action scene, how does it sound?

It's pretty good. I was actually yearning for more to read. What is a juggernaut? 1. I would use little OR no effect 2. The juggernaut bashed the jeep...I would use he then bashed the jeep, instead of using the juggernaut again. Hope I helped!

I believe in spirits - not fermented spirits or metholated spirits - entities, ghostly apparitions, poltergies

i like it - it does capture the mood and makes you think. well done

Are there any English Majors out there?

I have some crits: -Wouldn't it be more accurate to describe police and detective work as "Law Enforcement", rather than "Justice"? Especially since Law is part of justice, and you mentioned that separately in the first sentence. -It would be more effective to combine the quote and proceeding sentence into one. ex. "Fresh cadets walk into Baltmore PD ready to attempt anything as they recall John Smith's famous words, '____'." Something like that. Right now they are rather 'stacked' as your prof would say. -Make sure that book title is italicized. It probably already is, but Yahoo takes off the formatting. -The rest of the paragraph is weak. If I had this printed, I'd give it an old fashioned red-pen editing. For a start, delete all of the extraneous words and go from there. -A murder does not mean a clearance. There are thousands and thousands of unsolved murders, and thousands and thousands of unsolved crimes in general. Added: I see that you address this later on. That creates a continuity conflict; you can't say that every murder ends with a clearance, and then say that only 36% do. -"That under a detectives name there is a case written in red, that they are hoping turns to black very soon." Huh? -You have a bit of a problem starting your sentences with "and" and "but". It's okay to do that occasionally, but you've done it about four times so far. -"Like Detective Rich Garvey who is quotes to have the perfect year." Should say: "...who is quoted to have a perfect year." -This whole thing needs a good old fashioned red-pen edit. There are numerous usage errors throughout. The mistakes are too small for me to bother with in typing, but they do need to be fixed.

What do you think of the list of Australias top 100 all time favorite albums?

It is a good list but one album that should have made the list is Thriller by MJ

Guess what else I'll attempt to do?

I hope your doctor can adjust those meds. It must be awful when they stop working. Goldie

Best Rock Songs???????????

Good list. But too obvious. Stubb (A Dub) - Mr. Bungle Bleed - Meshuggah In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson

Is this rhyme a rhyme?............./\/\/\/\/\/\/\?

This rhyme is very much a rhyme I have a pice of furniture made from an old barn I'm going to go home and ask it some questions

Looking for MASSIVE beats?

check nwa songs like dopeman. rick ross' maybach music ft jay-z also has a pretty nice beat despite of the lyrics. Quit Hatin' The South from ugk has an awesome beat and awesome lyrics.

Why not vote for Sanjaya with me and millions others?

Im with ya

What are your favorite endings in classical music?

Beethoven's Symphny No. 5 , AMAZING finale ending. Tchaikovsky , Piano concerto No. 1 , 1st mov ending. Rachmaninov , piano concertos 2 & 3 , finale endings. Dvorak , Symphony No. 9 , Finale ending.

Who will win the Grammy 4 Best Orchestral Performance?

I'm a Bruckner fan, so I hope Zander wins

Which is the best version of 'The Lark Ascending' ... ?

Hi Silver, Speaking for myself, I'd be interested in hearing the Nolan and Bean interpretations. I have a CD with Sarah Chang soloing with the London Philharmonic Orch. (LPO)/Bernard Haitink - which is very good, but my gut feeling is that the overall sound & feel of the Boult and Handley versions may be better. I've got other V-W cd's in my collection, and one featuring Boult conducting (Job: a Masque for Dancing, paired with Partita for Double String Orchestra) is excellent listening: the remastered sound is of a very high standard, with good balance between sections. As an aside, I've got a Chandos CD of Bryden Thomson conducting the LPO in V-W's In the Fen Country, Norfolk Rhapsody, Tallis Fantasia, and 5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus - that remains my all-time-favorite V-W cd. Gorgeous, heart-achingly beautiful, with an extraordinary sort of dignity to it. Don't know if it's out of print, but if you don't already have those V-W pieces on CD by all means acquire them! Edit: Just checked the Haitink CD, and the timing is 13:33. BTW, on this disc, Lark is paired with Symphony # 5 and the Norfolk Rhapsody. A nice combo, though I'm not convinced Haitink is a great interpreter of V-W.

Who will win the Grammy 4 Best Choral Performance?

Hopefully Bruffy - I've seen his choirs twice this season and they are fantastic.

Brahms or Mozart?

Even though I am a huge Brahms fan, I gotta go with the Mozart, simply because it's easier listening. The German Requiem needs to be listened to a number of times before you begin to understand and appreciate it. The Mozart you get and enjoy right away.

What are their names?


beethoven symphonies

Oh, bravo. Yes, Martha A? Great music to celebrate over. I enjoyed all of the seventh symphony. Check out, from YouTube, Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 part 4....

What instrument is being used in track #5?

