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    Default Hello all.

    I'm John. I'm a retired teacher.

    I joined several years ago but just began posting. I couldn't explain the delay. Maybe "lurker" sounds vaguely sinister.

    I grew up in the '40s with my parents' collection of 78s. So classical music has been a native language for as long as I can remember--a long time. I prefer music from Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel to Bartok, Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Shostakovich. I love most genera, but piano music especially. I do not like atonal music, aleatoric music, etc. Some will find that benighted, but maybe you'll tolerate me, anyway. I hope so.

    I do dabble in other kinds of music: jazz, movie and Broadway scores. But classical music is the sound track of my life.

    Cheers

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    Hello John and welcome to Talk Classical. Enjoy the forum - it's mostly harmless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnP View Post
    I do dabble in other kinds of music: jazz, movie and Broadway scores. But classical music is the sound track of my life.
    I love that description - good to have you on board!!

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    Greetings, and welcome among us.

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    Enjoy your time here - I guess you will know your way about if you have been 'observing' from a distance for a while.

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    Malx, I'm slowly find my way. I haven't quite got the hang of the voting system in polls, and I can't find how to upload an avatar photo or permanent postscript. I'd appreciate help. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnP View Post
    Malx, I'm slowly find my way. I haven't quite got the hang of the voting system in polls, and I can't find how to upload an avatar photo or permanent postscript. I'd appreciate help. Thanks in advance.
    Welcome John! To add an avatar and signature, go to the upper right corner and click “Settings.” On the left side, there is a list of options that will allow you to edit these things. Hope you enjoy the forum
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    Thanks, Allegro. I'll get that done. Btw, Bach neglected to mention genius, modest as he was.

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    Hello, John

    Welcome to Talk Classical. We hope that you will enjoy the time you spend here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnP View Post
    Malx, I'm slowly find my way. I haven't quite got the hang of the voting system in polls, and I can't find how to upload an avatar photo or permanent postscript. I'd appreciate help. Thanks in advance.
    Glad ACB was able to point you in the right direction.

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    Hi John. Lucky you being a retired teacher. I've still got 10 years at the chalkface . Funnily enough I lurked here and at another forum for many years before joining properly way back. I don't think that's a bad thing. Hope you're enjoying the site.
    Last edited by Merl; Aug-10-2021 at 18:30.

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    Hello, Merl. I taught for nearly thirty-four years and loved it. My health stopped me; otherwise, I felt good for another ten. I've been retired since '98, and I still dream about some aspect of teaching quite often. Hang in there. I'm sure you're doing more good than you realize. Hint: I kept a boombox in my classroom and played classical music cassettes, quietly, except when they were taking tests or writing. Lots of Haydn and Mozart--music from before the time when it acquired big dynamic swings. Sometimes, students would tell me they were studying to classical music at home.

    I am enjoying the site! People are civil, and I learn things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnP View Post
    Lots of Haydn and Mozart--music from before the time when it acquired big dynamic swings.
    Very interesting statement. If one wants a fairly steady volume output then Mozart and Haydn are the way to go. And now that you mention it, I am somewhat familiar with Mozart's wind divertimenti and they do exactly that. So this type of music, besides being good to study to, would be great for falling asleep to, not to imply it is boring, but who wants to be startled awake by a sudden loud passage.

    I don't recall any teachers playing music during school, but my high school English teacher (1973) let us play a whole Cheech and Chong record during class one day. That was a great class and I learned one word the whole semester, which considering my attitude during high school, was an achievement.
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    Welcome, John

    From another teacher with about ten years left at the proverbial chalkface!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnP View Post
    I'm John. I'm a retired teacher.

    I joined several years ago but just began posting. I couldn't explain the delay. Maybe "lurker" sounds vaguely sinister.
    Welcome to the live side of our forum, John. Lurking is okay with us ... but we're happy that you've now decided to participate in the myriad of discussions here.

    I grew up in a similar household ... all classical, all the time at home and it became part of my life to this day.

    We hope you will enjoy your time here.
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