personified seasons

Personified Seasons by an Indian Spirit

Personified Seasons by an Indian Spirit. Ah, the Catskill Mountains. So many poets and artists got their start there. Most recently several episodes of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel were filmed at a Catskill resort where I worked.  My extended employment was over 15 Summer seasons. The resort, Scott’s Oquaga Lake House, is definitely enchanted:   

personified seasons
Personified seasons by an American Indian spirit is to be found at this remarkable place. The Summer of filming at Scott’s of the Marvelous Mrs Maisel was magical. You can watch the series on television and see Scotts including a big fireworks display.

Seasons Personified  By an Indian Spirit

“The poet’s on the prowl, looking for his prey, seeing which subject he’ll write about today.” – These words pretty much summarized what happen over two summer seasons. This spirit, a female of the Lennie Lenape tribe, talked my ear off. Her poems had a definite format, quatrains in triple meter. At one time this tribe had dwellings around the lake. As a matter of fact, hearsay says the owner, Ray Scott, is part American Indian! The Scott family had great respect for the pristine land and lake. It was a pleasure to work for them. Also, they loved their entertainers. At the end of the day, around 11:00 pm, they’d always always indulge their entertainers in Perry’s ice cream in the parlor. They always made you feel special.

From “Fingers of Fog”

This spring fed lake is enchanted
As such water bodies are.
I actually saw its essence
While viewing the morning star. 

Scott’s has a sign as you entered from the steep mountain drive into the parking lot.  It reads:  You haven’t experience Scott’s until you’ve experienced the fun. The fun is non-stop. People actually fall asleep with smiles on their faces. Here is the excerpt from the featured poem and picture: This tree can be easily be found  in early September on the east side of the lake.

September’s maple tree
Has spiraled leaves in red.
So intense in tone.
It looks as though its bled. 

 

 

Five clucking hens

Five Clucking Hens Became my Friends

 

Five Clucking hens made my acquaintance by Schroon Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. We stayed in a Bed in Breakfast while staging our new musical/opera, Patra. Yes, it’s nice to make friends with people in a new place. Sometimes, it’s also nice to make friends with the animals. The Seagle Music Colony is famous for staging new works. We (my wife and myself) were chosen to do our new musical-opera entitled Patra. Others have written about Cleopatra and her relationship with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. My lyricist, wife Sharon, looked for a new angle about her life: Her meeting and possibility of a relationship with Octavian. Later he becomes Augustus Caesar. Sharon found the link of cause and effect in a memorable meeting Cleopatra had with Octavian. That becomes the highlight of our opera. 

As a poet, I had the time, after rehearsals, to write some poetry. While unwinding one evening after a trying day, I wrote the following verse. 

 

Five Clucking Hens Became my Friends

The blanket of night is coming,
Covering creation below.
Eyes are becoming droopy.
The seeds of sleep does it sow.

As I sit under covered gazebo,
Watching the daylight retreat;
I breathe fresh forest air
As fragrant as any treat.

Five hens are strutting nearby;
Behind their fenced-in cage.
As they forage for their favorite bugs,
I enjoy the show they stage.

The hens have their hangout,
Complete with pecking order.
Happy behind barbed fence,
Encasing  their rectangular border.

As I return to my Breakfast in Bed,
They follow me, loudly clucking.
As far as their fence will permit,
With full blast squawking and chuckling.

What a special moment in time;
Relishing my five fowl friends.
I’ll miss them when I leave:
But I’ll be back, to make amends.

Seagle Music Colony is the premier opera and musical theater producing organization in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, as well as the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States. In 2020, Seagle Music Colony will celebrate its 105th Anniversary Season. Also, check out our Patra website:

PATRA – Opera Comique by Sharon and David Ohrenstein

We work-shopped our Musical/Opera, Patra, at this picturesque location in the Adirondacks. Our singers and production crew were the finest. Earlier, many had taken auditions with the finest opera companies in the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

virgin flower birth

Virgin Flower Birth by a Black-Eyed Susan

Virgin Flower Birth by a Black-Eyed  Susan.   Emerson, Thoreau…all communed with nature. They were part and parcel of trancendentalism: This was a philosophical movement that developed in the late 1820s and 1830s in the eastern United States.[1][2][3] A core belief is in the inherent goodness of people and nature. [1]  Belief was that society and its institutions often corrupt the purity of the individual.   However, people are at their best when truly “self-reliant” and independent.

