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Riverpedia archive - 09/30/2020

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Billy Joel answered 'Beethoven sonatas' when asked which composer songwriters should study.

The eternal question who's number one beethoven or bach?

I play the sonatas every other day.

I'm still playing way under tempo. Being able to play the sonatas is one of my greatest sources of pride and Joy. I can't believe I'm able to do it after all the years of piano practice.

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Brian Cuomo

My older half-brother. Not to be confused with Brian Bell, my band mate. i didn't know about his existence for a long time because my grandmother always told me i was her first grandchild. As a catholic my two illegitimate older siblings didn't count to her.

Further Reading:
Denise Cuomo

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Ilizarov Procedure

Contrary to what it says on Wikipedia I was not "born with [my] left leg nearly two inches shorter than [my] right. When I was born, there was no difference in length observed in my legs. As I grew, the difference gradually appeared. At full height my right leg was nearly 2 inches shorter than my left.

By the way, isn't it interesting that it's always been framed as a "short" leg? One leg is "shorter" than the other. Why not say I had a "long" leg? One leg was 2 inches "longer" than the other.

Or maybe one leg was a little too long and the other leg was a little too short.

The procedure I had in 1995-1996 to correct my unequal leg length. They cut my femur in half and put my leg in a steel-frame;There were two concentric circles embedded in my femur and separated by 4 or 5 inches, with rods between them. each day I would turn some screws on the rods so that they would extend and increase the space in the break in my bone. After 13 months that space filled in and my leg was longer. Two months in I was back out on the road with Weezer, stumbling around with a cane.

(from my mom, Beverly) "Of all the many concerts I have been to, the one that moved me the most was in London, when you had the Ilizarov . . . I wasn't sure you would even make it through the concert, you were in such pain. At one point you paused, Karl brought you water and a chair. You couldn't even sit properly on the chair due to the cage around your thigh. The room went completely silent. Every one was so with you . . .and when you began to sing and everyone joined in, it felt like we were sharing something way beyond a concert."

My recovery from the procedure, including the extended period I used a cane to get around, served as part of the inspiration for The Good Life.

I've always felt the incredible sweetness and vulnerability in my voice on PINKERTON was a side effect of the physical pain I had experienced during that time.

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My first love. She lived in South Windsor. She was 2 years younger.

She was super into her volleyball team.

I used to get m&m's at the gas station on the way home from her house to console myself. I was so sad.

Her dad hated me.

I built her little brother a skateboard ramp to try to score some points.

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In case it wasn't obvious, many of the messages posted under the name "Rivers" are not actually from me. Many are pulled from databases of pickup lines and movie scripts. They are just for your entertainment and not to be taken seriously. I am a profoundly happily married man with 2 children I love so much. I would never actually attempt to have inappropriate contact with anyone.

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