That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. - Henry David Thoreau
Question #27100 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Hey- what's the title of that song from the late nineties that ends "and I= won't tell [them] your name"? I've been trying to find the tabs for that one, but I just can't remember.
--Disco Boogie Jr.

A: Dear Disco Boogie Jr.--
The Name of the song is "Name" by the Goo-Goo Dolls. Hope that helps.
--David
Question #27099 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I was once a pianist in a BYU ward and had a wonderful experience in that calling. I learned just how important it is to bring the spirit into the room before and after the meeting, and it was a responsibility that I took seriously. I felt that I was blessed, and humbled, to see the results of my efforts.

I have now moved on and am in a singles ward not at BYU. I was recently called as the organist and have had the opportunity to play for a couple Sundays. The experience is different and I am frustrated. When the members of the ward do not live so close together (like they do at the Y) Sunday tends to become a social time. I do agree that socialization is important. We are, after all, in a singles ward where, like it or not, we are all trying to get married eventually, and assume this is where we will meet the person we will marry. Sunday IS the only time we can see everyone on a regular basis. However, as I am playing the prelude, and especially the postlude, I find that the socializing means there is very little reverent atmosphere. To even be heard I must play loud, impressive songs/hymns, but doing so is also contrary to the spirit that I feel I should, as organist, be bringing into the room. As important as it is to meet and talk to friends, we do come to church to be spiritually uplifted, and we need to be prepared to feel the spirit and then to reflect on the spirit afterwards.

So after that long introduction, here are my questions. First, is there a church article, conference message, general authority statement, etc. on prelude/postlude and reverence before and after sacrament meeting? (Everything I have found talks about hymns DURING the meeting.) And what can I do to help the situation in my ward?
--perplexed musician

A: Dear Perplexed,
As a fellow ward pianist/organist, I too feel your perplexity. I didn't find any conference talks on this topic, but I did find two articles from the Ensign that touch on it. The first appeared in the "I Have a Question" section of the September 1999 edition. Church Music Committee member Daniel L. Carter wrote: "Our meetings are designed so that all in attendance may participate in all elements of the sacrament meeting service. We may participate in the prelude and postlude by listening reverently, entering and exiting the chapel quietly, and speaking only in whispers. We should lift our voices in song and listen attentively to the spiritual messages of musical selections performed by others during the meeting, or we can even join the choir!"

Also, Elder Vaughan J. Featherstone talked about how the prelude/postlude adds to the spirituality of a sacrament meeting in "Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament," which appeared in the September 2001 Ensign.

It is nice to have some Ensign backup, but I don't think the need to have reverence is even a question. People know they should be reverent, but sometimes they just aren't. My advice is for you to discuss the problem with your bishop and ask him if he would address the congregation about it. Our stake president recently talked to my own ward congregation about this. In the meantime, play well, and know that there are at least some people in that congregation that hear your music and are touched by it.
--She Who Must Not Be Named
posted on 11/23/2002 midnight
Dear 100 Hour Board, Board Question #27099
I would like to comment on the question about the organist's/pianist's role in setting a reverent atmosphere with prelude. I was a ward organist for three years before coming to BYU to study organ. Here is what I've learned:

-The brethren have said that hymns (or hymn arrangements) should be used for prelude. Other pieces, such as Bach and such, can be used for postlude.

-If your congregation is being loud before the meeting, don't declare war for control of the airwaves. They'll just talk louder, and it will escalate. Just keep playing softly and reverently, even if the congregation won't shut up.

I remember hearing a story about LDS organist James Welch. He was playing for a priesthood meeting, and was frustrated that people weren't being reverent during prelude. So he started playing the theme to a sleazy TV show, very slowly. Like he expected, no one even noticed! And if no one notices James Welch's playing, you shouldn't be too discouraged if no one notices yours!

One more word to church pianists: Organs are entirely different instruments than pianos. BYU is one of the few places in the world with a stellar program for training pianists to be organists. I would highly recommend you take advantage of the program, because there's a good chance that if you can play the piano you'll be called as an organist sometime. (And organ is also way cooler than piano.)
--Organized student
Question #27098 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Is the cheapest place to get the books in the Redwall series, (in Orem), Media Play where they have it for $6.99, but 10% off, so $6.29? It not, what is the cheapest?
--buns of steele boy

A: Dear Steele boy,
If you're really interested in purchasing the Redwall series, I would suggest visiting the used bookstores (Pioneer Bookstore, Heritage Bookstore, Brigham Books, etc.) on Center Street in Provo. Sure, it's not Orem, but you can usually find great deals on books new and old.
--She Who Must Not Be Named
Question #27097 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Because you did such a nice bit of research on Joseph Jensen from Independent Study, I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about Joshua Richey? I think he works with Joseph, but I'd like to ask him out and I need to find out if he's available. I'm too timid to just ask. Help.
--The shy one

A: Dear Shy One,
Joshua Richey does indeed work in the Independent Study office. But before I answer any other questions, I must get a few things straight. First of all, the 100 Hour Board is not a dating service, nor is it a forum through which people can get dates. If you really want to ask someone out, just do it. We have to draw the line at prying into people's lives at some point.

