The movie Grand Piano isn’t without its merits. The direction by Eugenio Mira, and the always lovely performance by Elijah Wood are chief among this movie’s positive attributes. Other than that, this movie and the entire conceit of a thriller taking place during a piano concert is absurd. Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter wrote […]
Bonnaroo and Glyndebourne. Both are music festivals. Both take place in the countryside on farms. Both of them have nothing else in common. And, I believe I am the only person to have gone to both1. If you are unfamiliar with either one of these festivals, let me tell you a little bit about them. […]
“Great Music Matters, it matters a great deal…” – this is the proverbial north star that guides Refinersfire. Join us as we head to Bonnaroo in search of more great music. Karen Linton will be live updating our Instagram Feed with pictures and videos as well as daily posts recapping each day’s festivities and sounds. […]
The best part of the Ingrid Michaelson show last night at The Ryman Auditorium was Ingrid Michaelson. Her singing was better than what is on her albums. Her band added an element of energy via their harmonies and dance moves that expanded the songs. Michaelson’s singing elevated the performance of all the guest singers she […]
I have loved ballet since I was three years old and, I was dragged along to my older sisters ballet school. Because I was too young to participate in the classes1, my Mom would take me to the bakery next door and let me eat as many madeleines as I wanted. I never really paid […]
The first Metroplitan Opera production I attended was a performace of Verdi’s Nabucco when I was 13. The soprano fell on the massive steps, huge gasps rang throughout the hall, the slave chorus got a standing ovation and received more “bravos” than anyone, James Levine was conducting, Sam Rami and Wendy White were singing. It was the […]
It’s rare nowadays to look at and appreciate the people working on the fringes. If the light isn’t shining directly on it, we aren’t going to look at it. Twenty Feet From Stardom, focuses on the lives of backup singers, the songs they collaborated on, and the exploitations they endured, and asks those men and women to stand in the spotlight.
Bruce Diones from The New Yorker called this movie “a loving tribute”, and that is exactly what it is. This documentary is worthy of your time. It will makes you smile and then make you want to sing. What could be better?
Twenty Feet From Stardom is available to stream on Netflix now.
My friends know this about me: I don’t like Jazz. I can appreciate Jazz and I am fortunate to take advantage of the brilliance of the Wooten Brothers who perform regularly on Wednesday’s at 3rd and Lindsley. Their musicianship never ceases to amaze. But as a general rule I prefer music as a process where […]
Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical Sweeney Todd is one of my favorite theatrical works. Full of rich characters, drama, comedy, beautiful music, and bone chilling revelations it is a must see for any lover of theater. When I heard the New York Philharmonic was performing a semi-staged version of the musical, I rejoiced and bought a […]
I dare you to watch these videos of Shirley Temple and not smile. Nowadays1 music is described as corrupting, inane, occult-inspiring, morally deteriorating, boring, loud, boring, etc, etc. Rarely is music every described as lovely or smile inducing. Shirley Temple’s performances were always captivating and, maybe it sounds cheesy, utterly delightful. So again, I dare […]