November 4, 2015

The first concert I ever went to was the Alarm, at the Beacon Theater in New York. Three of us drove into the city in a tiny little convertible that may or may not have been made out of fiberglass. I actually don’t remember anything about the show, except that I enjoyed it. Actually, my […]

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 Asian […]

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 could […]

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 as […]