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Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2015 at 12:51pm

I was interested in the instruments because they're named in Shakespeare and I've seen them in glass cases at The Globe. Good to hear them played.

Sting picked up an interest in Dowland from a Bosnian (I think) refugee he worked with on another project. Dowland was also a court musician at the court of Christian IV of Denmark but didn't like the working conditions. The musicians had to play in a cramped, damp cellar from which the music was fed through hidden tunnels to the throne room. The king wanted to show off to visitors by creating the impression that his music came out of thin air.

How lovely to have a new project, Joan. I wish you all the best with it. Mind the dogs, though.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2015 at 11:50am

But the Dowland songs are exquisite! I never knew that Sting could sing them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 11:30am

Here is the link. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 11:27am

Now I need a sprightly song. These two were so somber, not my mood this fine morning. 

I give up, I can't find a happy theorbo, so I will look for something else. 

This is brighter music, I can do my reading to this. Also, it is from the Netherlands.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 10:51am

I add two pieces by Sting, one because the instrument is the theorbo, and the other is a lute. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 10:47am

Ian, thanks for the badass videos. 

In the first one, I am intrigued by the paintings of the paintings, with 

The Crumhorn Consort video in the top row of paintings, only it is video. Clever!

In the Gallicum sine nomine - Riq & Shawm reminds me of the many strange sounds I heard from waking 'til going to sleep in Turkey. 

The six trombones had an interesting introduction. Kind of like violins getting tuned up, except trombones don't get tuned up, do they?

The trombone doing a warm up sounded like doing a warm up. it seems this instrument has a softer sound than the usual trombone. My poor musical ear did not catch the distinction. 

An interesting instrument, a Baroque stringed instrument from the lute family, the theorbo, "has a mellow, tuneful and rounded tone that works well in solo recital, vocal accompaniment and ensemble playing."

"Evidence of early dulcimers has been found in Assyrian cultures dating back to 4500 BC". Fascinating to learn that such ancients had a musical ear. 

Performed at the Amherst Early Music Festival 2012 by sackbut students, Adam Woolf conductor.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2015 at 10:16am

Good music, Ian, thanks!

And I love the descriptions of the places where you live! Tell me more!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 9:43am

Carl, that is the most outrageous example of gerrymandering I have ever seen. Gutierrez did a masterful job of forming his support. 

In his case, trying to get power from people who own million dollar mansions takes something grotesque to accomplish. 

I agree with you on all points on term limits. The pros and consd balance out and so it depends on who is being limited and who is wanted. Overall, I leave it to the vote, not the mandate. 


Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 9:31am

Ian, thanks for the link to the "badass" musical instruments.  I loved the videos.  I hope everyone here watches them.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 13, 2015 at 9:09am

I live in Illinois Congressional District 4 represented by congressman Luis Gutierrez.  It is mentioned in The Economist article as being the "champion" of gerrymandering.  It is the letter 'U' on its side.

The two large grey areas on the right side of the map below encompass neighborhoods in Chicago that are predominantly Latino/Hispanic.  From there, the district has two tentacles that then meander westward into the suburbs to include other areas in the region with high concentrations of Hispanics/Latinos.  This, coincidentally, coincides with western suburbs that have a lot of industrial/manufacturing parks and low-income households.

Sandwiched in-between right in the middle are the wealthy suburbs of Oak Park and River Forest, with million-dollar homes and the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the world. 

Also sandwiched in-between, directly to the east of Oak Park, we're back in the city of Chicago on the west side which is predominantly African-American. 

All this gerrymandering has been concocted just to keep the incumbent, Louis Gutierrez, elected. 

Regarding term limits, I'm generally against them, as I feel we already have that power in the voting booth.  (What the voters do with that power is another issue, but limits shouldn't be mandated.)  There actually are some politicians I'm glad to have in office multiple terms.  Why get rid of a good person just for the sake of having term limits to weed out the bad?  As I said, that can be done in the voting booth.  


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