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#294983 - 05/12/15 02:07 PM [Off-Topic] My brother died this morning.
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It's hard to believe he's really gone even though he was sick. He was the oldest and more like a father since he had kids older than me. When I was a teen, I told him I wanted to play the piano. I came home from school one day and there it was. The most beautiful used black baby grand taking up half the living room. I never learned to play it well and I'm not sure who loved that piano more - him or me. Then he bought himself a fiddle which he finally traded for an acoustic guitar when the family threatened mutiny. smile He was quite a character.

I will miss him.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for me and my family.

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#294984 - 05/12/15 02:15 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
I told him I wanted to play the piano. I came home from school one day and there it was.

Now that is a cool big brother.
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#294985 - 05/12/15 02:19 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: MusicStudent]
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Josie, I am so sorry for your loss. I do have to agree, he seems like the kind of guy you would love to be around!

Try to focus on the great times, and celebrate the time you had with him. He lives on in you that way.
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#294987 - 05/12/15 02:36 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Josie, I'm so sorry about your loss. I am glad you both shared the love of music, and I'm sure the memories are precious.

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#294989 - 05/12/15 02:55 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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I wish I had something to say that helps, but that doesn't seem to be one of the powers bestowed on words. Based on what you said, it sounds like he was a brother who put his money where his heart is. Given the price of baby grand pianos, he must have really loved his little sister. His actions said far more than words.

#295000 - 05/12/15 03:57 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Josie, I am so sorry for your loss and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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#295001 - 05/12/15 04:21 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Very sorry to hear that Josie. He's in my thoughts and prayers

#295006 - 05/12/15 04:36 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Some wonderful things your brother did for you.
Besides the love and attention.
Peace be with you and the family.

Edited by seeker (05/12/15 04:36 PM)

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#295011 - 05/12/15 06:13 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: seeker]
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Oh Josie, I am so sorry.

Nobody can take away your wonderful memories.

He sounds like someone I would enjoy being with.

#295012 - 05/12/15 06:21 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
VideoTrack Offline

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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Our thoughts are with you from Australia Josie.

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#295013 - 05/12/15 06:29 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
occ Offline

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Josie, I want to send my prayers for your family. Words cannot express the right things to say. God Bless. occ

#295016 - 05/12/15 08:18 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
RichMac Offline

Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1608
Loc: New Zealand
Sincere condolences from here Josie.

#295017 - 05/12/15 09:18 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
dcuny Offline

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 1930
Loc: Sacramento, California
Hi, Josie.

Thanks for sharing about your brother - he sounds awesome.

Prayers from my family to yours.
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#295019 - 05/12/15 09:40 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
I will add him to my prayers tonight. Sadly, as I get older, the list gets longer.

Edited by eddie1261 (05/12/15 09:40 PM)
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#295026 - 05/12/15 10:21 PM [Off-Topic] Re: My brother died this morning. [Re: Sundance]
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Best wishes and my condolences, Josie.
Good memories to treasure

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It's the first day of spring today, which means it's time to start spring cleaning!

We cleaned up the BB folder with our release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018. Over the years, this folder has been growing - there were up to 10,000 files in there! We've fixed this and put the files into various folders. This is done with a cleanup routine. The cleanup normally happens automatically during installation, but you can run it manually by selecting the main menu Help | Utilities | Run Cleanup routine.

The cleanup routine does the following:
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Band-in-a-Box® 7 included some great new features - like Automatic Soloing! This introduced program users to the powerful Soloist capabilities of Band-in-a-Box®, which also includes the Soloist Maker.

Automatic Soloing!
Pick any song or chords in any style, and choose a "soloist." Band-in-a-Box® then creates and plays a professional quality solo in the style of your choice. Previous versions of Band-in-a-Box created great accompaniment. Now you can hear sensational solos as well - showing you exactly what notes are played. Choose from "soloists" in the style similar to great Jazz musicians such as Django Reinhardt, John Coltrane, or Country/Pop soloists and others, or create your own soloists using the "Soloist Maker."

Soloist Maker
This module allows you to define your own soloists. For example, let's say you want to create a soloist in a style similar to the style of "John Coltrane" - the great Jazz saxophonist. The Soloist Maker allows you to define the parameters essential to Coltrane's playing, such as instrument range (i.e. tenor saxophone), extra legato playing, playing more on top of the beat than typical Jazz musicians, and playing straighter 8th notes than usual Swing 8th notes. Also, you can set phrasing options, such as how long the phrase should be and how much "space" to leave between phrases. You can also set how "outside" the playing should be. In the case of a John Coltrane style - you set that to the maximum! Then "turn him loose" and hear the soloist play over any song!

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There's no trick to it either - just use the File | Open dialog, locate the MIDI file, and click [Open].

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