From the category archives:

Channeling composers

Time travel in your mind

January 28, 2011

Knowing myself to wax nostalgic I alter my reality from time to time. How? I pretend that in the future I have decided to come back to my present reality at age 57, and experience everything as though it was my second time through, enjoying it even more. Try it sometime with your reality. Consider […]

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Psychic blogging

August 10, 2010

I’ve seen a lot of articles about the joy and limitations of a new generation of toys built on one’s brain waves contolling some parameter in the game. For the last two months, I have been blogging psychically, having a running post, for you, as I go through my life. It’s almost turning into The […]

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This year I was asked by Drew McManus (whose blog, Adaptistration is widely read) to contribute to a website and initiative called “Take a Friend to the Orchestra.” Various writers, bloggers, and critics have contributed to it over the years. My post has just appeared. Composer, professor, Chair of the UCLA Department of Music, music […]

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Uh, yeah. This website alleges to have “found” a cassette of a lost Beatle album. Whatever. But it IS a wonderful mashup of Beatles tracks put together in fun new ways. Instant Beatles! Shazaam! [kml_flashembed publishmethod=”static” fversion=”8.0.0″ movie=”” width=”500″ height=”375″ targetclass=”flashmovie”] [/kml_flashembed] Link -via YesButNoButYes

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Ravel checks in

July 8, 2009

My Dear Rufus I heard your preview aria from your new opera and am quite pleased at your new direction. Might I remind you to please not be overly influenced by Philip Glass, and his habit of getting “stuck” in one register when composing for the keyboard. Look at the piano music I have written […]

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Notes from Franz

May 24, 2009

Dear Rufus I am so proud and happy for you and your recent compositions. I heard your new Shakespeare Sonnets–they remind me of some of my own songs. You struggle with a desire for an old-time, folky sense of harmony fighting with being more harmonically adventurous. Meld the two my boy. I have avoided sitting […]

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Berlioz reminds

July 4, 2008

My favorite spot to blog is in my basement, on a couch, laptop in my lap, with the two dogs next to me under a tattered black chenille throw. It is quiet, centered, and comfy. To my right is the door that goes into a little hallway, the laundry room, and then back upstairs. It […]

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The doorbell rang this morning. I wasn’t expecting anyone so I peaked through the side window and saw a creature that resembled Cousin It in the Addams Family. My heart thumped not being sure what it was. I went to the door, opened it and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi […]

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Scarlatti’s complaint

April 28, 2008

I was puzzled to see the name “Scarlatti” on my calendar this morning for an eleven o’clock. My assistant, who can be a bear when it comes to scaring away people that I don’t need to see, said it was impossible to deny this man. She said he was a man with a strong Italian […]

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Stravinsky returns

March 11, 2008

[I am sitting quietly doing my morning Sudoku puzzle, drinking coffee. It’s 5:30 in the morning. I look up and smell the air: tobacco? patchoulli? old scotch? And an ovoid figure hovers into the room and slowly comes into focus. It is Igor Stravinsky, with sun glasses in a kind of safari outfit with sunglasses, […]

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