I should Have Been a Detective..How Composers and Historians Relate to Investigators. Thomas Schoenberger

Posted on Dec 18, 2013

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If I had my life to live over again, I would have become a detective. Most people simply do not give law enforcement their due.Cops go to work, have to deal with becoming babysitters to childish adults, deal with thugs, meth heads, violent gangs, and then they come home to read that some punk journalist has written more negative drivel on the supposed wrongful “bully cop” who thoughtlessly broke the nose of some poor defenseless rapist.It is high time people start praising police for their heroic actions.

The urban myth states that all cops protect a bad cop. Nothing could be further from the truth. Police weed out those not worthy to wear a badge, and if you look at the actual statistics, cops show no mercy towards an errant cop convicted of misconduct.

My personal interactions with police, who I proudly call friends, has been straightforward. The police and detectives I know are honorable and decent folks. They work hard, protect innocents and most of my buddies got into the field of law enforcement because of a internal moral compass most people do not possess. I have had cops look out for my family, help me in an investigation or two, and at all times, they have been kind and gone the extra mile.Find me a politician with the same humanity skills. The reason I have so many friends in the force is not some wanna be urge, but because we can appreciate each other’s gifts. No, I never did a ride along, never engaged in hero worship of police, but aI do note that firefighters always get great press and believe maybe it’s high time to start recognizing the efforts of those that protect the people.

I am a composer, but I use my own detective skills to ferret out a melody, have it fit with a larger conspiracy of sound and create a credible case for polyphony. Just as detectives need to build a case using deductive reasoning, I use the same area of my brain to deduce the most logical path to melodic accomplishment.
Now as far as conspiracy theorists, Cops deal in real conspiracies daily. Criminal behavior is usually conspiratorial in nature.I spoke to a friend who has dozens of years in law enforcement and he told me he cringes every time he hears some “know it all” spout off about “fake conspiracies” “Try telling that to my buddies who break up gangs or work in drugs or breaking up fraud rings..We deal in real life conspiracies daily”

I created a YouTube channel this year that serves as a giant cyber puzzle. I used whatever sleuth abilities I possess as a Historian and Composer. So far, people truly seem to be interested in figuring out the many clues I embedded in the channel.

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Most of my friends in the business of composition are would be detectives, sharing a propensity for mathematics, cryptology, puzzles, and the like. We are interpreters, as are detectives. So if I come off as unabashedly pro law enforcement, blame my composer gene.

Thomas

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Conspiracies in the Age of Information. True Conspiracy Vs Conspiracy Theory. Thomas Schoenberger

Posted on Dec 17, 2013

Benjamin Franklin

I have often wondered what would have happened if Caesar’s murderers had modern technology. Would they have texted each other in anticipation of the murder? Would a Roman equivalent of the NSA have caught them prior to the act? How about Booth and his cohorts? Could you imagine cell phones in the age of Lincoln? Ben Franklin revealed multiple conspiracies in his time, and engaged in a few of his own. Of course, as the Rupert Murdoch of his day, Franklin was both a genius and a man fascinated by the mercurial elements of conspiratorial behavior.

With the recent revelations of the NSA’s profound reach into our private lives, conspiracy itself may have a limited life. If all our communications can be tracked, and therefore privacy is truly dead, then the secret environ needed to birth conspiracy is now rendered barren.

Conspiracies are like mold. They need dark places to hatch. The modern age may have killed privacy, but in some ways, it has created a bacteria free environ deleterious to the secretive nature of conspiracy. Put away the tin foil hats.

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Truth or Consequences. America Under Oath.The Perjury Pandemic. By Thomas Schoenberger

Posted on Dec 16, 2013

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Perjury is the crime of taking a false oath. In Latin, one can break down the word to per, through and jurare, to swear. The term dates back to the 14th century, but the crime dates back to the beginning of culture, surely. The voluntary violation of an oath or vow either by swearing to what is untrue or by omission to do what has been promised under oath is false swearing. A mistake of fact or an unintentional misrepresentation of fact is not considered to be perjury. In order for a witness to commit perjury during his or her testimony in court, he or she must intentionally make a false statement of fact. In addition, in many places, telling a lie about something immaterial to the matter before the court is not considered perjury.Perjurers face felony charges and usually end up in prison, due to the fact that courts do not like being lied to.
The crime is so serious, that perjurers are made an example of. Lie to a Judge or Court and you could face up to 5 years in prison, not jail. Aiding and abetting a perjurer is also a felony,since it is considered a conspiracy against the court to abet a known perjury.

