Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Death of the Music CD

I remember purchasing my first music CD ... I don't recall its title, but it was probably in late 1983 or in 1984. I've purchased many more in the 25 years since then. For Christmas this year, I received a David Cook CD, only to find (today) that none of my Macs or PC can play it. (As I write this I'm trying to get my Ubuntu Music Player to play it--but it is having a hard time.)

Perhaps the saddest part of the demise of the music CD industry is that it is self-induced--brought on by the incompetence of out-of-touch executives and overly zealous organizations like the RIAA. It's sad when companies assume that all their customers are criminals. They don't realize that they are killing the very industry they are trying to preserve!

If any other customers feel the way I do, CD music companies might as well close their plants. I have purchased my last Music CD. Future purchases will be through iTunes. (In fact, I think I will probably have to buy David Cook on iTunes if I ever hope to listen to it.)

Maybe Wal-Mart will take this CD back. (They are very good at accepting returns.)

Sayonara, music CDs!! Bring it on, iTunes/iPhone/iPod!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Definitions from a (Possible) Distant Cousin

I chuckled when I received these in an e-mail from Blaine Whipple earlier today. I hope you like them, too.
A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
Beauty Parlor:
A place where women curl up and dye.
Someone who is fed up with people.
The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Cold Storage.
Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
An insect that makes you like flies better.
Grape with a sunburn.
Something you tell to one person at a time.
A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
The pain that drives you to extraction.
One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
An honest opinion openly expressed.
Something other people have, similar to my character lines

Friday, July 4, 2008

Darwin Wolford

I took this photo of Darwin Wolford and his wife Julie at the Gazebo Concert at Ricks College on 25 March 1971. I first met Darwin (composer and organist) in 1967-68 as a freshman at Ricks. He was still single. I recall going on a double date with him to see "Valley of the Dolls" at the movie theater in nearby Rigby. He was also the person who introduced me to P.D.Q. Bach. His compositions probably inspired me to dabble at composition myself. I still play his organ preludes frequently. I just googled and read that he retired in 2004. He was a good friend.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Alexander Schreiner at a Provo AGO Convention, Early 1970s

Organist Alexander Schreiner (above) talks to organists at the sanctuary of the State Hospital in Provo. The organ behind him had been recently installed. Schreiner played several pieces on the organ, including (as I recall) Louis Vierne's Naïades. (FWIW, Alexander Schreiner is Barbara's great uncle.) One of the stops at the convention was the Provo Tabernacle. The organ there has been rebuilt completely since that time. The pre-rebuild organ was used for my graduate recital.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

How to Use Your IRS Rebate Check

My friend Brian just sent me a note, telling me how to spend my IRS rebate check (which I hope to see automatically deposited in my account within the next 2-3 weeks). Here is what he said:
As you may have heard, each of us will be getting a tax rebate check to stimulate the economy.
  • If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
  • If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.
  • If we purchase a computer it will go to India.
  • If we purchase fruits and vegetables it will go to Honduras, and Guatemala.
  • If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.
  • If we purchase useless stuff it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy.
We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the only businesses left owned by Americans!!
Definitely something to consider!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Christmas Recital at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City

The photo below was taken on Christmas--25 December 2007--following a recital by Walter Whipple (second from right) at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Pictured are (left to right) Barbara, Weldon, Walter and John. (The photo was taken by Michelle Kogure, visiting from Hawaii.)