Music for the Mind


Browsing Archive: March, 2012


Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Friday, March 30, 2012,

This song is a favorite in the organ and string orchestra repertoires, and has been for many years.

It is a favorite for orchestras and soloists with orchestras.

Not that any of that really matters to me.

Because it doesn't.

But, just for information.

It is an exquisite piece of string writing which plays very well on pipes, so far as I am concerned, and that certainly is plenty good enough for me, no matter what other things are happening around that.

I am reminded of what they did to Pachelbel's ...

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3-29-12 Re: Albinoni Adagio

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Thursday, March 29, 2012,
It is 2:00 p.m.

I just finished bouncing to disk what sounded like a good take.

Will listen to it later, tonight, to make sure, then convert to MP3 and then post,asap.

Really great song.

Really hard to get just right.

There is always room for some improvement, but that's where we just have to let go for now and wait for another day.

I am looking forward to working on the first movement of Moonlight Sonata.

Probably one of the most hacked up songs that there is.

Loaded with slippery tricks.

Luckily, I ...

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3-27-12 ALICE!!

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Tuesday, March 27, 2012,

I just wanted to make a quick note re: Alice.

I have been having a difficult time figuring out how to mike the reading sessions of Alice.

I tried a mono headset mike last night.

Worked really good, but ---

I was using two $800 mikes in order to create a stereo field, which I find much more useful.

But had to sit so close to the mikes that I could not easily read the pages of the book.

So, now I am about to try another configuration which I think will work good.

I am using two high quality mikes with...

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2-27-12 UPDATE

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Tuesday, March 27, 2012,

It is Tuesday morning.

I am just taking a quick minute to make an update before I race out the door.

Met with daughters RW, in from Arizona, and SW, down from Ojai, and Grandson DH, also in from Arizona.

We discussed a lot of business pre-planning and mapped out a number of property locating and buying stratgies as the members of my "dream team" are officially in action, out in the field searching for properties which fit within very closely defined parameters.

And so, "let the festivities begin"...

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3-24-12 UPDATE

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Saturday, March 24, 2012,
For anybody who cares or needs to know I will not be leaving town until one week from Monday, due to various travel considerations and another recent and very unexpected death of a near relative (literally just fell over and dropped dead yesterday at about 2 p.m. - apparently from stress and exhaustion - we await autopsy results).

This leaves a very little bit of time to get some more loose ends wrapped up.

Have listened to Barber's Adagio several times now.

Sounds pretty good to me.

I will conti...

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3-23-12 draft of Barber's Adagio posted

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Friday, March 23, 2012,

I am going to have to stop recording soon, as I have to leave town on some very important and pressing business.

So, I am wrapping things up right now in preparation for leaving.

Although this is not the final form in which I would like to see this piece recorded for purposes of this site, nevertheless, it will have to do for now.

Hope someone enjoys it at least 1/2 has much as I do.

We are getting there.

But there is still room for some polish and finish, I think.

You should not think that.

It is y...

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3-22-12 quicker update

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Friday, March 23, 2012,
I am waiting to complete flight arrangements.

Expect to have something locked in by tomorrow afternoon with any luck.

Means I am quickly running out of time to do anything other than pack and hit the road to LAX to Kloten International.

All systems are GO!

Should be interesting.

Hoping for the best.

Made a DEFINITIVE recording of Barber's Adagio this a.m.

I may post it, but want to try once or twice more, first.

Am also working on Albinoni's Adagio.

Have one version completed, but am working on improv...

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Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Wednesday, March 21, 2012,

Today is Tuesday..

All paperwork completed this afternoon with electronic systems all up and running ready for testing.

Just a few loose ends that I hope to tie up tomorrow, and then will get plane tickets as quickly as possible and be back into the air, hopefully by end of week.

Have decided to make it a short trip because I still have several other extremely pressing matters here on west coast and up in Canada, which must be taken care of before I am able to consider any kind of rest.

I got a f...

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Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Monday, March 19, 2012,
Just did a pretty good version of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.

It is just a tiny bit shy of "perfect" = means I must continued on it until DEFINITIVE version is completed = must be better than perfect.

HONOR (continued)

So anyways, as I was saying the idea of there needing to be something more than that which is visible and tangible in order to justify giving up my very life, very literally, quickly became the basis for the military ethos.

It seems to me that all persons who are forced to ...

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3-18-12 UPDATE

Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Sunday, March 18, 2012,

It is Sunday morning and I am taking just a few quick minutes to make some notes here.

I have been ridiculously busy.

I went three days and nights non-stop in taking care of matters which must be taken care of before I leave town and finally got some much needed sleep last night.

I didn't expect to get to do any blogging for awhile, but am sneaking in this one real quick.

I wanted to say a few words about HONOR.

And why it is that I continually harp on it.

As one grows and gets older and has the be...

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Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,
I have been busy in the extreme during the past several weeks.

I have had no time to do anyting other than business.

Lots of paperwork and signatures and meetings, on top of my regular corporate meetings, etc.

I am trying to get out of town as quickly as possible.

Right now everything is dependent upon some paperwork which will get to the eastern U.S. tomorrow or the next morning.

As soon as these papers are completed on the other end, I will be leaving U.S.

I do not know whether that will take hou...

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Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Thursday, March 8, 2012,

I hope to be heading northbound 101 in just a few minutes.

But, before I leave, I wanted to write a brief note, regarding something which I saw several months ago, and reflect upon several times every day since (PTSD, anyone?).

I have so many really weird things happen in front of me every single day that I have come to call them "object lessons".

This is when some principle which you hold extremely dear to your heart is either demonstrated or openly challenged.

As you watch the drama unfold righ...

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Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Thursday, March 8, 2012,

It has been several months of hell on earth for me.

My body is wasted tired and exhausted.

Each step is becoming progressively more difficult as I have been forced to wait and wait and wait as eveybody around me attempts to maneuver for postion or advantage.

But, finally, thankfully, as any number of my very dearest and loved ones know, the monstrously huge hurdles which have been looming directly in front of me are now finally behind us (in something that makes the Sword of Damocles swinging ov...

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Posted by Vincente E. Woodward on Saturday, March 3, 2012,

I was just playing a piano score reduction of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.

It was this song which pleyed over and over again throughout the movie "Platoon" with Charlie Sheen trying, in effect. to take it from where his father had left off in "Apocalypse Now".

And who can ever forget the command being given to Martin Sheen regarding the officer played by Marlon Brando:

your mission is to terminate his command with extreme prejudice.

We all just loved that "with extreme pr...

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