The statement upon which a charge of perjury is based must be something that was relevant to the court’s decision in the matter before the court. Say for example, Mary Six Pack tells a judge that Joe Blow was calling her from a blocked phone number. If in fact Joe Blow did not call her, Mary better get herself a good attorney because she will be prosecuted. If Mary was perjuring herself to cover up greater fraud, then the police will investigate her, her friends and her criminal history. Her phone records will be searched. Her life will be under a microscope. Criminalists consider this type of false swearing (perjury as an act of obstruction) as the most serious, since bearing false witness harms the general sanctity of the system itself. Police can easily find who called or did not call from a blocked number. The NSA scandal has pretty much proven that there are few secrets. That may violate some people’s sense of privacy, but it can also exonerate falsely accused people. If Mary has any prior record and they are crimes of moral turpitude, then Mary better do some hard praying. She should have considered that the police only have to go to her phone provider to prove her perjury. Welcome to the cyber jungle….
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A person may also be guilty of lying under oath in writing. Many legal documents include a statement attesting to the fact that the person executing the document swears, under the penalties of perjury, that the information contained in the document is true and accurate. Once a person signs the document, he or she is subject to a charge of perjury if a material fact was misrepresented or a false statement was made in the document.

In most states, it is a crime to knowingly lie after taking an oath to tell the truth. Additionally, committing perjury can be as simple as signing a document knowing that it contains false statements and information. The technical definition of perjury is the telling of a lie after having taken an oath to tell the truth, usually in a court of law or simply “to lie under oath.” The matter that is lied about also has to affect the outcome of a case. An example of this would be if any individual fibbed about the year they were born, which wouldn’t be considered perjury, unless that was a major factor in proving the specific case.

In many cases, there is a fine line between the interpretation of a fact and actual perjury. This is because a person can be honest and think a certain fact to be true when it isn’t. There are other countries, like France, in which the accused cannot be heard under affirmation or oath, meaning there is no way for them to commit perjury even if they lie during their trial. The attempt to coerce one into committing perjury is also considered a crime, referred to as the subornation of perjury.

Perjury is a common-law crime governed by both state and federal laws and under federal law, the punishment for perjury in most states is the imposition of a fine, imprisonment, or both. A person who has been convicted of perjury can face a fine of up to $15,000 and/or a prison term of up to 15 years, which depends on how serious the lie was and how much effect it had on the outcome of a case. Federal law also imposes sentencing enhancements when the court determines that a defendant has falsely testified on his own behalf and is convicted. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the court is required to automatically increase the defendant’s sentence. A convicted subject can also have to publicly apologize, or may lose their job (as well as respect from their peers) for committing perjury.

A recent famous case that involved perjury was with Martha Stewart, who was convicted of the intent to commit perjury as well as for lying to a federal agent. Perhaps the most recent notorious case of one who has been accused of perjury was in 1998, when the U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for his involvement in an affair with Monica Lewinsky and lying under oath about it, as well, for the obstruction of justice. He ended up being acquitted by the Senate and he never faced any criminal charges, though he did have to pay a fine for “contempt of court”

From Roger Clemens to the wife of George Zimmerman, suddenly, perjury is a hot subject, with prosecutors now willingly going after perjurers because it plays well in the press. But, how is perjury, once considered a split hair type of legal term, all of a sudden vogue? Because of it’s complexity it comes down to what the person said, what they understood themselves to be saying and what they understood the question to be. Said one lawyer I spoke with last week, “If law enforcement can prove someone perjured themselves in order to either harm another person or to put a roadblock in an investigation, then the courts take this matter very seriously. To quote John Butler, “The tongue may be employed about and made to serve all the purposes of vice in tempting and deceiving, in perjury and injustice”. To quote an unidentified source, “Discover the perjury and you discover more crime”. Perjury is now being taken far more seriously by prosecutors, since perjurers makes fools of judges, police and the system in general. Perjurers are forewarned, “Mess with the Judge and the Judge will Mess with you back”.
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Self Development Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with Tim Edwards

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

Self-talk can be your greatest ally or our biggest enemy.

If you blindfold yourself and monitored the minds of 100 people, just by listening in…you could instantly tell who was happy…and or who was successful…just by their thoughts.

Self-talk or what you think on a regular basis is the seed from which your actions grow.

If you are not getting results, track backwards from your actions. If your actions are not reaping rewards, it’s usually one of two things. One, improper technique. Or two…your lack of belief…which in many cases is rooted in negative self-talk.

