"all the news that's fit to spit"
05 October, 2002
Featuring Director's Commentary!
Hi, this is Dale Wisely, the founder of Chiff & Fipple and the writer/editor of this issue.
Hi. I'm Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino. I used to have my picture up somewhere on Chiff & Fipple.
Dale :We're here to comment on this great issue of Chiff & Fipple.
Mira: Yes, I just want to say I was so pleased to be a part of it.
Dale: Right. This opening legal thing is a recurring motif in Chiff & Fipple. Not many people would find the idea of a lawyer-podiatrist-whistle player funny. Of course, Paul Busman is only two out of three of those. Hehehe. Just kidding, Paul. I kid because I love.
|I. THE CHIFF
& FIPPLE GREETING
Hello, Everyone. Here is a news item for you:
II. AT LAST: A GOOD PICTURE OF A SWAYNE WHISTLE
with our thanks to Jessie K.
Wow, that's pretty. It's as pretty, almost, as my Oscar.
Dale: I thought this guy Dave had a pretty good letter and a cute limerick. Hey, Mira:
There once was an Academy Award Winning Actress named Mira
Whose beauty is likely to, uh, kill ya....
Mira: That rhyme is heinous..
Dale: ok, nevermind.
III. ANOTHER LIMERICK FAN
I began playing whistle in the 80's in the New England contradance band The Salem Country Orchestra. Now I live in New York City and I'm looking to move into the Irish traditional repertoire, there being less appreciation for the delights of New England here in Gotham. While browsing around for related resources I came across C&F on virtually every web search I did, so I figured all those 3,000 people couldn't be wrong. Misguided, maybe, but not wrong.
On the content side, I understand you have had haiku on the site, and I like haiku a lot, but it seems to me that a pennywhistle site would be better minded, from an ethno-geographical perspective, to be publishing limericks.
With reverence and much veneration
We hear the high notes' penetration.
Neither Pepsi nor Coke is
The tin whistler's focus:
The choice of a new Generation.
|Mira: Cool beans! I totally dig Batgirl. If
they ever make a Batman movie, I want to play her!
|IV. TV GUIDE
However, I have been
keeping an eye on the Star Trek schedule. If you would like to let your
C&F'ers know, the episode "Lessons" is due to broadcast on
October 20th at 8:00 PM on TNN.
|Mira: Ooo. Who's that dude? He looks mad. But, he's kinda cute.||V. A END TO
Mira: Ooo. I have one of those with Strawberry Shortcake on it! Or maybe Smurfs.
AT LAST: Chiff & Fipple Stickers AND Lunch Boxes!
One lunch box available, both sides pictured. Click on pictures to be transported to your local retail establishment.
I can remember doing this section like it was yesterday. Mira was
having trouble with her trailer....
Mira: Well, it was small.
Dale: Smaller than you're accustomed to, Miss Mira, I suppose that's true. Anyway...
Mira I want to play Batgirl.
Dale: Mira, I'm afraid Alicia Silverstone beat you to it.
Mira: SO? She tested for it. Big deal. It's not like they're going to give it to her! Look at this:
Dale: Yeah...What's the deal on your hair?
A DAZZLING NEW FLUTE CD
Obsession 2-CD Set
A fundraiser to benefit the International Traditional Music Society, Inc. A public benefit, non-profit educational corporation.
This labor-of-love compilation is just terrific. Producer Kevin Krell (International Traditional Music Society, Inc.) contacted the top Irish flute players in the world and obtained permission to include the tracks on this benefit double-CD. Check out this line-up:
DISC ONE 71 minutes
I love these CDs. They are a must for flute & for whistle players alike.
For more information:
I'm not sure how this whole Director's Commentary idea is working out
here. It's not that funny. Maybe we could go to one of the
tried-and-true ideas like the one about those space persons.
Dale: Uh, Mira....
Mira: You were telling me earlier that Vice President Che ////////////////BRK.....///
///DATASTRM INTRUPT PROTOCOL "SORVINO"///?BRK
ask Dr. Fipple
This week's question comes from Eric Fitts of Morgantown, West Virginia.
Well, Eric, I think your teacher must really respect your "brain power" to get a question like that in the 5th grade. Your question involves a very old problem that the great thinkers of the world have pondered for a long, long time. That is, of course, what is Chiff & Fipple and what is it really all about? Then, you have the extra aggravation of dealing with the whole teleological thing. Let me see if I can help.
