Category Archives: Music

Quote Du Jour

Eddie Pensier writes: There are those who see “ugly meanings in beautiful things.” Classical music and its institutions come under relentless criticism. The barometers by which music is often measured are extrinsic to the art form itself. Classical music’s presence … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Cultural Appropriation Alert!

Fenster writes: Perhaps you thought James Brown’s famous disrobing-and-falling-down routine was sui generis?  Maybe maybe not.

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Five Books About The Opera Business

Eddie Pensier writes: The Toughest Show On Earth: My Rise And Reign At the Metropolitan Opera Joseph Volpe and Charles Michener Volpe was the Met’s General Manager from 1990 to 2006. In retrospect his tenure may have been conservative, but … Continue reading

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Classic Soul

Fenster writes: My kids don’t like it when I tell them I don’t like hip hop music.  They think if I don’t like hip hop I don’t like black music and that I am acting racist.  I am bothered by … Continue reading

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Music Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Vince Gill and the legendary pedal steel guitarist Paul Vincent — with backing from Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives — perform Merle Haggard’s wonderfully acerbic-yet-heartrending 1970 tune “I Can’t Be Myself.” Related Gill and Vincent also perform the … Continue reading

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The Shock of the Old, when New

Fenster writes: I am second generation German and third generation Swedish but I grew up in New England in the Fifties and Sixties so it was inevitable that I would have a third identity, just below the level of the … Continue reading

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Music Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I’ve always loved this album.

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