I spent 15 summer season in the Catskill Mountains of New York. My title was “the house piano player”  for Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. Scott’s was hauntingly beautiful. Yes, old resorts in the Catskills often had haunted houses. Sometimes the ghosts were quite real, other times you knew they were people just having fun. The great thing about Scott’s was that I was not only in their employ, but my entire family was invited to spend their summers at this fairy tale-like place. What

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Scott’s Oquaga Lake House was our home away from home for 15 summer seasons. If there is a place where you can have more fun than we had there, I’d like to know about it!

Here is my poem about the virgin flower birth of a female black-eyed Susan. I believe a spirit, which I call the Oquaga Spirit, dictated this and many other poems to me. In my latter years I plan on being a wandering bard and reciting these poems wherever there is an ear to listen.  I believe the spirit was a female Indian from the Lennie Lenape tribe.

Virgin Flower Birth in a Poem

Black Eyed Susan

On my daily walks
I passed a single flower.
A black-eyed Susan it was
Alone to guard a tower.

It marked a forest entry
And daily greeted meet;
With a bright and yellow smile,
Under shaded forest tree. 

For weeks it stood its ground,
Always looking new.
How long will it last
Until its season’s thru?

Then one day in August,
I wondered if it was there?
A miracle, two Susans greet me:
A mother and daughter pair!

poetic escape

Poetic Escape to Forget Your Concerns

Poetic Escape to Forget Your Concerns. Poetry must make a comeback! There is no better way to forget about your problems, than to recite meaningful poetry. William Wadsworth Longfellow summarized the importantce of poetry in this regard. This post serves as an introduction to the following post on DSOworks.com. A spirit dwells around Oquaga Lake. I believe it to be a female from the Lennie Lenape tribe. My next post will off such a poem. It is entitled; “A Walk Far Back in Time.” Like Longfellow, her poems offer poetic escape. I should have it up within a couple of days. Enjoy!

Poetic escape
Poetic escape happens on Oquaga Lake. It’s spirit loves poetry.

The Day is Done 

The day is done, and the darkness
      Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
      From an eagle in his flight.
 
I see the lights of the village
      Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me
      That my soul cannot resist:
 
A feeling of sadness and longing,
      That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
      As the mist resembles the rain.
 
Come, read to me some poem,
      Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
      And banish the thoughts of day.
 
Not from the grand old masters,
      Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
      Through the corridors of Time.
 
For, like strains of martial music,
      Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life’s endless toil and endeavor;
      And to-night I long for rest.
 
Read from some humbler poet,
      Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
      Or tears from the eyelids start;
 
Who, through long days of labor,
      And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
      Of wonderful melodies.
 
Such songs have power to quiet
      The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
      That follows after prayer.
 
Then read from the treasured volume
      The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
      The beauty of thy voice.
 
And the night shall be filled with music,
      And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
      And as silently steal away.
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Poetry signals Change is About to Happen

Poetry signals Change is in the Air. Said another way: When there is no poetry of quality then musical quality takes a nose dive. This is not only my own observation. As my resource I quote  Music by Frederic V. Grunfeld. The book I read it in is published by Newsweek Books out of New York. Place and year- Mondadaori, Verona, Italy,  1974.

Poetry Signals Change – Poetry (magazine) Cover Copy Below

Poetry (founded as Poetry: A Magazine of Verse) has been published in Chicago since 1912. It is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English.  Poetry is founded by Harriet Monroe and now published by the Poetry Foundation. It is currently edited by Don Share

Those who decry the primitivism of today’s music along with its limited scope, need to look for another Heinrich Heine type figure. Indeed, so many “songs” use about three or four repeated notes or thrive on platitudes and vulgarity. I have already mentioned him on DSOworks in the internal link below. The problem is where is our Henrich Heine for this present day and age?

Poetic Import in Signaling Historic Changes

We Must Return to Beautiful Poetry

As a writer of poetry, I am inspired by the same place at which the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was filmed for this coming season: Scott’s Oquaga Lake House on Oquaga Lake. The beauty and enchantment of the lake knows no limits.

