Best musical event will take place June 2, 2018

Taking Stock of What You Have

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.


 The lost concert by this grand master lasts about 45 minutes. It is filled with previously untold stories about musical personalities. My daughter recently took the time and trouble and posted it. Enjoy!
 Victor Herbert brought Rubinoff to America in 1911. I worked with Rubinoff for some 20 years as his arranger and accompanist. “Ruby” lived with Victor Herbert. At the time Victor Herbert was the conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Every Sunday, Herbert had soirees at this home in Pittsburgh. Famous people from all over the country would come to these parties. There, Rubinoff met Irving Berlin. Berlin told Rubinoff, Americans love the new sound of jazz. They love music because it goes from the heart to the feet. The long haired music goes from the heart to the head. That Sunday night Rubinoff could not fall asleep. He kept saying to himself; “Americans like jazz”. He stayed up all night and wrote “Fiddling the Fiddle.” First thing the next morning he calls Irving Berlin up. He immediately wanted to see him. Berlin told him over the phone, not today, Ruby. I’m too busy. Rubinoff said, then I’ll play it over the phone for you. Berlin said, “Okay.” Berlin published it. Fiddlin’ the Fiddle sold over a million copies. Enjoy us playing it on youtube with the other exciting selections. We played it live at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in the Catskills in 1984. You can hear a tremendous thunderstorm in the background. By the way, my lyricist, bookwriter wife, Sharon Lesley escorts him and his 2 million dollar Stradivarius violin on and off the stage. Also, check out our original and unique musicals and the products page. They finally fit the tempo of the times. We are looking for a producer. Thank you-David.
Irving Berlin divulges the secret of happiness.
ETHEL MERMAN sings I’ve Got The Sun In The Morning from Annie Get Your Gun live 1966 4:21
I heard 100's of Hollywood stiries from Rubinoff before blogging was invented.

Why Am I Blogging Like Crazy?

Why Am I Blogging Like Crazy? I think I have quite the story for an answer. It is best told by alluding to Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade Opus 35, a Symphonic Poem. The sultan, Schariar, took a vow to put all his wives to death after the nuptial night. He thought that all women were false and faithless. Scheherazade developed a tactic to keep herself alive. Every night she would tell the sultan a story that was so fascinating that he couldn’t wait for the next night for another story. After 1001 nights, the Sultan repudiated his vow and kept his wife alive and quite well. Why 1001 nights? We have a mystical number that is the product of three highly charged numbers: 7 x 11 x 13 = 1001. My book of preference for this part of the blog is The Mystery of Numbers by Annemarie Schimmel.

Scheherazade would relate a different story every night to keep herself alive.
Scheherazade was the ultimate blogger before computers were even invented with her  stories.
The Blue Sultana by Léon Bakst


Shakespeare refers to the 7 ages of man. Countless writers have discussed changes in life every 7 years. Maybe that’s where the myth of 7 years of bad luck comes from from breaking a mirror? The Torah states that that seventh generation after Adam, Lamech appears. He lived 777 years and would be avenged 77 fold (Gen 4:24).
Eleven is the number of the sacred marriage between heaven and earth. Heaven = 5 (yin).  Earth = 6 (yang). 5 + 6 = 11. In the medieval ages these qualities were symbolized flowers: The rose has 5 strong petals and the lily has six.
Finally thirteen is a powerful mystical number. Paul Hoffman talks about it in the Smithsonian Magazine, February, 1987. He states it: “costs Americans a billion dollars a year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations and reduced commerce on the thirteenth of the month.”
Conclusion: Why Am I Blogging Like Crazy? There are so many great things to be blogging about. Perhaps when I reach 1001 blogs, I’ll stop? Certainly if I did, It would be paying tribute to Scheherazade and the great Russian composer, Rimsky-Korsakov. Please keep watching for my poetry book, the Oquaga Spirit Speaks. The book will be posted as a product on Its some 100 pages of poetry and pictures were given and  dictated to me by a female spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe on Oquaga Lake. The book parallels Thoreau’s Walden, except it is in poetic verse.
Here’s  a sneak preview in Early in August: “Leaves are full of holes; By bugs they’ve been quite eaten. They flap in gusts of wind like flags all weather beaten.” The poems were all written on the lake in the Catskill Mountains where her tribe, the Lennie Lenape lived.



commemorative concert to be given in Circleville, Ohio

Unearthing a Lost Concert of “Rubinoff and His Violin” After 30 Years


Unearthing a Lost Concert of “Rubinoff and His Violin”

Unearthing a Lost Concert of “Rubinoff and His Violin”After 30 Years. The year 1984 is not so far past; but the man playing the Stradivarius violin, David Rubinoff, was born in 1897. How I came to be his arranger and accompanist is quite a story.

In begins in 1911  when Victor Herbert, famed conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and writer of operettas, was on a Sabbatical and touring Europe. It was at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music that Herbert heard a young Rubinoff playing his composition: Dance of the Russian Peasant. Without hesitation Herbert said: “Son, you belong to America.” And so, Victor Herbert brought him and his entire family back to the United States. Rubinoff  lived with Herbert who then placed him in the center of American cultural life. He was introduced to such notables as John Phillip Sousa,  the great tenor, Caruso, and others at the Sunday brunches held in his home.  I have had the honor of working with the Maestro Rubinoff since 1970.


To transition to this concert given at Scott’s Hotel in Deposit, New York; my wife, Sharon Lesley, and I have had quite a history concert touring together. We have been at Scotts during the summer months since 1983. I asked Ray Scott if I could invite Rubinoff and his wife to the hotel, and he jumped at the chance. Some 30 years later the Scotts have just now found the recording of our concert. Now you can hear, through youtube, why Victor Herbert insisted that Rubinoff belonged to America. At an actual performance at age 86 he will play the Dance of the Russian Peasant  and also with me, a beautiful approximately 45 minute concert of some of our arrangements. If you feel about the music as I do, you will believe you are witnessing a miracle.Continue reading