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Curiouser & curiouser

Trying to get naked

July 7, 2010

Last week, I had an entire day at home to myself. No pressing school work, my various compositional projects are all waiting for someone else to provide me with various things before I can move forward: a perfect day to do NOTHING–maybe watch some movies, and kick around the house. It turned out to be […]


There was something missing in my life: I realized it was TOUCH. No, not being touched, the electro-acoustic piece by Morton Subotnick from the 1970s. I remember first moving to Boston in 1976 to attend the New England Conservatory of Music. First I lived in Malden, but that was SO boring, I eventually found a […]


Cell phone withdrawal

March 31, 2010

I sent my phone off to get a minor repair done and am without my cell for three days. [Like Gilligan’s Island: A three hour tour!] Holy moly. I didn’t realize how addicted to that device I have become. Impulse: Hmm, I need to call Mitchell about Saturday. Ugh. No luck, have to find a […]


Being music deficient

March 28, 2010

At my last checkup, my doctor told me that I was deficient in vitamin D. He found it odd and perhaps suspicious that 75% of his patients were also D deficient–odd because we all live in southern California (the sun is a large source for vitamin D; sunscreen and clothes and staying inside block the […]



March 27, 2010

I was surfing channels on TV the other day. I stopped on the Animal Planet: “…and left in their cages for years at a time, treated more like a plant than the beautiful parrot that they are, the bird slowly goes INSANE.” This image has haunted me lately, not just because I have two parrots, […]

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The Smiling Spider for soprano, soprano sax, viola, cello, and piano (1983) Words and music: Roger Bourland (quotes from Charlie Chaplin) Performers: Composers in Red Sneakers, Karen McVoy, soprano Publisher: Yelton Rhodes Music The story behind this piece is actually pretty funny. The Composers in Red Sneakers decided to offer their “Concert 8 and a […]


South Sea Island Bolero (1934)

February 26, 2010

With the subtitle of “The Most Bizarre Musical Number Ever Filmed” it got my attention. It’s really worth watching cuz it’s so bizarre! It just keeps going, getting stranger and stranger! Try to stick it out till the end. I’ll have whatever SHE’S having.

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Off with their heads!

February 25, 2010

This just in from the LA Times: A Rhode Island school district has voted to fire all the teachers at an underperforming school. Amazing!


Medium rare no more

January 10, 2010

I have never had any interest in being a vegetarian, despite my complicated spiritual views. My days of eating huge steaks are over. I’ve become friends with eating chicken feet (dim sum) and tripe (ditto) occasionally, I love chicken and fish of all kinds. I don’t eat too much red meat, knowing it’s not that […]

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Who is more British?

August 31, 2009

At dinner the other night, two of our good friends whom we are visiting in London, Daniel and I asked “who is more British?” The two Brits listed their relatives–neither had a heritage that was mostly British. Daniel, who is Eurasian, listed Humphreys and Davies in his family tree–Welsh names. My father looked into our […]