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Skriven 2006-04-06 00:25:04 av James Bradley (1:134/77.0)
Kommentar till en text av Ardith Hinton
Ärende: What's in a name
Ardith Hinton wrote James Bradley on 04-04-06 17:16
AH> You asked for it! This is the last installment
AH> of a previous series... ;-)
Where you going?
JB> See, just when I think I know what you are talking
JB> about... <ROTF>
AH> Okay, try this. You arrived at the
AH> scene of an accident or whatever & sensed there
AH> could be more to the situation than what had
AH> first met your eye, in much the same way that
AH> 90% of an iceberg is below the surface of the
Meta-phosphorus be in front of you.
AH> water. The intuition component of your
AH> reasoning style is what enables you to see below
AH> the surface... and the perception component is
AH> what enables you to reserve judgement until
AH> you've collected a fair amount of data. You can
I'm with ya.
AH> & do make snap judgements if the situation calls
AH> for quick thinking but don't necessarily stop
AH> there. You may also enjoy open- ended questions
AH> where others seem to want immediate answers.
My Aunt lost her bo to prostate cancer. When she asked me, as a 'recovering'
survivor, "Why?" Maybe she knew I'd know not to befuddle it. <?>
No, perplexing questions aren't likely to make me blush, but I suppose we all
have our limits. I'm sure you've had your share of pondering adolescents, some
with all the answers, and others with all the questions? I guess I like to wrap
up the universe by a good scratch behind the ear of a pet, or sharing a
belly-laugh with a kid. Everything else is gravy to me.
AH> In many ways, you sound to me like a
AH> person who prefers using his body to using his
AH> brain... i.e. the "sensation" component is
AH> stronger than mine. But you do a lot of good
AH> thinking too, even when you sound more like the
AH> drummer who flies by the seat of his pants than
AH> the clarinet player with a dictionary in her
LOL! Ya, I have a bent for the bombastic.
AH> purse. I got the latter imagery from a Hoffnung
AH> cartoon. I must admit, though, that I really
AH> did carry a dictionary in my purse for awhile!
How many drummers do you know that carried a `pocket' dictionary in their
portfolio for a time? Welcome to the dichotomy that is me. In grade ten, I was
still a long-haired, and I'm sure still searching for my ever elusive
`personality'. When the militant band teacher saw me roll up to the airplane
with a briefcase, I thought he was going to urinate himself. Right then, I knew
I was onto something. If I could disarm this fella with contradicting images...
Now, I do so more with variations of humor, and seriousness and the like, but
my apparel can still run the range.
AH> I was in a concert band where I sat next to a
AH> guy who drove me crazy because he ignored all
AH> foreign terminology such as "staccato" and
AH> refused to accept my interpretation.... :-))
"Why are you playing so punctual?"
"Look between `stab' and `symphony'." Says the clarinet player, `wetting her
AH> I think Hoffnung was onto something.
Would I know his series?
AH> In my experience people often do select a
AH> particular instrument because there's something
AH> about it, and about the type of music generally
AH> associated with it, which resonates with their
AH> preferred reasoning style. Here are two
AH> caricatures of my own, using this theory:
[Putting on my thinking cap. |-]
AH> -- these are the people about whom it is said
AH> "S/he lived life to the
AH> fullest" or "S/he likes anything which goes
AH> fast, smells bad and/or
AH> makes a lot of noise". (I put the first
AH> example in the past tense
AH> because I hear it most often after one of
AH> them has been buried in an
AH> avalanche while skiing in an out-of-bounds
AH> area.) They themselves
AH> say they enjoy the "adrenaline rush" when
AH> they take physical risks.
AH> -- learns by doing, doesn't plan ahead or
AH> -- chooses the trumpet in grade eight
AH> because s/he thinks it has only
AH> three notes, or the drums because s/he is
AH> hoping to avoid learning to
AH> read music, or the saxophone because it's
AH> easier than the clarinet...
AH> or so s/he says. But these instruments can
AH> also make a lot of noise!
I'll buy the noise part! (Ow... It hurts to laugh.)
AH> -- usually prefers rock music, with the
AH> bass amplified, but may also
AH> enjoy American-style marches (fast & loud)
AH> and/or jazz (improvisation)
Wind in the hair, seat of the pants... I'm sure you noticed my confusion with
the A-type personality.
Likewise, it's a sliding scale, isn't it? I saw a special, about people whose
life work is to assault Everest. One fellow, was portrayed as a cowboy,
shoot'em up, no holds bared... The next, his former partner, refused to climb
with spark-plug after one of cowboy's errors put his life in serious peril, and
the cowboy left him for dead.
