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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Brain View Post
    My dad's favourite composer is Dvorak, although he's also a huge Shostakovich proponent, especially his symphonies. I still remember him playing the seventh (Leningrad) on the old gramophone we had as a child and the march from the first movement, with it's gradually increasing intensity and dissonant harmonies to the melody was something else...(I had no clue about the political aspects of the work back then) and it was one of a few works that sparked an interest in music that was predominantly 'modern' in the classical field. Holst's 'Planets Suite' was another (fantastic work) although it was generally Russian composers who caught my ear when younger - Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' was beguiling, chock full of melodies but with a rich dissonance too, Mussorgy's 'Pictures At An Exhibition...Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring' simply blew me away as a thirteen year old...still does now when performed with the right intensity.

    Still, my 'Mount Rushmore' for classical music would be:

    Messiaen
    Ligeti
    Schnittke
    Stravinsky

    Hon mentions: Prokofiev, Gorecki, Part.
    Ack! Stravinsky slipped my mind. How embarrassing. Now my Mt Rushmore has to be demolished and rebuilt. Hmmmm... Can I have a fifth?
    Proverbs 17:19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin

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    Quote Originally Posted by exminister View Post
    Ack! Stravinsky slipped my mind. How embarrassing. Now my Mt Rushmore has to be demolished and rebuilt. Hmmmm... Can I have a fifth?
    No, but you can have a rite...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    My Mt. Rushmore of film directors. I'm not arguing relative greatness. I'm speaking to the four who impacted my life in film the most.

    Kubrick: left the theater after 2001 feeling like the back of my head was open. I realized that movies could be art with that film.

    Capra: made enduring, optimistic, wonderfully odd movies, including two of my favorites, It's a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

    Spielberg: mapped my childhood and left me with marvelous stories filled with imagination and characters to cherish.

    John Ford
    : no one told a better story, especially about the American west.

    Hon. Men.: Kurosawa, Bergman, Hithcock, Lean, Hawks.
    Kubrick, for certain. I don't think there's ever been a better director for marrying astonishing cinematography and the visual with sound and music, 2001 being a prime example, along with 'The Shining'. Combine that with the sheer diversity of subject matter in his films and you had a cinematic genius.

    David Cronenberg would be my next pick. Primarily associated with horror, there's few that can match him for creative ideas and depth in a genre that often lacks it. Still remember coming home one night to watch 'Scanners' expecting nothing more than a mindless gore flick and getting much more than that in turn.

    Christopher Nolan is one of the few directors at the moment who can make Hollywood blockbuster movies that have some imagination and intelligence about them without being hopelessly derivative in the process. 'Memento' underscored the talent that was to follow.

    David Lynch is the master of the surreal and satirical in film making. Like Kubrick, his marrying of sound and visual is key, albeit in different ways. His films are certainly an experience, often undermining mainstream ideals like the 'American Dream'...

    Hon mentions: Eastwood, Hitchcock, Cameron, Cohen brothers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    I have to break this between singers and singer songwriters. On the latter:

    Hank Williams
    Merle Haggard
    Willie Nelson
    Lyle Lovett
    Hank Williams: "The silence of a falling star lights up a purple sky and as I wonder where you are I'm so lonesome I could cry."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post

    One country singer stands far and away above all the others and that is the Old Possum, George Jones.
    He Stopped Loving Her Today is still the saddest song I've heard.

    For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exminister View Post
    Classical Music Mount Rushmore
    Haydn, Shostakovich, Chopin, Beethoven
    Honorable: Prokofiev, Dvorak.
    Mine would be:
    Bethooven
    Pachelbel
    Chopin
    Bach

    For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaulToPaul View Post
    Here ya go, Bandit.


    For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

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    Mount Rushmore of Deserts

    A chocolate bourbon pecan pie milkshake from Hamburg Inn, Iowa City or butterscotch milkshake from Dean's Grill in Atmore, AL.
    My grandmother's secret recipe chocolate cake in layers...
    A fresh beignet from Du Monde with a good coffee in New Orleans.
    A key lime pie from Old Town Bakery in Key West.

    Hon. Men.: My mother's Butternut cake, Miss May's bread pudding.
    You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.

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    Mount Rushmore of the Brooklyn Dodgers:

    Jackie Robinson
    Pee Wee Reese
    Duke Snider
    Gil Hodges

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Mount Rushmore of the Brooklyn Dodgers:

    Jackie Robinson
    Pee Wee Reese
    Duke Snider
    Gil Hodges
    Love it.

    Inspired by Jerry's post, my Mt. Rushmore of NFL teams (best coach and three players, no owners allowed)

    Beginning with the NFC East:

    Dallas: Landry, Staubach, Lily, Smith

    Eagles: Reid, White, Bednarik, McNabb

    Giants: Parcells, Taylor, Manning, Gifford

    Washington: Gibbs, Green, Riggins, Baugh
    You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Love it.
    Or maybe replace Gil Hodges with Roy Campanella? What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Or maybe replace Gil Hodges with Roy Campanella? What do you think?
    Man, I should be kicked for forgetting him. Let me look at it again, hard.

    Snider is actually, arguably the strongest on the list. Let's lock him down. I can see the argument that Reese, Robinson and Hodges are all pretty closely grouped. And what about Wheat (.317 lifetime, holder of the record for hits, nearly 500 doubles and 172 triples) or Vance who led the league in strikeouts for 5 years running? I'd move Roy onto the list, but I couldn't lose Hodges. So either Reese or Robinson has to go unless you want to cheat to 5. I've done the 5 for the NBA, but strictly to represent positions. And I think you have to move Reese between them, even before you get to the moment attached.

    Tough call, but that's mine.

    So, what do you think about my Cowboys Rushmore?
    You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.

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