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Friday, January 8, 2010

THE KREUTZER SONATA/BEETHOVEN#2

if any of you saw the film IMMORTAL BELOVED, there is a scene where beethoven is rushing by carriage to vienna to see his "beloved". the background music is  the KREUTZER SONATA for violin and piano (full of sturm und drang). interesting i first READ the kreutzer sonata by TOLSTOY..a short novella abot the power of music. after ward i sought out the recording..i would highly recommend both...but which first????

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I WISH I WAS A POLYGLOT!!!!!!!

this is the intro to a running commentary to a subject that is near and dear to me----LANGUAGES!!! i have known many people with great facility and ease...i am not one of them..my experience has been interesting, however..i have had at least two spanish speaking patients think that i was a native speaker (my accent is muy gringo)...i have had one german gentleman try to identify the city/region of my accent..he was close (i got from my grandfather) i am a very visual learner; hearing is not my forte!!!!so listening to speech is inherintly difficult for me... in future installments i will discuss the following...LATIN GERMAN SPANISH JAPANESE and ?????

DE GUSTIBUS NON DISPUTANDUM
MANN SEHT WAS MANN KENNT
DEL DICHO AL HECHO HAY MUCHO TRECHO

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN???????

sorry to my 1.3 fans out there....i did not join the french foreign legion nor was i shanghai-ed!!!...been ontcm.com/fan navigating their great website...to see my ramblings check out doctom666....

now for a joke!!!!!

DESCARTES: ithink, therefore i am!!!

PORKY PIG: i'm pink, therefore i'm ham!!!



WHERE IS SUKEBAN??????????

Saturday, January 2, 2010

beethoven's deafness

i have recently googled the above title and found some good information. there is a scholarly text by john o'shea--"was mozart poisoned/" and several excellent biographical sites under lvbeethoven.... in the 1980's i read medical opinions regarding beethoven's deafness both linking this to the prominent frontal bossing of his skull. one suggested PAGET disease and another congenital syphilis!! well, cosidering his age at the onset (25?), he was too old to bear the mask of congenital syphilis and too old to manifest paget dz. others have suggested labyrinthitis, SLE, and typhus. i think it was most likely otosclerosis (the onset and progression are typical)but this i usually familial and affects low frequency perception.

Friday, January 1, 2010

yo!! adrian!!! sorry, i just had a ROCKY I flashback!!! in case you are wondering-----SABELETODO is spanish for know it all!!! self=deprecating humor... never-the -less i vow not to be or to think of myself as a know-it -all,,, just EIN UBERMENSCH!!!!

happy new year!!!!!!!!

it's january 1, 2010 and i have decided to start a blog!! sorry all, what's done is done. although i will be blogging mostly about medicine in general, i will also pontificate on other subjects near and dear to me; such as dogs, film noir, classical music and esoterica. expect a blog soon about beethoven's deafness!!!!