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From the Blog
Scots were hae – Tartan Week in NYC included the Pipes and Fiddle Concert at Jalopy, in Brooklyn
Featuring players who frequent the weekly Monday night Scottish music session at Iona, in Williamsburg, with special guests like award-winning multi-instrumentalist Troy MacGillivray and fiddler extraordinaire Katie McNally.
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Monday Map – The Irish in America
The immigration from Ireland in the early 1800s placed many Irish in America, and across the globe. But the paths to assimilation and success were varied
NYYS at Carnegie Hall
featuring guests Pleasure is the Law, and the world premiere of Against the Shrieking City Air, by Loren Loiacono.
“There was no malice in the maelstrom, just the exhilarating risk of being overwhelmed, if not drowned. And just at the crest of it all, it falls away, with but one minor surge before the exhalation, as all tensions fade quickly into a subdued calm, quiet enough to hear the country crickets, had she chose to add some. It was a very impressive piece, no less so for one just starting their career as a composer.”
The Joys of a Great Breakfast
He shrugged his shoulders, and sighed as he shook his head at the waiters flying around him, nearly frantic in their efforts to stay afloat on the latest wave of customer demands. He knows; nobody’s gonna die if they don’t get their eggs before they wish. They come back anyway. They always do.
“A hundred pots, on Saturday and Sunday. So, that is… What? A thousand cups a day?” He answered me with a voice that suggested mild fatigue and remnants of a Greek accent.
Earliest Human Footprints Outside of Africa!
“In a thrilling discovery, detailed in a paper published February 7 in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the earliest human footprints ever found outside of Africa appeared in May, in ancient sediment along the English coastline at low tide, near Happisburgh, in Norfolk.”
David Crosby in the middle of the street, a passel of Guinneveres, and faith renewed…
“And there before me were seven blondes, each with that natural barley fading to flaxen hue, dropping like waterfalls around each girl in abnormally long tresses…”
At the Met -
January 15, 2014
An after-hours reception was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last night, where an invited group of some 60 guests were treated to a private viewing of the exhibit Early American Guitars: the Instruments of C.F. Martin, which opened to the public earlier that day.
Monday Map – New Feature
As a proud American, I might budge an inch, but never a centimeter. I don’t even know what a centimeter is.
“Like all right-thinking people, such as we Americans, along with Liberians and those staunch defenders of traditional values living in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, no effort to brainwash us with logical Base 10 measurements can penetrate, let alone sink in. None of this newfangled metric nonsense for us. No sirree bob.”
More than just another Johnny Cash biography, Robert Hilburn’s latest volume reexamines the rags to riches details of this unique example of the American Dream with its extremes of peaks and pitfalls, as lived by one the nation’s most iconic musical artists.
“…an insightful yet sympathetic analysis that conjures up the late Man in Black in living color… it is Hilburn’s ability to include the many quoted snap-shots within the smooth emulsion of his own smart prose that keeps the focus on events as they happen, present and alive. And his insistence on allowing others to speak with emotion and opinion, while he sticks to the facts and resists grand conclusions, that provides a sense of authenticity to the story, and keeps the pages turning.…”
“Starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and staged by director Sean Mathias, theirs is an affectionate production, bringing together two of the greatest speaking voices of our age to revel in the language finely formed by that most deft of English sculptors, the late Harold Pinter…”
Humor from the Blog
“Now that we are deep into a festive Why-On-Earth-Would-They-Send-Me-THAT-Catalog season, I reflect upon the many rites and rituals associated with this time of year… I found no less than the promise of the American Dream, with its wild frontiers and the sanctity of home and hearth, and peopled by the hardworking, hardspending folk that made P.T. Barnum a very rich man.”
The New Martin Reviews Begin
OM-ECHF Navy Blues – the new Clapton OM!
CS-00S-14 – Martin’s first Honduras rosewood guitar
D-28 Authentic 1937 – THE dreadnought all guitars are compared to, reborn
000-28K Authentic 1921 – exquisite copy of a one-of-a kind koa 12-fretter
More To Come
NAMM Martin Preview
CS-00S-14 and the New Blue Clapton!
The bags out of the cat now, so my tongue is no longer bitten…
Combining the looks of a pre-war Style 42 12-fret slothead with the convenience of a 14-fret OM, made all the more powerful with extra-deep sides, this Madagascar/Adirondack jewel box from Martin’s fabled Custom Shop is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
“From the first strum there is a stark ring to the fundamental voice, each note pure but with pronounced substance, clear yet dense, like diamonds. And with each steely note ringing off a string an expanding sonic reaction blooms, from an echo beneath the top voice and a woody hum deeper down, to a shining choir of lofty overtones. This guitar shows off the most sophisticated type of Madi-Adi tone.”
High-tech but simple to use, this capo with the postmodern looks was the brainchild of guitarist Nick Campling.
“His primary concerns were the effect of the capo on a guitar’s intonation, the ease of use in terms of applying and removing it, making sure the capo did not damage the guitar’s neck or get in the way of the guitarist’s fretting hand, and finally, a capo that was attractive to the eye. The G7th Performance capo does a good job in all these respects…”
Martin’s successful take on the prewar Gibson L-00 remains more Martin than anything else. A slope-shoulder 00 for the ages.
“When it came down to it, the whole time I was playing the guitar I kept feeling like the CEO-7 is the Golden Era Series reissue of a pre-war Martin that never existed.”
Review now up!
“In a word, the voice is huge … a good example of a Bluegrass banjo killer with focused trebles that cut through the stout, strong bass of its pronounced bottom end …”
Superb steel-string acoustic guitars