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Tags:  Felix Arndt  Nola

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1 Evil Empire   ~  Feb 25, 2012 11:08 am

Off Topic, to be sure, but here's a great article on 95 year old former Tiger (and Yankee) Virgil "Fire" Trucks. Cool pictures of him at Rickwood field too:


2 thelarmis   ~  Feb 25, 2012 2:36 pm

holy shit! Nola by Felix Arndt. how in the world do you know this obscure piece of music??? seriously, Alex - how do you know it?! unbelievable. very impressive, my friend.

i performed this as a xylophone solo in college. i played it a lot. i probably even did it with piano accompaniment, at some point. i still have part of it memorized and play it on the 'desktop' xylophone that's set up at my drum studio.

the great George Hamilton Green arranged it for xylophone. The subtitle was shortened to "A Silhouette" and the tempo is decidedly slower, for mallets. great piece of music!

when i was in college and performed this at a "jury", i had to give background on the piece and the composer. this was before 'google' and it proved rather difficult to find information on the music and author.

3 thelarmis   ~  Feb 25, 2012 2:38 pm

[1] nice! my best buddy is a relative of Virgil Trucks. i bought him a few of Fire Trucks' baseball cards last year, including one as a Yankee. i'm gonna forward him this link and i'm sure he'll forward it to his dad & cousin, of the Allman Brothers fame. thanks for the article!

4 Evil Empire   ~  Feb 25, 2012 4:03 pm

[3] No problem! I wrote Mr. Trucks a few years back for his autograph and he even wrote me a note. Classy guy.

5 thelarmis   ~  Feb 25, 2012 7:42 pm

[4] yeah man, i've known a decent amount of Trucks in the 15+ years i'm in Atlanta. all classy folks!

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