Give them piano lessons. Teach them to sing; or, to play any other instrument. Joy for everyone will follow. Feel free to share this with friends.
Learning piano with the Best Piano Instructor, Mischa Kottler

Mischa Kottler Student Endures on the Piano

Mischa Kottler Student Endures on the piano.  My father had a sense about me. We grew up in Detroit. I immediately took to the piano and composing. At age 12 I wrote  a piano concerto. I had only been playing the piano for 3 months.  I also played the complete Beethoven Moonlight Sonata from memory.This was at my first year piano recital.  We soon arranged for auditions with the best Detroit instructors.  Julius Chajes was the director of music at the Detroit Jewish Community Center.  Chajes suggested to go to Mischa Kottler since he was quite busy. Chajes also mentioned Karl Haas.  Haas was the creator and host of the nationally syndicated program, Adventures in Good Music.  Haas also suggested that I audition for MischaFinally, I went to Mischa Kottler. He is a brief description of him in Keyboard Magazine by one of his students student.

Haas suggested I become a Mischa Kottler student
Karl Haas also Referred Me to Mischa Kottler

Another notable Mischa Kottler student –  Greg Philliganes

From work with Stevie Wonder while still in his teens, to tours and recordings with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and Toto, Phillinganes’ massive discography reads like a “Who’s Who” of pop music, encompassing four decades.

From Greg Philliganes’ interview in Keyboard Magazine

“Sensing that I needed discipline more than anything else, my Mom managed to hook me up with a wonderful teacher named Mischa Kottler.  He was a no-nonsense Russian Jewish guy who could crack a pane of glass with one finger. He was a complete badass, and he cooled my attitude out immediately. I studied with him well into my teens.

What kinds of things were you studying with him?

I was studying technique and classical repertoire. He taught me a certain way of playing that I still use to this day: a sense of evenness where your wrists aren’t loose or moving up and down. It’s a totally linear way of playing, where there’s even movement in both hands so your wrists stay perfectly still. Misha would take two fingers and weigh them down on my wrists to keep them from moving. He instilled a sense of dexterity and definition in my playing. If I’m known for my speed and precision, it’s probably due to Mischa more than anything else. 

As a Mischa Kottler student

So, how did Mischa impact my career. I am playing my 8th season at the Gasparilla Inn on the exotic isle of Boca Grande. Management  thinks of me as part of their corporation. It’s amazing how well you a liked when you are good for business and morale. Management just reconditioned a vintage 1924 Steinway grand. What a difference it makes! “Beautiful, lovely, most enjoyable” …are a few of the positive adjectives. Very few people walk by the piano without patting me on the back. They invariably say, “Good job.” I play 6 nights weekly. This is through April 16. Earlier I  had been playing for some 15 years in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This was  at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. Another demanding job: Seven nights a week! Through the training of Mischa Kottler and the generousity and backing of my father, I’ve been enjoying a remarkable long career. I offer piano lessons in Sarasota. Below is a picture of the Gasparilla Inn.

As a Mischa Kottler student, I am proud to play at Boca Grande at the Gasparilla Inn for my 8th season
My piano playing has continuously taken me to the finest locations thanks to Mischa Kottler
Neolithic number eight is on the piano keyboard.

Minute Waltz Glimpse of Chopin’s Genius

Minute Waltz Glimpse of Chopin’ Genius. When a genius creates, everything he or she does is great. Such is the piano music of Frederic Chopin. The Minute waltz has a touching story attached to it. It was inspired by a dog. The dog belonged to his muse and girlfriend, George Sand.

Minute Waltz as a Glimpse into Genius
Chopin’s Minute Waltz offers a rare look at Polish rhythmic complexity

The “Minute Waltz” is the nickname for the Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 by Frederic Chopin. It was written in 1847. It is a piece of music for the piano. It is sometimes called “The Waltz of the Little Dog” (French: Valse du petit chien). This is because Chopin was watching a little dog chase its tail when he wrote it.[1] The little dog was “Marquis”. He belonged to Chopin’s friend George Sand. Marquis had befriended Chopin. The composer mentioned Marquis in several of his letters. In one letter dated 25 November 1846, Chopin wrote: “Please thank Marquis for missing me and for sniffing at my door.”[2]

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The waltz was published by Breitkopf & Härtel. It was the first of three waltzes in a collection of waltzes called Trois Valses, Op. 64. The publisher gave the waltz its popular nickname “Minute”. The tempo marking is Molto vivace (English: Very fast, very lively), but Chopin did not intend the waltz to be played in one minute as some believe. A typical performance will last between one and a half to two and a half minutes.[3][4]