Here is an excerpt from my poem called “Fun.” It describes this setting in some detail.

The diving platform is located
End the end of the extended dock.
Canoes and kayaks are nearby
The woods where the birds do flock.

The swimming area is marked
By yellow balls on rope
Fastened to a rubber raft
Beyond which the lake has slope.

A second dock is to the left
With a speedboat at its end.
On its left we find a showboat
Built just for voices to blend.

A playhouse is to the rear
Grand piano is set on stage
Near bowling ping-pong and pool
Games all quite the rage!

Do yourself a favor and make a pilgrimage to Oquaga Lake and visit Scott’s Hotel. A number of doctors from India did just that! All this beauty and memorabilia can be yours to enjoy.  Revive that ancient poetic feeling so many once had. And please share this post!

Here is a fun external link to our other website, Reviving Antiquity.com. Four Flatted Scorpio Refers to Key Signature

 

 

Rubinoff Friendship

Traditional Employment Includes Types of People and Places

Traditional Employment includes types of people and places.  Any new year is a time for reflection: What happened or didn’t happen last year? What might happen this year? Since this new year  (2019) is about to begin, I thought I’d reflect on previous jobs. I seem to have a predilection for working with: (1) Successful older people. (2) Spectacular older places.   By traditional I refer to: (1) Great places built over 100 years ago. Or, (2) Successful men who, at the time,  were old enough to be my grandfather or possibly great-grandfather at the time of employment.

Traditional Employment by Rubinoff and His Violin

I learned the musical craft of arranging and accompanying from Rubinoff. He conducted the Paramount Theater in New York and Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. What a perfectionist!  After working for 8 hours during the day, at night he’d change his mind. The next day we did a different 16 bars.  Dave’s Stradivarius violin was purchased for $100,000.00 in 1929.  He made about $500,000.00 annually in the 1930′ by conducting and performing. It seemed like the “His Violin” was his marriage contract with music.

Traditional employment
A young Rubinoff in this picture. I worked with him when he was in his 70’s and 80’s. I was hardly 20 at first.   On the poster you’ll find my name.

Traditional Employment at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House

For better than 15 summer seasons I played piano for shows at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, New York. The resort was born in 1869. What a wonderful time our family had.  Our children literally grew up in the Catskills at Scott’s.   Playing many shows as well as our own  (with wife, Sharon) were part of my duties. Most recently, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselle got to experience the same resort.

Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for best actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", speaks in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif.
Half of this year’s series (2019) were filmed on beautiful Oquaga Lake.

To the right, Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for best actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, speaks in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP)

What fun on those unforgettable summer nights of dancing, singing and shows! Its natural beauty is haunting.

Scott’s Oquaga Lake House, Inc

 Is Traditional Employment Also in our Future?

My wife and I wrote a new opera comique entitled Patra. It certainly is quite traditional. Our models were Bizet’s Carmen and Bernstein’s West Side Story. We will have a full production workshop in New York at Schroon Lake scheduled for September 2019. This will be with the Seagle Music Colony. The Colony is under the artistic direction of Darren Woods and The American Center for New Works Development. Schroon Lake has quite a cultural history. Here is an internal link to this Schroon Lake’s glorious past. It inspired me to write a poem. Share if you wish.

 

Amphitheatre in the Woods at Schroon Lake Park – DSO Works

Traditional employment
Patra’s premiere will also be by Schroon Lake. This picture was from Shakespeare in the Woods at the North end.

Conclusion

What’s the best way to acquire rewarding and long term employment?

  1. Work hard at mastery of your talent or craft.
  2. Then, work with a well establish person, group of people or company.
  3. Happy New Year!

 

Never never sit still

Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind

Never Never Sit Still – Be Like the Wind… I am a location poet. Poetry comes to me only on lakes in upstate New York. Try as I might, it evades me anywhere else. The featured picture on Wikicommons is entitled “A Windy Day by the Sea”. I thought it would best portray wind in a poem given to me by the “Oquaga Lake Spirit.”  Oquaga Lake is in the United States . [1]  It is to found in Broome County  of the state of  New York.

