I was nine, almost ten years old when I took up learning the saxophone. A college student taught group lessons in a cramped practice room at the local music store in my metro Philly town. How we learn in group lessons There were about five or six of us beginners. We sat in a long […]
Self Care through Music Listening to live music is self care. On Thursday, May 4 (“May the fourth be with you!”), I received wonderful Rx at the concert performance by Anat Cohen; clarinet, and Trio Brasileiro; pandera, bandolim, and seven-string guitar. From the opening tune, Nights in Rio, to the closing song two hours later, I was dancing […]
[Post edited and re-posted to reflect use of Pandora over Spotify.] One night, before I went to sleep, I asked my dream self to help me write today’s music appreciation article. I woke up with this headline on the tip of my tongue and the skeleton of an actual article in my mind. I quickly wrote […]
My students put so much energy and practice into their recital performances. I like to honor their efforts by recording the show and uploading the individual videos to my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/omegatroid) Our most recent recital was November 1, 2016. Oops! That’s twelve weeks ago. Between having a computer software meltdown (iMovie, what’s wrong with you?!), […]
Just a short post today. John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer, was born Sept. 23, 1926. To celebrate his contribution to jazz, here are two of my favorite tunes by him: Naima. A soulful, tender ballad. My Favorite Things. Up-tempo jazz waltz of this song from The Sound of Music.
For several days last week, one song played over and over in my head. It’s called an ear worm, right? Anita and I had watched the 1967 movie version of the musical, Camelot. We watched about 40 minutes at a time. Since it’s a 3+ hour movie, it took us about 5 sittings to watch the […]
Concert Checklist Buy your tickets! Make plans with friends. Listen! Attend the show. Buy Your Tickets Of course you’ve got to get your tickets to the show. And the bigger the act, the earlier you have to get them it seems. Have you seen those ads? “Tickets will go on sale for Adele’s concert (12 […]
I’ve been collecting music quotes for a few years. I come across something I like and I stash it in Evernote. Awesome. Today’s post is dedicated to the je ne sais quoi of music and creativity. Here are 21 of the best quotes about music. Who said it. What they said. Robert Schumann To send light […]