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If I had known my image could be manipulated and sold after death I would protected it. I don’t want my heirs making money off me dancing w a mop . I would never have signed a contract to sell mop and glow . Sincerely, Bing Crosby

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All boomer rock.ai

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Fleetwood Mac.ai

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Does anyone know what happened with the money in the Spears story. Tell me that, and I’ll tell you who the good and bad guys were.

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Okay we definitely have a time warp here 😎

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Please tell me what was “ conspiracy addled brain nonsense”. It may seem that way to you ,I can assure you every word is true. I have first hand experience unfortunately and can refer you to CEAR an organization whose CEO that has testified in front of many state legislatures and congress to try to bring a stop to this despicable enterprise.

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Harrison was right back then. And he remains right today. That song was fucking horrible. I've heard it maybe 3 times - twice only partly. It sucks. Truly, there are enough fools in the world that the thing somehow survives.

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I’ll pass on the BS article. Puns!

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Could AI listen to Symphonies 1-9 of Ludwig van Beethoven and then create a Symphony No. 10? It would be interesting to listen to - though I understand the genius of Beethoven was in part that each of his symphonies was different and distinct from the others.

Because Beethoven was deaf when he wrote Symphony No. 9, and had to compose it entirely inside his brain, it would be interesting to compare a composition from a machine that can't hear with the greatness of No. 9.

Someone once wrote about Symphony No. 9: "If you're going to write a big symphony, you might as well make it the biggest one ever composed (at the time). And if you're going to make it about something, you might as well make it about the triumphant union of mankind. "

I am open minded about what a machine can do and if it can create something that can be regarded 200 years later as one of the cornerstones of Western civilization.

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Poor Joe Biden...he can’t stop trying to be cool. Old men(& women) shouldn’t pretend to know which pop stars are in Rio! Perhaps he should reminisce about songs like “Old Man River”...”he just keeps rolling along”!

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The entire “ professional guardianship” industry is a sham and a scam. It has a thin public veneer of respectability but is in fact a very diabolical organized criminal enterprise designed to target vulnerable people with assets in order to steal those assets.

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Radio is full all day long of the music of people long dead--Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms--what would the airways be without their creations? Once art is launched into the world, isn't the fact that it survives the artist one of the most wonderful things about it? That our creations do not have to die along with us is what enables us to have and enjoy musical and other artistic heritages in the first place. The life spans of individual composers, and of their listeners, are in a crucial sense incidental to this enjoyment, even quite irrelevant to it. Consider the following observation by Karl Ove Knausgaard:

"Everyone's life contained a horizon, the horizon of death, and it lay somewhere between the second and third generations before us, and the second and third generations after us. We, and those we lived with and loved, existed between those two lines. Outside were the others, the dead and the as yet unborn. There, life was a chasm without us. That was why a figure like Hamlet could be so important. He was a work of fiction, someone had made him up, given him thoughts and actions and a space in which to act, but the point was that fiction was no longer a valid dividing line, a valid distinction, the moment one stepped beyond the horizon of death, Hamlet was neither more nor less living than the historical figures who had once occupied the earth; in a certain sense anyone from then was fictional. Or, since Hamlet was made of words and ideas, the others of flesh and bone, was it only he and his life form that could overcome time and mortality?"

Substitute Palestrina's 'Missa Papae Marcelli' for 'Hamlet'--'melody and orchestration' for 'words and ideas'--and ask yourself if Knausgaard isn't right.

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"Radio is full all day long of the music of people long dead--Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms-"

Really? Where are you that this is so? Here in the NYC metro area there is exactly one classical music station -- and it's doing fund-raising half the time.

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Nov 21, 2023·edited Nov 21, 2023

Toronto. We have very stodgy taste in music, for which I'm quite thankful. Just about every musical tradition is alive and well here.

In any event, I'm sure you can borrow classical music CDs to your heart's content from your local library; and you can certainly purchase them from Amazon. You won't even have to enter "dead composers" as a search strategy: it's a safe bet neither Amazon nor anybody else ever thought of marketing music in such a bizarrely arbitrary and counter-intuitive way, the music of dead composers remaining every bit as listenable as it was when they were alive. In my local library branch you can browse CDs alphabetically by composer, and find Dvorak (dead) and Dylan (living) side by side.

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Only extended visit to Toronto was about 25 years ago at which time it felt a lot like NYC felt to me when I was a child. If it's still That Way... but I'm further north that my 75+ years like as it is. All you say and also a choral tenor and I do G&S when the runes align. Thanks!

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Nov 21, 2023·edited Nov 21, 2023

Ah! I wonder, Casey, have you ever come across this little known work by the late Srul Irving Glick? With your background, it's my guess that once you've heard the first four or five bars you're going to sit back and relax, confident you're in the hands of a master composer!

You won't be disappointed: this is music to enter heaven by. There's a short minor passage near the end, as if one of the pilgrims has lost his way--an intimation of how terrible it would be to be left behind! But this doesn't last long. And then the "brothers and sisters" are lining up to cross the river into the celestial city:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8wzCgA4Z7c

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How did this guy avoid the mandatory Kool-Aid? (Background: My daughter was at Eastman for a few years a few years ago. The composition students all had two portfolios; one for the crap that the professors demanded and one for actual music... I once said of "classical" music that anything under 100 years old is highly suspect at best -- until in 1974 that let Schoenberg's nose under the tent...) Anyway, actual music does escape from the kakistocracy but it's not easily found Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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Stop using AI in art! Aural and visual. That's it.

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What happens when the meat puppet holding the highest position in the land has to face a crisis in real time? Who will cajole coerce prod provoke beguile or otherwise LEAD the leader of the free world?

Serious question. Who's going to make the call and who elected THAT person?

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The genius of the Constitution is the Executive Branch - one person to make those decisions. It was not intended to be a committee of also-rans.

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Executive power has increased with every POTUS in my lifetime. Each gathers more and adds to that taken by their predecessor. And the Legislative branch gets weaker and weaker as the Executive bureaucracies have unconstitutionally taken power that the Legislative has lost.

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Original Funkadelic doesn’t get the love it deserves.

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They do from me! Eddie Hazel and Mike Hampton! Gary Shider! Fuzzy Haskins! George was a genius and also the worst singer in the band ironically.

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