The day I released my New CD “322”, a Meteor over New York Streaks across the Night Sky

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in 322, ancient melody, Biblical prophecy, Classical Music, Composition, Creativity, Features, History, music history, Mysteries, Orginal Music, Sountrack, Strange news, Thomas Schoenberger | 26 comments

There are no coincidences…….My new CD entitled 322 deals with the coming of asteroids, meteors, and comets, things falling from heaven…..My first single called Jerusalem was launched the morning of 3-22. Last night, I noticed a slew of hits on my Youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrcuQ6Zbfjk Now I know why….

I guess this is a first..Having a meteor arrive just in time to help market a new CD that deals with ….Fiery stones falling from the sky!

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Meteor lights up night sky over eastern United States
March 22, 2013|Daniel Trotta | Reuters

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(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A meteor bright enough to be classified as a fireball lit up the night sky over eastern North America on Friday, providing a spectacle witnessed in at least 13 states, Washington, D.C. and two Canadian provinces, the American Meteor Society said.

The society verified more than 300 witness sightings from Ontario and Quebec down to the southern U.S. state of North Carolina with more than 100 reports yet to be reviewed, said Mike Hankey, an observer for the American Meteor Society.

More of an update New fireball seen over Argentina April 22nd 2013

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Jerusalem by Thomas Schoenberger

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in 322, ancient melody, Art History, Biblical prophecy, Classical Music, Composition, Creative people, Creativity, History, music history, Mysteries, Orginal Music, Thomas Schoenberger | 4 comments

    New composition “Jerusalem” on youtube: This is my first release from my CD entitled “322” The theme is fireballs falling from the sky….The arrival of such things is here, I feel, despite the oddly disconnected utterances out of Nasa that “everything if fine”. Is it? Something is happening in the sky and from the meteors seen in Russia,Cuba, and even here in Northern California, more are coming.. I personally think it is connected to a comet called ISON, a comet observed in 1680, and prior to this as the Comet of Destruction mentioned by Roman historian Josephus as the harbinger of the destruction of Israel.This comet is back….and I am not joking.. The meteors are it’s calling cards,and more fireballs are coming….sooner than you think. By the third week of November,you will look up in the sky and it will appear as if we have two moons…Remember this post……..I hope you enjoy the music….

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Thomas Schoenberger Releases “brokenhearted.com” Featuring Lenny Williams

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Composition, Creativity, music history, Thomas Schoenberger | 0 comments

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Thomas Schoenberger has waited many years to release this single. Produced by Preston Glass, as gifted  producer that ever lived. The singer is the extraordinary Lenny Williams, who was the legendary singer of Tower of Power.

This song was written for you.
The song is being released to a world seeking answers, a world where Facebook friends replace flesh and blood friends, where people seek solace in avatars rather than in themselves. Where a global hermit movement must be challenged and vanquished. Please spread this song far and wide, cast a net of music.  This is a new concept. Something unheard of in the music business.The song was written before 9/11, before the economy died, before we lived our lives through the cyber  cobweb Thank you for listening and I hope you get some inspiration from this melody.

Thomas Schoenberger

 

 

 

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If Nero was a Gigging Musician

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in ancient melody, music history | 6 comments

Bust of Nero. Glyptothek München (Germany). Photo Marco Prins.

I have wondered what Nero would have been like if he were a gigging musician today. He played the lyre and fashioned himself a stellar musician, though he was ridiculed by the majority who sufferd through his performances. Of course, in those days, it was considered dangerous to mock an emperor.Smart Roman’s held their tongue, if not their ears. So, lets teleport Nero to the modern age, install him in the role of working stiff musician and see how he does.
Nero would have been a steely eyed driver. He would have probably received speeding tickets, if we are to judge by his penchant for chariot races. So the modern day client would have watched in apprehension as Nero carreened into the parking lot.
Nero would have been a vainglorious performer, demanding that he be taken seriously, despite his questionable talent as a musician. As one of histories most ill tempered and narcissistic characters, Nero would have never admitted fault,,would have offended clients with his hulking frame and double chin, and would probably have been a confrontational person to deal with. In short, Nero would have been a bad hire. I have compiled a short history of Nero from the excellent biography website, so the reader can glean an insight into this curious and disturbed historical figure:

Nero was born in 37 A.D., the nephew of the emperor. After his father’s death, his mother married his uncle and persuaded him to name Nero his successor. Nero took the throne at 17, rebuffed his mother’s attempts to control him, and had her killed. He spent lavishly and behaved inappropriately. He began executing opponents and Christians. In 68, he committed suicide when the empire revolted.