The Complex Rhythms of the Minute Waltz Revealed

Just take a look at my 5 measure excerpt above for this:

  • The treble staff has the 2 beat motif of four eighth notes in measures 1 and 2.  The motif  is repeated many times during the waltz.
  • The scale that follows in has 8 eighth notes. They cover 4 beats.
  • Measures 4 and 5 have a dotted quarter note beginning each measure. The entails 1½ beats each.
  • Also in 4 and 5, following the dotted quarter are 3 eighth notes. Each 3 note phrase lasts for 1½ beats.
  • Finally, against all this melodic complexity, we find  a steady 1-2-3 beat in the left hand. It takes the form of “Bass-chord-chord.”

So Where Can I Hear David (this blogger) Play Chopin’s Minute waltz?

I am still booked six days a week through April 14 at the Gasparilla Inn. It is on the Florida isle of Boca Grande. There I get my choice of 2 vintage steinway Grand pianos. I played in the “living room” from 6:20 to 7:00 pm. Then I go in the dining room and play from 7 – 9 pm. See you there.

Chopin's Minute Waltz can be heard nightly at this setting on an exotic island
Gasparilla Inn where the music of Frederic Chopin is heard on vintage Steinway grands nightly as played by David Ohrenstein

 

Career - here is where Beethoven wrote many great works

Career – Circumstances that Bolstered Beethoven’s

Career – Circumstances that Bolstered Beethoven’s. Here is a brief summary of his accomplishments from Wikipedia: Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 in Bonn[1] – 26 March 1827 in Vienna) was a German composer. He wrote classical music for the piano, orchestras and different groups of instruments. His best-known works are his third (“Eroica”), fifth, sixth (“Pastorale”) and ninth (“Choral”) symphonies, the eighth (“Pathetique”) and fourteenth (“Moonlight”) piano sonatas, two of his later piano concertos, his opera “Fidelio”, and also the piano piece Für Elise. When he was a young man, he was a talented pianist. Beethoven was popular with the rich and important people in Vienna, Austria, where he lived.

So, What Bolstered His Career?

Obviously, he played for rich and important people. But, he also held his music in the highest of esteem. Higher than even the royalty,  At the time he lived in Vienna. It was the day of the amateur pianist. Aristocrats played the piano. They had a conception of how difficult mastery was. Prince Ferdinand Josel Lobkowitz was one of three that guarenteed him a life long income as long as he stayed in Vienna. This Prince had his own quartet. He played music all day long. Archduke Rudolph was a pianist who took lessons with Beethoven himself. He contributed to his income. The 3rd was Prince Ferdinand Kinsky. He loved vocal music. The times, Beethoven’s location and his incomparable genius launched his carrer. You could say, the right person at the right time. If the times are not quite right for you, be patient. Times also change in cycles. We are over due for lots of wonderful new happenings in the arts.

Beethoven drawing his inspiration from nature around the woods of Vienna

I have a special connection to Beethoven. It is being 5 generations removed by teaching lineage. Beethoven taught Carl Czerny. Czerny taught Franz Liszt. Liszt taught Emil von Sauer. Sauer taught my piano teacher, Mischa Kottler. I studied with Kottler for some 15 years. One of Beethoven’s inventions, I was told, was the prepared thumb. Also, the 2 note phrase was used to “divide and conquer” many difficulties. Enjoy my youtube presentation called the Paris Piano connection. You can hear me play 6 nights weekly at the Boca Grande Gasparilla Inn. I have a just newly reconditioned 1924 Steinway concert grand. This will be my 8th year of 6 nights  weekly from Dec. 20 – April 14, 2017. I also have a couple of openings for piano lessons in Sarasota. The Beethoven tradition of my lineage of teachers must be kept alive!

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Learning piano with the Best Piano Instructor, Mischa Kottler

Happiest Unplanned Moment of My Life and Mischa Kottler

Happiest Unplanned Moment of My Life and Mischa Kottler.  For some 17 years I studied piano with a great master, Mischa Kottler. He prepared me, as a pianist, to play for heads of state from around the world as well as Presidents of the United States.    Among his students were counted; Ruth Loredo, Cynthia Raim and Seymour Lipkin.  One of his students was Greg Phillinganes.  From work with Stevie Wonder while still in his teens, to tours and recordings with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and Toto; Phillinganes’ massive discography reads like a “Who’s Who” of pop music, encompassing four decades. Mischa defied time. At age 93 he paid us a surprise visit in Sarasota home. There he played Chopin’s Minute Waltz.  So what, you ask? He played it with double notes in the right hand.  Instead of single notes he played 3rds, 4th, and 5th in with one hand. The tempo of its fast pace was never lost. Fortunately, this feat can be witnessed on youtube. Single notes at that speed a difficult enough, Alfred Cortot, his teacher also plays it but  with single notes. Many students feel the compulsion to outdo their teachers. Mischa did.

