Carly Simon the woman who stopped Grand Central Commuters in the 1995 Concert

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Carly Simon the woman who stopped Grand Central Commuters in the 1995 Concert
Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Friday, June 29, 2018 7:39 AM

What a woman! How many times has Grand Central had concerts?

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, July 02, 2018 12:42 PM
Would be a great place for a romantically-voiced pipe organ.
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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, July 02, 2018 7:33 PM

Well, if I ran into someone who looked this good it would sure stop me in my tracks!

http://carlysimonalbumcovers.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-secrets-1972.html

Greatest album cover, EVER!   Oh baby....Stick out tongue

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 2:49 AM

The organ could be one relocated from a closed French church, closed as I read because of a declining Catholic population, in part due to lower-than-replacement birthrate and in part to immigration.  Some of thse disused organs are extremely high qualitiy and deserve preservation.   The builder, Cavaille Coll.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 9:12 PM

David's got a very good point.  I don't know about what's done now, but back in the glory days Grand Central used to hold choir concerts during Christmas time.  I don't know if there was musical accompaniment or if they sang a capella, but a strong booming organ would be a great accessory, then and now.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 12:28 AM

With one affirmative vote, I will contact the NYCity AGO about the idea.

Obvioiusly, it could not come out of the Metro North budget, and we are talking about a million dollars considering transportation costs and insallation costs, with lots of labor involved, even if the organ itself was donated.  If the organ was new, the new material (console, pipes, chests, action, casework, blower, etc.) would possibly be aboug 25%-40% of the total cost.

But it would bring exposure to thsi important axpect of music to lots of people who might not be regular church-goers.

The iconic Cinciannti Union Station, now mostly an art museum, but still hosting the Amtrak Caridnal, has a fine Ernest M. Skinner pipe organ and has regular choral concerts.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 9:17 AM

You know David, there's a restored movie theater here in Richmond called the Byrd Theater, it's a "movie palace" that dates from the 1920's and still has it's "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ, fully functional, that they play during film festivals.

To say it's impressive is putting it mildly.  The whole building shakes when it's being played!

A few years back the Byrd showed the 1928 film "Wings."  A silent film, the background music was supplied by the Wurlitzer, and let me tell you it was a two-hour tour de force by the organist!  The man got a well-deserved standing ovation at the end.

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:08 PM

Yep, best album cover ever! There is a theatre here that shows silent films every month with a live piano accompaniment. "The General" never looked or sounded so good! 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:36 PM

I just love "The General,"  ol' Buster at his best!

But I will tell you my skin crawls when that old 4-4-0 goes over the burning bridge and lands in the river.  OK, it was the 1920's, and it was due to be scrapped anyway, so who cared, but what wouldn't we give to have it around now? 

It's kind of like watching old aviation films and seeing them wreck old Jennies, Thomas-Morses, the occasional SPAD, and so on.  I'm sure car guys feel the same way watching vintage autos being wrecked in those old movies.

At least it went out in a blaze of glory.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:41 PM

In the silent era - was there a musical score that was distributed with the film or was it left to the muscians interpertation of what they were seeing on screen?

         

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Posted by zugmann on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:42 PM

Firelock76
A few years back the Byrd showed the 1928 film "Wings." A silent film, the background music was supplied by the Wurlitzer, and let me tell you it was a two-hour tour de force by the organist! The man got a well-deserved standing ovation at the end.

We have a theater the next town over from the 1910s.  Closed in the 90s, but a thater group is trying to revive it somewhat.  Even had its original seats until the end (they were ripped out, along with the organ when it closed for good, unfortunately).

 

After they stopped showing hollywood movies, they had a special one day thing where they showed an early talkie, then a silent movie complete with organ player.  That's something everyone should experience at least once.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 1:49 PM

BaltACD

In the silent era - was there a musical score that was distributed with the film or was it left to the muscians interpertation of what they were seeing on screen?

 

Got together with Lady Firestorm on this, and to our knowledge yes, there were scores distributed.  Many of the scores have been lost over the years, so when someone like TCM shows a classic silent movie it's usually accompanied by a new score.

When we saw "Wings" it was the exception, the organist had the original score from 1928.

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Posted by zugmann on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 2:00 PM

I'll just drop this here:

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 3:22 PM

Amazing!  An early 20th Century synthesizer!

They don't have to worry about electronics breaking down on that thing.

Hey, we've been talking about Carly, how's about a selection from that 1995 GCT concert?   Sorry, the video's a bit murky but the sound's pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voHgJKnxpYc

 

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:11 PM

Wow! Wow again! Maybe don't have to worry about an electronic malfunction but there are a zillion mechanical things that could go haywire. I want that thing at my funeral!!!

I think when you get to the pearly gates that is exactly how you are greeted.

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 6:51 PM

Woo! He's like a one-man City Slicker. Spike Jones would be proud! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUDMMind1uA&t=43s 

 

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:05 AM

At last count I hve been only able to find three public performances at NYC Grand Central Concourse in its 100+ years history. Compare that to the the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station where something is going on on a regular basis......I would love to have Friday Concerts in Grand Central every week too chill out instead of heading straight for the dive bar.

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Thursday, July 05, 2018 1:21 AM

zugmann

I'll just drop this here:

 

 

zugmann

I'll just drop this here:

 

 

That looks like its too much insane work

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Friday, July 06, 2018 10:43 AM

Firelock76

Well, if I ran into someone who looked this good it would sure stop me in my tracks!

http://carlysimonalbumcovers.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-secrets-1972.html

Greatest album cover, EVER!   Oh baby....Stick out tongue

 

They dont make them like they used too...Big Smile

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 8:15 PM

Hmm, thread's going quiet.

How's about a little vintage Carly accompanied by her sister Lucy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgmKcbLJVxg

Pure magic!

And I like David's idea of an organ installation in Grand Central Terminal.  Imagine the walls being rattled by something like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAP9cNkeWw

It would be awe-inspiring!

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Monday, July 09, 2018 11:54 AM

Simon the father was the founder of Simon and Shulster and has a lot of power-

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