Serendipity SOUL-Saturday Open Thread


George Winston (born 1949) is an American pianist who was born in Michigan, and grew up mainly in Eastern Montana as well as Mississippi and Florida. He attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

George Winston was first recorded by John Fahey for Fahey’s Takoma Records. The album Ballads and Blues disappeared without much notice, although it was later reissued on Winston’s Dancing Cat Records. However, in 1979, William Ackerman talked with Winston about having Winston record for Ackerman’s new record label, Windham Hill Records. At first Winston played some guitar pieces he liked and then he played some of his nighttime music on the piano, which became the basis for the record Autumn, which Ackerman produced. Autumn soon became the best-selling record in the Windham Hill catalog,[citation needed] and his albums December and Winter into Spring both went platinum (million-plus sales in the United States). He has recorded 7 more solo piano albums, and he is one of the best known performers playing contemporary instrumental music.

Winston was 16 when Charles Schulz’s A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered in 1965, and he ran out and bought the soundtrack the next day.[1] He eagerly awaited each new Peanuts special to hear Vince Guaraldi‘s newest music. In 1996, Winston released Linus and Lucy – The Music of Vince Guaraldi. Much of the album is devoted to the theme music Guaraldi wrote for the animated Peanuts cartoons: 15 television specials and one feature film from 1965 until Guaraldi’s death in 1976. “I love his melodies and his chord progressions,” Winston said of Guaraldi. “He has a really personal way of doing voicings.”[2] Winston recorded a follow-up album, released in February 2010, entitled Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2.[3]

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13 Responses to Serendipity SOUL-Saturday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    LOL Ok, CNN’s T.J. Holmes is shirtless as he takes us on a trip with him to his doctor..

  2. Ametia says:

    Do you beleive this?

    Nancy Pelosi creates new leadership post for Clyburn in bid to settle Democratic fight

    By Paul Kane
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, November 13, 2010; 12:33 AM

    Trying to resolve a dispute among her top lieutenants, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday night indirectly backed her longtime adversary, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), to continue serving as her chief deputy.

    Pelosi’s move came in an unusual statement late Friday night that endorsed Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) for the No. 3 post in the House Democratic leadership. That position now carries the title of caucus chairman.

    Hoyer, the current majority leader, and Clyburn, the majority whip, are both vying to be elected minority whip in the next Congress when House Democrats vote Wednesday. That position will rank second behind Pelosi, who is expected to be minority leader.

    Pelosi’s statement amounted to an endorsement of keeping her leadership team intact, rather than trying to purify ranks for the party’s liberals, as some lawmakers and activists have urged.

    And it could be viewed as a recognition that Hoyer, an ally of many of the party’s centrists and few remaining conservatives, had collected far more votes than had Clyburn, the highest ranking African American in congressional history

  3. Ametia says:

    The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown Takes Newsweek
    Nov. 12 2010 – 12:37 pm

    It’s been a hectic week for powerhouse women in the media. First came the surprising announcement on Tuesday that Hearst Chairman Cathie Black would succeed Joel Klein as NYC Schools Chancellor. And last night, the news broke that famed editor Tina Brown would merge her news site The Daily Beast with weekly magazine Newsweek.

    So the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker returns to print. She will assume the role of editor-in-chief at the 77-year-old magazine while remaining in her current role at the two-year-old Web site—an interesting experiment in leading print and digital content. “Today, we look at print from the refreshed point of view of an expatriate who sees the old country with new eyes,” she wrote in a column last night.

  4. Ametia says:

    In Japan, Obama says U.S. aims to boost exports
    By Christi Parsons
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    November 13, 2010|1:21 a.m.

    YOKOHAMA, Japan — President Obama pledged Saturday that the U.S. is “here to stay” among the most rapidly growing economies of the world and wants to share in the benefits of expanding global trade.

    But other nations shouldn’t assume their way to prosperity will be “simply paved with exports to America,” Obama told a gathering of business leaders here.

    U.S. exports to Asia’s Pacific Rim nations have grown by more than 60% over the last five years, Obama said, yet its overall share of trade has gone down.

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    “We want to change that,” Obama said. “We don’t want to lose the opportunity to sell our goods and services in fast-growing markets. We don’t want to lose the opportunity to create new jobs back home.”,0,3044628.story

  5. Ametia says:

    12 November 2010 Last updated at 19:02 ET
    Groups applaud push to boost policing of web privacyBy Maggie Shiels
    Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley

    Advocacy groups have welcomed reports that the US government plans to boost the policing of online privacy with new laws and a new watchdog.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration was set to unveil its new strategy in the coming weeks.

    A more hands-on approach would mark a break from previous governments that relied on industry self-regulation.

    Google and Facebook have been at the forefront of consumer privacy concerns.

    In the summer, Facebook – the world’s biggest social network with 500 million users – simplified its privacy settings following criticism from US senators, the European Union and civil liberty groups.

    Google has more recently been in the firing line for its inadvertent collection of user data via its Street View cars.

    It has been the subject of scrutiny from data protection agencies around the world as a result.

  6. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everybody! :-) It’s a winter wonderland in Minneapolis.>>>>>>>

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