WRITING      
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BAJA BY CHANCE WITH A SAXOPHONE
Like many musicians, Ray Turner resisted the beaten path of conventional music instruction, and taught himself to play by ear. He could carry a tune, but he had a defect: he never learned to read sheet music. Surprisingly, at the age of seventy, he decided to make a change. From British Columbia, he drove off in a camper van with a book called Learn To Read Music and a tenor saxophone.
Camping in Baja was something he knew about and loved. He was sure he could study in a sunny place with quiet, pleasant surroundings. And burritos . . .
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LIVING WITH A HERNIA
Get your medical treatment on the Internet – with music!
A hernia is one of those medical afflictions about which most people know nothing until they get one.
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HANDEL'S LOST LYRICS
A discussion on the subject of intellectual property.
"SCENE: An English inn in 1718 A. D. George Friedrich Handel is enjoying a glass of sherry. He is humming happily to himself. . .

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JUST WHAT IS A BASEMENT MUSICIAN?
A personal journey that led to the Basement Musicians project in Kelowna.  "Just what is a Basement Musician? Well, I am. Someone who spends too much time noodling in the basement on my saxophone . . . 
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THE GREAT DIVIDE
One of the best-kept secrets in music is the Circle of Fifths. Recent research has exposed sinister reasons for the existence and long history of this mysterious, masonic-like device . . .
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STRICT TEMPO–THE REAL DEAL
One of the events promoted by Kelowna’s “Parks Alive” last summer was “Swinging in the Park.” Viewed from the grassy slopes of Waterfront Park, the concert featured a bouncy swing band from Calgary called “The Real Deal.” . . .    
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TOOLS FOR THE BASEMENT MUSICIAN   
If you are serious about working on both playing by ear and sight reading, practising can be intensified and made extremely rewarding by using computer programmes dedicated to music. . . .  
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MAKING A CONNECTION
Email rules. Apparently, I don’t need a telephone any more. It hardly ever rings. Occasionally, a flashing red light tells me that someone called, maybe left a message . . . 
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I HAVE A THEORY 
Cranky old men like me form rigid opinions about anything and everything: what the cat is thinking or the safest way to cross the street. My son has heard it a thousand times. He will tell you it goes like this:
My theory is . . . blah . . . blah . . . blah . . . pedestrians that blindly follow the “WALK/DON’T WALK” signs at intersections are acting like sheep . . .
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FRIEND OR FAUX? – ELECTRONIC MUSIC
My grand-daughter requires about one-tenth of the time it takes me to learn anything new on a computer. She recently asked me to listen to a tune she had recorded from GarageBand (a Macintosh software program) into her iPod. It had a solid beat, smooth accompaniment and a tolerable melody, although it seemed I had heard it before . . .