I’ve recently been really getting into Spotify. They have an expansive and diverse music library that I find organized in a way that is easy to explore in understandable ways. I’ve especially enjoyed their Coffee Table Jazz playlist, as well as others.
I think everyone in symphony hall literally stopped breathing as this performance came to an end. Denève held the hall in complete silence for at least a minute as the last sound faded from this earth. I was slane.
Clean sound. Clear sound. Sound that is imminently present. This is the best listening experience I’ve ever had, and I can be very picky about audio fidelity. With computer speakers and cheap in home speakers (I got rid of my audiophile speakers many years ago: too big, too heavy.) I had given in to poor, mushy, non-defined […]
Last night I was watching the awesome BBC series, Sherlock. The moment I heard the opening title sequence, I was convinced I knew who had written it. The musical style sounded very similar to the style of the music in the opening sequence to House of Cards. The HOC theme is considerably more dissonant/bi-tonal, which I […]
Last Saturday night the San Francisco Symphony performed an evening of music composed by the Bach Family: Johann Sebastian and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. As always, the performance was spectacular, featuring two principal players, and J. S. Bach’s music always feeds my soul. But I want to highlight a few specific things about the […]
Night at the San Francisco Symphony… Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony is about an hour and fifty minutes long with no intermission. Our seats are in the middle of the row. So, I minimized liquids at dinner, went to the bathroom twice before the concert began, and remained standing until the concert master appeared. There were two […]
Night at the Symphony A week ago tonight we went to the San Francisco Symphony: Till Fellner performed Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c Minor, K 491 (1786). Flawless, intricate voicing. And the symphony was at its best, with Semyon Bychkov conducting. The balance. The classical period restraint. The symbiosis. Gorgeous! I so wish […]
Our next door neighbors Joe and Juline hosted their 20th Annual House Concert, Jazz by the Bay (window). Their window is called the bay window not because it’s a bay window. It’s not. It has an amazing view of the bay! Back in 1994 esteemed bassist, Bill Douglass, lamented to his friend Joe Paulino, that he wished […]
I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to being easily distracted. But there are many, many moments in life that require our full participation, our complete attention, our unyielding focus, the surrender of our whole being. Artistry is one such moment. Learn to fully embrace that which is gorgeous. Respect that which […]
I never watched American Idol with any intention, but sometimes Steve would watch it years ago. I would be in and out of the room with some horrid example of non-talent performing with unspeakable intonation issues. At the end of those performances Simon, more than Randy, would launch into a blistering tirade about how truly […]