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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — War, Work

War • On December 30, 1862, during the Civil War, the Confederate and the Union forces camped near each other by Stone’s River, which is located close to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. That night, the military bands of the two armies competed against … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Travel, War

Travel • During the early 20th century, dancer Anna Pavlova toured in Texas. There, her music director, Theodore Stier, found some of the dirtiest theaters it was his misfortune to conduct in. In one Texas dressing room, he discovered an empty … Continue reading

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A little rusty

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When I was a kid I wanted to learn how to play the piano, but my parents couldn’t afford to buy me an entire piano, but they did…

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Tempi, Travel

Tempi • Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler took the tempo of Wagner’s Ring cycle quicker than the London Philharmonic Orchestra was used to, and this almost led to a triangle player not performing. In Rheingold, triangle player Charlie Turner had a long wait … Continue reading

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Dvid Bruce: The Funniest People in Music — Prejudice, Problem-Solving

Prejudice • Eartha Kitt once made a reservation at a London hotel, but when she walked into the hotel, and the clerk saw that she was black, he refused her a room. Ms. Kitt knew the reason she was refused a … Continue reading

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Chair down

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Why do people always ask me to sit down before telling me bad news? What if the bad news is that my favorite chair has been stolen? ii.…

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Trefology: reasonable hourly rates

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After carefully weighing all of my options, I used the first of my three wishes, granted to me by the genie, for ONE MILLION FISHES. The genie nodded…

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