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Lack Of A Silent Shutter On The Sony a6000 Is A Real ‘Show Stopper’.

by Anura Guruge


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Never occurred to me that a modern mirrorless, from Sony no less, would not have an electronic silent shutter. Had assumed it was a standard feature …

Well, I found out to my cost, that the Sony a6000, does NOT have a silent mode when I took it to the “Clearlakes Chorale” concert last weekend.

I planned to be at the concert 30 minutes early so as to get our preferred front-row pews. So I was going to set silent mode during the wait — I never having looked for silent mode previously on the a6000.

I couldn’t find it. There was an ‘audio’ option but that didn’t silence the shutter. I went through all the menus multiple times. NADA. I was amazed. Thought I was missing something.

I had, however, taken my trusty Nikon P900 as well and that did have a silent mode. So that was fine. I used the Nikon …

But, the Sony a6500 I plan to get in the next 8 weeks does have silent mode, as does the a6300.


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‘Clearlakes Chorale’ Christmas Concert 2016 — Saturday, December 10.

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Clearlakes Chorale‘ will always hold a special place in my psyche. I do think of them as ‘family’. I have been going to the ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ Christmas concert, at Alton’s ‘St. Katharine Drexel‘ since 2010 and then, from 2012 to 2014 Devanee sang with them — and I would go, every Thursday, and sit through the practices and rehersals. Then, last year, Devanee found other distractions. I miss ‘Clearlakes’.

It was good to attend the Saturday night concert. It was my idea but Devanee was happy to come along. It was like ol’ times. It was good to be there.

Always a GREAT occasion. Fine, HIGH culture in rural New Hampshire. What a delight. A great occasion. A fine show. A musical tour de force. Thank YOU, ‘Clearlakes’. Thank YOU, Andy Campbell, Wolfeboro’s unparalleled musical maestro. 

It sets me up for Christmas. Off to see ‘Christmas Revels‘ in Cambridge in a few days. That kinds of wraps it up. ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ and ‘Revels’. That is the musical prelude to my Christmas.


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‘Fiddler on the Roof’, By Brewster Academy, In Wolfeboro, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 — Absolutely Brilliant.

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Brewster Academy,
Anderson Hall,
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Friday, February 19, 2016.

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I (and I am sure there are others who feel the same about this as I) will not use ‘Brilliant’ when it comes to ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ unless it was hard earned and eminently deserved. The Brewster performance, with ‘kids’ in all the leading parts, definitely met this criteria and others to boot. It was a wonderful, uplifting, spirited performance with nary a flaw in sight. I will confess to being somewhat of a ‘Fiddler’ aficionado. It is probably my all time favorite musical. I have seen it on Broadway, on the big screen and have the DVD (which we as a family have watched a number of times). Yes, I was a tad leery about going. I was worried that a school production might not do it justice. I should not have worried. They aced it. The ‘kids’ did a marvelous job and I was very impressed and delighted. I was so proud for their parents. What an achievement.

Isaac Weiss-Meyer, who played Tevye with aplomb, is going to go far. That kind of talent and commitment can never be kept contained. I gather he intends to study drama in College. I am sure he will be starring in Hollywood within the decade. Mark my word.

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Though we know a few kids that attend Brewster none of them (alas and alack) were in this excellent production. But we did know the Director, Music Director & Choreographer, Guinevere Hilton, Andy Campbell and John Ling respectively. Andy, of course is the Music Director of Clearlakes Chorale (in which Devanee has been a member for 4 years (or more)), Guinevere is Andy’s wife and we know John from ‘Northeastern Ballet‘ (from Teischan’s time with them). So knowing these three pivotal figures was neat. I captured the cast (from Brewster’s Website) and saved it for posterity (as a part of this blog). So if you want to see who was in this great play click here for a small, clean and safe PDF (or click the image).

A year ago, Feb. 20, 2015, we went to see Brewster’s production of ‘Grease‘. That was very good and we recognized some kids from last year. I think “Fiddler” was even superior because in my (biased) opinion it is much of a sophisticated and faceted musical, ‘Grease’, to me is like a plain ice cream cone kiddie size, while “Fiddler” is a full-blown ice-cream sundae with all-the-works and lots of sprinkles.

I took a lot of pictures using my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I am not going to try and publish them all here. Let me do it in batches as I have doing with the Philadelphia New Year’s Day 2016Mummers Parade‘.




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Stacey Kelleher, ‘Star of the Future’, 1st 2016 Music Video & New Music Page.