Ondes Martenot Its an early (1928) electronic instrument. Here is a connect to the Wikipedia aricle on the instrument ~ Here's a short informative youtube clip by a master Ondes Martenot virtuoso ~ (You might be interested too, in the Theremin.) Ondes Martenot, Invented by a Frenchman (Mr. Martenot), was beloved by Messiaen. The instrument has a prominent role in the Turangalila Symphony, including in at least the second and fourth movements, although in these two 'Chants d'Amour' its use is more subtly integrated in the overall orchestral fabric. There is a prominent part for it in Messiaen's Trois Petites Liturgies pour la Presence Divine [ a very beautiful piece, there is a fine budget re-release recording available on Sony Classical, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic. ] I believe the Maestro also composed a concerto for four (4 !) Ondes Martenot. The instrument was also used by other composers around the same time, mainly French, Andre Jolivet being one. Best regards.

Who are your favorite conductors, past and present?

Sad news indeed about Ozawa. I hope the treatment works for him. Some of my favourite conductors from the past: Karel Ančerl Adrian Boult André Cluytens Edward Downes Mark Ermler Vernon Handley Eugen Jochum Rudolf Kempe István Kertész Carlos Kleiber Kirill Kondrashin Igor Markevitch Pierre Monteux Yevgeny Mravinsky Fritz Reiner Kurt Sanderling Constantin Silvestri Yevgeny Svetlanov Václav Talich Osmo Vänska Gunther Wand Some of my favourite conductors from the present: Claudio Abbado Marin Alsop John Axelrod Jiří Bělohlávek Herbert Blomstedt Riccardo Chailly Robert Craft Colin Davis Christoph von Dohnányi Charles Dutoit Mark Elder Vladimir Fedoseyev Daniele Gati Gianluigi Gelmetti Bernard Haitink (live) Neeme Järvi Dmitri Kitaenko David Lloyd-Jones Charles Mackerras Libor Pešek Vassily Petrenko Simon Rattle Donald Runnicles Michael Schønwandt Mark Wigglesworth Johannes Wildner Antoni Wit NO Karajan (can't stand his over-sleek, technicolour, sanitised, egocentric style).

Beethoven's symphonies - which versions would you recommmend?

For me, nobody beats George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra. The sound is impeccable, and the interpretations are all agreeable, retaining the best of the 'golden age' interpretations of the early 1900s without any of the wild excesses those conductors would take without sacrificing current, informed standards of the newer cycles. They're still old enough, however, that they have an almost LP-like 'glow' of blended sound-- none of the close-up fluorescent spotlight sound that, in my opinion, is a weakness of many recent recordings. Hearing a recording will never be the same as a performance, no matter how faithfully each detail of sound is reproduced, so I feel it's useless to try. The Szell/Cleveland set strikes the right balance between picking up detail and blending the sounds into a whole. And, again, as far as his interpretations, there is nothing to fault; on par as a set with those of Karajan, Toscanini and Furtwangler, bested only perhaps by Bernstien in a few individual symphonies.

Where to find DVD recording Berlin Phil/Simon Rattle's Carmina Burana?

thank you for the link to that wonderful powerful performance! Incredible. Gave me goosebumps. Love that piece! Here is your link to the recording! Brian

who is Simon Rattle?

Sir Simon Denis Rattle, CBE OL (born January 19, 1955) is an English conductor. He rose to prominence as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is currently principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Rattle has conducted a wide variety of music, including some with period instruments (musical instruments contemporary with the music being played), but he is best known for his interpretations of early 20th century composers such as Mahler, with a recording of Mahler's Second Symphony winning several awards on its release and being regarded by some as Rattle's finest recording to date. He has also championed much contemporary music. His meticulous realization of some of the great Romantic works has forged a somewhat intense style. This is exemplified in his new cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic – although the orchestral playing is recognisably Viennese, there is a noticeable 'period-instrument' quality to the sound. His newest recordings with the Berlin orchestra have, on the whole, been favourably received, notably his recordings of the Dvorak tone poems and Debussy's La Mer. The Gramophone Magazine praised the latter as a 'magnificent disc' and drew favourable comparisons with interpretations of the piece by Rattle's immediate predecessors, Claudio Abbado and Herbert von Karajan. He has also worked with the world famous Toronto Children's Chorus.

What do you think of Simon Rattle?

Every single conductor on the planet will have his/her detractors - it's just real life. I know some people who knock Simon Rattle (oh, yes there are some out there who dislike him), but his pedigree speaks for itself. During his years with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra achieved world-class standards and recognition - a quality it maintains to this day through the shrewd and knowledgeable appointment of Rattle's successors. He has recently had his contract renewed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (let's use the English name, shall we?). This orchestra, one of the top five (three? two?) in the world, can have any conductor they like. Believe me, they wouldn't put up with Rattle if he weren't any less than first class. I don't like everything Rattle does (but I don't like everything ANY conductor does) and he's not equally good at everything (NO conductor is), but he is definitely one of the world's best conductors.