36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 109: Jerry Lewis in German


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 109 — Jerry Lewis in German
19-November-1971 (Fri.)


Another full day; interesting. Electronic Musik. Learning a lot about techniques. One girl, Fraulein S. (good looking), produced a composition, using a simple model—something good. There are an awful lot of possibilities, but it’s still not easy to produce something good.

First snow flurries of the year. Yea! Cold enough.

Saw my first Jerry Lewis movie,
Which way to the front?—1970. It was pretty funny—couldn’t understand all the jokes. The dubbing also takes out his funny-sounding voice.


First snow. I love the first snow flurries of the year—always a thrill.

Electronic Music. As we learn techniques in class (splicing, modifying sound, layering sound, filtering and much more), the class is starting to write music. Techniques alone do not make a composition and it is always difficult to actually compose music.

Camilla was one of the students in our class, playing her composition. Leave it to me to notice that she was good looking, blond, and, in my imagination, perhaps Scandinavian. Do Scandinavians know German? Well, maybe she was Austrian.

Should I write new avant-garde music? I enjoyed all of these electronic music classes. When I get time, I should try to write some serious avant-garde music using today’s software tools. It might be fun. Nowadays, I tend to write songs, pop, and commercial music. While this blog is not about music (future ones may be), I'm wondering if I should post some music to add some zest to the site.

Jerry Lewis in German. If you’re young, you may not even know who Jerry Lewis is. He is a very funny comedian who has made many comedic movies. Often, his character was that of a wild, goofy, and somewhat nerdy character with a very funny voice. Originally, he teamed up with Dean Martin who played the straight man in their duo. They were funny together. Yes, I’m old; I watched his movies when I was very young. More recent movies with Jerry Lewis include the Nutty Professor movies. Laughing is good. I need to do it more often.

Jerry Lewis is also quite the humanitarian, having been the host of the Jerry Lewis charity telethons for handicapped children for many, many years. This alone will be an important part of his legacy.


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