Saturday, August 4, 2012


Mini passions....

 (but first)

I wish to invite you to a wonderful musical treat:


Bernie  performs at 8 PM Eastern Standard time, most nights.
If he is not on, try the next night.

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DEDICATED TO THE MSAT DOLL MINI GROUP
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Bernie and me-- at my own (very much in need of tuning) piano
The song below was performed on a 1956 Steinway Grand
Piano (which is always kept in tune)

TELL ME A STORY, I'LL MAKE A DOLL

I always love combining art forms. Stories are rich with creative imagination, and have been  an important art form for centuries...perhaps ever since humans had language. Creating dolls has also been a tradition from the dawn of history.
Creating a doll that fits a story is a wonderful endeavor, which my miniature doll group is undertaking. 

The Song


The Instrumental




LYRICS
Tell me a story, a fanciful story,
A wonderful, long ago, fairy tale story.
I'll make a doll, a hero who is bold...
And a maiden or a knave,
In the tale that is told.
Please tell me a story,
A reality story..
A work of fiction that is true to life.
I'll create a small doll, that fits the tale...
In a scene , made to scale.
Our mini group loves to make dolls small.
Representing so many themes.
And now, in twenty twelve
Our focus will be.... on narratives..
They are part of our dreams.
So.. tell me a story, any good story..
A fireside, warm and cuddly, special story..
I'll make a doll that tells the tale too.
It's a great group project our members can do.


The Story Doll Waltz,improvisation by Bernie Katzman




Also found on my website: 

http://suziejean.com/music/doll.story.html 

Sunday, September 4, 2011



I want to invite you to a musical treat:


check in at 8 PM Eastern Standard time.. If Bernie isn't on that day, check the next day.

It is quite a treat.. I promise.

THE MINI WORLD



music and lyrics by Susan Maskin
arranged and performed by Bernie Katzman

I've always love dolls, doll houses and miniatures. I've made dolls in the past and several doll house scenes. I even invented a new type of doll house. My skill in making dolls and miniatures is somewhat limited, but I love doing it and hope to get back to it.

I also love looking at the miniature doll houses and scenes, mini dolls, and other types of miniatures that other people make and collect. I will devote this blog to all things mini.





A PUPPET SHOW-- MY HOUSE IS CROWDED WALL TO WALL!



This story and song is based on an old Eastern European folktale.

I made this puppet show based on the very popular folktale. There
are many versions of the tale- usually changes in the types of animals.
In the puppet show, I used a horse, cow, and some chickens. In the
song based on the story, I used a horse, cow and a hen.

For the full story and pictures:
click here


here is the song




music and lyrics by Susan Maskin
arranged and performed by Bernie Katzman

translations of some Yiddish words used in the song:

oy vey- (pronounced: oy, rhyming with 'boy', vey--like vay, rhyming with day)--
an expression of frustration---

oy gevolt- (pronounced: oy, rhyming with 'boy, gevolt-- ge, as in the first part of get,
volt--rhyming with jolt.)
an expression of frustration, but much stronger

meshuggeh-(pronounced: meh, as in the first part of men, shug, like the'oo' sound in look ,
ge-- the first part of get)-- mixed up

ganse- (pronounced- gan-- as gahn, se as seh...) so much

tak'ke- (pronounced==tak-- as tahk, ke--as keh)
a word used for emphasis--meaning truly, very

tsoris-pronounced- Tsor--like "sore" with a T sound slurred at the front, is- rhyming with bliss.) trouble

kop- (pronounced like 'cup') head



Here is an improvisation of the melody , done by Bernie Katzman. What is so incredibly spectacular about Bernie's improvisations is that he has no more than 5 seconds preparation--It is all what just comes out of his head through his hands at the moment. He has a very rare talent indeed!


The Rabbi Knew,improvisation by Bernie Katzman


(for more improvisations--click here for my music blog, and scroll down on the left column.It takes a few minutes to load as music uses a good deal of computer space. Thank you for your patience!)
EMMA-
A VERY DETERMINED LADY



CLICK ON EMMA'S PICTURE TO SEE MORE DETAILS




Please meet Emma-CLICK


When my daughter was in college, she asked for a very special birthday present. She said she wanted me to make her a doll.I didn't know what to make for her. I finally made Emma Plotzbugle. I made up a story to go with the doll. Emma is a mother who devoted all of her life and energies to her family. When she was older she decided to do something for herself . She enrolled in college. During her first term, Emma signed up for Greek, Historical Geography, and English Literature.Some people might think Emma is angry. She is not! Emma is struggling, but is determined to meet her goals. The paper she is studying (and sweating over) is actually written in Greek.


THE QUEENDOM OF DZITZEL

I have always been fascinated with Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. I think that Lewis Carroll might have been one of the most imaginative human beings in history. His stories were the inspiration for the creation of the QUEENDOM OF DZITZEL.

Dzitzel is an imaginary place which is ruled by a Queen who is a bully. There are many "beings" living there, all of whom have different personality types.
I wrote stories-- tall tales actually, about these people, exaggerating these personality traits.


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TRUST ME! You don't want to meet up with this
person. She's Queen... the irrational ruler, (aka) bully of Dzitzel. If you want to hold on to your nose (aka life), stay away from her!!!!



However, I guess it is safe to read about her!
Click below:

Introduction

Story

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One of the characters is BARTON G. HUMPTY B. BUMBER BEGOO. Barton's character is based on Humpty Dumpty in the Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Barton, like Humpty Dumpty, is arrogant...and probably narcissistic...both thinking that they are the center of the universe.



click below to read Barton's story:

Introduction

Story
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Here are the Twoytles: Twoytle Dum, Twoytle Dee and Twoytle Three. These three inhabitants of Dzitzel are gullible. They believe anything and everything!



Do you want to know what they believe? Do you want to know their view of the globe????
click below:

Introduction

Story

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Here's a speedy fellow, living and working in Dzitzel. His name is Knebulous Knee. He's very speedy, and rather compulsive.



Preview

To read about Mr. Knee, click below:

Introduction


Story

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I am proud to introduce, Whatever Segatio Tertle.
Hmmm!



Read about him... Some of you (if not all of you) will say "ya know...he reminds me of........"

Click below:

Introduction

Story
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Dr. Bizel Bonheap is a busybody, and he's good at it.



How good is he at busying himself in another one's business? Click below and find out.

Introduction


Story

ALICE IN THE GARDEN

In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice in Wonderland Alice walks into the garden of talking flowers. I made a scene in which I included some of the other characters from the Alice (and my Dzitzel) stories. 

click on the picture below to see more details

THE TREE OF MEANING

Alice finds peace sitting under this tree. When I made the tree,
I put names of people, places and things within the branches.
They are not visible but they are there.