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RE: what are you hearing?

Another fan of Yo Yo Ma here.  I can't count the number of times his
evocative playing has brought me to tears.  

West TN - Zone 7

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 6:14 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] what are you hearing?

It's odd, Daryl, but I can't find the Yo Yo Ma set [two CDs, Bach, 
Goldberg Variations]; my wife must have it in her vehicle. It's a 
terrific recording. A real head piece. I remember going to a party once 
when it was played followed by Rostopovich's recording--and we debated 
the merits of each or both on into the night.

The good news is that, when looking for Ma's recording, I found my 
Jerry Garcia-David Grisman CD [that's what it's called: "Jerry 
Garcia/David Grisman"]. This is another one that's worth running down. 
If you don't know Grisman, he may be the best mandolin picker that ever 
lived. He's one of those blue grass guys, like Peter Rowan [remember 
"The Free Mexican Airforce"?], that seem to be all over the place--and 
comfortable about it.

About this time of year: It has always been a problem for me. Most 
"christmas" music is soppy-sappy crap orchestrated to make you feel 
festive and mindless in the aisles at Wal-Mart. And by now [December 8] 
it has grown truly tiresome. There used to be a classical music station 
DJ in Washington who played christmas music in July and not in October, 
November, December, and [in case you missed it] January. And it has 
always torqued me that the greedy co-opted Handel's "Messiah" to sell 
give-away sentimentality among the pine boughs and snowflakes [and 
amused me, of course, because Handel would have done it himself if it 
had occurred to him].

You asked if I have a favorite. Yes. My all time favorite of all time 
is the Julliard String Quartet of the late-1970s early-1980s playing 
almost anything--a Beethoven quartet preferred. Robert Mann and Richard 
Carliss on violin, Samuel Rhodes on viola, and [blush, I don't 
remember] on cello. Mann was to the Strad what Grisman is to the 
mandolin. Fantastic. And, if you're in the audience, genuinely heart 

On Thursday, December 4, 2003, at 05:05 PM, Daryl wrote:

> Wonderful news!
> By the way, I love your juxtaposition w/Yo Yo Ma. Do you have a
> favorite?
> At this time of year, my mix might be Iron Butterfly, Yo Yo Ma and
> Alabama's
> "Christmas in Dixie". And maybe a Canzon of Gabrielli.
> Daryl
Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10

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