But that leads to the next issue: we are intrigued by the volume of questions we have received recently about association with the Independent Study office, so, as curious as we are, we tracked your email to an IP address. Oddly enough, we found it registered to a computer IN the Independent Study Office. Hmm. The user registered at the time of the email is named Erica Stones. So this intrigues us... are you people trying to be funny? We're interested in the humor here... If this is you, and whatever the situation may be, I think it will be best for everyone if you just find out for yourself. You could always just send him a groupwise email since he works in your same department (or do you need us to find out his address as well? :) We don't say we're omniscient for nothing.)
--Benedick & me
Question #27096 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why did Doctor Longmoore of the finance department leave Idaho State University to come to BYU?
--[Unsigned]

A: Dear unknown writer,
That's a very good question. Professor Longmore seems to be pretty occupied with life, because I haven't been able to get a hold of him. Moreover, since my hours for this are pretty much up, I had to give you something. If some sort of response is obtained later, I'll update you with all
information provided. You might have better luck if you're actually in a class of his or are in the business department or use some connection like that. Maybe he won't even tell us. Maybe it's personal. Maybe he had to escape from small town life. Maybe he needed change. Alright, I'll end the speculation.
--Duchess
Question #27095 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I have heard that cracking your knuckles (and various other parts of your body) will cause arthritis in those parts of the body later in life. Is this true, or is it just one of those things our parents tell us like, "Don't sit too close to the TV... your brains will start to ooze out your ears"?
--Pop (of Snap, Crackle and Pop)

A: Dear Pop,
Here's the official answer: The development of arthritis of the hand as a result of habitual knuckle-cracking has been considered an old wives' tale. Swezey reviewed 28 nursing home patients who could recall whether or not they had cracked their knuckles. Among these patients, a relationship between knuckle cracking and arthritis could not be found[1]. Indeed, metacarpophalangeal osteophytes were found in patients who had not been habitual knuckle crackers. Yet a bioengineering study of cracking joints suggested the potential for significant joint damage.[2] When tension is applied to the joint, cavitation occurs within the synovial fluid. This creates an unstable condition as the pressure within the bubble is lower than that of the surrounding fluid. Because the joint separation occurs at a high rate the net flow of synovial fluid is toward the low pressure regions, with a collapse of the vapour phase of the cavity. There is a release of vibratory energy, which may be responsible for the cracking sound...

Given the potential damage caused by this cavitation phenomenon, one might expect habitual knuckle cracking to cause some decrement in hand function, if not accelerate the onset of osteoarthritis of the hand. Of the 300 patients studied, 74 admitted to habitual knuckle cracking for 35 years. Their sex distribution was similar to that of those denying knuckle cracking. Those patients who were habitual knuckle crackers were more likely to have swelling of the hand and lower grip strength (table 2)...Thi study suggests that although habitual knuckle cracking does not relate to osteoarthritis of the hand, it may relate to decreased hand function. Therefore, habitual knuckle cracking should be discouraged.

(Castellanos J., Axelrod D., "Effect of habitual knuckle cracking on hand function." Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 49(5):308-9, 1990)

--PEZkopf
Question #27094 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
Where is the cheapest place to get juggling pins in Orem or Provo? P.S. Not the bowling pins or the plastic ones, but actual juggling pins.
--buns of steele boy

A: Dear Steeleo,
We forwarded this to our friends in Y-Juggle, here's their response: Ok, lets start with the basics, they're called clubs. Pins are what you stick in voodoo dolls. Ok, those are also called needles, but that's not the point. Sorry, what was the question? Oh yeah, the cheapest place to get clubs in this area is at the Crossroads Plaza in Salt Lake right by Temple Square. There is a little magic shop downstairs by the food court that has Airflite clubs. They are the world's most durable clubs. They are also very versatile and a personal favorite. The magic shop is called Showtime Magic or something like that. A set of three clubs will cost $31.something. You will want to call them before you go because the last time I called they didn't have them in stock. They should have some by now though. There are cheaper clubs, but trust me, you don't want them unless you want glow-in-the-dark. Cheaper clubs can be found at SeriousJuggling on the internet, but that's what they are--cheap! In every way. Hope that answers your question. Just don't bother getting jugglebug or any club sold on e-bay.
--Josh (we sacrificed Paco to my pet squirrel)
Question #27093 posted on 11/21/2002 midnight
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm a big Styx fan. I've heard something about a movie that goes along with the "Kilroy was here" album and I'm wondering if there's any way I could see it, or at least get more info on it.
--Utah's Commissioner of Cheeses

A: Dear Utah's Commissioner of Cheeses,
First off, I don't know what Cheese has anything to do with Styx but here's what we were able to dig up about your movie: The movie in question is actually titled "Kilroy Was Here" and was released in 1983, shortly after the release of the "Kilroy Was Here" concept album. It is also under the title of "Caught in the Act" and is what you will find the movie listed as. Blockbuster has the video under this title and I can only assume they would gladly rent it out to you. In fact you'd better hurry because I think I heard some of my roommates say they wanted to rent that very movie.
--Cereal Guy
posted on 11/23/2002 midnight
Well Cereal Guy, Board Question #27093
I don't see what 'cereal' has anything to do with the 100 hour board either, so so what if my name doesn't have anything to do with Styx. But thanks for answering my question all the same.
--Utah's Commissioner of Cheeses