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The Cello

To the right is a picture of my cello.  It was handmade in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, my home state.  I have been playing the cello for many years now (though not as frequently recently).  I played with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra during college.  I have also taught private lessons which I enjoyed a great deal.

Below I have links to download and listen to selections from a performance I gave during the spring of my senior year at Augustana.  The two selections are from Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 2 in D Minor (BMV 1007):









No Home page is complete without talking about what types of music a person likes so here goes.  Recently I have become quite addicted to Aimee Mann.  In case you have never heard of her, she did the soundtrack for Magnolia.  I found quite a bit of music by her--it is quite good.  

 I also am a Dave Matthews fan as well, and I am sure you all have heard of him.  The album pictured above is one of his better albums.  His more recent material I haven't cared for as much.  I have only seen him perform once live in concert back in the Quad Cities in the late 90's.







Recently I have been listening a lot to the Irish folk singer Damien Rice.  I first heard his music in the opening scene of the movie Closer.  I bought the album and the rest of his music is great too.  I particularly like the songs "the blower's daughter," "amie," and "cold water".                             










I suppose I should also talk about my movie choices.  I really can't say that I have a favorite movie at this point.  Still some of my favorites include: The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Old School, Boogie Nights, Annie Hall, and Before Sunrise.  I always try to make a point of trying to watch the academy award contenders every year and keep up with film the best I can.


Favorite Quotations...

The following quote is by Albert Einstein written in 1938.


Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world.  In our endeavor to understand reality, we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch.  He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears it ticking, but he has no way of opening the case.  If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations.  He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility of the meaning of such a comparison.


I found this passage in a reading by Hans Jonas for a medical ethics class in college.  The whole article was in this style, but these lines really jumped out at me.  The lines really sum up much on what life, and more particularly, human life is based.  It also seems to hint at some of my personal beliefs.  So I find it very fitting.


"In the straining of its temporality always facing the imminent no-more: thus does the living form carry on its separatist existence in matter--paradoxical, unstable, precarious, finite, and in intimate company with death.  The fear of death with which the hazard of this existence is charged is a never-ending comment on the audacity of the original venture upon which substance embarked in turning organic." 


And a third quotation by Harvey Pekar:

Life seems so sweet, and so sad, and so hard to let go of in the end.