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The Typewriter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I thought this was very entertaining. Of course you have to be of an age to know the old typewriter - even when I was in high school we had electric typewriters...but my mom had one of these ancient kind and that's what my sister and I often used to type up our reports and essays. I still remember the "ding"!

Just popped in to track my food and fitness and a virtual 5K and there was a wonderful music blog from dear Trev.

It reminded me of 'The Typewriter' so figured I share it with all of you!
Hope all is well in your world. I'm busy, busy, crazy busy...and miss you!

***Just got a Spark Mail from Trev and thought I'd share what he says with some other tips for this kind of you can check it out as well....

" I am quite familiar with the music of Leroy Anderson and hold him in very high esteem. We attempted this and about a dozen other miniature classics when I was at college. I played the violin part in the orchestra for not only this one but "The syncopated clock," "Fiddle Faddle." "Buglers Holiday" and the ever famous "Sleigh Ride" Many people compare my work to Leroy Anderson and one other lesser known British composer "Ronald Binge" - Anderson has a wonderful light heartedness to his work where Ronald Binge tends to write a little more seriously and has a gift for wonderful pleasant melodies that are very pleasing to the ear. I consider it a wonderful compliment when my work is compared to this field.

If you go onto youtube you should be able to check out Ronald Binge, he lived about the same time as Leroy Anderson both dying in the seventies and at a similar age too. A couple of Binge works worth listening to are "The Watermill" for Oboe and Orchestra, "Cornet Carillon" for brass band, and "Sailing By" for orchestra, not forgetting his wonderful "Elizabethan Serenade" - that is probably his most famous work."
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  • GIVEUP30
    I was one of the old school typewriter student. I learned to memorized where the keys were and got A's on the key board tests those are the tests I this day I love teaching young students the key board......hey hey hey .....this of course is the same key board for the computer.... emoticon
    1448 days ago
    Love it! emoticon
    1449 days ago
    I've heard this piece many times, it was great to see it as a video.

    Our school used manual typewriters for typing class. There was one Selectric, but it was reserved for the best typists and I wasn't one of them. I managed to hit 40 wpm by the end of the semester. I then dropped the class since I didn't intend to ever be a typist for a living. And I haven't, but I did have one employer that thought I should be one -- it took several weeks before he decided that I'd never be very good.

    I always wished that I had had the wonders of word processing to use when I was typing term papers and such. It is so much easier to correct typos on the screen than on paper. Especially when you have OCD when it comes to having the typing perfect...

    I still have a portable manual typewriter around this place somewhere - haven't used it since I got my first computer 30 or so years ago.

    It's good to see a post from you. Drop in with a short note from time to time, will you??

    1449 days ago
    Dear Linda,
    We had an very old fashion type writer. The letters were in a semi-circle, I use to love using it as a toy. I would try to type as fast as possible and see if I could 'confuse' the type writer where two letters met at the same time and became stuck, then I would type more letters to see how many would get stuck together. I also remember switching the ribbon, which was messy as switching an used up ink cartridge on our printers today!

    I was disappointed in that I tried twice with Trev's musical blog and received an error message both times and it did not run for me. I am fascinated with clocks and time, one birthday present when I was young was an alarm clock/radio.

    I too have some musical talent, I played alto saxophone from grade school all the way through senior high school at Moon. I was in the Jazz band with a baritone sax. I marched with an alto. My sister played clarinet and her son has musical talent too. He performed in two musicals at Moon high school and Canters Sunday Masses. I once had the wonderful chance to hear his tenor canter at a Christmas service!

    PS. I howled for a few minutes over the funny I received from you earlier

    1449 days ago
  • RAINA413
    Oh!! I loved that SO much!! I even shared it on my Facebook page...well, the typewriter part, at least. What a wonderful blog!!
    1449 days ago
    emoticon Hi! Good blog. I remember the old type writers. Banged around on one when I was a kid. Love to listen to his music too. I am musically tone deaf so I'm told. His music makes me want to smile....
    1449 days ago
    love the Typewriter
    1450 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    A Wonderful Blog. Love It. The Typewriter. Love Trev music too. Come Back to Spark.. We miss You. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.
    1450 days ago
  • TREV1964
    Wow Linda,

    A wonderful blog and plug too, thank you so very much.

    I gather that Ronald Binge is not that well known in the states - he is not as commercial as Leroy Anderson but this does not stop his music being absolutely wonderful at the same time. There is a lot of British characteristics in Binge that I draw quite a bit of inspiration from. I blend this with the teachings of my composition teacher Alan Bullard who works in East Anglia Essex/Suffolk in and around Benjamin Britten country.

    I may be posting one or two of my recent commission on here the inspiration set of 24 piano pieces completes in February.

    Once again thank you so much Linda for your priceless support,

    Cheers and love as always.

    1450 days ago
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