Blog Posts on Music

Son House

There's some new art in the South Wedge. The traffic control box on South and Gregory now sports a portrait of Son House. You don't usually think of icons like Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson as having had influences, but Son was a major inspiration to both. He lived in Rochester from the mid 40's until 1964, when he was tracked down by a couple fans, a discovery that spurred him back out on the road... to Carnegie Hall, among other venues. He kept at it while his health allowed, and died in Detroit in 1988.

The Geek Epiphany

We raise our children, and try to guide them down a path.  Then light dawns on Marblehead. They already had it all figured out.

Glasses, perceptions

Perceptions change.   You wouldn't have heard much Philip Glass on WXXI-FM a few decades ago. Now his minimalist, relentless, mathmematical works spin out on a regular basis. Several listeners correctly identified the mystery piece on Classical 91.5 Thursday as Glass' "Company."  Writer Alex Ross argues that his style is the first original Ameri

One Wing

We once belonged to a bird

Who cast his shadow on this world

You were a blessing and I was a curse

I did my best not to make things worse

for you


May the force be with you . . . and your lego collection

Bach's coffee house delights

If you love coffee as much as I do, you'd have been unspeakably happy to hear the premieres of Johann Sebastian Bach's secular concertos.  Scholars think they were first heard in a coffee shop in Leipzig, performed by the composer with a student musical society.  Today on Classical 91.5, the mystery piece was

The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air

Tuesday's mystery piece was Debussy's fourth prelude from Book I, "Les sons et les parfums tournet dans l'air du soir" (The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air), played by Etha Wheeler.


I got a box of old records from a friend recently. Thought I’d share this one. Maybe someone remembers the Passport Lounge?

Mercury Opera and Monday's mystery piece

Mercury Opera Rochester has announced its 2010-2011 season.  In the fall, the company will offer its first Gilbert & Sullivan production, The Pirates of Penzance, at the new auditorium at Penfield High School.