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Rufus Wainwright

I called Martha Stewart a while back 😉 and told her that what she really needed to do was to invite Rufus Wainwright onto her show. In fact, why not the whole family. So I was thrilled to find that she followed through on it. Here’s what turned out, in two parts. (And don’t play […]


Looking for one of my favorite songs of all time, look what I found! Rufus singing it. He’s still learning it, but good to hear him sing anyway. Here is Regina Crespin singing it. Mmmmm… And here is Janet Baker: And we must have Jesse Norman.


Loudon Wainwright: One Man Guy

September 21, 2008

Sung by Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, and Teddy Thompson (2001),


Richard Rodgers We watched SOUTH PACIFIC last night — it having been filmed in Kauai, which is where I am right now. I have to admit to loving his music and began thinking about his compositional technique for writing songs. Rodgers seems to start with the lyrics. His melodies always fit the lyrics perfectly. Afterall, […]

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Rufus changes his mind

August 29, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera Rufus Wainwright has decided to “drop his plans” to compose an opera for the Met in 2014. Rufus had to compose the piece in French and Peter Gelb insisted on English. They parted on good terms. The New York Times wrote a piece on it a few days ago. PRIMA DONNA will […]


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 […]


Rufus wants us all to participate in a “turn your electricity off” on June 21. He has a webpage describing what is behind this effort, and it is laudable. And while you’re at it, you can purchase a bust of Rufus for your piano, or your famous composer bust collection.


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, […]


My Rufus Wainwright playlist

January 16, 2008

I haven’t played any Rufus Wainwright on the piano for a long time. I decided to sit down and play along with him, so these are the songs I’ll be playing tonight in my private concert. Sing along if ya like! (It’s in alphabetical order, but still makes a interesting playlist.)

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Cream: NSU (x 2)

January 16, 2008

Another one of my all time favorite songs is “NSU” by Cream, meaning Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and a lot of drugs. I loved Cream. The metric/time world of NSU is great fun, much like the opening of Rufus Wainwright’s “Movies of Myself” where the opening figure has very little to do with […]