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June 20, 2013


Lew, remember Josh Fogel from 100th Street and Riverside Drive? He saw one of your posts on my Facebook page and asked me to say hello to you, which I am now doing.
I just watched Leonard Bernstein conduct a jolly piece by Darius Milhaud -- from la tete sur le bouef, could that be it? -- in Paris in 1976.
Zappa seems to have had a genius for titles: "The Yellow Shark," "Ahead of Their Times," and "The Lost Episodes." -- DL


Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 (The Cow on the Roof).

DL = one of the reasons I chose this subject was to try and expand your Zappa horizons. It seems like #12 is still your favorite -- and that's fine -- but I wanted you to know that there are NINETY-THREE other choices out there!!

The "name" Josh Fogel rings a bell -- but I can't place him. I'll look for images.

4. "Outrage at Valdez" (3:27). If you have never heard the "classical" side of Frank Zappa, I urge you to listen to this magnificent composition.


I can't begin to tell y'all how badly I want you to hear this music! This is the REAL FRANK ZAPPA.

Lew: Josh Fogel lived with us (us being Jamie, Ed Melton, me, and I am forgetting someone) on Riverside Drive. Josh was studying East Asian languages and literature and is now indeed a respected professor in that field.

the guy who was the Russian language expert?

Ed Melton was the specialist in Russian; Josh's field was East Asian studies (Japanese, Chinese).

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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