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#1491840 - 08/09/10 05:18 PM Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone"
Cinnamonbear Offline
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Hello, everybody! This week, we delve into some of the details of sheet music covers of the 1920s. Today's featured piece is "All Alone" by Irving Berlin. Here is a picture of the cover:



To provide some historical context for this episode, here is an interesting link that describes "The Music Box Revue":

American Classics-Music Box Revues 1921-1924

This week's episode:

Haddorff Postcard No.5

And this week's musical selection:

"All Alone," words and music by Irving Berlin (New York: Irving Berlin, Inc., 1924), a rare recording featuring Dorothy MacDiarmed, contalto profundo, accompanied by two time-travelling friends in a performance that left the audience of the Music Box Theatre, well, speechless! laugh

Hope you enjoy it!

--Andy
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#1491879 - 08/09/10 05:58 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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Bravo !!

Wonderful history lesson - and a most creative episode in a parallel universe.

Was that a "saw" with the piano in "All Alone?" If not - what was it ??

The contralto was really "profundo"- Where did you find her? grin
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#1491894 - 08/09/10 06:07 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: carey]
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You did it again! There is a smile on my face! That was really cool, like you!!

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#1491904 - 08/09/10 06:16 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: ChopinAddict]
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Super-duper!

Yes, carey, it is indeed a saw. Perhaps I will post a picture of that precision instrument. As far as discovering Dorothy MacDiarmed, the contralto profundo, I have an inside source that somehow manages to find many characters for me to "book."

ChopinAddict...So, so glad! That's why I do it! smile

--Andy


Edited by Cinnamonbear (08/09/10 06:19 PM)
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#1491933 - 08/09/10 06:48 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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LOL, time travelling sounds so funny! laugh

What's the ping pong sound?? It made me curious, don't reveal your secrets if you don't want smile , but I'm just too curious!
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#1492029 - 08/09/10 08:18 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: al-mahed]
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Great job! It gets funnier and funnier every week! I tell you, I really feel as if I'm getting to know you, your wife, and your piano as beloved characters in a true radio show! The 1st Season is fantastic so far!

Hilarious, as usual. Great music too - the saw was great hee hee. You really scared the piano, and maybe even Dorothy. >:)

Heh - I like the claps at the end of the song.

The audience was speechless, so am I. Great fun, Andy! Thank you very much for taking the time to do these!

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#1492482 - 08/10/10 09:10 AM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: al-mahed]
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Here is a picture of that fine saw and its striker, used to accompany Miss MacDiarmed with the Haddorff in their stunning trio performance.



I believe it is responsible for the "Ping Pong" sound you are referring to, al-mahed.

The time machine sound effect came from a Looney Tunes sound effect CD I got at the public library. The crash onto the floor? That was me.
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#1492915 - 08/10/10 06:58 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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LOL
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#1492920 - 08/10/10 07:06 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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ha Cool!
You know, I was listening to it with headphones yesterday, and there was a thunderstorm outside, and for a sec the crash scared me laugh. I thought a tree had fallen or something. I really jumped on my chair! grin
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#1493028 - 08/10/10 09:20 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: ChopinAddict]
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I bet Andy can do a storm like sound with some home stuff... shower, eggs, spooms, LOL

ps: oh, forget about the egg grin
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#1493073 - 08/10/10 10:27 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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Really loving these postcards. Thank You!!!

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#1493155 - 08/11/10 12:34 AM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Mattardo]
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Originally Posted By: Mattardo
[...] Thank you very much for taking the time to do these! [...]


My pleasure, Mr. Mattardo! I am learning so much about the enigmatic CuBase. I miss my CoolEditPro, but this will do! I wanted to make the song follow the skit with a dip fade to give the narrative impression that Piano and I followed Dorothy down the hall and onto the stage, but I couldn't figure out how to get all the tracks in the right place with all of their settings intact. frown


Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
ha Cool!
You know, I was listening to it with headphones yesterday, and there was a thunderstorm outside, and for a sec the crash scared me laugh. I thought a tree had fallen or something. I really jumped on my chair! grin


Wow, sorry, CA! Apparently, you listen through decent headphones! The thing that fakes me out is when my recording gets interrupted by a phone call, then I go back to working, and hear the recording of the phone ringing in the next room. Gets me every time!


Originally Posted By: al-mahed
I bet Andy can do a storm like sound with some home stuff... shower, eggs, spooms, LOL
[...]


Oh, no, al-mahed! A challenge! grin How can I work that into a script... hmm... Let's see... wink

BTW, to get the sound of the door opening, I first went to a SFX CD, but it sounded so insincere. Then, I realized that there was a coat closet right in my living room, five feet away from the microphones, with an authentic 1920s door and knob!!! LOL! Time travel, indeed!


Originally Posted By: MikeN
Really loving these postcards. Thank You!!!


You are quite welcome, MikeN! It's kind of like having a dinner party...("I sure hope they like this casserole!") laugh
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#1493239 - 08/11/10 07:06 AM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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Cubase drives me crazy with it's bazillion settings that make absolutely no sense. The few times I managed to get it to work was by sheer accident.
If you have managed to whip it into a semblance of submissions, my hat goes off to you!

I never would have guessed you are a pro on the saw like that!

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#1493312 - 08/11/10 09:25 AM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Mattardo]
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LOL! CuBase and the saw both work pretty much by sheer accident!

There was this guy from our town who plays the saw who sat in with a local folk/rock band. I caught the performance at a Rockford "First Night" Festival one year, many years ago. That guy was no amateur...that guy was good. smirk wink He could get the notes to go right where he wanted them.

My idea for the saw was to try to play the melody in places where Mr. Berlin had payed no attention to the tessitura of Miss MacDiarmed. Unfortunately, the saw and Miss MacDiarmed turned out to have a very similar vocal range.

Still, it sounded so bad, I decided to keep it. laugh


Edited by Cinnamonbear (08/11/10 09:26 AM)
Edit Reason: added smirky wink
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#1493322 - 08/11/10 09:37 AM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Mattardo]
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Just enjoyed your latest offerings with gingernuts and a pot of nice tea. What a lovely thing to be invited to your party Andy. The saw is beautiful, only eclipsed by the timbre of Miss MacDiarmed's voice. Hearing about your challenges with sound effects makes me nostalgic for times making silly recordings with friends when we were very young. I remember spending a whole afternoon trying to simulate the sound of a spaceship crashing into the ocean... very difficult I remember.
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#1493662 - 08/11/10 05:03 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Canonie]
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Indeed, Canonie! That's how I got started, too! With friends and a little cassette recorder! LOL!!! Did any of your recordings survive?
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#1493678 - 08/11/10 05:33 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: Cinnamonbear]
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Oh no Andy, I don't meant to challenge you! BUT, if you accept it as a challenge, I bet you'll succeed! AND I bet you have some material with some sort of rain theme on it smile
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#1493867 - 08/11/10 10:33 PM Re: Haddorff Postcard No.5 with "All Alone" [Re: al-mahed]
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Yes! I realized after I posted that I should have said, "Oh, boy!" instead of "Oh, no!" We shall see. grin
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