Category: Music Reviews

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Hamilton, Meritocracy, and Patriotism

I held out for as long as I could. My resistance was sustained chiefly by a stubborn contrarianism that resists as many trends as possible, particularly those that can be credibly connected to New York City, Washington, San Francisco, or Los...

/ July 20, 2016

Album Review: Over the Rhine, ‘Meet Me at the Edge of the World’

I’ve always loved the section of George Steiner’s Real Presences where he describes the role of art as helping us get through the metaphoric “Saturday” space between the “suffering, aloneness, unutterable waste” of (Good) Friday and the “dream of liberation”...

/ September 5, 2013

Live Music

I’m not the first person to suggest that there is something inherently better about live musical performances, and even though we are rapidly sinking into an atomized digital age, I don’t think I’ll be the last: there is enough of...

/ March 24, 2010

Worse than Asparagus: Charlie Lehardy on Jazz

Charlie Lehardy thinks jazz is (gasp!) worse than asparagus: Jazz may be worse than asparagus. As a musician, I have great respect for the virtuosity of jazz artists, most of whom are masters of their instruments. I can relate to...

/ November 26, 2007

Selling Classical Music

Is classical music dying? While it may depend upon what we mean by “classical”,there has been concern among the cultural elite that the symphony no longer holds its position of cultural importance. Case in point:  while the LA Philharmonic opened...

/ September 4, 2007

Playlist for a Trip from Los Angeles to Phoenix

First, start off strong with a little Beethoven. Or a lot of Beethoven, depending on how you quantify it. His 2nd and 4th piano concerti (concertos?) will put you in the mood for the impending drive. It’s important to get...

/ December 20, 2006

What’s the best rock and roll song of all time?

And now for something completely different. Let’s save the questions about the nature of music, it’s relationship to mathematics, how in the world it taps into the depths of the human soul so effectively and universally, how it relates to...

/ August 30, 2006