Exotic words in 'The Harvard Dictionary of Music'

Exotic words in 'The Harvard Dictionary of Music'
“The New Harvard Dictionary of Music,” one of my father’s favorite reference books, is now one of my new favorites. Its sheer size means it would not be finished in one post (this one). Here are some of the more exotic things I’ve found in it — so far: Aliquot string: “A sympathetic string. The... Read more »

The value of music

The value of music
When it’s past time to work on arithmetic — from monthly bills to the figures for my taxes — there’s no use having a story on in the background. I know, I’ve tried. Music is precious then, for tuning my brain and distracting the parts that want to go off and play with something else... Read more »

Happy Tartan Day, USA

Happy Tartan Day, USA
Happy Tartan Day! This is actually a North American celebration, beginning in Canada in the 1980s, but adopted in this country thanks to people who recognized that the Declaration of Arbroath (adopted in the Scottish city of Arbroath in the year 1320) is an ancestor of, and model for, the U.S. Declaration of Independence. So,... Read more »
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The value of having standards (or values)

The value of having standards (or values)
The present series — the Serious series, if you will — about values has made me think of many things I value. One of those things is having standards, saying that I value some things over others. I have on my desk a button I picked up at a rally for the striking Chicago Symphony... Read more »

What to learn from 'The New Harvard Dictionary of Music'

What to learn from 'The New Harvard Dictionary of Music'
One of the new additions (editions, too) to my library recently is my father’s copy of “The New Harvard Dictionary of Music,” edited by Don Randel (Cambridge, Mass., The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986), It was one of Dad’s favorite reference books when anything musical came up — and it got a lot... Read more »

The value of practice

The value of practice
During the time I worked at The Art Institute of Chicago, I loved working at the information desk just inside the Michigan Avenue doors. (OK, I loved it as long as the boys drumming on buckets weren’t nearby and sending pounding rhythm through the lobby.) I had all sorts of questions, even one man who... Read more »
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The value of searching

The value of searching
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. — Matthew 7:7, the Holy Bible Where is it?  Where is relief from pain? Where is the right path? Where is the key that solves everything wrong with my computer, if not the rest of... Read more »

The value of collections

The value of collections
My name is Margaret, and I’m a collector. Now I’m more of  a collector than before, because my big organizing problem for the next little while (are there big whiles?) will be organizing things from my father’s collections of books and music into my own… in my studio apartment. If some things wear out, they... Read more »

The value of deadlines

I’ve been helping out the Chicago Now community — rather, I hope I have — by writing newsletter-style comments on our private Facebook page over the past few weeks. I picked out five different topics, and I write about a different one each day of the week. It didn’t take much more than a week... Read more »
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The value of committing things to memory

The value of committing things to memory
When I was a student of other things — officially so, growing up — I was also a music student. It’s just something that happened at our house. These days, I enjoy getting to church early enough to hear choir practice; it reminds me of long-ago days when a sitter couldn’t come, so my sister and I... Read more »