Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stereo Spectacular!


Three cheers for the Mayfair label (subsidiary of Tops records) for pressing this "on pure golden vinyl". It's dazzling! The music & dialogue are not, but oh well. I found this last minute after wading through boxes upon boxes of unpalatable junk at a thrift store in Holly Hill, FL. The sparkly gem's cover was not around - not surprising since it had a big triangle cutout in the design for shoppers to view the colored disc. Couple that with it's 1961 release date (the original 1958 release had a different cover) and you have a cardboard mess. Anywayz, in the audio player is an inside peek at a (ridiculous) recording session, 2 trains (of course!) one steam, one diesel, and the liveliest track on the disc, "Helena Polka" from George Poole and the Polka Dots. - SO

Monday, May 7, 2012

War Horse

Czerny edited by E.R. Kroeger

My crumbling copy of "The Art of Finger Development" by Czerny. While the music teacher boss was away one day, some very cool underlings - Mr. Haber & Mr. Toronto, let me loose in a collection of sheet music in the junior high school music office. I didn't really get with this book til my late 20's, but it's been my regular companion since. I rotate with Chopin etudes and Bach preludes & fugues, but there's nothing like it for developing/maintaining speed & power, and for nimbling up. The cover is long gone, and one by one pages disappear or render themselves trash-worthy; but the decay is from age & use, not neglect! :) - SO

Crowdfunder for the New CD!

  As it turns out, "Record Party" will come out on cd thanks to some generous donations! To assist with what's left to finance...