"Chiff & Fiple" as you call it (misspellings like that are one of the things that can be so cute about you young people) is all about tinwhistles and about the crazy, mixed-up people that make them and play them. Here is a picture that may help you.
This is a tinwhistle--and it sort of illustrates what Chiff & Fipple is about. It may remind you of teleological/theological concerns in some ways. It reminds me of this and many more things.
Now, let's consider the topic of teleological arguments for the existence of God.
These are arguments based on our knowledge of the world. Especially those aspects of the world which appear to be designed and purposive, analogous to cases of human design. It is usually put probabilistically, arguing that the most plausible explanation is that of a world designer and creator, with intelligence, purposes, etc.
The theory of evolution (which still makes a lot of people really, really upset), suggesting an alternative explanation for some kinds of order, has reduced the power of older versions of the theory, kind of like a PokemonTM character saps the power of another Pokemon character, like maybe, SpleenLizardTM (picture not available, so here's a picture of BozoTM .) Anyway, this has incited the formulation of more broadly based versions of this argument, such as those of F. R. Tennant and Richard Swinburne.
I recommend you read David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1777). This is available in a Classic Comics version and it is coming out on VHS/DVD in March 2003. (A rumored PlayStation 2TM version has been scrubbed.)
I hope this has helped you with your question.
How is Chiff & Fipple different from the General Accounting Office (GAO)?
IX. JOHN SINDT UPDATE
John (Sindt) has just come out with a B-natural whistle: $90. he has also made a C#! it was made for Michael Rafferty who needed it to play with some strangely tuned instrument. He and Mary liked it very much. don't have a price on that one but would assume $85. and I'm not sure but I think John would make others.
REST IN PEACE ALAN LOMAX
by Jim McCabe for Chiff & Fipple
On July 18, 2002, Alan
Lomax passed away at the age of 87 in a Florida nursing home. For several
years before his death he struggled with the debilitating effects of a
stroke. Mr. Lomax was the twentieth century's premier folk musicologist,
and certainly one of the most important cultural figures of that century.
He collected music for the Library of Congress and served on the faculty
of both Columbia University and Hunter College.
"It is the voiceless people of the planet who really have in their memories the 90,000 years of human life and wisdom," he once said. "I've devoted my entire life to an obsessive collecting together of the evidence."
The Appalachian music he recorded reflected a mixture of Irish, Scots, British and African American culture in its ballads and dance tunes. This music was a major factor in the British skiffle music craze of the 1950's, which gave rise to the band that eventually became the Beatles.
Prison songs, work gang songs, field hollers, spirituals, blues, and fife and drum band music are among the African American traditions recorded by Mr. Lomax. In addition, he documented many sea chanteys and early examples of cajun folk music.
Among the artists discovered by Mr. Lomax are Leadbelly, Jelly Roll Morton, Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Mississippi Fred MacDowell and Muddy Waters.
He also documented
the influence on the blues of earlier players like Charly Patton and
CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CONSPIRED....
to delay, inexcusably, the last phase of the Fred Rose giveaway.
For those of you who joined the Crisis Center in the "Friends" campaign, you're entered. Thanks! Sorry you didn't win the car!
I'll enter one chance for every $20 donated to the Crisis Center. Here are two ways to contribute:
Call Mike Falligant at (205) 323-7782 & he'll take care of you. Be sure and tell him you're entering for a Chiff & Fipple giveaway. Mike will notify me that you've entered.
Or you can use the web to donate by visiting the Crisis Center website at http://www.crisiscenterbham.com . Click on the DONATIONS button on the navigation bar to the left of the screen. Great cause. Secure site. Credit Cards. Cool beans.
We'll close it off on OCTOBER 31st, 2002. That's your deadline. Then I'll draw the lucky winner and get the Fred Rose whistle in the mail.
Thanks again to Fred for donating the gorgeous instrument.
XI. and finally...
I've been giving this Martha Stewart thing a lot of thought. And, I guess, to put it all in perspective, I would turn to the words of Shakespeare:
Beware the woman who bangs the wooden spoon on the great bowl of the trading of shares based on the whisperings of inside men. For greed is indeed a double-edged sword. It both enriches the purse and imprisons the, uh, purseholder when said purseholder is, like, busted.
XII. Y'ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND / WEEK
and thanks for putting up with a particularly silly issue.
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Lord, help us see how near is your kingdom.