Category: Music and language

Prelude or overture? But then there's The Prologue!

Prelude or overture? But then there's The Prologue!
The annual question of what new season we have begun — Autumn or Fall — has caused me to think of other things that have double names. Preface or Introduction? Prelude or Overture? When I thought of the latter, I couldn’t help thinking of one of my favorite pieces of music, the baritone aria at... Read more »

Playlists and memories -- a reply to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn

Playlists and memories -- a reply to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn
In his “Change of Subject” column on June 16, 2019, in the Chicago Tribune, columnist Eric Zorn wrote about searching for music to evoke memories. As the headline advised, “Music might someday unlock the mind’s memories, so make your playlist now.” (If you missed it — or forgot — catch up with the column here.)... Read more »

How even church services are changing in these times

How even church services are changing in these times
My pastor, friend, and colleague in blogging, the Rev. Rocky Supinger, wrote powerfully in this post about a visitor from Dayton. She was with us at church in Chicago on Sunday, not in Dayton, but she was grateful that we acknowledged the pain after eventsĀ in her home city. The post got me thinking about another... Read more »
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'Good night, my someone,' 2019 version

'Good night, my someone,' 2019 version
“The Music Man” opened at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre this month, and that’s had me thinking about bringing one of its songs up to date. Here’s my take on “Good Night, My Someone,” 2019 style. Good night, my someone, good night, my love, sleep tight, my someone, sleep tight, my love, our phones are shining their... Read more »

The return of 'Not another word night'

The return of 'Not another word night'
I apologize for my recurring silences since I started my new job. I intend to keep the blog going, I intend a lot of things in the morning — and then work intervenes, the evening commute is twice the length of the morning one, and I’m ready for anything but writing a post in the... Read more »

'Fly Me to the Moon' in the back yard, 1969

'Fly Me to the Moon' in the back yard, 1969
I love hearing and reading the anniversary stories about the first landing on the moon in 1969. It takes me back to the first historic event I can remember in much detail. Not that I thought of it all that accurately. It was something that captured my imagination — maybe a bit too much (and... Read more »
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The musical version of a new operating system

The musical version of a new operating system
I’m working with a new computer operating system in my new job, using a Mac every day after using only PCs for five years (and Macs irregularly before that). It’s a lot to learn — the same up to a point, then thoroughly different, often when I least expect a difference. After a couple of... Read more »

Singing in the rain -- with a neighbor, it's more fun

Singing in the rain -- with a neighbor, it's more fun
Our recent rainy days have me looking out for a little neighbor boy I encountered in similar weather last spring. I walked under the local bridge for the “L” train and was just ready to get out of the rain, but he walked under it and was singing to his mother. “Rain, rain, go away,”... Read more »

How my cello got here via the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

How my cello got here via the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
When I was a schoolgirl, I was Serious enough — and growing fast enough — to need a full-sized cello, not the smaller one I’d been practicing on. My parents, meanwhile, were in the church choir, where musical things got discussed even after rehearsals. The conductor turned out to have a friend who was ready... Read more »
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The Harvard Dictionary of Music, but not biography

The Harvard Dictionary of Music, but not biography
I thought I’d have a set of posts ready to do about composers when I settled down with “The New Harvard Dictionary of Music.” Hey, I even had portraits of my favorites lined up — Tchaikovsky made it here, and Beethoven and Handel were waiting in my files. But there’s only one problem: The dictionary... Read more »