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Michael Hovnanian formerly played bass with an orchestra located in a large midwestern city.

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Friday, May 02, 2008

In with the in crowd

There is an odd sort of game of tag going round. I had no idea I was ‘in’ with cutting edge types who play games on the internet, but I’ll play along.


1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Rules 3 and 4 need work. I’m assuming the 5th sentence that begins on page 123, keeping that to myself and posting the next 3, like it says.

Originally, I thought I had to choose between a road atlas and a phone book until I discovered the closest book had been carelessly dropped beneath my chair.

Introduction to the Sociology of Music, by Theodor Adorno.

Such a presentation would require the only wealth denied by the plentiful activity: time to waste.

The current objections to musical life are evoked by many of its aspects. They refer to a commercialization which regards the cause it plugs with such high-pressure salesmanship as mere pretext for naked material interests and power needs of the music tycoons.

The Tonic Blogger tagged me. I tag Matt Heller, Jeff Brooks, Max Raimi, Doug Johnson, Bill Buchman.

Not all those people have blogs so I don’t know what they are supposed to do with this. I suppose they can stick a post-it note to a lamp post somewhere.

Good luck.


nocynic said...

"Most people prefer it the fast way. There is also much to be said for the practice of applying double-tonguing to triple rhythms, so that the "t" and the "k" alternately begin the group of three notes--tu ku tu, ku tu ku. As a special effect, the tremolo made by rolling the tongue, as in the Italian or Spanish "r", has been asked for by some composers."
But I'm not gonna pass it on.


nocynic said...

BTW, the book was Walter Piston's "Orchestration".

Michael Hovnanian said...

Thanks Max. I was wondering what that was referring to.

andy giller said...

It is not irritating to be where one is. It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else. Here we are now, a little bit after the thirteenth unit of the fourth large part of this talk.

William Buchman said...

The only books I have at hand are the Gideon Bible and the L.A. Phil contract. I think I'll wait until I'm back in the large midwestern city until I do my ablutions.

Michael Hovnanian said...


I bet page 123 of either of those books makes for some interesting reading. I would also be curious to know whether the bible or a major symphony orchestra contract contains more arcane language.