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About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.

Some Choice Quotes from “LESS”

  I just finished Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Less”.  It’s a really good read, with lots of writing you just want to quote for the pleasure of it.  So I will.  Here are some choice bits from … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE DELAY

  It was June.  I was looking forward to finishing my short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, based on my musical adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story.     I was feeling good.  Post production was coming … Continue reading

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BRYCE CANYON – PEEKABOO & QUEEN’S GARDEN TRAILS

  Hiking the Peekaboo Loop Trail and then the Queen’s Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon     After hiking and driving along the Bryce Canyon rim and taking the Navajo Loop Trail, we returned the next day to hike from … Continue reading

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BRYCE CANYON – NAVAJO LOOP TRAIL

  Entering the Canyon Walls of Bryce Canyon   After enjoying the awesome views of Bryce Canyon from all along the rim, it was time to go inside.  Here the view from the top at the Navajo Loop Trail.   … Continue reading

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BRYCE CANYON AMPHITHEATER

  A Place of Fantastical Beauty In the series of marvels that we saw in the our tour of the Great American Southwest, Bryce Canyon may easily be the most marvelous.  (Although how to compare Wonders of Nature each so … Continue reading

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ZION!

  Announcing my new biblical musical extravaganza!?!   um, no – just an extravagant photo tour through Zion National Park in Southern Utah.     Right at the entrance into the park, one is greeted by this majestic vista. Let’s … Continue reading

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HOOVER DAM, MEMORIAL BRIDGE and a CACTUS GARDEN

Featuring Another Theme-tastic Music Quiz   Approaching the Hoover Dam on a day trip from Las Vegas, you first get these views of Lake Mead, the body of water the Hoover Dam created.     This is the first view … Continue reading

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The Staten Island September 11th Memorial

  This year at this date, I would like to share photos I took earlier this summer at the Staten Island September 11th Memorial, just across the water from Manhattan’s financial district, and the new World Trade Center. The memorial … Continue reading

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LAS VEGAS STRIP TEASE

  Ah, Las Vegas… They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And that may be true, or it may just be a somewhat devilish advertising slogan. But these photos of Vegas, or more specifically, the famed Vegas Strip … Continue reading

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Sunset in the Trailer Park

Just a little amuse bouche of photo and music quiz in between larger courses of Two-fisted Touristing   Ed and I stayed a few days in an airbnb 20 miles south of the Grand Canyon (major photo blog post to … Continue reading

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DEATH VALLEY

  A Day in Death Valley Intense Heat and Awe-Inspiring Desert Beauty   Our first stop in Death Valley, after driving two hours west from Las Vegas, was Zabriskie Point.  A million years of volcanic emissions, lake-bed sediments, seismic activity, … Continue reading

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VALLEY OF FIRE

  East of Las Vegas. West of Lake Mead. North of the Hoover Dam. A Day in Valley of Fire State Park.     We start our tour of the Valley of Fire in and amongst the Beehives, wonderfully fabulous … Continue reading

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RED ROCK CANYON

  A Scenic Drive West of Las Vegas Ed and I flew into Las Vegas last weekend.  It’ll be our base for a week (more on that later) as we plan a tour of the Great American West, or as … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE RINGTONE

Dial M for Macabre   Todd Maki, the sound engineer on our short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” surprised me this morning with an email with no subject heading and merely “just for fun” written in the body … Continue reading

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SKY MUSIC PUZZLE

  Some views out the window on our flight home from Wisconsin will accompany this music quiz (as ever the answers are tucked within the tags below).     Sky Music Query #1: Who sings this song called “Big Sky”? … Continue reading

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The Sound of Recovery Music

Not your childhood van Trapps…   The same friend who treated us to the SCA benefit performance “Snow White and the Seven Hos” invited us to see that show’s impresario Michael Roth’s latest romp “The Sound of Recovery Music”.  Once … Continue reading

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