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 […]

August 8, 2015

Mornings are tough, no matter what. I only work part-time, and I don’t have to be there until 10:00 AM. But I still have to get up at 7:15 so I have enough time to painfully peel my eyes open with coffee and scandalous news stories. For almost seven years, I had a job that […]

July 28, 2015

This was playing in the drugstore today. Back when I was learning to play guitar, “House at Pooh Corner” was one of the first songs I learned. This is Loggins and Messina, but the song was originally done by the Nitty Gritty Dirt band back in 1970. It was okay to be earnest and sincere […]