Negative self-talk can cause a myriad of problems like complacency….”I am just fine the way I am, I don’t have it bad, I know many who have it worse” You sell yourself… that you are okay.

Nobody is immune to negative self-talk…but how you process your thoughts on a regular basis…is the key

Example: You take a shot…succeed…or chalk it up as learning and tweak, then take another shot, (until you get a result)…is a successful pattern.

If you say things prior too like…this is just not me, I will try “but”…or you try and say…”see, I knew that wouldn’t work” This will eventually kill your motivation, at best cause you to be timid and inconsistent…but if repeated ongoing…you cannot succeed.

Self-Development is something all top level people in every field do ONGOING…why? Because they want the edge, they want next year to be better than the last; they want to kick their competitions butt!

If your 2013 was good, do you want a breakthrough so 2014 can be incredible?

If 2013 wasn’t so good, do you want a cutting edge solution NOW so you can earn what you’re worth?

If you want 2014 to be your best year ever, ask me about the latest in self-development and how to get sudden and significant change to become the best version of yourself NOW…the information is free…message me now. Odds are there are only two outcomes, this time next year you can be the same, or you could have a RECORD YEAR…it’s up to you. Let’s chat…

Self-talk can be your greatest ally or our biggest enemy.

If you blindfold yourself and monitored the minds of 100 people, just by listening in…you could instantly tell who was happy…and or who was successful…just by their thoughts.

Self-talk or what you think on a regular basis is the seed from which your actions grow.

If you are not getting results, track backwards from your actions. If your actions are not reaping rewards, it’s usually one of two things. One, improper technique. Or two…your lack of belief…which in many cases is rooted in negative self-talk.

Negative self-talk can cause a myriad of problems like complacency….”I am just fine the way I am, I don’t have it bad, I know many who have it worse” You sell yourself… that you are okay.

Nobody is immune to negative self-talk…but how you process your thoughts on a regular basis…is the key

Example: You take a shot…succeed…or chalk it up as learning and tweak, then take another shot, (until you get a result)…is a successful pattern.

If you say things prior too like…this is just not me, I will try “but”…or you try and say…”see, I knew that wouldn’t work” This will eventually kill your motivation, at best cause you to be timid and inconsistent…but if repeated ongoing…you cannot succeed.

Self-Development is something all top level people in every field do ONGOING…why? Because they want the edge, they want next year to be better than the last; they want to kick their competitions butt!

If your 2013 was good, do you want a breakthrough so 2014 can be incredible?

If 2013 wasn’t so good, do you want a cutting edge solution NOW so you can earn what you’re worth?

If you want 2014 to be your best year ever, ask me about the latest in self-development and how to get sudden and significant change to become the best version of yourself NOW…the information is free…message me now. Odds are there are only two outcomes, this time next year you can be the same, or you could have a RECORD YEAR…it’s up to you. Let’s chat…

To contact Tim direct call 214-396-1051

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New Treasure Map on YouTube

Posted on Nov 23, 2013

From a recent article:

But what really fires our imagination is the sheer mystery of Schoenberger’s YouTube channel. Many of the videos seem interconnected, weaving a melodic ocean of sound and image that defy the staid state of Classical Music today. This is the new Beethoven of classical music, using graphic images as thunder, lighting and rain, a musical Moses, urging us to some netherworld promised land.

 

Check out the Youtube Channel for yourself – what do you think?

 

 

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Indie Band Guru Article

Posted on Jun 19, 2013

Thomas-SchoenbergerHey – thanks to F for the nice story in Indie Band Guru.

His new release, “Nothing ever goes as planned”, a bluesy punchy song filled with a timely message of “steady as she goes” demonstrates his increasing awareness of a world gone mad.  From privacy to meteors, Schoenberger’s music seems to have struck a chord with listeners tired of sweet nothings.

