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January 11, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 1


"Who Is John Galt?"
Due to the holidays, my life is running about two weeks behind. Please bear with me.

First and foremost, thank you to all those who support BACHorgan.com by making purchases through the links to its affiliates. Your support helps to keep BACHorgan.com online.

Speaking of which, I was recently looking at what people were buying and saw that many of you had purchased the new "Organ Music for the Christmas Season," edited by Rollin Smith. Someone had also purchased a different collection of music edited by Rollin Smith so I decided to take a look at everything he's written and edited. Mr. Smith has actually been involved in many interesting projects and the online reviews I read for all of them were highly favorable. If you're curious, here's a link to a selection of them:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/RollinSmithSelections.html

To make a long story short, I got curious about Rollin Smith. I'm pretty good at digging up info on the web so I got busy. After quite a bit of work, all I could find out about him, other than the fact that everyone loves every book and music edition that he's ever been involved with, is that he spoke at the OHS American Organ Archives Symposium 2003. Now, in this day and age, how does someone this popular remain relatively anonymous on the Internet? He must have gone to school somewhere. Not one bio anywhere. In the end I was left with the unanswered question Who is Rollin Smith? I immediately thought of "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Her novel starts off with the question Who is John Galt? but I won't say any more than that. You can read the beginning here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0525934189/bachorgancom-20

Can anyone out there help me? Who has a link that will answer the question Who is Rollin Smith?
Click this link to read comments and offer your own:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/Feedback.asp

Updated Pages
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Choosing an Organ:
Added is "Pipe Organs 101," an article from the Lawrence Phelps & Associate website that gives a nice introduction to the pipe organ, including diagrams.
http://www.BACHorgan.com/ChoosingAnOrgan.html

Book Store:
Added is a book recommended by BACHorgan.com community member Will W. Rogers: "The Art of the Song Recital" by Shirlee Emmons, Stanley Sonntag. "This book is great for young singers as they prepare for that all-important recital." Thanks, Will! Click link below for a book description:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/BookStore.html

Featured Links:
Added is a link to a page on the Lawrence Phelps website that contains articles providing "a wealth of information about organ design and the history of the organ reform movement."
http://www.BACHorgan.com/FeaturedLinks.asp

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The iPod minis are coming! Now smaller than ever but hold up to 1,000 songs--enough music for a whole weekend. Choose your color from silver, gold, green, pink, or blue (all shiny). Works on Mac or PC. Pre-order now at the link below:
http://www.BACHorgan/iPodMinis.html
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WHAT I'M READING...I'm still enjoying "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician" by Christoph Wolff -- I'm reading it slowly, not because it's difficult but because I'm savoring every word. Each page brings you a bit more closer to the man who wrote the music. Click the link below for Dan's Book Club:
http://www.BACHorgan.com/DansBookClub.html
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Happy New Year!

Dan Long
Editor, BACHorgan.com


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