Category Archives: Music

Happy Stephen Sondheim’s 90th Birthday Everybody!!

Some of my favorite Sondheims – so much NOT a complete list – divided by category. Heartbreak songs. Losing My Mind. “Losing My Mind” bored me a bit the first time I heard “Follies.” Over the years its grown and … Continue reading

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The Music I’d Like to Put Back Into My Life

When I was in grade school, my grandmother taught me how to play the C major scale, bass and treble clef, on the Steinway upright piano she had in her apartment. From that moment on, I wanted to be a … Continue reading

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I’m Kvelling: My Son’s Band, Starbat, has Released Their First Single on Bandcamp

Check it out and, if you like the song—which I do, a lot, and not just because I played the small synth part at the end—I hope you’ll consider buying it. It’s a pay-what-you-want arrangement.  

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The Tehran Symphony Orchestra in Geneva and Richard Taruskin's "Common Fallacy"

Writing in this past Thursday’s issue of The New York Times (February 4th), Michael Kimmelman compares the European tour on which the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent the Tehran Symphony Orchestra to similar tours on which the former Soviet Union … Continue reading

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