Marty's Bon Mots

I Miss North Korea

By Martin Brounstein / May 8, 2013

Leonard Wibberly penned a series of stories originally published in the Saturday Evening Post. These stories involved the fictional 3 mile by 5 mile country of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick located somewhere between Switzerland and France. The only commerce enjoyed by this miniscule statehood was the production and sale of their Pinot Grand Fenwick…

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Free Games

By Martin Brounstein / April 23, 2013

I have a minor bone to pick with the computer gaming industry. I understand what they’re doing and, more importantly, why. However, and I reiterate, I have a bone to pick. Before I launch into my harangue I feel it incumbent upon me to qualify my fascination or the lack thereof pertaining to the gaming…

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The Refrigerator

By Martin Brounstein / April 15, 2013

I’ve just seen the most marvelous sight this morning. I work in a lovely establishment with good hearted intelligent people. It’s truly a pleasure. This place does everything it can to retain its employees. They have adequate workspaces and computing environments. The facility has an elaborate and well maintained training program with obvious care is…

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Yet Another Senior Moment

By Martin Brounstein / April 3, 2013

Another senior moment. I had a bit of minor stress commencing last Friday. I have a new consulting situation where I have been provided with a fairly standard laptop computer. Last Friday evening, I brought the laptop home with me in order that I might execute experiments with the potential ability to log in while…

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Patrons of the Arts

By Martin Brounstein / March 18, 2013

My wife and I attended a lovely event Friday evening. It was a salon concert performed in the home of an individual. It was a solo classical guitar concert where the performer was a young man on the concert circuit. Complicating matters, albeit slightly, was the fact that the fee charged for attendance was also…

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To Sing

By Martin Brounstein / March 11, 2013

I have been deeply involved in music of all varieties over the decades. I play and teach. But I do not sing. “Why is that?” I hear you ask. Well. I’m certainly glad you asked. No. I am certainly not tone deaf. Although I have not been blessed with perfect pitch, I have been blessed…

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Simple Fixes

By Martin Brounstein / February 26, 2013

My interest in the Oscar awards ceremony is severely limited. I have a mild interest as to those takers of awards for the various movie making categories. But not enough to dedicate several hours glued to the tube. And, at any rate, my wife and I had just spent four hours that day driving to…

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Transcriptions

By Martin Brounstein / February 18, 2013

I have a bone to pick. I’m leveling this at you. You who dare call yourselves music transcribers and so-called arrangers.I’m running across this with a bit more frequency than one should become accustomed. Those of you who read my column might recall this story. Be patient. A few years back I had occasion to…

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A Self Evident Right

By MBsite_admin / January 28, 2013

And somehow our conversation shifted. My wife, Charles, Judy and I were having a series of lovely discussions. They revolved around family, friends, careers and the lovely repast being served before us at this wonderful Paterson New Jersey Lebanese restaurant we had been so fortunate to unearth. Come to think of it, I believe it…

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