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Alexandra Ottaway
Indoors/Outdoors
Pianist-Singer-Composer
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. newyorkwomencomposers.org/profiles.php4?zdm_id=OTT01
Recent Activity
The Daily Skimm newsletter is not all I read but it's an important part of the news for me. Four years old, it suddenly published this guide today: http://www.theskimm.com/2016-election/how-to-vote Voting can be difficult in some states these days. This feels like a handy guide. I looked up.what the form read... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Zotta's Blog
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/29/magazine/voting-rights-act-dream-undone.html?_r=0 Know how even my closest friends and family find the Voting Rights posts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
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Merlin's Bag of Tricks 8-16-15 with vocals 2 Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
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In which we answer the question: "Obama: Soft on Iran?" Was Reagan soft on the Soviet Union? Was Nixon Soft on China? Obama has said, "We don't make peace with our friends." Kudos to John Kerry. That was an amazing deal and biking is healthy and fun! * * *... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
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Today I'm going to see the Western Wind A Capella students at 2:30 pm and won't miss Macy's fireworks at 9. I'm pretty sure that tomorrow I'll see the Women's World Cup at 4. Go USA! Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
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Dear Readers, The Council of Conservative Citizens, is not getting enough credit for their hand in the tragic and deeply mourned AME Church shooting. Click below for: http://conservative-headlines.com Where Dylan Roof Got Some of His News and Inflamed Opinion We need to stand up to the NRA, the National Gun... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
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My grandmother voted Republican until she voted for Obama. Years before 2008 however she wrote a front-page PSA in the Middletown NY Times-Herald Record urging everyone to vote. That wasn't about who she wanted to win. It was about civic responsibility. At least I think so. Not about vote-fraud. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Always on Your Side : song by Sheryl Crow and Sting Also the video of Always on Your Side from iTunes. 01 Always On Your Side 2) Immigration Man by David Crosby & Graham Nash Immigration Man Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
An article by Evan Halper in the Tribune(Washington Bureau), 'Clinton Cash' casts shadow over campaign, says that Schweizer's book "alleges that the Clinton Foundation accepted tens of thousand dollars in charitable donations from foreign governments seeking to favors form the Obama administration while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of Sate." A... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Well. I knew this story coming out of Peter Schweizer's book, as more people read it, was not good so I went to npr.org for comment. Apparently it was sloppy accounting but no laws were broken. Clinton Foundation Disclosures Sloppy The problem was that Canadian law didn't allow their donors... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Dear Readers, Well I feared that this was where the missing emails might lead: The appearance of leverage on US policy by foreign governments. Was HRC hiding personal emailing with Bill C. or was erasing her email an attempt to hide the appearance(or reality) of getting too cozy with foreign... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Zotta's Blog
Prepared to be mesmerized by Ambience Izmir! This song is about something Wynton Marsalis said to a lot of kids in the audience at a Jazz Demonstration at Alice Tully Hall in NY:"It's not the notes you play it's the quality(and consistency) of sound." My lyrics don't make as much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Zotta's Blog