Tag: music

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!
Imagine this: a warm summer’s day in 2003. A young boy, who by all accounts should be biking or pillaging the neighborhood, is strolling down the aisle of a music shop. His eyes meander through the vastly expensive and glamorous opera collection. His eyes rest on a brilliant blue color with the abstract painting of... Read more »

Anticipating the Music: from a Stevie Nicks Concert to Friday Night Vespers

Anticipating the Music: from a Stevie Nicks Concert to Friday Night Vespers
“Oh, Vera, I can’t wait to hear that Overture, Tell me about the show!” – Auntie Mame Dennis, Jerry Herman’s Mame A din falls over the audience. A single note pierces the silent din, the overtones sparkling in a pure array of simple fireworks. The spirit of music rises in the air, melting hate and... Read more »

The Chainsmokers vs. Billy Joel (or I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit, Part 2!)

The Chainsmokers vs. Billy Joel (or I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit, Part 2!)
(For those of you who haven’t read Part 1, I suggest you do so before continuing!)  Rarely has a blog I’ve written kicked up as much ruckus as my condemnation of modern “commercial” music and those who feed upon it. My blog was even “critiqued” by the “renowned” Issy Beech, of the illustrious noisey.vice.com. (For... Read more »
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Music and Monsters! (Kvetching with Steven Podcast, Episode #4)

Music and Monsters! (Kvetching with Steven Podcast, Episode #4)
The newest episode of Kvetching with Steven is on the air! In this week’s episode, I tackling the hardest hitting issues of the day: Music and Monsters! Remember to follow me on the following social media outlets: My new website!  Facebook Twitter Email Buy my books on Amazon And, as always, don’t forget to subscribe to this... Read more »

The particularly pitiful Adele: my opinions on an unhealthy diet of sorrowful songs (and a special announcement!)

The particularly pitiful Adele: my opinions on an unhealthy diet of sorrowful songs (and a special announcement!)
I, like any child of opera, likes a good wallow every now and then. But, like they say, too much of a good thing can be bad. Lurking and screeching in the muck and the mire for too long can stress you out and remind you of the time your girlfriend yelled at you for... Read more »

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy

Steven Shares Music (Week 2): "Overture" from Gypsy
“Curtain up, light the lights, we got nothin’ to hit but the heights!” Gypsy: A Musical Fable is widely considered the most perfect musical of all time, boasting over five new productions on Broadway since its premiere in 1959. The story of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother Rose is one of... Read more »
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The idiocy of youth and the ignorance of reality or "Pokemon GO! TO HELL"

The idiocy of youth and the ignorance of reality or "Pokemon GO! TO HELL"
My dad never misses an opportunity to chide me about my fascination with Pokemon as a youth. I spent a small fortune on cards, games, stuffed animals, fast food giveaways, books, movies, and candy simply because it bore the branding of Pokemon. I even bought twenty Lunchables, because they had Pokemon cut-out cards inside and... Read more »

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality
Everyone always thinks that the life of a professional musician is glamorous. Their picture is The Beatles, with millions of screaming fans devouring every song. Their image is of The Rolling Stones, jet-setting and drugging to every “sextreme.” The reality is, unless you’re Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, you’re going to have to take some... Read more »

"The Road Home": At the top of my game with 4 voice recitals in 4 weeks in college (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume I)

"The Road Home": At the top of my game with 4 voice recitals in 4 weeks in college (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume I)
It’s April 2013 and I’m sitting at a desk, my body sagging under a mountain of fatigue. My voice is tired, by body aches, and my head feels like seventy earthworms are fighting each other to nest inside my cerebellum. The past few weeks were filled with preparation, which included learning music, memorizing words, working... Read more »
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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 »