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Alexandra Ottaway
Interests: Words, Music. Send me the details of a loved one and I'll write a song for them from you! With score pdf and piano/vocal m4a file. See Audio Samples(copy and paste into your browser) at bottom.
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Alexandra Ottaway added a favorite at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Sep 25, 2016
Apparently the very Friday I posted that underwear vs. news comparison, the NY Times had actually called out five of Trumps lies or falsehoods. Credit where credit is due. This Quartz article was picked up by Please copy and paste. To give you some context, Obama and Samantha... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
I sing a slow chant over "Hit the Floor", a great hip-hop piece by Twista & Pitbull. Smudgy beginning, hypnotic body and surprise-guest ending. Please copy & paste. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
I have been trying to voice this complicated idea for a long time but I guess don't have a huge audience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Zotta's Blog Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
People I was forced to watch CNN yesterday during car maintenance and now I understand why folks make fun of poor Wolf Blitzer! The supposedly new 15,000 emails discovered by a GOP think tank had already been seen by the FBI. And FBI director James Comey did not prosecute based... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
Voting can be difficult in some states these days. This feels like a handy guide. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
I don't just blame the media. In the digital revolution they are struggling for eyeballs and how many people will pick C-Span over a televised Trump rally? Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
Like many political junkies, I’ve been spending far too much time looking at polls and trying to understand their implications. Can Donald Trump really win his party’s nomination? (Yes.) Can Bernie Sanders? (No.) But the primaries aren’t the only things being polled; we’re still getting updates on President Obama’s overall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
Jim's instrument also looks like a chicken or a turkey. Beautiful! Again Jack Wright on soprano sax, Jill on vocals, Jim on "Dad" and Eben on Bass: Rasmussen Moshé plays great saxophone and flute pictured with woman on string bass, man on drums and another flutist/saxophonist to the left not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
If anyone doesn't like their photo, I'll be happy to take down but here is Jack Wright leading Adam Bosse's Improv Class with friends he brought who are touring Wellesley College and a club in Brooklyn next. Jill dances behind our drummer as she vocalizes beautifully with mic: This is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
I can't wait to get all my photo and video up here but for now, I just want to show you what we did yesterday at about 2:45 pm for about 11'. Adam Bosse's Improv Class: his salute to the Noise movement. It wasn't what I thought at all! There... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
We Really Did Inaugurate The Wrong Guy There was a cab driver in NY nicknamed Top o' the Head who could rhyme anything. "Just give me a line and I'll rhyme it!" I ended up riding with him twice! A: What do you think of the Iraq War? T: I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Zotta's Blog
Happy Winter Solstice! Song: "The Reasons Why": Reasons Why 11-5-15 Why do people surrender animals to shelters? First of all we need to do more spay and neutering so we don't end up with too many to feed and house and for various reasons, people sometimes really do need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
So James and his lover followed the Ouija board for some years, yielding many books of poetry which were grouped under name, Changing Light of Sandover They worked in Stonington CT. Here is a poem from the book Ephraim: At passing he recommended not using the Ouija. Happy Halloween, All! Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Don't let me make this a news blog this far out from the election, or even during the election for that matter. But I had to notice that 1) Hillary released a statement a couple of weeks ago about this proof (see below) that the South still needs the 1965... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Obama explains the snafu of gun control politics. 88% of Americans want gun control. The majority of mentally ill or the world's angry young men don't shoot, he says. This is a bipartisan issue.Related articles Dylann Roof got news from the CCC: Update on their leader from the NY Times... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
"Hillary Clinton’s Long Road to ‘Sorry’ Over Email Use" + NYT must get down to brass-tacks on the bottom-line No comments were allowed on this article. A few months ago there was a story reporting that Sulzberger et. al. decided they have to survive the current climate by prioritizing money.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
This was just a riff but a teacher told me that hot tub and pool parties were a rap video phenomenon. The tubs got big and bigger and then everybody into the pool. This song is just about a bath tub: Into the Hot Tub Hip-Hop Jam 8-16-15 Related articles... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Looking Through Those Eyes of Wonder August 16, 2015 One suggestion I have after watching this(!) is: A) Set up two separate windows for the same video(Eyes of Wonder). B) Start window #1 and then: After the lyric "I just curated my hair", C) Start window #2 video and you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
The NY Times is fantastic for making this the cover of today's Sunday Magazine. Congratulations and Thank You, because today you really are on it! @NYTOnit "Inside the Campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act." Know how even my closest friends and family find the Voting Rights posts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Merlin's Bag of Tricks 8-16-15 with vocals 2 Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Zotta's Blog