Just a quickie….

27 09 2007

Okay, just to bring everyone up to speed. I’ll make this quick as I’m running late for work.  I took my kids camping over this past weekend – let’s just say it was definitely an interesting experience.  I’ll fill you in more on that later.

I just started doing some contract work for Macy’s – and let me tell you, it is NOT fun!  But again, more on that later.  I’ll have some time this afternoon to update this blog.

Something fun!

20 09 2007

Tuesday I was asked to come photograph a workshop for the Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Harmony Society.  In case you didn’t know, barbershop is more than just cutting hair.  It’s also a style of music.  4 parts, sung a capella (without instruments) in which parts combined to make the chords.  And before some of you start – it’s not just ‘old fogey’ music either.  There’s quite a bit of modern stuff, such as music from the 40’s to the turn of this century that have been arranged for the barbershop style.

Anyways, the workshop that I photographed is held once a year in various counties and is for kids 8-12th grade.  They get music in advance, practice their parts, then on the day of the workshop, they get to work with a clinician that specializes in Barbershop style and helps them refine their singing.

We had a great turnout this year!  Over 300 students from 11 High and Middle schools, including one school from Pasco County.  (This is the Pinellas County Youth Harmony Workshop)  Loads of fun, and the boys were absolutely fabulous!  I listened as they rehearsed their first song (“Play a simple melody”) for the first time together, and I could not believe the sound!  Very nicely done!  By the end of the day, the boys almost had it perfect!

Okay, I have to give some credit to the girls.  They did well, considering the piece (which has been the same exact piece for the last 4 years!  Come ON people!  Switch to something else!), which was “Lean on Me”.

They also had a men’s competing quartet there – PolyFonix.  Well done, I must say!  They did 2 songs that were the “standard” barbershop style, but then their Tenor broke out and did a rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” that not only rocked the house, but has to be the best non-Queen version I’ve ever heard!  🙂   And let me tell you – I’m a big Queen fan!

Well, there you have it.  Check out the websites if you want more info on the Barbershoppers and Sweet Adelines, or go to a local chapter.  There are chapters all across the world in both organizations.



I’ll see if I can put up some photos.  I have to get some permissions first…..

Something New….

13 09 2007

Okay, based upon the recommendations of Rich, I’m trying out the Flickr Photo service.  So take a look – I’ll be adding more photos soon!


Today’s Useless Tidbit

9 09 2007

Did you know that every day the Hubble Space Telescope archives 3 to 5 gigabytes of data and delivers between 10 and 15 gigabytes to astronomers all over the world?

(taken from NASA’s website.)  http://www.nasa.gov

Another Funny Tidbit

9 09 2007


Dick Cheney and George W. Bush were having breakfast at the White House.

The attractive waitress asked Cheney what he would like, and he replied:

“I would like a bowl of oatmeal and some fruit.”

“And what can I get for you,  Mister President?”

George W. Looked up from his menu, and with a trademark wink and
Slight grin replied:

“How about a quickie this morning?”

The waitress exclaimed:

“Why, Mister President, how rude!  You’re starting to act like President

And she stormed away.

Cheney leaned over toward Bush and whispered:

“It’s pronounced quiche”

Funny Tidbit for the Day

9 09 2007

ATTORNEY:   Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?


WITNESS:      No.


ATTORNEY:   Did you check for blood pressure?


WITNESS:      No.


ATTORNEY:   Did you check for breathing?


WITNESS:      No.


ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?




ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?


WITNESS:  Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.


ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?


WITNESS:      Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Tribute to a Legend

8 09 2007

Today’s post is only a simple tribute to a great legend, Luciano Pavarotti.  He is known not only for his impressive voice that captivated audiences everywhere and across all generations, but also for his very distinct teaching style.  While I, unfortunately, did not get the chance to meet him in person, I know several people that have taken master classes with him.  So I relay a couple of their thoughts.

One friend simply spoke of his passion for music.  They talked of how he showed them how to ‘live’ their music, not just express it or sing it.  “Singing is not a job,” he said, “but a part of your soul.” (thanks Melissa…)

My friend Greg spoke of Pavarotti’s quest for perfection.  (Greg had the fortune to study with him for a short time in Italy)  “He would make me sing a single note until it was perfect, then he would allow me to continue to the next note.” Greg says, “It was tiring, and sometimes boring and frustrating, but then he would explain how every single note must come from the soul, and not just your neck.  The light bulb would finally go on in your head and you would understand what he was explaining.  When you finally achieved what he was telling you to do, you had the most awesome, and humbling, feeling.  And that isn’t a feeling that you want to go away…”

So, even though these are two of my personal friends, not famous celebrities, you can see how Luciano Pavarotti touched their lives.  I may not of had the fortune of meeting him or studying with him, but I can tell you how much his singing touched my life.  Just by listening to him.  You could actually hear that special something in his voice, and that special something captivated not only me, but generations of people from around the world.

So to Luciano Pavarotti – Salute!