MorrisseyMan

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from Terra Australis (Australia)

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    • The slackest man on the planet

      12 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      And now, the most anticipated event since the film "Waterworld II"...

      A new journal by MorrisseyMan!

      How have you all been? Well, I know I have been slack in the past five months, but I honestly lacked two things to keep me coming back: time and modivation. But I am forcing myself to write this journal because I miss talking to you guys.

      Well, here are the major events inmy life since I was struck down with chicken pox:

      I have began piano lessons again! It's been about seven years since proper lessons, and it's great to have them again. I have gotten so much better at playing classical piano. And, because of that, my jazz piano has also gotten a hell of a lot better. I have also had a big change in my style, I play a lot cooler (less notes, but each note has more meaning). I used to just solo really fast, and, after listening to one album (Bill Evans - Interplay) my style changed completely.

      Let's see... Nothing much at school... I'll keep you posted on that front :P

      And now my main news: I have now got a regular gig! The trio and I play every Saturday (work permitting - I'll talk about that in a second) at a little restaurant called Portobello. It's great. Not great pay, but we get a lot of publicity, because it is right out on the street. A lot of people stop to hear us play, one bloke was there for about an hour and a half! And another really cool thing is that we will be playing at the Basement, which is the Gold Coast's big Jazz venue. We have been invited to play, and we might even get another regular guest spot! So excited.

      In secondary news, I am now a working man. I work at Woolworths (a supermarket) as a "Service Cashier" (lazer lad). I have only been there for three shifts, and I am really enjoying it a hell of a lot more then Subway... The people are a lot nicer, and I get to talk over the loud speaker :D

      Anyway, was just a little entry to say that I am (very) alive, and I am hoping to get back into the swing of RT soon...

      ...but I say that all the time :P

      I've missed you all,

      Lochlan

    • I'm sick...

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Good afternoon.

      Today I found out that I have chicken pox. Funny that. It was so unexpected. But oh well. At least I miss out on the last week of school smiley0.gif

      Lochlan

    • He comes from the mountains...

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Wow. I made a journal. Sorry I haven't been very constant in the stream of my journals. Not enough time. Anyway, here is something I... borrowed... from Darthdidious' profile. It takes your name and tells you your destiny.

      Here's mine.

      You entered: Lochlan Thomas Morrissey*

      There are 22 letters in your name.
      Those 22 letters total to 102
      There are 7 vowels and 15 consonants in your name.

      Your number is: 3

      The characteristics of #3 are: Expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living.

      The expression or destiny for #3:
      An Expression of 3 produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing, speaking, singing, acting or teaching; our entertainers, writers, litigators, teachers, salesmen, and composers. You also have the destiny to sell yourself or sell just about any product that comes along. You are imaginative in your presentation, and you may have creative talents in the arts, although these are more likely to be latent. You are an optimistic person that seems ever enthusiastic about life and living. You are friendly, loving and social, and people like you because you are charming and such a good conversationalist. Your ability to communicate may often inspire others. It is your role in life to inspire and motivate; to raise the spirits of those around you.

      The negative side of number 3 Expression is superficiality. You may tend to scatter your forces and simply be too easygoing. It is advisable for the negative 3 to avoid dwelling on trivial matters, especially gossip.

      Your Soul Urge number is: 7

      A Soul Urge number of 7 means:
      With a number 7 Soul Urge you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop you idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom. You may be too laid back and withdrawn to really succeed in the business world, and you will be much more comfortable in circumstances that are tolerant of your reserve, your analytical approach, and your desire to use your mind rather than your physical being.

      You are very timid around people that you don't know very well, so much so at times that casual conversation and social situations can be strained. You tend to repress your emotions to the extend that some people have a good bit of difficult understanding you. You tend to be very selective with friends and you don't easily adapt to new environments or to new people very quickly.

      The negative traits of the 7 include becoming too much the introvert and isolated from others.

      Your Inner Dream number is: 5

      An Inner Dream number of 5 means:
      You dream of being totally free and unrestrained by responsibility. You see yourself conversing and mingling with the natives in many nations, living for adventure and life experiences. You imagine what you might accomplished.

