Thursday, October 27, 2016

What Trump Fears More Than Himself Losing

It's obvious by the way Donald Trump is campaigning, calling this a rigged election [before it has even occurred] and that he may not respect the results of the election, that Trump is laying the way to make excuses for a loss.  A loss, make no mistake about it, he fears...especially because it will not just be a loss but it will be a loss to a woman.  I don't know how the misogynist, narcissist, egomaniac will be able to handle that one.

The man determined to make the Trump brand great again
But there is one thing that Donald Trump would dread even more than just losing to Hillary Clinton.  The thing Donald Trump would fear more than a loss would be if not only did he lose, but if that was coupled with the Republicans down ballot winning and maintaining control of the house and the senate

Donald Trump could make excuses for his loss and say he really didn't lose but it was stolen from him by the rigged system.  But if the Republican Party wins back the house and retains control of the U.S. Senate, that means the election couldn't have possibly been rigged against the Republican Party because the American people will show they wanted a Republican congress-they just didn't want a Donald Trump presidency.  Donald Trump's ego could never withstand that.  He would rather the whole party lose, because the truth is Donald Trump does not give a damn about the Republican Party or about the future of the country...he only cares about himself.

That is why I think if Trump's advisors come to him a day or two before the election and tell them their internal polls [if they even have any internal polls] show he can't win, we will see Donald Trump come out and make statements to try and burn the whole Republican Party down.  If he is going down in flames he will try and make sure the whole party goes down with him.  He will tell his supporters it is the Republican establishment who didn't want him to win and [hint, hint] you take it out on the down ballot Republicans.  If Trump does that, sadly many of his more ardent supporters will do just that and not vote for the down ballot Republicans.

The only way that this won't occur in my opinion is because Trump's ego is so big, he may not believe it even if every one of his advisors tell him he is going to lose.  

I hope for the Republican Party to be able to put a check on a Hillary Clinton presidency, the latter happens. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

One Of The Funniest Political Ads Ever

Eric Bolling, one of the panelists on "The Five" afternoon show on the Fox News Channel, introduced one of the funniest political ads I have ever seen.  Then the panel of The Five, which included along with Eric, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Juan Williams and Kimberly Guilfoyle discussed the ad.  
Panel of "The Five" on the Fox News Channel
I don't know if this is the funniest political ad ever, but it has to be included whenever they call the roll of the top funny political ads. And it's from Texas - hmm, hmm, which just happens to be the home of the Tales.  :-) 

Watch here: 
The Five: October 25, 2016:

What I liked about this segment is it showed there are some things the whole panel can agree on!  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Interesting Theory By Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd - host of Meet the Press
Chuck Todd, the host of Meet the Press on NBC, put out an interesting theory on Sunday that I believe is quite plausible. The discussion turned to how Hillary Clinton would govern in the more than likely event that she wins the presidency, especially with all the push back and distrust from many of the Bernie Sanders wing of the party that will want to push her to the far left [even farther than she wants to go].

Chuck Todd said that he thinks it is possible that Hillary Clinton "secretly hopes that Paul Ryan remains as Speaker of the House [i.e., that the Republicans maintain control of the house] to counter the progressives" [i.e., Bernie Sanders wing] from her own party. Chuck said, that way Hillary could tell the "progressives" that she of course would like to go farther [in legislation], but she is stymied by the Republicans and Paul Ryan and she has to work with him to get legislation through.

I actually hope that it is true and I hope that the Republicans retain the House and the Speaker remains Paul Ryan.  If Hillary Clinton does win the presidency and Speaker Ryan remains as such, then I believe, like I have heard radio host of the Hugh Hewitt Show, Hugh Hewitt say, "Paul Ryan then would be the voice of the Republican Party."   That would be a helpful thing to begin to mend the party from the division that the Donald Trump candidacy and many of his bad actor supporters, like alt-right people, have caused.  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Drop-Lift Technique In Piano [with update]

This post first published in November of 2011.

"The Drop-Lift Technique in Piano":

I think most of you know, that in the written music score, two notes that are the same that are connected by a curved line is called a tie. That curved line connecting those notes means that you play those two notes as one note, holding it for the timed value of the two notes.
This is called a "tie" where the low G# is held for the length of two measures
But many of you may not know that a curved line  [called slur] connecting two notes that are not the same [like the example below of E and D] means that you play the two seperate notes connected in a legato like fashion, and it also means the second note is to be played softer than the first, resulting in a loud-soft sound.

The "slur line" here means the drop-lift technique will be used where the D will be played softer than the E

In piano, this technique is called drop-lift.  When a pianist sees two different notes connected by a curved line, it means he/she will drop down on the first note and lift up in a rolling fashion on the second note [with the result that the second note will be played much softer than the first note].

When you have a curved line [slur line] over many different notes it means you play those notes in a legato technique-by holding one note and not releasing that note until you begin to play the second note; but when there are only two different notes connected by a slur line you must also not just play them legato but also use the drop lift technique to play the second note softer than the first.

This technique is many times written at the end of a phrase in a classical music piece.  You may not think this means much, but this technique really adds to the beauty of the piece. Along with rubato and ornaments [such as trills, and turns], the drop-lift technique [as it is called for the piano] helps make classical music sound beautiful. 

That contrasting dynamic sound between two notes is really pleasing to the ear.  Sometimes the contrast is subtle and sometimes it is pronounced.

This loud-soft technique of two different connected notes is also true for the other instruments of the orchestra.  I don't know what the technique is called for the different instruments or even if there is a name associated with the technique in instruments other than the piano.  I only know that in piano this is called drop-lift.

You can see demonstration of this technique in the following video of the first movement of Beethoven's dramatic Piano Concerto #3 in C-minor as played by virtuoso pianist Mitsuko Uchida.  There is more than one example of the drop lift technique and the loud soft technique used by the orchestra-but I will note one by each that you can see and hear.  The pianist will use the drop lift technique in measures 4:13-14, and the orchestra will use the loud soft technique in measures 5:31-32 and 5:33-34. Without having seen the sheet music, I know in both instances they were scored with the slur line over the two different notes.

Please turn  up the volume to watch for the drop lift technique and listen to this beautiful piano concerto by Beethoven.
Update: Oct.22, 2016:  I have learned from a professional musician that the second note is not always played softer than the first.  If you will check out the comment section you will see my friend, Jim Denton, a virtuoso cellist, who has been a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for many years took the time to make this correction [which I am extremely grateful]:  "The second note of two slurred notes is not always softer, regardless of whether it's a pianist playing them or a different instrumentalist. Those slurred notes my be located somewhere in the phrase where a crescendo is called for, either because it is "felt" or outright written in the music underneath the staff, due to what comes both before those notes as well as what comes afterward."

Thanks for the correction big Jim!

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3 in C-minor, Movement 1, allegro con brio:

Now to see more examples of the drop-lift technique, please turn up the volume and enjoy Robert Schumann's beautiful piano concerto in A minor [movements 2 & 3].  In the following video, note the drop-lift technique from 106-1:07 by the pianist, Dang Thai Son, followed immediately by the tutti [orchestra's] loud-soft, loud-soft technique from 1:08-1:12].  

Also, as explained in a recent Tales classical musical article, see if you notice the pronounced rubato in this Romantic era piece. 

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Movements 2 and 3, Intermezzo - [5:34] Allegro vivace: