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Jewish Folklore , What is Heaven like?

One day a Rabbi asked God, “What is Heaven and Hell like?”. God replied, “Come, I’ll show you.” He took the Rabbi into a very large room and told him it was hell. In the centre of the room was a large pot with a beautiful smelling stew, but around the walls of the room sat a lot of people starving and lean. They held in there hands very long spoons with which they were able to reach out a gather some stew. But because the spoons were so long they could not reach the stew to eat it. The Rabbi said, “I understand why this is hell, these people are miserable because they cannot reach the food, but what is Heaven like?” God took the rabbi into another room. It was a very similar room it had a pot of delicious stew in the centre and people sat around it with long spoons. These people however looked joyful and prosperous. The Rabbi watched as the people around the room took turns at using their long spoons to feed each other instead of themselves.

This was my music theory teacher’s answer when someone asked why we had a group assignment to do so not sure if I told it right but I love the story all the same.

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Musical Adventure-Overtones

piano stingsSo I’ve begun my new musical adventure as a music student at university, I’m very excited to share my new discoveries with you. This week in my classical theory class we talked about overtones. I had never heard of the term before but the concept is quite exciting. A certain pitch is created by something vibrating so fast we perceive it as one note e.g piano strings. But because of this the vibrations produce overtones which means there are different notes within one single note!! My teacher demonstrated this by playing on a piano, a G on the top of the bass clef staff allowing us to get the pitch into our heads then he proceeded to play a C below the bass clef staff and when you let the note ring out you could hear the G in the C! My mind was blown.

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Murder to a Jazz Beat and tainted reeds

J.B Fletcher

J.B Fletcher

My favourite genre of fiction is crime fiction, I love murder mysteries and how the detectives solve the case. This afternoon I was watching the classic TV series Murder, She Wrote and came across an episode titled, “Murder to a Jazz Beat”. The episode was set in New Orleans, a perfect place to set a Jazz orientated mystery, however I wasn’t very satisfied with the way J.B Fletcher came to her conclusions about the killer [SPOILER ALERT]. The jazz musician was allegedly killed via a poisoned clarinet reed. Jessica came to this conclusion as upon seeing the reed after the death and it was spotless. She claimed that as the musician had drunk black coffee immediately before playing the reed should have been stained ergo the killer switched the poisoned reed with a clean one. This solution presented some trouble for me.

First of all it would be fairly easy to taint a reed but I wonder how much poison could actually be administered from something as tiny as a clarinet reed? Not much unless the poison was so strong it could kill on brief contact. It would be more plausible for example if the player had sucked on the reed first to moisten it but the clarinet, reed already attached, was handed to the player (who usually played tenor sax) whom then sipped some coffee instead. It would be smarter to taint one of his tenor sax reeds, which are much bigger and therefore need more moisture, or to poison the actual mouthpiece.

Secondly being a reed player myself I know that wind players try to avoid foods and drinks that could get into the instrument, creating sticky pads or ruining good reeds, for example. Most people just drink water before hand. However even he had drunk coffee beforehand I doubt if it would have dramatically stained the reed, not unless he actually still had liquid in his mouth, something an experience musician would not do.

Sorry Jessica but I don’t agree with you on this one.

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A ca-cuse me?

Ever since my friend Booklovers1 made me watch Pitch Perfect, I’ve become a little obsessed with A Cappella. Literally translated A Cappella is an Italian term meaning “in the manner of the Church”, but essentially means it is group or solo singing without instrumental backup. This has lead to people being insanely creative with their voices to make new sounds. For example many modern day A Cappella groups include a vocal percussionist, someone who makes almost beat boxing type sounds to create rhythmic interest. Others like to imitate sounds of instruments such as trumpets and drums, opening up a whole lot of possibilities.
My three favourite A Cappella groups at the moment are;

  • The Idea of North
  • Pentatonix
  • VoicePlay


The above video is a sing off between VoicePlay and the country A Cappella group Home Free, while dressed as Zombies and Hillbillies respectively. This video highlights that in the wacky world of A Cappella you’ll never hear, or see, anything so unique.

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Australia’s Unofficial Entry into Eurovision, Diamond Heist=COMPLETE

Drum roll please here is the final copy of Diamond heist and the lyrics!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, a special thanks to my youth pastor who helped me fix my recording problems and agreed to sing it even though I made the melody difficult to sing 😛

Now please share it!!!
We have less than 24 hours to show Eurovision this, please share this either by the blog link or by sharing the soundcloud file on twitter or Eurovision’s official facebook page with the #MyEurovisionIdea

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AUEE-Recording update, sad news

The recording equipment I was using has died again, by the time we can get it fixed I won’t be in time to send it in to Eurovision as an idea for their Interval act. I will still pursue this project when the equipment is back up, might as well record it now but no Eurovision dreams this year.

*EDIT* It is going ahead, I repeat it is going ahead!! Stay tuned for my upcoming post!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AUEE-Music Update 5 bridge, stucture, voice

The really bad sounding keyboard thing is meant to be a voice and since my computer can’t sing lyrics that’s the best it can do. Because of this the voice kind of blends into the back which is hopefully not what it will do. I got it in the structure of verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus. I just want to get the lyrics in now then I will tweak the arrangement a little, and hopefully add little transitional pieces in between sections.
Please check out my lyric update 5 and help me if you can 🙂

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Day 643 – Use your gift to serve others

My Daily Journal

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As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
-1 Peter 4:10

I love playing the 5-string banjo. But it has one drawback. The fifth string will harmonize with only a limited number of simple chords. When other musicians want to play more complicated music, the banjoist has to adapt. He can lend marvelous melodic tones to a jam session only by making the right adjustments.

Just as musicians adjust with their instruments, we as believers also need to make adjustments with our spiritual gifts if we want to harmonize with others to serve God. For instance, those who have the gift of teaching must coordinate with those who have the gift of organizing meetings and with those who make sure meeting rooms are set up and cleaned. All of…

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AUEE-Music update 4, more chords

Following one of my reader’s suggestions of the chorus being major I have added on a small section to the chord progression subtly changing it to major. The chord progression now goes;

|Am E |G#dim Am|
|Am E |Bdim Am|
|F     E |F      E|
|Am E |G#dim Am|

|F  Dm|Em  C|
|F  Dm|G     C|

Next I’ll integrate this into the music we already have. I may vary the lengths of these progressions depending on how the lyrics fit.

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Norway Eurovision 2013

I saw an interview with Margaret Berger the singer in which she explains the meaning behind the lyrics and it makes a lot more sense.
“…the song is about someone that is helping someone else get out of the cocoon and bloom and take on the world, that feeling you can get from your friends or your lover or something like that, that helps you and makes you feel, fantastic I can do that! Then I feed back, I give you my love because you mean so much to me.”
When asked about the phrases knife against my back and face the attack Margaret said, “it’s about daring to go out of your comfort zone and its not literal. It’s more of a poetic picture or someone pushing you to where your not comfortable.”
I really liked the feel of this song but now I that I know the meaning of the lyrics I like it even better!

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