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Click to access YouTube video, that I shot in August 2015, with Stacey, then 18,
singing with “North Shore Acappella” in Wolfeboro, NH.




We have known Stacey — and seen her perform with growing finesse and aplomb — for about 4 years now, starting with her days in ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘.

Her stage appearance last August with ‘North Shore Acappella‘, which I was honored to engineer, was a revelation to all of us — especially to the seasoned ‘North Shore Acappella‘ members. We all knew then that Stacey is going to go FAR.

So this is the start. Get to know her. Then like I you too will be able to claim “I knew Stacey before she was famous”.

Well done Stacey. We are all rooting for you.


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The Ever Debonair “North Shore Acappella”, In Wolfeboro, NH, Friday, August 21, 2015, Took Brilliance To New Heights.

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Jimmy Martin, Guy Chiapponi, Vinny Straccia, Paul Lopes
and Tommy Duarte

with guest star, our very own, Stacey Kelleher.








There is really no point trying to find any other adjectives or superlatives. There is just one word that just so totally captures the very essence of the “North Shore Acappella” concert, in Wolfeboro, last night, and that word is ‘BRILLIANCE’. It was brilliance epitomized — BUT, in their case, it was expected. And did they deliver. Oh, yes they did. It was blinking, bloody brilliant.

Anderson Hall, at Brewster, was nearly packed. 356 very gratified patrons beating the previous “Great Waters” record for this venue by 80.

This was the third straight year that “North Shore Acappella” has done a “Great Waters” concert in Wolfeboro. As far as I know they, given their immense popularity, are the only ones that get invited like that — year after year. I know that they were rebooked straight after last year’s scintillating performance. We were there for that I just loved it. This is musical entertainment at its delectable best. Just unadulterated auditory ‘manna’ spiced with an energetic display of showmanship by 5 amazing guys. They are indeed true modern day troubadours.

And really, really, really charming and personable guys. We got to know them last year and they were a joy to work with. It was fun. It was wonderful, heartwarming concert. The audience loved it.

Stacey Kelleher’s Guest Spot Singing
“Lion Sleeps Tonight”

Stacey (18), from Ossipee (NH) and a graduate of ‘Kingswood High School‘, was this year’s intern Box Office Manager for “Great Waters”. Next week she starts as a freshman at Boston’s famed “Berklee College of Music” with plans to major in ‘voice performance’. I have, however, known her from 2 years ago when she sang with “Clearlakes Chorale” with Devanee.

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Click to access YouTube video of Stacey signing the “lion sleeps tonight” with “North Shore Acappella”.

That Stacey got to get up on stage with “North Shore” was my doing and her rousing, much appreciated performance, made me very happy and proud.

Remembering how “North Shore” last year welcomed a bunch of folk to sing with them, including most of the Guruges, I, a month ago, ‘told’ Stacey that I will get her on stage to sing with the guys. She didn’t believe me. She then looked at the pictures from last year and realized that it was a possibility. Over the next few weeks, every Friday, when I would see her I reminded her — and I could see that she was getting mentally prepared. She told me last week last week she was all set. So as the guys started to arrive and get set up I started telling them about Stacey. Jimmy’s daughter had graduated from Berklee. So he was really keen. I introduced Stacey to Vinny, Paul & Jimmy before the show. It took a bit of work to find a song that she knew that would work. The rest was HISTORY. She was good. It was very gratifying to see the looks on the faces of the guys. They were impressed.

After the show, when I was taking some pictures of Stacey and Jimmy, he said something along the lines: “yep hold onto these pictures. When you are famous we want to be able to say you sang with us!” And he wasn’t joking. She has a great future ahead of her and we all hope she ends up very famous as befits her talents and personality. I am nailing these pictures down too because WHEN she is famous I want her to remember that I arranged this guest spot for her — and I know she will remember. She is a great kid. I am as proud of her as I would be of Devanee.





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Dr. Gerry Mack. Founder of “Great Waters Music Festival”.


Ronan Tynan, The Irish Tenor, In Wolfeboro, NH, Aug. 7, 2015 Was But TOWERING Virtuosity!

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His voice SOARED. It, at times, was primeval. It had the intensity of a lion. You could feel the Viking blood that imbued the Irish centuries ago. Our dear friend, Dianne Monahan, an accomplished singer in her own right (with ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ for one), who knows her music and her English, called his voice ‘strident’. It sure was that. I loved it. I got to sit in the front row. His high notes make my body tingle. It was sublime. Yes, I know that there were a lot of complaints during the intermission that his voice, amplified, was too loud! Some claimed that the amplification caused it to break up and I heard the word ‘saturated’ being used. I cannot attest to any of that. Sitting in the front row I might have missed the worst of the amplification because of the way the speakers are positioned. I thought he was GREAT — in every way and in every sphere. Not the cat’s whiskers, but definitely a lion’s whiskers.

