Category Archives: music

Patricia Barber

Last night, JB and I went to the Green Mill to hear Patricia Barber. Barber plays there nearly every Monday night, when she isn’t on tour or working at her Michigan home. The Green Mill is Al Capone’s old hangout … Continue reading

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Dramatic introduction

Today is the composer Gustav Mahler’s birthday. Mahler is deep, deep inside me. When Isaac was just barely 24 hours old (29+ years ago), JB and I were sitting on our bed with Isaac between us, our hands resting on … Continue reading

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Get your praise on!

On our way to Father’s Day breakfast, my son called to tell us to put our car radio on V103. It was Sonya Blakey’s Sunday Gospel Show. Playing was a rendition of the Mississippi Children’s Choir’s “His Eye is on the Sparrow” (see … Continue reading

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Patti Smith

I saw Patti Smith at the Old Town School of Folk Music Saturday night. How awesome to have seen her in such an intimate setting. The piano player, her daughter Jesse Smith, and the guitarist, her son Jackson Smith, accompanied … Continue reading

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Gato Barbieri (1932-2016) RIP

The Argentinian saxophone player and composer, Gato Barbieri, has passed on. I remember seeing him in a blues/jazz venue in Chicago in the Lincoln Park neighborhood sometime in the mid 70s. The venue was small and intimate. It seemed almost … Continue reading

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Wintergatan- Marble Machine

The musical band/group Wintergatan (Swedish for “Milky Way”) is a creative group of musicians who utilize unexpected objects and mechanical devices to create their sound. They call their style of music — folktronica. This Marble Machine was created and built … Continue reading

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Spring over the hump of winter

We may be yet a couple of weeks from Spring, but today is Vivaldi’s birthday and it feels as if we have passed over the hump of winter. Listening to Julia Fischer and the Academy of St. Martin in the … Continue reading

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Roberta Flack

Today is Roberta Flack’s birthday (1939). I remember listening to this album, Chapter Two, all through the second half of my sophomore year in college through graduation and beyond. Many years later, sometime in the late 1980s, I ran into … Continue reading

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Once you land, there’s no turning back

Last night JB and I went to the World Premier of My Lai, a monodrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments, composed by Jonathan Berger. The Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert (tenor), and Van-Anh Vanessa Vo (traditional Vietnamese musician) performed … Continue reading

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Rob Cantor

Every Friday at school we have activity period, a time when students can sign up for a wide range of activities sponsored by faculty and staff at school. For years now I have sponsored Short Films where the students and … Continue reading

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