The Adventures and Misadventures of a Neer Do Well Artist Living in Baltimore.

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I am a visual artist and writer living in Baltimore. I don't have any artist friends. Frankly, artists scare me, there so darn flaky. The above picture is either of me or proof that I'm a pretty decent artist. My goal is to be a self sufficient artist, whereas I wouldn't have to do something else in the day in order to eke out an existence. I also like to attend various cultural events around town. I go to plays, the symphony, etc. Also, I have Asperger's Syndrome. I found this out recently and it has explained a heck of a lot as to why I am as I am.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

HAPPY 4-20!
Today I went to Church where today they are continuing on with there best of series. The reason being is that our co minister husband and wife team will be retiring in June and they thought it would be nice to revisit some of there favourite sermons.

Todays revisted sermon was Ode to Joy, based on a story by Unitarian minister Robert Fulgham’s escapade as a celebrity guest conducter in a symphony that was in the middle of turmoil. It was very good. The only downer for me was when the congregation was encouraged to sing the words to Ode to Joy at the end and I heard that damned pipe organ! I swear the guy who plays it likes to put extra flourishes on notes. His playing is just too over the top. It just did not sound good. It completely ruined it for me. It turned a nice light hearted sermon that featured snippets of Beethoven into a rapidly downward spiraling descent into hell.

Top rectify the pipe organ laden nightmare that occured during this morning I have posted below the late great Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony also known as Ode to Joy. The video starts off with Bernstein talking about the symphony for about three minutes then after that its pure musical ecstacy.

Leonard Bernstein Conducts Ode to Joy

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