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Music miscellanea

Statistics for Grammy winners

February 12, 2011

An interesting report on Grammy winners since 1959 in today’s LA Times. “A study of Grammy data for the top three performance categories over more than 50 years shows that white men have dominated over the years, as have natives of California and New York. And rock and pop were the dominant genre winners.” I […]


Teaching again

September 30, 2010

It always happens to most teachers who have the summer off. You get used to the laid back life of summer when all of a sudden you have to be ON again. Ready? Set: GO! And you are off with your lecture. Once you open your mouth, you are fine. But even the most seasoned […]


Remembering Hootenanny

August 13, 2010

In the early 1960s, pre-Beatles in America, we fell in love with a television show that showed on Saturday nights called HOOTENANNY. I’ve never forgotten the theme song: “It’s hootenanny, hootenanny, Saturday night…” and different groups would sing the theme each week. As I look at this promotion for a 3 DVD set of that […]


Relax, it’s just music

July 27, 2010

I’ve come to a point in my life where I have to see that all music, music making and the experience of listening to music, is all MUSIC. I’m tired of the notion that the only music worth studying is Classical music. Nonsense. Or that classical music is “better” than other music. I’m sorry, but […]

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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 […]



February 13, 2010

This long weekend, Daniel invited four friends he knows from up north to stay with us. We are all spending time getting to know each other and having a relaxing weekend. I had heard that these people were experts in RockBand, especially the Beatles. Instead of playing RockBand, we sat around in the living room, […]


Smaller portions

February 2, 2010

I have trouble sitting anywhere in the same place for a long time. That means long flights, plays, operas, movies, and concerts. It has something to do with my long torso. For that reason, and a few others, I find myself preferring smaller portions of everything: food, material possessions, and music. Many times I find […]


Relearning the Beatles

October 18, 2009

This week I came home to discover a huge box from Amazon waiting for me on my porch. When Daniel got home I opened it to discover the new Beatles RockBand inside. Inside were a faux Hofner Beatle bass guitar, four drum pads with a bass drum kick pedal, and a USB microphone on a […]


Buffalo breakfast

October 5, 2009

Every once in a while I get a hankering for Swedish crepes at IHOP. The servers are beyond friendly, ready to do anything to make you happier and fatter. I love the one in my neighborhood because it’s the one where the Buffalo Springfield was formed. And I think, “hmm, did Neil Young and Stephen […]


Antique tenor?

October 3, 2009

After going through several rooms filled with musical instruments, we have discovered a wide variety of instruments in various conditions and of widely varying value. I was deighted that several instruments previously thought to have been missing were found. This week we found a blue baritone saxophone. It will go with the milk green UCLA […]