Now, there's two VERY much `wind in your hair' personalities, and the cowboy of
the two is likely to describe his friend as, "Dying doing the thing he
loved..." If, it wasn't for his impending survival. The soft spoken fella, said
very quietly, "No, I can not climb with him any more. I don't want to talk
Jack Karawak, William S., Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Coltrane... They both
probably prefer Andean folk songs, but that's beside the point.
AH> -- these are the people who, as teenagers,
AH> feel uncomfortable when the
AH> English teacher wants them to think & ask
AH> for some boxes to fill in.
AH> They like team sports with rules and/or
AH> "working out" on a schedule.
AH> -- learns by rote memory, likes
AH> predictability & structure
AH> -- favours instruments which haven't
AH> changed much during the past few
AH> centuries and/or which conform to somebody
AH> else's opinion as to what
AH> is suitable (e.g. violin, bagpipes,
AH> Conservatory piano, or some other
AH> option deemed by the current whim of
AH> fashion to be gender-appropriate)
And then there's the `fusion' bagpipe player, or one that incorporates it into
a comedy act, and makes it sound like a British emergency vehicle. As you might
have noticed, (It's not for a lack of me badgering you with it. ;-) I was the
rebel without a clue (PBS is running a James Dean special, coincidentally.)
that got irritated by all that time guitar players were tuning their
instruments, while `sticks' was making funny faces. So, after the practice pad
lost its allure, my drum teacher came over to set up my first drum-set.
"Boy, that's a *LOT* of tuning he's doing!" No wonder the drummer was out of
his mind by the time the 12-string comes out of the case. He just finished
tuning twelve lugs on his snare drum, another twelve on the snare-side of the
same drum, and depending on the model, might have adjusted up to thirty
settings to do with the strainer. Then there's the practice of effective
muffling. Oh, and now the second tom-tom rattles the snares, and the base-drum
rings the floor tom. ... ... ...
I first thought I could show up for work, and get payed to beat things up. The
more I learned, the more I realized just how tedium, and vigilance played into
(That's a double entandre, isn't it? |-) the preparation. I was rather stoked
at reading, and technique, and everything musical to do with the discipline,
but the dynamics was the hardest learned lesson. Imagine, a thirteen yo, in his
hometown playing his first gig of polkas and waltzes, with a rock-n-roll
teacher being his only instruction to that point. "How come you keep telling me
to tone it down? I thought I really nailed those fills."
Ah, the trouble with youth, is it's wasted on the young.
AH> -- usually prefers music which has been
AH> around for quite some time so
AH> s/he can copy the way others have done it
AH> before. Glares at Dallas &
AH> me for laughing during a PDQ Bach concert,
AH> then leaves in disgust at
AH> the intermission after finally realizing
AH> the whole thing is a put-on.
L!!! You two sound like a hoot!
The one who stomps off, is equally irked when I tell them `classical' music was
written with a *very* disposable intent. `Pop' music is written to last in
perpetuity. Quite the opposite has proven true to a large extent, but the `too
tightly wound' are likely to storm off before the real conversation even
AH> Since the "intuitive" reasoning styles involve
AH> another level of complexity, I'll leave them for
AH> later. Suffice it to say that, notwithstanding
AH> certain remarks I made about drummers, I think
AH> those who are really good at it have an
AH> "intuitive" component to their thinking. You
Ya... Clear as MUD! <LOL>
AH> alluded to this when you remarked that some of
AH> the drummers you've known lack sensitivity in
AH> regard to their instruments and/or to the volume
AH> which suits the music they're playing. In order
AH> to be really good at it one also needs mental
AH> flexibility, and that's where the "perception"
AH> comes in. You need it when the score calls for
AH> some piece of equipment you don't have available
AH> & you must find a plausible substitute
AH> immediately if not sooner. The right answer in
AH> such situations is whatever achieves the desired
AH> effect.... :-)
Bangin' on the pots and pans. After my first episode of Ed Sullivan, mom had to
wash my `equipment.'
Last I looked, something seems broken on Kevin's board. I went to set my
message pointers back on this echo, and I've lost the wherewithal to change to
this echo to do so. <scratching head>
JB> Have I called you a challenging corespondent? ...Lately?
AH> Thanks... I love you too. :-)))
Hugs and kisses! ;-) I just got off the phone with my sister in Van. She called
to inform me her MIL just passed. BIL is going through the usual, and they had
a long walk last night. Now, she was reportedly a handful, but the two of them
did invest a good deal of time in her care. As she was located in Montreal,
that was no small feat.
To avoid the glib if I may, she was loved too, and yes if caring for a person
is loving, I do have love for you guys there too. Now, because chances are good
we may never meet in person, give the family a hug for me, will you?
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