Yes, I am a sucker for any and all Celtic music and this was, indubitably, a class act. I was familiar with about 70% of his repertoire (done by others) and Ronan, to his credit, let me savor them in a different light. He is quite the entertainer. It is basically two shows in one — actually THREE shows in one because his piano accompanist, Billy (‘William’) Lewis is a magical, vastly gifted musician, worthy of being classed ‘peerless’. So it was Ronan Tynan of the blessed voice, Ronan Tynan the stand-up comedian & Billy Lewis the musical maestro. I would pay and go and listen to Billy on his own. I will have to look him up. Got to interact with him fleetingly before the show and I was struck by his humility. Such a nice guy.

I knew nada about Ronan prior to the show — and I missed, because I was supposed to be doing ‘security’ (which is kind of an oxymoron), his introduction. I noticed he limped and that he made a lot of jokes about his legs. It was only during the intermission that I learned that he is a double amputee, a bona fide orthopedic surgeon and the holder of numerous Paralympic records. An author too! He is quite the guy. Read up about him. He is inspirational. Start here on Wikipedia.

I relished every second of this unforgettable concert. Yes, it has been one great show after another — every week — all Summer BUT this was, nonetheless, still special, spectacular and scintillating. I am going to follow his music more.

People who complain that live concerts are loud kind of bug me. Concerts are supposed to be LOUD. If you like to modulate the volume stay at home and listen to your iPod. I love the vibration of loud concert music. When Matthew (now 23) was young he would drag me by my hand to stand in front of the huge 10′ monitors that ‘Seven Nations‘ would use in their incredible concerts — Loon Highland Games and in other places. The power of the sound waves coming out of those speakers made your teeth rattle. Now that was loud and we loved it. Yes, I have been going to loud concerts, with glee, since I was a teenager. And, oh yes, my ears must be shot, but jeez why come to a concert and talk about wearing ear plugs! I am sure Ronan probably has some choice words for people like that.

Two small gripes. I, knowing the Irish better than most, kind of thought that some of his ‘gushings’ were a tad too patronizing and as such, came across to a professional cynic as I, as being slightly ‘over the top’ (and I don’t want say more than that). Now, reading about him, I see that he has been blackballed for a supposed politically incorrect remark — and that would explain some of his cracks about Trump. That anybody would blackball this guy for remark like that is sad and bad. But I don’t think he needs to bend over backwards, as much as he does, to make up for being Irish to the core. The other thing that bothered me was his slight girth. He is a doctor. And yes, I gather you need some bulk to be able to have a voice like that — but he, to my untrained eyes, did not look a picture of health. That is sad. He loves his red wine and apple strudel. I can empathize. I love my red wine and apple ‘anything’ too — but not having been lucky enough to have been born Irish I am able to exercise something called moderation. And lets face it, it was the 2nd most famous Irishman, next to Ronan, Oscar Wilde, who said (and I am paraphrasing here): “I have terrific will power. I can resist anything but temptation”. I guess that must be Ronan’s thinking too. I am going to stop now. Moving into Oscar territory at this juncture might not be the best move for any of us. Moderation in all things — bar two (which is my motto).






Some Amazing Pictures Of Mount Washington (N.H.) Ice & Rime.

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In my all time favorite newspaper, the U.K. “Daily Mail”, which I read daily, in bed, while drinking my coffee and listening to CNBC … waiting for 9 am so I can also catch some TV news. Click to access original. Always worthwhile visiting the “Daily Mail”.


What made seeing these pictures even more special and pertinent is that I am just finishing the book “Mount Washington Reoccupied” (The experiences of a scientific expedition upon the highest mountain in New England–1932-33) by Robert Scott Monahan — the father of our friend (and Devanee’s mentor) Dan Monahan of ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ and ‘Barbershop‘ fame. This book, published in 1933, talks a lot, as you would expect, about the frozen wonderland ice formations and rime — such as 42″ feathers appearing overnight on a ‘guy wire’ following a storm. Keeping rime off the anemometers, even one that was heated with a 450W electrical element, was a constant challenge and it is fascinating to read about the challenges, 80 years ago, of just trying to get halfway accurate wind speed readings — stuff we kind of take for granted today.

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