Never never Sit Still is found in this book of poetry.
On certain lakes everyone can feel a special kinship with nature. Oquaga Lake has been my special place.

Never Never Sit Still – the poem

So what is my connection to Oquaga Lake? There is a resort on the lake. It is called Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was their house piano player for about 15 years. Their “season” lasted from Memorial Day until Columbus Day. This was almost five months of solid piano employment annually.

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I got to accompany the finest entertainers in show business- The Sgro Brothers and their Harmonicas.

My duties began with the tour around the lake on Scott’s Showboat of Song. This was at about 4:30 pm. Then I would play an afternoon Show. This was followed by the dinner hour, ballroom dancing, up to 2 feature shows and after show dancing. Last dance call was often about 11:30 pm. This assignment was seven days a week. Here are the words of the spirit’s poem- Never never sit still. 

 

Be like the wind to renew:
Circulate and blow through.
Keeping in motion is youth’s potion,
Never, never sit still.

Air that sits in mass
Stifles and doesn’t pass.
It grows stale and makes one pale:
Never, never sit still.

Swamp decays on stillborn days,
The stagnant calls for storm.
Keep the heart pumping
Keep the mind thinking:
Never never sit still.

This poem has numerous hidden meanings and teachings on the subject of breath. They will be covered in future blogs. Below are a couple of internal links about my current employment.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano – DSO Works

Above is a sample of my piano playing at the Gasparilla Inn.  I ‘ll be there for my 10th season this coming year. It was built in 1911 and is in the Department of the Interior’s National Historic Registry> Details in the event link.

Tenth Year Entertaining on the Steinway at the Gasparilla Inn

December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – April 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

 

 

 

Artists Help Multitudes as did fisherman, Steve dePasse.

Artists Help Multitudes on their Life’s Journey

Artists Help Multitudes on their Life’s Journey. Those who read my posts know the importance of a particular spiritual presence. I call it the Oquaga Spirit. Its haunt is Oquaga Lake. However, sometimes it visits other lakes in upstate New York. The rugged and beautiful terrain of this area has inspired many artists. Among the most colorful was Washington Irving. Here is an internal link. I wrote many books on this lake. The poetry seems to have been dictated by a spirit. I call her the Oquaga Spirit. I sense she was from the Lennie Lenape. Their dwelling was throughout the area including New Jersey. Below, I offer some poetry dictated by the Oquaga spirit. That particular year, summer of 1985, the spirit spoke in quatrains using the rhythm of iambic pentameter.

The Lenape (English: /ləˈnɑːpi/ or /ˈlɛnəpi/),[7] also called the Leni Lenape,[8] Lenni Lenape and Delaware people,[9] are an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands. Theylive in Canada and the United States.[4] Historical territory included present-day New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River watershed, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.[notes 1]

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Note: in China, around 2,000 B.C.E., Emperor Yu saw floral marks on the back of a “Divine Tortoise”. From these marks he formed the basis of governing as well as the I Ching. I think possibly points to a  connection between ancient China and the Lennie Lenape.

Sacred Engineers Philosophy was written on Oquaga Lake

Artists Help Multitudes are often inspired by beautiful settings.
Oquaga Lake is the primary home of the Oquaga Spirit.

Artists Help Multitudes Thanks to a Spiritual Presence

Laughing and Crying

(written with inspiration offered by the Oquaga Spirit)

A narrow wall separates laughing from crying.
Laughing and crying both create tears.
At times it’s difficult to decide which is there.
Certainly, they may both exist side by side.

Tears enable their creator to release tensions.
Tears then become the liquid to cleanse the mind.
It can enhance a mood that is already joyful
Or release the sadness that burdens its holder.

Kings were well aware of the worth of laughter.
Jesters were given a place of honor in the court.
Musicians were once honored for the same reason:
Beautiful playing can create tearful happiness.

Comedy and music are necessary arts for mankind.
The Greeks even personified these arts as Muses.
We would be wise to carefully nurture our artists.
Artists help multitudes purge away problems.

 

 

 

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Poetic Import in Signaling Historic Changes

Poetic Import in Signaling and paving the way for Historic Changes is well documented.  Poetry spans thousands of years; even back to  prehistoric times:

poetic import in antiquity
The Akkadian Deluge tablet written as poetry.

