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Music Post: Did you learn the classics from cartoons?

“Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit,” Elmer Fudd sang, and so we all learned the theme to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,” decades before it was used in “Apocalypse Now.” Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” also appears in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. And the animators weren’t using this…

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The truth about Dan Grabauskas

Dan Grabauskas, finding himself the focal point of the battle against rail, has decided it will be better for the project if he leaves. So he will. His resignation, announced today, is effective immediately. Now some of the same people who were dissing him as head of HART are dissing…

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Music Post: Jazz by classical music fans

The pianist Mary Lou Williams said Thelonious Monk characterized the development of bebop this way: that young black jazz musicians, having seen white musicians appropriate swing, wanted to invent a music that was too hard to copy! There may be something to that, and my sense of mischief approves. But…

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Computer culture and the Delta debacle

Computer code is a language all its own, with a complex grammar and an overlay of what amounts to slang that is harder to “learn” than English, Greek and Mandarin put together. So most computer programmers don’t try, using programs to write code in simplified ways, then running the results…

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Music Post: Patronizing classical music

At a party in Russia, a man and a women were introduced to each other. It was terribly embarrassing for both of them. Neither would have attended knowing the other would be there. The man was the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The woman was his financial supporter Nadezhda von Meck. Von…

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Music Post: Symphonies in the shadows

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Bruckner, Mahler, Nielsen, Sibelius, Copland… the core classical repertory has more than 100 symphonies in it. Is it any wonder we have trouble finding time to get to scores of other scores? Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) is so famous for his sparkling…

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Say, that’s not a shaka

Chelsea Lyons Kent, from her GoFundMe page. Chelsea Lyons Kent embarrassed Hawaii by giving the finger to the Democratic National Convention when the Hawaii delegation had the temerity to award some of its delegates to Hillary Clinton. The gesture was so startlingly un-Hawaii-like – honking your horn in Hawaii is…

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Music Post: When jazz musicians go longhair

As a self-taught classical music aficionado who came to the classics through jazzed-up Bach, I’ve always been an avid explorer of all attempts to apply syncopation and solos to the classical greats. But from time to time there have also been interesting efforts in what might be termed the opposite…

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What’s next, after NextEra?

NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries announced Monday morning they will NOT pursue their merger plan following PUC disapproval. NextEra will pay a $90 million break-up fee plus up to $5 million in merger-related expenses, as previously agreed to. The post below was written over the weekend before the parties…

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Kirk and Peter and Charles, at Mufi’s panel

Today I had the interesting experience of moderating a mayoral candidate forum, organized by former mayor Mufi Hannemann, who now heads the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association. We met in one of the rooms at exhibition hall at Blaisdell, Questions came from UH Professor Colin Moore, Hawaii News Now Reporter…