Monthly Archives: April 2011

Swimming Across the Ocean

My grandpa died on Monday. Today is his birthday. Luckily, my cousin and I were with him at the moment of his death; and essentially his whole family had been around him for the previous couple days. When it was … Continue reading

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Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

Billy and Dad are looking forward to David Zollo’s new record For Hire. Dave, a fellow Washington County man like myself, is a friend, as is the rest of his family, including his son Rocco, Billy’s good buddy. Fans of … Continue reading

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Lester Bangs’ Basement

Did you ever wonder, as I have, if Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in WWI, for whom Ravel wrote a one-handed concerto, the brother of the great philosopher, ever recorded a version of Brahms’s sublime transcription for the … Continue reading

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It’s Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, a day surely to celebrate. What can you say about him? If you had to make a nomination for greatest artist of the twentieth century, he’d probably be the one to go with – over Picasso, … Continue reading

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River Deep vs. American Idol

I enjoy watching American Idol once and while, though I miss Simon and Paula, who in some way embodied the meaning of the show – that the critic, who ultimately is us, is the star. Simon represented the jerk (amazingly … Continue reading

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Loving and Trying to Love Joni

I was listening to “Radio Deluxe,” the charming jazz show of John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey; and they played the later version Joni did of “Both Sides Now,” which has been bowling me over ever since I first … Continue reading

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What Is Music For?

Improving standardized test scores, of course. Yesterday the kids had a school concert, the kind where the bright-faced pupils stand in rows and delight parents with their cuteness and euphony. The music teacher scoured the earth to find the dullest, … Continue reading

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