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    Songwriting and music; epistemology, and epistemology relating to mathematics (see my essay UNDERSTANDING IMAGINARIES THROUGH HIDDEN NUMBERS); and philosophy generally.

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    Rodney Rawlings
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    I am a Toronto Objectivist. In 2011 after many and varied struggles in the field of music I turned to writing specifically art songs. Now, so far, I have had my art songs and concert band pieces performed in Toronto; in Austin, Texas; in Chicago; in Chautauqua, New York; in Geneva, Illinois; in Elgin, Illinois; and in Munster, Indiana. I write the lyrics to almost all my songs, which concern reverence, aspiration, romance, independence, and the future. These themes also occur in those songs for which I have adapted an existing text.
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  1. Thanks for your interest. Below is a video of the premiere in Chicago. (Note: In the middle section she sings the word 'strange,' but it should be 'vain.')
  2. I was recently asked by an organization called The Voices of Vienna for permission to use my song "To Venus and Mars" at a concert on April 13. The attached has been created for this event. I am referred to on page 2, as "Rawlings." I love the Vienna and Franz Lehár connections! Lehár was my original inspiration to start writing music. It is especially pleasing to me because this song expresses the Objectivist metaphysics in an essential sense.
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    “When Matter Touches Antimatter” in Minneapolis

    Success! I asked the singer, Aliese Hoesel, how the performance went and she replied: Hello, Rodney! Yes, the performance went quite well! The audience was full of interested and appreciative art goers! I got lots of positive feedback on your piece from people after the show. Your work was a hit! Thank you for the opportunity to sing it! Aliese
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    “When Matter Touches Antimatter” in Minneapolis

    The concert has taken place! Of course, I wasn't there. I wonder if there will be any newspaper review, as there was for the Austin performance of this song by One Ounce Opera. Opera on Tap, which hosted this show, did make this announcement later the same evening: Opera on Tap - Twin Cities was attending OOT Twin Cities Presents: New Arias On Tap at honey mpls. March 11 at 11:54pm · Minneapolis, MN, United States · A huge thank you to all of the composers, singers, librettists, and our stellar accompanist Emily Urban for being a part of our New Arias on Tap performance tonight. What a show!!! Bravi!!!!
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    “When Matter Touches Antimatter” in Minneapolis

    Sorry, above I had said 'Jon' but I meant 'Jonathan.' I've corrected.
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    “When Matter Touches Antimatter” in Minneapolis

    The next two performances, in Chicago and Minneapolis, will be hosted by two other different organizations.
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    “When Matter Touches Antimatter” in Minneapolis

    Here is audio of a previous performance in Austin (I wrote it for soprano, but a tenor sang it here):
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    “When Matter Touches Antimatter” in Minneapolis

    Whoops! Didn't see these responses. Just as I score a Minnesota performance, the city is in the news for another, double 'scoring' event! FWIW, I don't follow sports at all. I don't mind. And thanks to Jonathan--even though I was horrified at the name-calling and insults in that so-called 'Love' thread that even led to a banning! I will soon post a recording of an earlier performance of the song that took place in Austin.
  9. Just heard that a song of mine will be performed on March 11 in Minneapolis! (The song was premiered in Austin and is slated for a Chicago performance.) Rodney, We are pleased to inform you that we have selected your piece, “When Matter Touches Antimatter,” to be performed at our New Arias on Tap performance on Sunday March 11th at Honey in Minneapolis, MN at 6:30 pm. Please let us know if you’re able to be present at the performance. I’ll be sending out a separate e-mail to introduce you to the singer performing your piece. The rehearsal dates with our accompanist are are Sunday March 4th in the afternoon and Monday March 5th in the evening. Once we’ve worked out a rehearsal time we’ll let you know and you can let us know if you’re able to attend in person or via Skype/Google chat/Facetime. In the meantime, if you could please e-mail the following: … [photo, bio, etc.] Thank you for being a part of our collaboration! We look forward to working with you! Eryn Tvete Managing Director Opera on Tap Twin Cities
  10. It's all in the writing. On that topic, I hate those many sitcoms that largely consist of 'setup-immediately-followed-by-punchline' happenings. It is shallow and predictable humor. I often find British comedy better. Character- and situation-based, it goes deeper and you feel prouder laughing. John Cleese has commented on this in the past.
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    Ayn Rand And The End Of Love

    OK, I admit I have not followed all the back-and-forth here. Of course, you are within your moral rights if all of that is true.
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    Ayn Rand And The End Of Love

    This is a sad ending to things. Perhaps you are giving too much weight to your perception of subtexts? I grant that R's persistence and tone can annoy, and his theories are much too rationalistic. The reason I took his part here was because, in the past, I had sometimes agreed with his reasoning regarding various topics on the Rebirth board and elsewhere, and had once observed that he had a thriving message board of his own with many devoted followers (though I never joined that forum). Moreover, recently on Facebook one of my female "Friends" (who unfortunately is somewhat rationalistic in her own thinking) announced her discovery of his voluminous online writings (most of which I have not read myself), and posted about how she was tremendously impressed not only with his thought but also with the occasional poetry of his writing style. So with all this in mind (including the possible autism aspect), I would hope you make it clearer what you do not impute to him. Remember that the Internet is pervasive and forever and that certain accusations nowadays can be very damaging.
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    Ayn Rand And The End Of Love

    When Rand said this, she clearly meant that no set or interrelationship of non-consciousness facts can define consciousness in the way that, for example, the concept of a meteor can be defined in terms of matter, body, falling, Earth, gravity etc. There is just no way you can do this and end up with "awareness." Even if you say that awareness is the state of a living being in which it registers outside things and prepares to deal with them in the interest of preserving its continued existence (as I would), and even if you somehow completely explain all the physical processes underlying this state, you have not broken down or derived "awareness" as such but only described how it operates. Awareness is that actual final state you and I are now experiencing, and that is the only realm and sense in which consciousness as such exists. You cannot break that final state into components. (Don't take it amiss if I do not fully engage in these discussions. At present I have very little leisure of the type I would need. Why do I start in on these discussions at all? Well, that's a question I ask myself! My mind gets going and I like to think things through and explain things.)
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    Ayn Rand And The End Of Love

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    Ayn Rand And The End Of Love

    I would agree with that.