The Deluge tablet is a poetic example carved in stone.  The topic is the Gilgamesh epic in written in Akkadian, circa 2nd millennium BC.

Poetry as an art form predates written text.[1] The earliest poetry is believed to have been recited or sung.  It was used as a way of remembering oral historygenealogy, and law. Poetry is often closely related to musical traditions.[2]  The earliest poetry exists in the form of hymns (such as the work of Sumerian priestess Enheduanna).

Poetic Import for a New Direction

Our subject today:  So many styles and mannerisms currently floating. What direction will the arts take?  Times and tendencies are cyclic. I believe we are heading for a more gentile, kinder and well-mannered age. Poetry can again lead the way. Consider the poetry of Heinrich Heine: Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə]; 13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856). He was a German poetjournalistessayist, and literary critic. I found some comments on Heine in “Music” by Frederic V. Grunfield. It is part of the World of Culture Series.Publisher is Newsweek Books. Grunfield  asserts that Heine is “the quintessential product of German musical romanticism.”

Robert Schumann explained how Heine’s poems inspired a whole new genre of music. “Thus arose a more artistic and profound style of song. Earlier composers could  know nothing of this.  It created a spirit in music that became the new Romantic era music.” Schumann wrote of musical currents in his magazine: Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik.  Robert Schumann  co-founded it with his teacher and future father-in law Friedrich Wieck, and his close friend Ludwig Schuncke. The first issue appeared on 3 April 1834.

Die Neue Zeitschrift für Musik  -a sample of the title page of Schumann’s periodical.

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A painting of Heine by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way

Perhaps my own books of poetic import, with those many upcoming poets, can  lead us to a new Romantic Movement? Here is a short excerpt from my The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It is entitled: Maple Tree Seeds:

Helicopter blade seeds
Spinning as they drop,
Blowing in the wind,
Care not where they’ll stop.

These maple navigators.
Sugar, silver and red,
Hope for only one thing;
And that’s that they’ll be bred.

The entire book is available as a product on DSOworks.com.

 

 

poetry foreshadows Romanticism

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism in a Major Way. By encouraging poetic expression, you enable Romanticism.  What qualities are then enhanced with Romanticism?:

  • Love.
  • Chivalry.
  • Courtesy.

Romanticism in the fine arts is feeling oriented: That is, feelings on a grand scale.   German painter and author  Caspar David Friedrich   expresses it this way: The artist’s feeling is his law”.[10]  Our featured picture was painted by the same  C.P. Friedrich.

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“Thomas Moran – Fingal’s Cave, Island Of Staffa, Scotland 1884. Sea landscape. Fingel’s Cave inspired Romantic composers. F. Mendelsshon wrote  an overture.

Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism for Me

The featured painting parallels an inspiration I was given about fog. A spirit on Oquaga Lake dictated her poetry to me. I was the piano player for many years at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. This employment covered some 15 summer seasons. The poetry  book is called The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. I have memorized every poem. At sometime in the future, I will do recitations. The Catskills Mountains in New York have inspired many writers. Among them we find Washington Irving. Below is an internal link.

Oquaga Lake was once inhabited by American Indians. The tribe was the Lennie Lenape. Women ran the tribe. I believe the spirit of the lake is an American Indian female. Fingers of Fog a sample of the poetry she related to me.

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An area famous for fog inspired Felix Mendelssohn

 

   Washington Irving Archives – DSO Works


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Washington Irving was among them. He wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving (April 3, 1783 – November 28, 1859) was an American short …

 

 

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Poetry Foreshadows Romanticism. On Oquaga Lake a spirit loves poetry!

Fingers of Fog

Fingers of fog moving quickly
Gliding across the lake.
Almost at jogging speed
Leaving no apparent wake.

Why are they scampering about
At this early morning time?
Thousand of fingers in motions
Moving gracefully with rhyme.

Perhaps each one is a spirit
Released from the depths of the spring:
Enjoying an hour of freedom
Almost ready to take wing.

This spring fed lake is enchanted,
As such water bodies are.
I actually saw its essence-
While viewing the Morning Star.