One side effect of reading The Count of Monte Cristo is the urge to hunt for treasure. It is difficult suppressing the little girl inside of me that wants to grab a knapsack and search for undiscovered treasure1 in my own backyard. Sometime treasure can be found traveling down a smuggler’s island and discovering a fortune, other times […]
Archive | October, 2014
There’s a lot of talk these days about the future of music and the recording industry. Plummeting album sales have industry executives very worried. For those artists who looking for ways to “make it” it without the middle man, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th parties, a lot can be learned from Pomplamoose, the do-it-yoursefl band […]
Certainly no other piece of classical music has been written about as much as has Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” But since its premiere in May, 1913, Nijinsky’s choreography was almost immediately forgotten (or suppressed). But in 1987 the Joffrey Ballet presented a marvelous reconstruction, and their performance was broadcast on PBS. The tape of that original reconstruction has […]
“This is a photo of Warhol superstar Ultra Violet (born Isabelle Collin Dufresne), taken late in her life by fellow Warholian John Loring, the famous design director at Tiffany’s. Ultra died in June – unfortunately, just before she and I were meant to talk. But her superstadom lives on, just a bit, in a double […]
I, like many Americans, have discovered Serial. Have you heard of it? If you have then you know what you are doing on Thursday when episode Five is released. If you don’t, then I suggest you wait to listen to this engrossing and addictive podcast about the murder of a young girl in Maryland in […]
When you purchase the Carmina Catulli CD, you will receive a free download code for an immediate digital copy of the song cycle.
Thomas Kelley is one of the world’s greatest teachers. Prove me wrong. Here is his lecture on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, courtesy of Harvard (where he teaches, among other things, music appreciation). And after you’ve watched this, of course for free, go and buy his book, “First Nights”. It’s marvelous.
Ultra Violet became Salvador Dali’s mistress when she first arrived in New York and she had a number of poignant things to say about the artist (none, at least in my hearing, at all mean spirited). Brian Sewell is one of Britain’s most insightful art critics, and his “Dirty Dali” is not the story of his […]
John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for his orchestra piece “Become Ocean.” His music is a bit like the installations that become popular in the contemporary wings of art museums in the 1970’s, it’s environmental and needs to be heard in the contexts for which he created it. But here a taste of one […]
If you live in the North East, then you probably have this day off. Good for you! And, what do most good Americans do when they have time off? Binge watch tv and movies of course! So, we have created a list of art-inclined documentaries (yes, documentaries) for you to explore during your blurry eyed […]