      *This is the name on my birth cirtificate.

      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      That's creepy... It describes me perfectly. Freaky.

      Here it is. Try it yourself.

      MorrisseyMan

    • Batman

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Ualuealuealueale

      (Thanks to Squeak for finding this for me)

    • It had me in stitches...

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      stitches9wd.jpg

      Level ?? Undead (Elite)
      It criticalled me for 566...

      Scared me... And sorry I have been slack. Not enough time to come on here... I shall try to be more frequent in my journals smiley0.gif

      Lochlan

    • The Second

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Good morning all.

      As the title will suggest, I am on my second day home. I have got a head cold, and I just generally feel like crap. It's gotten better since yesterday, but I'm still too sick to go to school today. Besides, I'm only missing out on two periods today, because it is sport day.

      I'll probably be better tomorrow, at this rate.

      Lochlan

    • The First

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Good evening.

      Just another quick one to say that our gig was AWESOME. Both of them were good, but the wedding with just the trio was just plain brilliant. There were people watching us, and, after we left, someone said that lots of people asked after us. It was so cool.

      Anyway, back to cell biology smiley5.gif

      Lochlan

    • Just a quiche... I mean quicky...

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Just a quick journal to say that I have resolved to become I conductor when I am older. As in of an orchestra, not a train.

      See, told you it was quick!

      (Maestro) Lochlan - Hehhehehehehehhe

    • I'm back (again)!

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Good early morning everyone.

      Yep, I'm back. Actually, I got back on Monday, I've just been slack.

      Mudgee was boring. Enough said.

      Exciting things happening this week:

      2 gigs!

      2!

      The first is tonight. 70 of the wealthiest people on the Gold Coast (where I live) will be there, and we are playing for them. There will be the Sextet, the Trio (the best band ever) and the always beautiful Katie playing harp. I'm really looking forward to it. It'll be awsome. We have to fill two hours, but that really isn't that long. Serious gigs go for about four hours, so we gotta learn to play that long.

      The second is on Saturday, and that is just the Trio. It's at a wedding; the pre-dinner drinks. We play for about one and a half hours, which will be cool. And for this gig, we actually get paid. AU$100, which is pretty damn good for an hour and a half's work. I'm more excited about the wedding then tonight, and I have no idea why.

      Anyway, that's enough from me.

      It's nice to be back for a decent amount of time.

      Lochlan

      And now, some funny pictures

      sumowrestling4ay.jpg
      solidsnake6ec.jpg
      episodewwi8sy.jpg

      Hell, I think they are funny smiley0.gif

    • Well, I'm back.

      13 years ago

      MorrisseyMan

      Good afternoon all.

      Yes, I am, or more specifically, my computer is, back. There are only two words to describe it:

      ALERT RAPE

      Well, it has been two weeks, but it was worth it, because the computer doesn't keep on crashing every 10 minutes.

      In the last two weeks things to note (that I want to tell you):

      1. I got my computer back.

      2. Wrote a few Jazz tunes.

      3. Purchased the greatest Jazz album ever.

      4. Had a revelation.

      And now, the eplanations:

      1. Got my comptuer back.

      See above.

      Wrote a few Jazz tunes.

      Some good, some not-so-good. The best one (which I finished today) is called Girl With The Golden Hair (a song about my gal Katie. Lyrics and everything!), which I will arrange for the school's Big Band.

      Purchased the best Jazz album ever.

      Bill Evans - Conversations With Myself

      The greatest Jazz album ever. It is him overdubbing himself, so there are three Bill Evanses playing simultaniously. So good. I cried when I listened to the first song, which was my favourite Jazz song, 'Round Midnight, when I first listened. Evans is a true genius, and this shows it in great detail. All the songs are the best versions of them I have ever heard, especially 'Round Midnight. As close to musical perfection as you are going to get.

      4. Had a revelation.

      Writing things out by hand is so much more rewarding then typing. For some reason, I get more satisfaction from writing out stories and music by hand.

