Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

Murder By Mistletoe

I'm a sucker for this sound. It's The Felice Brothers. I'd recommend it for just the piano break alone, for the way it starts to tip over, but the lyrics are interesting too. There's a man drifting off to sleep in an "attic full of make believe" while carolers sing in the street. Later he watches a woman smile on TV and ends up "laying with last year's love, high as the moon above."

Looking for a new carol

The order forms offering music for the year-end festivities begin crossing my desk in September.  All lovely, pretty stuff.  All pretty much the same as last year.  And then we have a banner year, and newly minted magic fills the airwaves.  So here's a short list of holiday CD's I found this year--some with a new take on old pieces, and some with something entirely new. 

Laid-back elf

Click on the attachment below to hear an interview with actor David Jason Kyle about his one-man show at Blackfriars Theater in Rochester.

Jello never looked so good to Leonard Slatkin

Click here to read conductor Leonard Slatkin's description of his heart attack and recovery process: http://leonardslatkin.com/.

 

Osso

Osso joined me for a wonderful set on Open Tunings!

How to be a complete band nerd...and totally rock out

The video game Rock Band lets you sing into a microphone that's plugged into your game console.  If you sing the right pitches and the right rhythms, you earn points.  A bored flutist recently made this stunning discovery:

 

The Power of Music, the Power of One

While reading through my emails, I found one slugged "Touching story RE: Andre Watts."  It both broke my heart and reaffirmed all that we can do with music, and with TV.  I was once told that Andre Watts is a great and generous man.  This confirms that beyond all doubt.  Enjoy.

http://www.artsjournal.com/creatived/2009/11/public-concert-private-musi...

 

That world-famous tenor you might run into in the frozen food section

Fresh from Athens and just a few days after singing Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde at Carnegie Hall, tenor Gregory Kunde (who lives in Rochester) will pick up a baton on November 1 at St. Anne Church and conduct Brahms' German Requiem. If you've never seen him sing, here's his performance of Bellini's "A te o cara" from I Puritani.

Translation: To you, oh dear one, love at times lead me furtively and in tears; now it guides me to your side in joy and exultation. At the radiance of such a beautiful hour if I remember my torment, it redoubles my happiness, and I cherish my heart’s beating.