Early Life and Ascent to the Throne

Nero was born as Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, the son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Agrippina, who was the great-granddaughter of the emperor Augustus. He was educated in the classical tradition by the philosopher Seneca and studied Greek, philosophy and rhetoric.

After Ahenobarbus died in 48 A.D., Agrippina married her uncle, the emperor Claudius. She persuaded him to name Nero as his successor rather than his own son, Britannicus, and to offer his daughter, Octavia, as Nero’s wife, which he did in 50 A.D.

Claudius died in 54 A.D., and it is widely suspected that Agrippina had Claudius poisoned. Nero presented himself to the Senate to deliver a eulogy in Claudius’s honor and was named Emperor of Rome. He took the name Nero Claudius Caesar AugustusGermanicus, and ascended to the throne at the age of 17.

Agrippina’s Influence

Agrippina was domineering and attempted to influence her son’s rule. She was angered by the more moderate advice of Nero’s advisors, his former tutor Seneca and the commander of the Praetorian Guard, Burrus.

Agrippina also tried to assert her authority in Nero’s private life. When Nero began an affair with Claudia Acte, a former slave, and threatened to divorce Octavia, Agrippina advocated for Octavia and demanded that her son dismiss Acte. Although he and Octavia remained married, Nero began living openly with Acte as his wife in spite of his mother’s protests.

After Nero spurned his mother’s influence in both public and private affairs, she was infuriated. She began championing Britannicus, then still a minor, as emperor. However, Britannicus died suddenly in 55, the day before he was to be proclaimed an adult. It is widely assumed that Nero poisoned Britannicus, although Nero claimed that he died from a seizure. Even after Britannicus had died, Agrippina tried to agitate the public against Nero, and Nero banished her from the family palace.

By 58, Nero had dismissed Acte and fallen for Poppaea Sabina, a noblewoman who was married to a member of the Roman aristocracy. He wanted to marry her, but public opinion did not look favorably upon a divorce from Octavia and his mother staunchly opposed it. Fed up with his mother’s interference and no longer content with her removal from the palace, Nero took matters into his own hands. Agrippina was murdered in 59 at Nero’s command.

Nero’s Reign

Until the year 59, Nero was described as a generous and reasonable leader. He eliminated capital punishment, lowered taxes and allowed slaves to bring complaints against their masters. He supported the arts and athletics above gladiator entertainment and gave aid to other cities in crisis

Agrippina’s murder, and the advent of 60 A.D. seem to have unhindged the emporor.Nero descended into a hedonic lifestyle that was marked not just by lavish self-indulgence but tyranny. He spent exorbitant amounts of money on artistic pursuits and around 59 A.D., began to give public performances as a poet and lyre player,
When Burrus died and Seneca retired in the year 62, Nero divorced Octavia and had her killed, then married Poppaea. Around this time accusations of treason against Nero and the Senate began to surface, and Nero began to react harshly to any form of perceived disloyalty or criticism. One army commander was executed for badmouthing him at a party; another politician was exiled for writing a book that made negative remarks about the Senate. Other rivals were executed in the ensuing years, allowing Nero to reduce opposition and consolidate his power.a significant breach of etiquette for a member of the ruling class.

THE GREAT FIRE

By 64, the scandalous nature of Nero’s artistic antics may have begun to cause controversy, but the public’s attention was diverted by the Great Fire. The fire began in stores at the southeastern end of the Circus Maximus and ravaged Rome for 10 days, decimating 75 percent of the city. Although accidental fires were common at the time, many Romans believed Nero started the fire to make room for his planned villa, the Domus Aurea. Whether or not Nero started the fire, he determined that a guilty party must be found, and he pointed the finger at the Christians, still a new and underground religion. With this accusation, persecution and torture of the Christians began in Rome.