From Greg Philliganes’ interview in Keyboard Magazine and his Quote of Mischa Kottler 

“Sensing that I needed discipline more than anything else, my Mom managed to hook me up with a wonderful teacher named Mischa Kottler.  He was a no-nonsense Russian Jewish guy who could crack a pane of glass with one finger. He was a complete badass, and he cooled my attitude out immediately. I studied with him well into my teens.

Many of My Happiest moments were my piano lessons with Mischa Kottler
I studied with Mischa in Detroit from age 14. The same year I was ready to go to college, he was appointed head of the piano department at Wayne State University. I studied with him through my Master’s Degree.

Happiest Moment Comes With an Unplanned Visit by Mischa

In 1993 I get a phone call. In context, I had no contact with Mischa for some 16 years. I thought he was no longer with us. The voice on the phone said: “David, this is your piano teacher, Mischa Kottler.” I was sure it was a joke. The heavy Russian accent went on to say: “I hear you have more children than I know piano concertos.” At that moment I nearly collasped. It was him. I recognized his dry humor. Guess what? He visited our home and gave me piano lessons “in exchange” for hospitality. Naturally, he would have been most welcome even without the piano lessons.

Mischa with our children in one of our happiest moments
Certainly, Mischa knew more piano concertos than I had children!

My advise to children. Learn to play the piano. It will allow you to someday talk about the happiest moments of your life. We are about to enter an era where beautiful is once more in vogue. Beautiful piano playing will lead the way. I still have a couple openings for piano lessons in Sarasota. Also, I am about to begin my 8th year playing a wonderfully  reconditioned Steinway Concert Grand at the famed Gasparilla Inn on the isle of  Boca Grande. It probably has the sweetest sound of any  piano anywhere. See you there December 20th-April 14. I play 6 nights a week.  And yes, Mischa stays with me, in my heart.

Where to stay for the happiest moments of your life!
The Gasparilla Inn.

 

Chopinesque also includes baroque techniques

Chopinesque Includes a Love of J.S. Bach

Chopinesque Includes a Love of  J.S. Bach. My piano instructor was Mischa Kottler. In the 1920’s Kottler went to Europe. He had a recommendation from Sergei Rachmaninoff to study with Alfred Cortot. From Cortot, Kottler  learned  about the influences on Chopin’s compositional style. These influences  included Polish folk music, the classical tradition of J. S. Bach, Mozart and Schubert.  Mischa also emphasized how crucial study of J.S. Bach was for playing Chopin properly. So how this affect my musical education?

My Chopinesque Education at Wayne State University

I received both  Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Wayne State University. While at Cass Tech High School, I began my studies with Mischa Kottler. Before I even graduated high school, Mischa was appointed head of the piano department at the university. They gave him a studio right next door to the head of the Liberal Arts Music Department’s office. In this manner those applying could hear the most wonderful music issuing forth next door. You could always tell when the student was playing and when Mischa was playing. Mischa used a phrase for good piano instruction. He called it: “going through the mill.” The “mill” included a continual stream of J.S. Bach. As soon as you completed one book of Bach’s works, he took you to the next level. These volumes included:

Works for keyboard (BWV 772–994)
  • Inventions and Sinfonias
  • Four Duets from Clavier-Übung III
  • English Suites
  • French Suites
  • Miscellaneous suites
  • Partitas for keyboard (published as Clavier-Übung I)
  • French Overture, from Clavier-Übung II

Properly playing baroque counterpoint was key to effective Chopin. Cortot felt this was mainly to be acquired by playing Bach. When Kottler gave his lessons excercises came first, They would include finrst  finger independence exercises, then Czerny, Cramer etc. Then came Bach. Afterwards  came classical sonatas, romantic works and something 20th century-ish. Chopin was Mischa’s favorie composer. Below is a sample of him playing the minute waltz by Chopin. As you listen to the work, his virtuoso counterpoint is simply incredible. Who today could play it like Mischa? In the meanwhile, I am available for piano lessons in Sarasota until the season in “kicks in.” A vintage Steinway grand from 1924 was just rebuilt by management for my 8th year at the Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. See you there starting Dec. 20 Through April 14. I play six nights weekly.

