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Patricia Baser

but don't forget to gobble when you move

November 22, 2008 at 1:45 AM

So after a morning of Twinkles and elementary orchestra, I got in my car to drive to my other school.  I turned on the radio and heard Symphony #3 by Brahms.  I haven't played that symphony in awhile, but the Brahms-ian angst immediately drew me in and made me ponder about incongruous it is to try and balance teaching and playing.   I enjoy doing both, but the balance of one to the other is out of whack.  Oh well.  Off to my second school I went.  Chorus students always trail in at the last minute because their math teacher won't let them out on time.  Then 5 classes doing  the Turkey Woogie.  Now, flapping your wings and knocking your knees can actually be done to develop a sense of  steady beat, but it's not exactly the same as playing Brahms.  Oh well (again).  It will soon be the season of many  a Christmas gig, but no music for music's sake, at least for awhile. 

From Stephen Brivati
Posted via on November 22, 2008 at 4:14 AM

Greetings, if it makes you feel any better iny job I am singing a song that goes from funky chicken,  bouncy rabbit to turkey boogie for on average 8 times a day.

In space ,  noone can hear you gobble.



From Bart Meijer
Posted via on November 22, 2008 at 7:16 AM

Ah, but gobbling captures at once the true spirit of both music and Christmas.

From Bethany Morris
Posted via on November 22, 2008 at 8:10 PM

How about the story of "Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle"?  It's a classic Feierabend technique to make a music teacher feel completely insane.  Oh, well, the kids love it.

From Anne Horvath
Posted via on November 22, 2008 at 9:34 PM

I am thinking about broiling some salmon this year for T-Day...

From Rosalind Porter
Posted via on November 23, 2008 at 6:28 PM

I was in the traiin the other day and slowing down to stop at a station we passed a field full of free range turkeys.  They looked so cute running around chasing one another doing their turkey dances, with their little wings flapping in excitement, that at that moment I knew I wouldn't be able to bring myself to buy one to eat at Christmas.   In fact, I had a really strong urge to jump off the train, open the gates to their field and let them make a bid for freedom...    So it will be salmon for me too I think.

From Stephen Brivati
Posted via on November 25, 2008 at 2:25 AM


a couple of importnat piece sof trivia.

1)  The origin of the name may be the fact that when afraid the bird will actually say `Turk,  turk turk.`

2)   One of the few extant animals that can die of a heart attack when frightened.



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