POLITICAL DEMISE AND DEATH

After the Great Fire, Nero resumed plans for the Domus Aurea. In order to finance this project, Nero needed money and set about to get it however he pleased. He sold positions in public office to the highest bidder, increased taxes and took money from the temples. He devalued currency and reinstituted policies to confiscate property in cases of suspected treason.

These new policies resulted in the Pisonian conspiracy, a plot formed in 65 by Gaius Calpurnius Piso, an aristocrat, along with knights, senators, poets and Nero’s former mentor, Seneca. They planned to assassinate Nero and crown Piso the ruler of Rome. The plan was discovered, however, and the leading conspirators, as well as many other wealthy Romans, were executed.

Just three years later, in March 68, the governor Gaius Julius Vindex rebelled against Nero’s tax policies. He recruited another governor, Servius Sulpicius Galba, to join him and to declare himself emperor. While these forces were defeated and Galba was declared a public enemy, support for him increased, despite his categorization as a public enemy. Even Nero’s own bodyguards defected in support of Galba.

Fearing that his demise was imminent, Nero fled. He planned to head east, where many provinces were still loyal to him, but had to abandon the plan after his officers refused to obey him. He returned to his palace, but his guards and friends had left. He ultimately received word that the Senate had condemned him to death by beating and so he decided to commit suicide. Unable to carry out the deed by himself, however, his secretary, Epaphroditos, assisted him. As he died, Nero was said to have exclaimed, ‘What an artist dies in me!’ He was the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors. So, despite all his power, wickedness and cruelty, Nero fashioned himself a musician to the end. Glad I never saw him perform.

 

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Musical Robot Bands of the 13th Century – Strange But True

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Al Jazari, ancient melody, Composition, Creativity, Middle Eastern Music, music history, Science |

Al-Jazari, an inventor of the 13th century, and a clever creator of over 100 devices ranging from automata to a myriad of water pumping devices seems to have invented a marvelous musical robot band,something unlike any other invention in history.  Move over Steve Jobs.

Al Jazari’s work described fountains and musical automata, in which the flow of water alternated from one large tank to another at hourly or half-hourly intervals. This operation was achieved through his innovative use of hydraulic switching.  He also created a musical automaton, which was a boat with four automatic musicians that floated on a lake to entertain guests at royal drinking parties.

Professor Noel Sharkey has argued that it is quite likely that it was an early programmable automata and has produced a possible reconstruction of the mechanism; it has a programmable drum machine with pegs (cams) that bump into little levers that operated the percussion. The drummer could be made to play different rhythms and different drum patterns if the pegs were moved around.I have included an image of the “oddest band in history” at left.

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Da Vinci and the Mysterious Singing Moon: Listen to an Actual Da Vinci Composition! Must See VlogBlog2013 by Thomas Schoenberger

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Art History, Composition, Creativity, Da Vinci, Music for Infants, music history, Thomas Schoenberger |

In keeping with this year’s pledge to reveal to my gentle readers little known facts of towering geniuses ( Da Vinci, Frankin, Mozart, Lincoln, etc), I now want to show you a musical composition by Da Vinci. You did not know Da Vinci was a musician? He was – and a a superb one at that. How much of his music, like his paintings remain lost, hidden. Hopefully, more of it will appear in time.  It is said that Leonardo was easily the most intelligent human being who ever lived. Who knows. He was easily the most famous genius who walked the earth. Here is a sample of a short piece of music he composed around 1500.

If the above video clip doesn’t play, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BxwsKtRdFs.


I also urge readers to listen to my singing moon composition herein one of my albums for infants.  The idea of creating a polyphonic piece of music a la singing moon ( harvest moon) was the conclusion of an experiment, to see if I could merge a number of melodies at once, and reverse the melody onto itself, as Da Vinci achieved in his famous mirror writings.Thomas Schoenberger

 

 

 

 

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
Leonardo da Vinci

 

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