Where you may hear the Chopinesque playing of David Ohrenstein
Home of a magnificent just rebuilt vintage Steinway Grand from the 1920’s. Larry Keckler, a master technician, just rebuilt it. David plays here 6 nights weekly starting Dec, 20th.
In meekness Bach said he wrote music for instruction

Fifths of Tones Sets the Future & Was the Neolithic Standard

Fifths of Tones Sets the Future and was the Neolithic Standard.  Why the featured picture? The answers are all on the piano keyboard. Piano playing develops a talent for working with numbers. The solfeggio of the fifth set the way for the building of Neolithic temples. In Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tones Do and So are the 5th.  Do to So are a prototype for all fifths. The ancient  temples used specific diatonic tones. The fifth relationship (3 to 2 ratio) was there. The only difference was the set specific tones. They were the fifth of  A to E in Neolithic times; not the C to G as pictured on this staff.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) theatrical poster.jpg and Fifths
The Interval of the Last 2 Notes of its Famous 5 Note Theme Were At the Core of Neolithic Building.

Ancient diatonic tones had a primary fifth. The lower was set at A-440 vibrations per second. The higher was E-660 vibrations per second. Various historical cultures set the numbers of these tones into their own units of measure.  Instruments dating  back to the Sumerian times have been found. We know of their vibrations per second.

Neolithic cultures thrived on number squares. That’s what I have blogging about on DSOworks. Please read them all. This is lost knowledge that I have found. They also had knowledge of the hidden number codes on the 3 x 3 number square.

Neolithic Musical Fifths Come From Here
Musical Fifths Are Hidden in An Ancient Number Code That Once was the Banner of a Golden Age of Peace and Plenty
  • Consider the 3 x 3 number square by double numbers:  First we view horizontally: (49 + 35 + 81 + 94 + 53 + 18) + (92 + 57 + 16 + 61 + 75 + 29) = 660.  Now view vertically: (43 + 95 + 27 + 34 + 59 + 72) + (83 + 15 + 67 + 38 + 51 + 76) = 660. That numbers our diatonic “E”.
  • Consider the perimeter of 3 x 3 number square by overlapping double numbers as:  49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. Reverse the numbers and get the same total. That numbers our diatonic “A”.

We have just found the following: (1) The lower diatonic “A” 440 of the fifth. (2) The higher interval of the fifth. That is, E- 660. Many readers are experiencing this information for  first time.  Please recognize that  Neolithic, priestly ancestors knew this over 6,000 years ago.  How did I come by this knowledge? On Oquaga Lake an Indian Spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe was anxious to share her wisdom with me. Below is a free sampling of her poetry. Enjoy!

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Relaxation is Now as Close as Your CD Player.

Relaxation By Listening to Our Music for Dancing

Relaxation By Listening to Our Music for Dancing. Sharon, myself (David) and family lived for about 15 long summer seasons in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Ballroom dancing took place every evening. Before the evening fun, classes were given at various times of the day on the dancing styles.Guest artists gave demonstrations before the festivities began at 7:00 pm. People literally decked themselves out “to the max” at nightfall.  I was part of “The Lakeshore Four” For years they included:

  • “Scotty” with vocals and on drums
  • Gary Holdridge on vocals and the organ
  • Ronnie Drumm on the trumpet
  • Myself, David, on the piano.
  • We often had a guest singer (Chuck Williamson) and sometimes other instrumentalists.
Relaxation by Dancing or Simply Listening
Our Daughter Has Her Picture on Our New Ballroom Dancing CD. It is available by the song or Album. Free Samplings on our front page banner of DSOworks.com

FOR RELAXATION WHY NOT TRY BALLROOM DANCING?

For years in season this went on 7 nights weekly for 5 months straight! Where can musicians get such employment today?  In this regard, I’m lucky I had a wonderful piano instructor, Mischa Kottler.  He showed me how to play so as to avoid injuries   (Currently am offering piano lessons in Sarasota to pass on his knowledge).  Oquaga Lake was a special for relaxation.  I wrote most of the music for our ballroom dancing CD at Scotts. Sharon had the time our fabulous instrumental arrangements for the CD. I was also inspired to write a book of poetry. I sense that an Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe dictated the poems. At one time one of their tribes lived around the lake. It is also available as a product on DSOworks.com. Indeed, many creative artists were inspired by the Catskills. Irving Berlin had a home at Lou Beach about 50 miles down the road. Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) wrote in the Catskills. He was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short storiesRip Van Winkle” (1819) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820), both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.  The Catskills is simply wonderful for creativiity and the simple life. I, for one, hope it makes a comeback. Beautiful is now chic.

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