By the time our current Membership Campaign is over, I will have worked for three and a half pledge drives at WXXI. Every time we finish a pledge drive, I find myself thinking the same thought: doing this should be mandatory for any college student trying to make a living in the arts.
I like to abide by Duke Ellington's mantra that "There are two kinds of music: good music and bad music." But what defines good music? Let's consider some pieces of "new" music--are they good or not?
Mozart turned 250, and you couldn't turn around without banging your shins on another recording of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Mendelssohn turns 200 and...not so much.
Aaron Copland's book "What to Listen for in Music" invites music fans of all types to consider listening to music on multiple levels and multiple planes. Last weekend at a concert, I caught myself listening on just one level, and it got me thinking how others listen.