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Music Class in Junior High

Posted on March 31, 2010 with 0 comments

A few years ago when I was in Junior High at Whatcom Middle School in Bellingham, WA, it was required that you took the music class. We had this class twice a week with a Mr. Bartruff as I recall. Imagine that, in these times of “music is not necessary in public education.” Not band or choir, but a class where we studied and learned about music and its history. 

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The Ocarina - Make it STOP!

Posted on March 16, 2010 with 0 comments
    Basically there are two types of people; those that hate the Ocarina and those that love the Ocarina. Fortunately for me and my career I fall in the latter group. In the hands of Nancy Rumbel this potentially irritating little device can imitate a wide variety of styles and cultural genres.     My personal favorites are the lower tones that create images of the Irish landscape and it’s moods. And not that stuff the Irish refer to as fiddle dee dee music. Which is what they call the New Worlds penchant for that minute part of their music and not that of King Bono.     I am also a big fan of the Asian sensibilities that can be coaxed out of the ocarina such as in Spring Maiden  from Leap of Faith. Now you musta heard by now about the huge ocarina culture and fan base that exists in South Korea. I don’t know about North Korea. I hava a hunch they are not allowed to have or play ocarinas. but they do have a missile [...]
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Tingstad & Rumbel Video Blog

Posted on March 4, 2010 with 0 comments
Watch as we have an animated discussion about a new musical direction - ocarina vs. steel guitar ...
 
Watch the video here!

The Bathtub, Part 1

Posted on March 3, 2010 with 0 comments
In 2000 Tingstad and Rumbel played Carnegie Hall with our good friend Robin Spielberg. At the time Robin lived in Upper Montclair, NJ and so we took lodging at an old, run-down hotel down the block from her house.

Being the pre-Madonna that I am, I switched rooms a few times looking for the just right one and having finally secured the best, I decided to take a shower and chill out a bit.

We had just flown in from Seattle and I was really enjoying the warm water as it helped me regain my composure, when in my reverie I became aware that I could not move my feet. For the briefest moment I thought that something was physically wrong, but quickly realized my feet were actually glued to the bottom of the tub. However, with super human strength I was able to dislodge and lift my feet that were now caked with about an inch of some sorta white gooey crud.

I got out of the tub, but of course I could not walk on the floor, so I crawled on my knees naked across the room to the phone and dialed [...]
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What DO We Call our Music???

Posted on February 25, 2010 with 0 comments
I bet if Eric and I had a dime for every time we have been asked this we would have great retirement funds! I describe our music as melodic instrumental and I would even go so far as to say that it is Pop Instrumental. I'm starting the movement right now. The various real and virtual stores used to put it in New Age, this year our music was found in the category of Contemporary Folk for the GRAMMY voting.

I think one of the things that is interesting about our music is that our compositions defy categories. We know what it isn’t; it isn’t jazz, it isn’t classical, it isn’t folk --- it’s kind of a blend of all of those and sometimes a little world, a little pop and a little country. I’m certain that a lot of this has to due with our unique instrumentation of oboe, English horn, double ocarinas and guitar. It just ain’t normal!

Quite honestly, I never really give a thought about trying to write music “in a category”, unless I am assigned a project that demands it. [...]
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