Posts in category "Music"

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »

The Hype Over Hamilton: The Musical and the fickleness of public opinion

The Hype Over Hamilton: The Musical and the fickleness of public opinion
Unless you’ve been living under a particularly resilient rock over the past months, you know that the hottest ticket in New York, as well as every city on the future tour, is Hamilton: The Musical. Like Cats and Wicked before it, the 2015 Tony-guzzling musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights) about Politician Alexander Hamilton has... Read more »

The Orlando Shootings: A musical reflection on the day of an American tragedy

The Orlando Shootings: A musical reflection on the day of an American tragedy
I have almost always been eloquent with words. I use words as verbal camouflage, to an extent. But when I woke up this morning and heard the news of the Orlando shootings, I couldn’t begin to describe how I could felt in words. I’m a composer and a few years ago I wrote a piece... Read more »
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A Weekend of Blondie and Weird Books: Blondie at The Genesee Theatre and the 55th annual Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association's Book & Paper Fair

Very seldom do I do two things in the course of a weekend that perfectly embody who I am as a creative human being. Whenever something comes up that fits my schedule and my passion, I work doubly hard to make them work. On Friday I went to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL to see... Read more »

"Oh Say Can You WHAT?" or "The Top Five Tips to Singing The Star-Spangled Banner"

"Oh Say Can You WHAT?" or "The Top Five Tips to Singing The Star-Spangled Banner"
Our Nation’s National Anthem The Star Bangled Banner, with lyrics by Francis Scott Key and music by John Stafford Smith, is one of the most difficult commonplace songs to master. Whether it be Christina Aguilera forgetting the words or Roseanne Barr blaring like a foghorn, many have tried to best this treacherous ditty and have... Read more »

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation

Schubert in the Suburbs: The Stigma of Classical Music Appreciation
My first exposure to opera, and classical music, was an English-language, truncated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the local high school in fourth grade, presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago. I sat, starry-eyed, as the forces of good and evil battled on the stage, locked in an eternal struggle with some of the... Read more »
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The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Beauty of Opera: The Passion of My Lifetime and My Love of The Lyric Opera of Chicago
When I was ten years old, I had an epiphany. I was walking through the local library, quietly minding my own business, my mind swirling with all the complicated and complex philosophical questions a ten year old has, such as “Will my mother leave me in the supermarket?” or “What are these red things on... Read more »

Mavis Staples for President 2016: The Anti-Trump!

Mavis Staples for President 2016: The Anti-Trump!
“I think it’s time for the whole nation to start listening to something that means something…this is everybody’s land, this is not just my land, this is our land. This land belongs to everybody; if they would think like that, we’d have a better United States. You know it’s really rough what the colored entertainers... Read more »

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing

"Open a New Window Every Day!": A Musical Theater Musing
“Open a new window, Open a new door, Travel a new highway, That’s never been tried before…” Those are the opening lines of “Open a New Window,” a song from Jerry Herman’s iconic musical Mame, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. The musical chronicles the adventures of Mame Dennis, a socialite and trend-follower, and her... Read more »
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The Washington Square Dance, a political song for the present

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I quickly wanted to share this humorous song that I found very poignant, as the political pundits roar. What we really need in politics is cohesiveness and unity, not separation and pointless rhetoric. We spend so much time drawing lines in the sand and dividing our lives up into neat little boxes. When it comes... Read more »