October 30, 2015

I don’t usually listen to Franz Liszt (liszten?), but the other day I went ahead and decided what the heck. There’s just something about piano music of this era, around the mid-nineteenth century. People like Liszt and Chopin were taking piano to entirely new realms. Tonalities began to blur, Debussy would soon be exploring AsianContinue reading “October 30, 2015”

October 26, 2015

No matter how much you love your job, Monday mornings can feel like a slow-motion trudge into the deepest bowels of hell … again. Just in case your morning feels like wading through a waist-deep sea of oatmeal, I’m starting a weekly “Monday Funday Dance Party.” For the days when coffee just isn’t enough.

October 21, 2015

I found this picture of an instrument I’ve never seen before; the “Autophone Organette.” I figured I’d see if I could find one in action: And the punch card thingy made me think of the composer Conlon Nancarrow. Nancarrow wrote a lot of music that was so technically complex, he couldn’t find anyone who couldContinue reading “October 21, 2015”

October 14, 2015

Just bought the original studio recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” My parents had this on vinyl (and still do), and I listened to it all the time as a kid. They remastered it in 2012 (not my parents, some other people), and I’m loving it. I’ve seen the first movie version of this, as well asContinue reading “October 14, 2015”