      Other information:

      I am going down to Mudgee (which is near Newcastle) for another wedding, so I won't be on for another four days as of Friday. I am driving down, which is about 10 hours. So, to entertain myself, I am going to arrange Girl With The Golden Hair for Big Band. You don't need a piano; it is all in the chords and the tune. You can work around that stuff.

      Anyway, I will try and get around to reading everything, and maybe commenting.

      It's good to be back.

      Lochlan - smiley0.gif

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  • Comments (127)

    • MrSquiggle

      12 years ago

      why are you online?

      your never online

      OMGWTFBBQPOLARBEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111111oneoneoneelven

    • noobalicious

      12 years ago

      hiya smiley1.gif

    • squeak117

      12 years ago

      Penis?

    • randomiser

      12 years ago

      you should join clan australis. its attempting to unite all of australia on RT

    • squeak117

      12 years ago

      You're a comedic explosion. Har-Har.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Heh...you'll get a kick out of this, its a jazz rendition of the first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata. Unfortunately the video doesn't last to the end.

      To my ear it sounds like he's really just playing the same chords to a jazzy rhythm. What do you think?

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      Boo smiley11.gifsmiley11.gifsmiley1.gif

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Yes I know that Dvorak Trio! My teacher is playing it. Its got one hell of a piano part in it.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      No, 12-tone music isn't limiting, its actually meant to be liberating. The composer doesn't just write music with only 12 notes, the term "12-tone", or dodecaphonic, means that all 12 notes of the chromatic scale are treated equally. In tonal music we use a 7-tone scale where each not has a hierarchical importances, such as whether or not it is the tonic note, or the dominant, or whether or not the note is consonant or dissonant. Schoenberg created a system of organizing pitch that does not give any one note any more importance than another. I've started to read about it, so I don't no much yet, but I find it really fascinating. I'm currently listening to Schoenberg's "Ode to Napoleon". Its a dodecaphonic piece for piano, 2 violins, cello, and solo voice. Ode to Napoleon is a peom by the great poet Lord Byron. The voice part is not exactly sung. Its more like speaking in rhythm, with some indications at certain points as to pitch and articulation. This sort of thing is another one of Schoenberg's new ideas. He was a very original composer, that's for sure.

    • BoneGuy

      13 years ago

      I'm a legend? When did that happen? smiley3.gif Thanks for the comment though, jazz is awesome to no end. smiley1.gif

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Well I'm probably going to start teaching soon, so I'm just getting in the right mode.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Continued from previous comment.

      Just one more this about the first movement. Resist the urge to play the Allegro section too quickly. I don't know what tempo it is played at in the recording you have, but I'm willing to bet its too fast. 128 quarter-notes per minute is just fine. And you should spend a lot of time practicing the fast stuff slowly. Don't feel you have to get things up to tempo ASAP. Take your time.

      Anyway, I won't write as much for the second movement. I will again stress the importance of legato-fingering though. Its VERY important in this movement. The right hand has to play an accompanyment at the same as playing the melody, and the melody must be legato. Switching fingers will be necassary to do this. I'll give you a good fingering for the melody of the first phrase (bars 1-4): 5, 4-3, 5, 4, 3, 4, 5-4, 5, 3 Things get even worse when he goes into Ab minor and changes the accompanyment to repeated triplet chords. You still need to connect the melody notes, and you'll need to switch some fingers to do so. You not only need to play the melody legato, but the base line should be too, but this isn't as difficult to do, but you will be switch some fingers.

      And since I haven't play the last movement I can't tell you anything about it! Other than to notice the similarity between the pick-up notes to the 3rd movement's main theme, and the pick-up notes to the second theme of the first movement. They're exactly the same (just in a different key and time). God I love Beethoven!

      Anyway, enough from me.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Oh yes it is hard. Without a doubt. Are you learning the whole thing?

      But I will tell you this: its not nearly the hardest thing he wrote!

      I've played the first and second movements of the Pathetique. I think I ought to give a little bit of advice about playing it (Heh, you know me, a LITTLE bit of advice isn't exactly a little).

