Saturday, January 27, 2007

Politics - AGAIN . . .I can't stay silent while thousands of morons rally in Washington

Forbes covers the AP Feed on this. . .and my mind says:

That means that there are more people gathered in D.C. listening to Jane Fonda, and others than the KIA in Iraq in the three years of action there.

We now have slightly more than 3,000 KIA in the Iraq war. During the war in which Jane Fonda committed TREASON, [we lost slightly more than 47,000 KIA in Vietnam] we lost in excess of ten times as many soldiers.

During the very first BATTLE that the US Marines fought in World War I, (in France, part of a combined breakout effort by French, British and US forces). . .the Marines lost roughly 5,000!

YES five thousand souls lost their lives for a single mission. . .they did this in the course of a very few days, and for the goals of ONE BATTLE.

I believe sincerely that Jane Fonda, and all the other anti-war protesters are INSULTING all those who lost their lives for these other wars. Whether WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, or other actions which are more recent (such as Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm), we must be aware of the actual losses. The losses they are protesting are so small in comparison to these previous instances of warfare that protesters should really be embarrased to be claiming concern. It is evident to me, that politico's are simply USING the fact that there are some KIA in Iraq, in order to suit their purposes. They are not doing this out of any real sympathy for the killed or the wounded. Look at how they use this Cindy Sheehan woman. They make sure her every movement is covered. . .they make sure she has tents, she has ample coverage.

Is this because of sympathy for her? Or is it because they realize that she has "street cred" and can be USED TO GOOD EFFECT

It is our responsibility as citizens to have FACTS in hand when making our decisions. To do anything less, is simply engaging a fad. The protesters, frankly are simply rallying to the most current "cool thing" that they can do, having largely engaged in really no solid research regarding wars. . .warfare. . .the nature of world conflict. . .the reasons that there is an IRAQ, and IRAN, and anything relevant about this conflict.

So you and I have to accept that we will be less safe. . .that our children and grandchildren will be less safe. . .in order to satisfy the urges of the Fondas and idiots of this world. . .

. . thanks a lot.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New Job. . .Accounting. . .Dynamics GP

The title is linked to a page for "Convergence 2007", a Microsoft Dynamics oriented convention scheduled for 2007 in San Diego. On this page, there is a list of blogs having to do with MS Dynamics. So, if you found this blog because of a search on Microsoft Dynamics, feel free to pop over to the list. I think it could be useful. Don't forget to bookmark this blog, especially if you like Jazz music, and/or trombone.

As I thought, Dynamics is having a wonderful run-up with coverage by the user community, hip EDP-oriented , bloggerly folks with much to say about this very powerful financial software. I'm looking forward to learning more about what all those users and developers out there are doing with Dynamics.

Here at Western Studio Service, we plan on implementing MS Dynamics GP starting this coming month (February). This should vastly improve on ledger function and provide a base with which to fully track and manage information in this very , very good company.

WSS is the leading provider of storage service for the Entertainment Industry here in Los Angeles, CA (i.e. Hollywood, "beautiful Downtown Burbank", etc.). Beyond warehousing, WSS also provides some rental services and cartage services. Everything in this company is geared around very full service, with our customers and especially those in the "biz" expecting and appreciating that level of involvement by a storage and cartage company.

Expect more on the learning process and on where you can go to move from being a saavy EDP-oriented person, toward being a Dynamics "guru". [hopefully, that paint I ordered for my forehead will come in soon. . .then it's going to be a "religious experience". . . :-) ]

Stay "Tuned"

Chris Tune

Friday, January 12, 2007

Rosolino and Technique

I was listening to Frank and his video of him doing Monk's "Well You Needn't" and was astounded as he did the melody over both in the low octave and in the upper octave. You should note that this is a leaping melody which starts on a low C and leaps up a fourth to an F and then does a "bebop" sounds down to F# (with a sort of tritone sound to them). The point is that there are these very high brief upper notes to the "bebops". . .the "tops" of them, so to speak.

The range is very, very high. And Frank sounds like this is simply not very difficult at all. This tune was the last one played on this half hour show. He then immediately launches into the theme music and again plays in tessiatura that is simply not supposed to be on the trombone -- it is more trumpet range, if you look at the orchestration books.

Now Frank played a very small mouthpiece but a medium bore conventional trombone (a Conn 6H. . .a .500 bore medium trombone model common in 1945 through 1979. . .really this is the most common of common horns).

The mouthpiece is supposedly the equivalent of a Bach model 15. . .a very small and likely shallow mouthpiece. . .but come on!. . .He doesn't squeak out double high G's . . . .he simply WACKS them out. . .virtually blasting them! His command of high range is akin to the way Nash could do it. Simply oddball-astounding.

Now the main ingredients of high playing are similar to that of good jazz playing. Good ear training (to hear the pitches properly). Cool and calm, and confidence. . .(so you don't get psyched-out of the idea of hitting these pitches) and mainly - STRENGTH.

Strength comes from face time. You get more muscle from using your muscles to exhaustion and then recovering. This is strength training in a nutshell.

Imagine all the time this guy must have spent playing the trombone. Phenomenal!

Chris Tune


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