Barry Manilow Concert at the Fabulous Fox Theater

This past week my adorable, sentimental hubby asked me if I wanted to go to a Barry Manilow concert at the Fox Theater. I loved Barry’s music as a young man back in the day, but, for some unknown and utterly ridiculous reason I had some weird preconceived notion about what his concerts out in Vegas were like: a once… Continue reading

What Just Happened?! [Updated]

Pianist Denis Kozhukhin I was completely unfamiliar with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, which pianist Denis Kozhukhin performed last tonight. Words fail me in describing this musical experience. The piece is insanely difficult, filled with explosive, muscular rhythmic dissonances that create a complex musical texture accompanied by powerful, angular, quasi-a-tonal melodic machinations that survive the fray generally… Continue reading

The ONJ Concert

I’m a bit late writing about the Olivia Newton-John concert from last Sunday, but, better late than never. The concert was at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center at the Galleria. I was really surprised at how very nice the venue is! This is where the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra should be performing! However, in the same vein as the Woodruff… Continue reading

Deliver Me!

I have been living in technology hell for over a week now. Email My email became completely unreliable. I was only getting about 5% of the emails I normally get. Apple support was unsure what the issue(s) was/were. I was convinced it was a server-side issue. They were not. Emails were not arriving or would arrive and disappear–most emails were… Continue reading

Las Vegas: Day Four

This (August 21) post is backdated to the date it happened. Today we drove out to see Hoover Dam. We stopped to have breakfast. Steve melted in the parking lot. All that remains is his hat to shield his little bald head from getting sunburned. We drove over the dam, but for security reasons, cars are checked, and the dam… Continue reading

Memories from an Educator (Part 1)

Yesterday I unexpectedly reconnected (on Facebook) with a student, a working musician now for 20 years, from my last year as a music teacher over 25 years ago. He messaged me out of the blue: “Hello, were you a middle school chorus teacher in Georgia?” I replied: “Well, yes. But I’m thinking that was about 245 years ago now.” The… Continue reading

Apple: Making Some Serious Mis-steps [Updated]

Corporations are about maximizing profit. I get that. For all of its brilliant “Think different” marketing, Apple is, in fact, no different. Years ago I watched a documentary about the first MacIntosh. Several people who were on the team that put the original machine together were interviewed. One of the guys, I forget his name, spoke of how bottom line… Continue reading

By Comparison: SFS/ASO

I suppose we become spoiled bit by bit, without really being aware of the process. When we repeatedly experience something marvelous, and are even acutely aware of how extraordinary the experiences are, we still seem somewhat unaware that our expectations for this new, higher level of perfection are also growing. I recently had this expectation of excellence clearly defined for… Continue reading