[Dixielandjazz] What's missing?

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 4 11:12:33 PDT 2006

Oh, the ignominy of it all! To think that I - ME - should bear the 
outrageous slings and arrows slung by Bill Sharp when he said: "we may just 
decide to actually tell you what's missing in your musical ability to 
discern tone colors, especially since you are primarily a washboard player."

How sharper than a serpent's tooth, Sharp!

I play washboard for my innate compulsion to hit things, but that has 
nothing to do with the fact that I am a classically trained musician with a 
deep understanding and appreciation for the music of our western culture 
from Guido d'Arezzo, through the 12 tone scales of Arnold Schoenberg on down 
to the atonalities of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez.

Furthermore, I resent your denigration of the washboard for it is an 
instrument of rare delicacy and potential emotion expression.

A pox on your house!

Respectfully submitted,

jazzboard at hotmail.com

>From: billsharp <sharp-b at clearwire.net>
>To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
>CC: Gunter Bill <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
>Subject: What's missing?
>Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 06:02:27 -0700
>Bill Gunter wrote:
>"Oh sure . . . I can tell the F scale is a half step HIGHER (not LOWER) 
>>the E scale when rendered on an oboe - but that's a difference in pitch.  
>>me, the tone color is the same.
>>Please tell me what I'm missing here.
>>Respectfully requested,
>>Bill "tin ear" Gunter
>>jazzboard at hotmail.com
>Dear Bill,  you really shouldn't open open up yourself by publicly asking a 
>question like that (..What's missing?), because we may just decide to 
>actually tell you what's missing in your musical ability to discern tone 
>colors, especially since you are primarily a washboard player.  I am 
>constantly amazed that over all the many, many, many many, many, years that 
>you continue to admit it, making you, like Emperor Norton, quite a 
>historical figure.  "What's missing?" you ask  - - -next time we meet, I 
>promise to buy you a drink and tell you, but will not allow you to 
>reciprocate in my being told what's missing , as my psyche is far too 
>fragile. :) :)

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