 

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Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Silent Film Score

Posted on Jun 17, 2013

Roscoe Conkling “Fatty” Arbuckle (March 24, 1887 — June 29, 1933) was an American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Starting at the Selig Polyscope Company he eventually moved to Keystone Studios where he worked with Mabel Normand and Harold Lloyd. He mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope.
He was one of the most popular silent stars of the 1910s, and soon became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, signing a contract in 1921 with Paramount Pictures for an unprecedented $1 million.
In September 1921, Arbuckle attended a party at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco during the Labor Day weekend. Bit player Virginia Rappe became drunk and ill at the party; she died four days later at a sanitarium known for performing abortions. Arbuckle was accused by a well known madam of raping and accidentally killing Rappe. Arbuckle endured three widely publicized trials for manslaughter. His films were subsequently banned and he was publicly ostracized.
He was acquitted in the third trial and received a written apology from the jury; however, the trial’s scandal has mostly overshadowed his legacy as a pioneering comedian.Though the ban on his films was lifted within a year, Arbuckle only worked sparingly through the 1920s. He was finally able to return to making short two-reel comedies in 1932 for Educational Pictures. He died in his sleep of a heart attack, aged 46, in 1933, reportedly on the same day he signed a contract with Warner Brothers to make a feature film

 

new score by Thomas Schoenberger, composer

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She’s My Old Flame – Girlfriend Ends Up Homeless

Posted on Jun 16, 2013

Featuring Angelina Jolie in a video for a song about a ex girlfriend that ends up crazy and homeless.
Not a true story, but just good song writing material……

Lyrics by Thomas Schoenberger

I got this new job, I’m working downtown.
I get up early and I fight the traffic all around.
I take the elevator forty stories high
It was my first day, so I got off at 5
I took a walk outside.

As I turned to leave, I saw a bag lady looking at me,
I had to turn away, I recognized her face !

She’s my old flame, I saw her yesterday
She didn’t have a place to stay
She asked me for the time, I gave her my last dime
When I looked at her, there’s something crazy in her eyes…

Well hey hey baby, what happened to you?

I hardly recognize the pretty thing that I once knew…..

You’ve had some hard luck, burned ideep your face,
Those eyes were once so happy, now their staring out into space
I don;t know what to say…

Life has treated you cruel,
What ever happened to the girl that I knew?

The girl who broke my heart, pushing a shopping cart?

She’s my old flame
I saw her yesterday
I didn’t know just what to say

Well she broke my heart in two, and fed me to the wolves, and I guess your karma’s finally catching up to you

No shoes under her feet, that’s my old flame living in the street
It really serves her right, She nearly ruined my life….\

Do you remember baby, how you laughed at me, as I cried for you, how you broke my heart, broke my heart in two..

She’s my old flame…..

 

Signing off — Thomas Schoenberger

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“The Buster Rag” a Ragtime Tribute to Keaton’s Greatest Stunts and Gags

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

A montage of the best moments of Buster Keaton’s amazing stunts and pratfalls scored to the music of composer Thomas Schoenberger, with Stu Blank joining as the second pianist. Stu died in 2011 of cancer at age 47.

Here’s a bit of background on Stu Blank for those of you who’d like to know more:

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/LIVELY-ARTS-Farewell-Stu-Blank-2896232.php

 

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Buster Keaton’s Cops

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

Ok – I know I’m stuck on a Buster Keaton thing.  Another new Schoenberger composition accompanies this great piece of work by Keaton.

One of the most hilarious shorts in Buster Keaton’s arsenal of brilliant comedic jewels.Through a series of mistaken identities Buster winds up with a load of furniture in the middle of parade of policemen. An anarchist’s bomb lands in his carriage. After lighting his cigarette with it, he tosses it into the ranks of police. When it explodes the police chase him all over town. Composer Thomas Schoenberger created this original piece of music to enhance the experience of watching Buster as he takes on a city police force. This film was a huge success in the early 1920′s.

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Buster Keaton’s Famous Elevator Scene

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

Domestic scene leads to an elevator scene that is a blast…off that is…Original soundtrack by Thomas Schoenberger.

 

Keaton’s first film elevator scene, I believe, was in The Bell Boy with Fatty Arbuckle in 1918.

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Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill with Soundtrack by Thomas Schoenberger

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

The hat scene from one of Buster Keaton’s most famous films, the 1928 feature Steamboat Bill.

 

More from Wikipedia on Keaton:

The film critic David Thomson…described Keaton’s style of comedy: “Buster plainly is a man inclined towards a belief in nothing but mathematics and absurdity … like a number that has always been searching for the right equation. Look at his face — as beautiful but as inhuman as a butterfly — and you see that utter failure to identify sentiment.”[17] Gilberto Perez describes “Keaton’s genius as an actor to keep a face so nearly deadpan and yet render it, by subtle inflections, so vividly expressive of inner life. His large deep eyes are the most eloquent feature; with merely a stare he can convey a wide range of emotions, from longing to mistrust, from puzzlement to sorrow.”[18] Keaton even inspired full academic study.[19]

 

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