      For the 1st movement:

      For the opening grave section, make sure that you COUNT OUT LOUD. Its marked "Grave", which means really really slow (among other things) and you should probably play it at 1 quarter note= 46 beats/minute. Yes, THAT slow, and yes, COUNT IT OUT LOUD. Just because its slow doesn't mean you don't have to keep time. Pay careful attention to subdividing the beat. It'd be good to count sixteenth notes (I was taught: ONE-ee-and-a TWO-ee-and-a THREE-ee-and-a etc). That's what I had to do. So, COUNT!

      Now no doubt you've heard recordings of this piece before, and someone with your musical background is probably very good at playing by ear (I suck at it). RESIST THE URGE TO DO THIS! Read the notes, read the markings and pay close attention to the forte-pianos, sforzandos, and crescendo/decrescendo markings. About sforzandos, they are "relative" to what the current dynamic level is. Since the dynamic in this case is piano, then don't play them so loud. It should just be a slightly fuller sound than normal.

      Also, have you been taught much about changing your fingers on a single note in order to play legato? Chopin did it all the time, and its an incredibly important part of piano playing. It's especially important when playing legato octaves or chords (not just important, necessary). Now I'm not sure what edition your working from, or what fingering it suggests. If its from the Sheet Music Archive, then what they suggest is pretty good. As a general rule, in the right hand when you're playing an octave the is resolving upwards by step or another octave, play it with 1 and 4, and play the next octave with 1 and 5, being sure to actually connect the upper notes together with your fingers (it should still sound legato without any pedal). Likewise in the right hand when moving down by step, use your 4th and 5th fingers to connect the upper notes. In long runs of parallel legato octaves, you need to switch your 5th finger with your 4th often to connect them. Now at certain tempi this just isn't possible, but at slower tempi its a must. Sometimes you can even connect 3 parallel octaves moving by step with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers. If you can play an octave between your 1st and 3rd finger then there's no reason why you couldn't do that at certain points. So to sum up, its important you play this open Grave section legato, especially when it enters Eb major and the melody is all parallel octaves.

      Now there's a re-occurring motif that dominates this entire movement, both the Grave section and the Allegro di molto con brio. Can you guess what it is? Its quite simple actually. Take a look at the first bar, and count 6 notes inwards. At the 6th note you have a chord resolving to another chord, and they are specifically connected using slurs. The 6th note functions like an appoggiatura to the 7th note. Now take a look at the rest of the page. See anything? Are there any other places where Beethoven wrote two notes, connected by a slur, with the first note resolving either downwards by step or upwards by step (usually by semi-tone too) to the second note? He does it again in bar 2, in bar 3, bar 5, bar 6, bar 7, and bar 8 (twice). Notice how he very specifically and very consistently slurs these notes together. Now look at the Allegro di molto e con brio section. Notice something at bar 45-48? Now look at the second theme in Eb-minor, starting at bar 51. Look at bar 53, 54 , the last two notes of 56, twice in 57, the first two notes of 58, 61, 62, etc etc.... Now the development section at bar 137. He starts it like the Allegro di molto e con brio, but he seems to introduce an entirely new theme at bar 140. Or is it? Play bar 140 at the same speed as the Grave section. Sound familiar? Beethoven new his stuff smiley0.gif . I think you probably get the picture. This is a very important motif in the piece. Be sure that when you play them that you decrescendo to the second note. DON'T crescendo to the second note. The first must be stronger than the second.

      And listen to the diminuendo of a note when you play notes that are held for a fairly long period of time. One of the piano's few weaknesses is that when you strike any note, it immediately begins to diminish, and the pianist has no real control over this (except how loud he plays it in the first place), and it varies from instrument to instrument. Violins can sustain a note indefinitely, and so can wind instruments if they use the right breathing technique, but not the piano smiley2.gif . This is a real problem when it comes to playing cantabile, and creating a well-shaped phrase. Many a pianist has butchered a Chopin nocturne by not paying attention to the natural diminuendo of a note, and the result was a poorly shaped melodic line. So play the note, and listen to how much it diminishes by, and play the second note at the exact same volume that the first was reduced to, as if there is a decrescendo over both of them. It ain't easy! In fact its friggen hard! You will need to do this in the Grave sections especially, and especially on those slurred notes that I pointed out. When the tempo is quick its not really a problem, because the next note sounds before the first has a chance to diminish, so its easier to shape a phrase. This is why slow music is hard, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Its part of the reason why Chopin's nocturnes are so hard. Basically, its why playing the piano is hard!

