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April 2021


Hello Again


I used to make a point of sending a newsletter each and every month when I started this in the late 90s, and over time I’ve become somewhat more relaxed about it. By relaxed I mean lazy. And by lazy I mean realistic, which is to say relaxed. So the newsletter gradually became something I send once every other month or so. Since the coronavirus came along I’ve only sent a couple, and even then the “news” portion of newsletter is debatable. At the very beginning of the pandemic I released a new album which was recorded long distance (with a musician in MA), as if in anticipation of things to come - or representative of things now gone. But that was news worthy for this esteemed publication.

It’s been over a year in since most live concerts (and so much more) came to a grinding halt. I’m making good progress on new album which will likely be the lead story in the next newsletter  - in a couple months perhaps? I published some new sheet music (a feature story in the last riveting issue), made some videos, composed a new silent film soundtrack and have found opportunities to do Zoom concerts and lessons plus contributed to a variety of recording projects. I’m staying busy and remain hopeful. I even have some live gigs on the distant horizon.

Livestream Show

I have a livestream concert on Friday April 16 at noon PST.

You can attend the concert on Facebook or Zoom so you need to sell your soul and hand over every last bit of personal data to the digital overlords. But in exchange you get a half hour of original cello music so it’s a pretty sweet deal. The concert is hosted by the long running Oregon State University series called Music a la Cart.




My YouTube Channel

I was recently commissioned to make a concert video for Young Audiences. I included a few interludes using a multi-track video program. In some ways it is similar to multi-track audio recording but with a camera staring me down. While recording music, I am not concerned with how I look. However, this exercise made me aware of that pitfall. So I experimented with  a) trying to look reasonably at ease while I play, and  b) placing the camera with care to redirect the focus to the instrument. I have posted a few of these short experiments on my youtube channel

While these short videos were fun, the longer one for Young Audiences was a substantial undertaking. There’s a rule of thumb that video editing takes about 0ne hour per minute of video, not including the learning curve. And that doesn’t account for the time that I’m just trying to look relaxed playing my cello while a very rude camera keeps staring at me. 

Once I finished filming and editing I discovered that more hours are required to move the enormous file anywhere (do you mind grabbing the other end of this digital file and helping me up the stairs?). Savvy videographers already know this and so they, no doubt, let the computer grind away while they’re out shopping for organic papayas and Himalayan sea salt. Once they return from the Himalayas then, hey presto, the upload is done! But not me. I’m staring down a deadline and watching the digital wheels spin at YouTube and Dropbox. Who’s gonna win? The race is on! Two hours into this later, YouTube says ”Processing will begin shortly” and Dropbox says… wait for it… “2 hours”! It continues to tell me this for a good long time.

This brings to mind the phenomenon in which, if you stand 4 feet from a wall and move halfway toward it, then halfway again from there, and so on… you never reach the wall. I did eventually reach the wall and got the video submitted. 


Interview

I did an interview with Trevor Exter, a fine cellist and producer, for his podcast series called "Play it like it’s Music”. Even if you’re not interested in the interview, check out links to Trevor's music - it’s great stuff!


Covers


I have become increasingly enamored with cover versions of songs. Part of what has motivated me to put some of my music in print is so that others can have a go at them - especially those who are more accustomed to reading than learning by ear.  I found some performances of my tunes by various musicians (mostly cello groups, predictably) and I included a list of links below. It’s nice to see musicians from all over the place playing these tunes. I especially enjoyed seeing a mandocello ensemble doing one and Bandaloop dancing to one a hundred feet off the ground. 





Norton Juster


I was sad to hear about the recent passing of Norton Juster. He wrote some wonderful children's books and was best known for The Phantom Tollbooth. He also wrote The Dot and The Line ("a romance in lower mathematics”) which is a brilliant 10 minute animation produced by Chuck Jones (of Looney Tunes fame). Norton was, among other things, a well regarded architect.

Shortly before moving away from MA, I was surprised and delighted to learn that he lived only a couple of miles away from me. We collaborated on a slightly naughty spoonerism-laden version of Cinderella.

I was happy to learn that in person he was every bit as funny and kind as I suspected. At a rehearsal I offered him tea which he eagerly accepted and when I asked how he liked it he replied, “with a cloud of milk”. So perfect.

He sometimes visited schools where he would read and answer questions. At one school visit, a boy asked Juster what was the point of school anyway since all he did was memorize boring facts. 
Juster replied, to make connections between the facts – a life-long process. 
The boy: and then what? 
Juster answered, and then you die.

Sheet Music

I have 4 new offerings in my cello sheet music catalog !They are available at Ye Old CelloBop on-line Shoppe on this website.

Blue Stew  - solo pizzicato, uptempo tune replete with plucking, strumming, plus a few hammer-ons and pull-off for good measure

Princess Mortuba -  strident, heroic music honoring the late , great non-existent princess. Best performed by 4 enthusiastic cellists

Wind and Snow   - wistful waltz with sweet arcing melody. A dreamy quintet

Midnight Moon  - playful dancey tune with a latin feel, quintet (and some vocals for the adventurous singing cellist 


The last two pieces were composed with Annalisa Tornfelt and appear on our Unravelling CD.  The 3 ensembles (quartet and quintets) have a strummed/plucked lower part and melody/harmony upper voices. They are arranged for cellos but can easily be adapted for other instruments. Cello music - it’s not just for cellos. (Ask JS Bach if you don’t believe me).

The cover artwork for these 4 new pieces were created by my very talented 16 y/o daughter. 



Outro


More info gigs vids discs sheet music words and pics at www.cellobop.com

Be well, hang in there, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Gideon

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