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Ryan Herr

If you're looking for joyous music, you can't do much better than the album Funeral for a Friend by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I was dancing with one of my daughters to it recently.

Gypsy swing is awesome too, and is enjoying something of a revival. A great album that I lent out and never got back (that's okay) is The Django Reinhardt NY Festival: Live at Birdland. It includes a variety of contemporary gyspy swing musicians, such as guitarists Frank Vignola and Bireli Lagrene. (I prefer listening to contemporary recordings because the originals usually have sub-par sound quality.)

Also, for many years mandolinist David Grisman has assembled groups of acoustic musicians with bluegrass roots to play gyspy swing music.

Fiddler Mark O'Connor's Thirty-Year Retrospective live album is an ecletic mix of music alternatingly joyous and contemplative. Genres include bluegrass, gypsy swing, classical, and more.

- Ryan.

ukok

Commiserations Tim. I'm sorry you didn't win this time. I've seen your art online and i just can't understand that it was bettered by anyone elses art, but i'm sure you are too humble to agree with me on that :-)

Congratulations on the nomination though. Wow! That in itself is really quite an achievment when you think of how many artists who paint in oils, there must be in the U.S.

I'm glad you got to have a good chinwag while you were there!

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Tim J.

Sorry to hear about this.

(Just caught this via teh sidebar due to ukok's posting)

I really loved that painting of yours.

Did they (or, rather, do they?) provide you with an actual critique of what they might have found missing in your art?

About GPS, don't even fret about having these. Those I have had the unfortunate experience of using run into similar problems as those with Mapquest where some of its maps seem inaccurate.

About the 4 Tops -- used to listen to them growing up together with The Platters. Man, that was relaxingly good music to relax to back then.

Which reminds me, are you ever going to wrap up your Series concerning your Conversion into Roman Catholicism????

Tim J.

"Did they (or, rather, do they?) provide you with an actual critique of what they might have found missing in your art?"

No, there simply isn't time for anything like that, but there were a number of paintings there that I liked better than mine, and I have no problem at all with their list of winners. The painting that took the top prize was one of my favorites, in fact. This is just a very high level of competition, and I'm encouraged to bring my "A" game next year.

"Which reminds me, are you ever going to wrap up your Series concerning your Conversion into Roman Catholicism????"

Yes! Sorry to have dragged a bit on that. Like I said in the last post, I'll be getting more into the meat of my actual conversion with these next few posts, and I want to get it right, which means taking the time to look at and reflect on those events and my reactions to them in a ruthlessly honest way.

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