Archive for Robert Segarini

Peter Returns to Music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2019 by segarini
(Strap in for a very interesting column today. I had to leave a lot on the “cutting room floor”, but I hope you’ll find the journey worth it in the end.)
Some say that music took its first baby steps when Grok banged a rock against a hollow log, or against Gork’s a) head. b) As civilization blossomed, a basic framework for music was established and rules of composition were composed. Growing intelligence, innovation and industry led to the development of musical instruments. Some faded away to obscurity pretty rapidly, (exhibit number one, the krumhorn) while others still exist in modified form, such as the sackbut, which is a form of trombone and is available for purchase on line.

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Peter Works as the Ground Crew as His Friend Takes Flight

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2019 by segarini

This is a tough column to write, because I am saying goodbye to a very good friend.

Peter Mossman, a very talented visual artist, passed away last Saturday. Although my drawing skills are limited, I will try to use words to paint a picture of my friend, whom I first met in 1973 at a meeting of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. I remember that he didn’t say a lot, but when he did speak, people tended to listen.

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Peter Trump-ets Toronto’s Live Music and the Folks Who Make it Happen

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2019 by segarini

Well Trumpelthinskin sure went off his script at last weekend’s well publicized 1% group grope. He went well off his message, well off on a tangent,; (well off his rocker?) His word salad of an address would probably have sounded better if his “speech writers” had taken an Oxford Dictionary, put it through a shredder, stuffed the resultant paper “scrap” into a muzzle loading cannon and promptly fired it at a wall covered with paper glue and begged him to read the result! America, I weep for you. You have “elected” a grifter, a cheat, a conman, a nepotistic thief who would gladly sell off everything that makes America great for 5 cents on the dollar, if it would fill his pockets and those of his dreadful family.

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Peter Hears A Hoot

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , on February 28, 2019 by segarini

Actual stuff that folks said (and wrote!) either to me or within eyeshot/earshot of me at work 

Or ” Divers oral and written communications which Mrs Montreuil’s little boy became privy to in the course of his appointed duties”

People say the damndest things. Here’s a collection of some of the more notable examples I encountered at work which you may enjoy, loyal reader. When dealing with the public, it is essential to be able to “think on your feet”. This necessary skill was sometimes lacking on the other side of the desk. These are in no temporal order, but “speak” for themselves.

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Peter and The Awards Season

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2019 by segarini

The entertainment awards season is in full swing a). The editor has already run his hat pin through the balloon of the Grammys, and he did his typical excellent job!

To add to what he wrote, the fact is that songs that win at the Grammys aren’t necessarily “classic” songs, in fact they aren’t necessarily even “good” songs. In an era when, for example, electronic devices can be programmed to “auto dial for downloads”, success, ( or the lack thereof ), at the Grammys does not equate with any actual artistic achievement. In fact much of the “main stream” music out there is pap, frankly.

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Peter Goes Where Everybody Knows His Name

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by segarini

Well, last week was “interesting”, as I was going with Lois to various doctor’s appointments. Before a very important one, I got trapped in an elevator. (I was able to get out in time to attend the interview in question, at the end of the day, but it still distracted me from writing a column last week, for which I apologize, and promise that that will not happen again.)

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Peter Recalls His School Daze ….

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2019 by segarini

After I had graduated from “The Barnyard” 1), I continued my education at the Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute 2), situated at the corners of West Street North 3) and Borland Street in Orillia, naturally enough.

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