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Re: [F_minor] Something Old and Something Blue/Grey
Shouldn't Petula Clark be on there somewhere too?? We certainly all
remember Glenn and Pet.
On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM, Houpt, Fred <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I love it......
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> Fred and All --
> Guess you didn't hear, but after 5 years of intensive supercomputer
> analysis, NASA has finally decoded the first radio message we've ever
> received from intelligent life in outer space.
> Here's the message:
> SEND MORE CHUCK BERRY
> (this joke was found carved on a Mesopotamian ziggurat from 4300 BCE)
> Anyway, somebody just mentioned that I posted Cornelia Foss' painting of
> GG -- it was rather difficult to find and filch, but I filched it anyway
> -- and here it is:
> Love, in oil on canvas, from 40 years of his lover's memory.
> "But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the
> earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But
> the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the
> love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a
> land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the
> only survival, the only meaning."
> -- Thornton Wilder, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (1927)
> quoted by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair at NYC memorial service for 9/11
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> Subject: RE: [F_minor] Something Old and Something Blue/Grey
> On another "note" (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun, forgive me),
> consider the possibility that Glenn's music making will go on forever.
> Why? Remember this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record ?
> Well, for those who don't recall, NASA made sound recordings of many
> types of human sounds and put it on a golden disc. On this disc we have
> The Well-Tempered Clavier
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Well-Tempered_Clavier> , Book 2,
> Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C major played by GG. I thought about this
> yesterday. The spacecraft will take over 40,000 more years at it's
> current speed to reach the vicinity of the closest star on its
> trajectory. However, it occurred to me that there was no certainty that
> it would be stopped by or go into orbit around that star. I realized
> that it could continue on its journey throughout our galaxy and maybe
> pop right out of our galaxy and drift to the next one and on and on.
> Theoretically, it was possible for our human made calling card to go
> forever on its way across the universe (sorry, I slipped in another
> musical reference....that's what you get from my musical head).
> And GG has good company on that golden disc. How about Chuck Berry
> belting out "Johnny B Goode" as well as the more sober tones led by the
> late and sadly missed David Monrow and the Early Music Consort of
> London. As well we have the 1'st movement of Beethoven's 5'th
> (naturally) as well as the animalistic Rite of Spring. One only can
> imagine what sorts of shock value these recordings might have on some ET
> in the future.
> Fred Houpt
> (must remember to make a pilgrimage to GG's grave site this summer)
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