      So, that about covers it for the first movement. (more in next comment!)

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Its actually some Beethoven. Its this folky little Sonatina he wrote.

    • icehcky8

      13 years ago

      Heh, Morrissey is the name of my dorm.

    • SCOTTIMUS

      13 years ago

      ok now i know to stay away from guys with kgb on their jackets

    • SCOTTIMUS

      13 years ago

      yeah i know who stalin is but i had no idea what kgb was

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Indeed. Might I suggest the Ab major one from the same opus (not the other Ab major one from the previous set). Its the easiest of the Impromptus, but one of the most beautiful ones. It has a very beatiful trio in Db-major in it.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      I noticed that too. That's why I sent you a friend request. It had to have been an error.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Lol! That's one of the funniest things I've ever read! Thanks.

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      cool video

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      no secret other than playing too much smiley6.gif ---level 14 now

    • squeak117

      13 years ago

      Here is the Leaning Tower of Pisa one.

      www.compfused.com/directlink/1155/

    • squeak117

      13 years ago

      Hey... someone doesn't like you!

      Check this out:

      video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4448785354619509294&q=halo

    • darthyoda99

      13 years ago

      idont like you

    • Whitemage

      13 years ago

      Do you know Christopher O' Reily? He particularly likes Radiohead, so he reinterperets their music into piano. Its fantastic stuff. Personally, I like his interperetations of "Hold me to This", but my tastes are not yours.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      I never talked to most of my friends. For a while I was just accepting and friend request I got, then I would only accept certain ones, and then I just said "screw it" and deleted all of the to the only few that I actually liked. I also changed my settings so now people can't send me friend requests.

    • mauntysheart

      13 years ago

      well alrighty then. sorry if i was being too picky.

    • mauntysheart

      13 years ago

      on your pictures of the pianists you say that everyone of them is the best.
      isn't there ususally only one best?

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      that's funny--i know of one other person that does also

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Holy crap! That was hilarious! Thanks for that.

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      because i am super special and have the ability to time travel smiley1.gif

    • squeak117

      13 years ago

      smiley4.gifsmiley4.gifsmiley4.gifsmiley4.gif

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Thanks. That was very interesting to read.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      o_O

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Yea I know that piece. Its great, and yes its REALLY hard. I can't play it either.

    • MrSquiggle

      13 years ago

      yea, lucky he didnt type anything cause that would be worse

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      there was an ancient king with the same name

      Artaxerxes I Longimanus King of Persia

      longimanus refers to the long fingers

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      long shanks------do you think you are a king now or something

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Oh I see what you meant now. No problem. I pretty dead-set on those games right now, so I'm probably going to get the regardless of what anyone says. I guess I was just looking for an excuse to write a new journal.

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Spam? How is it spam?

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      can't belive you have never seen it---it must be close to 20 years old by now
      definitely worth the rental---it is one of the movies in my own collection

    • commisaro

      13 years ago

      Hey, would you happen to know any good books/websites that could teach my to play jazz piano?

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      check out this site also
      www.buddyrich.com/community/tributes.html

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      buddy rich performed under his own name---you will find many cd's that way

      he occasionally would play with other artists, but mostly it was with his own band

      just look under his name in the store

    • noobalicious

      13 years ago

      it looks like it's back to business as usual--someone outed me on my new profile smiley4.gif , so i will be doing journals and commenting like before

    • DarthDidious

      13 years ago

      Yea well its slowed to a trickle now. I think that when you get past 30 you need tons of mods to get any higher. I really don't care much any more though.

    • wilshire117

      13 years ago

      so hows nsw goin???

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