Angelic media to paraphrase a great banjo player

Angelic Media to paraphrase a Great Comedian

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:

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Now in the American Museum Banjo Hall of Fame: Banjo player-comedian Al Smith. He could play two banjos at once.
  • 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 harpiesGreekἅρπυια,[1][2] harpyiapronounced [hárpyi̯a]Latinharpȳia) was a half-human and half-bird personification of storm winds, in Homeric poems.[3]

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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.

 

Lost code reference is in the Bible

Slower Pace is Needed for Civilization

Slower Pace is Needed for Civilization. Many philosophers agree on this point. Henry David Thoreau stated: The art of simplification dictates a slow pace. Not frantic activity or restless movement: “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?” This he stated in Walden. My inspiration for a slower pace was also in the northeast. It happened on Oquaga Lake in Deposit New York. The result was my my book of poetry, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. I think of her as a sacred spirit that dwells around the lake. The Indian tribe that once lived  there was called the Lennie Lenape. They were a matriarchal tribe. Women made all  key and important decisions.  When a woman got married, she and her husband lived with the bride’s parents. The poem below was dictated to me by the spirit. While I was hiking around the lake, a man sprinted by me. After this happened, the spirit dictated the poem as fast as I could write it down.

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News is one of the some 100 poems dictated to me on Oquaga Lake. The book is available on DSOworks.com

News

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.

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This is part of the road that circles around Oquaga Lake. Hikers, joggers, sprinters all made the approximately 3 mile trek.

Above is a photo of the road that “Mercury Hermes”(a real runner)  was on when he sprinted  by me. In the picture above, the Oquaga Spirit was also on the same road.  As green as the forest is; that’s how blue the lake is on a sunny day.

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The intense, beautiful blue of spring fed Oquaga Lake
Maintaining a sacred calm of mind

News as Reported By the Oquaga Spirit

News as Reported by the Oquaga Spirit. A couple of hiking trails enclose the lake. The smaller just encloses the lake’s perimeters. The larger trail also makes a grand loop on Oquaga Lake Road.  It also encloses Scott”s Lookout Cookout.  On the trail you walk by virgin forest and countless raspberry and blueberry bushes. Two of Scotts golf courses touch the trail. At Lookout Cookout, while you dine on the mountain top to country music performed live by the Scott family, you can enjoy a bird’s eye few of the lake. The road encloses the lake and loops for about four and a half miles. This is home territory for the Oquaga Spirit. One day while walking and communing  with her, a gentleman ran past at a quick pace. As I traversed the road with pen and pad in hand,  I wrote the following rhyme at the entreaty of the spirit.

Mercury-Hermes Delivers News Quickly
Walking on the Loop Around Oquaga Lake, Mercury Hermes ran past.

News

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 trvel 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.

The Beauty of Oquaga Lake Places it High on the Desirable List

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Scott’s Oquaga Lake House is set up for another memorable wedding. The spirit loves weddings. The sign posted in the picture states: Two families ar becoming one. We ask that you choose a seat and not a side. The spirit, a female Indian from the Lennie Lenape, is a great peace maker. Please read the poetry posted as a product on the front page of DSOworks. If things are tight monetarily, as they are for most, just enjoy the poems blogs. Eventually I will blog about all of them.