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Rufus Wainwright

My Dear Rufus, I hope December finds you in good health. Roger keeps me informed, to the extent that he can, about your life over the past few months as I haven’t received any mail from you. I hear that your mother has not been well but mustered the strength to sit in on a […]


My friend and colleague, John Hall, always used the term “national treasure” (not Nicholas Cage’s performance) to refer to an important person (in the arts I assumed) who had contributed much to the culture of their time and deserved(s) to be preserved (protected). I look back with shame at artists like Bela Bartok who died […]


Van Halen: You Really Got Me

November 14, 2006

Here is a respectful and spirited cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.” David Lee Roth looks exceptionally fit in his cartoon-like performance. The guitar solos are downright naughty and as sexy as Roth’s body movements. The bratty scream, originally heard on the Kinks’ original, is aped perfectly when the chord moves up a […]


Out Magazine will feature a list of 100 most important gay people of 2006 in their upcoming December 2006 issue and will of course include Rufus Wainwright who gets the “Entertainer of the Year” award. In its special December issue, Out recognizes the 100 most influential people in gay culture with a special list spanning […]


Lessons for Rufus: the Oboe

November 3, 2006

Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869), channeled by Roger Bourland My Dear Rufus, As I am not falling asleep this evening, I realized I need to tell you about the beauty of the oboe. Oboists can sustain the longest line of any of the wind or brass instruments. For that matter, they can sustain a line […]


For those of you who don’t keep up with Rufus’s little musical releases in between the albums, here are some new offerings you might want to know about. Just for the record, “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk [Reprise]” was issued on the soundtrack for THE LAST KISS. Unless there is something you are dying to have […]


I started this blog, Red Black Window, in Jan. 2006 as an open work-in-progress for my book on the music of Rufus Wainwright. Although it still has that component, I couldn’t keep the blog to only that component. I changed my subtitle to Roger Bourland writes about music and life. That seemed to give me […]


A new composition by Prof Berlioz! My dear Rufus, Thank you for the postcard from Berlin. I’m happy to hear that you are happy and healthy and musically productive. I have something I would like you to become extremely sensitive to. I want you to start paying attention to counter-melodies. You already have a great […]

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Composer Jean Sibelius quit composing after he had to quit smoking (ordered by his doctor) had to quit drinking (ditto) was supported by his country for the rest of his life Which one was the constipator I wonder? Could he not compose without his cigars? Or did he have to be drunk or slightly so […]


A new compilation of songs by the Clash, the Cure, New Order and others fills out the soundtrack for the movie THE HISTORY BOYS. [Release date 11/21/2006] Oh, did I mention that “other” includes Rufus Wainwright? I guess Rufus hasn’t made it to the A-list in Rhinoland––he hasn’t been around long enough. His contribution to […]