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

Farber Art Installation

I went out and shot several photos of the San Fransisco street cars, had them printed as C prints at Dickerman Prints1. They were mounted  (aluminum back with plexiglass front) by General Graphics. I hate hanging things on the wall. I measure a dozen times and still end up with things not perfectly aligned. Plus, I didn’t want to get… Continue reading

San Francisco Symphony, Elgar, Moussorgsky

This concert was not part of our season tickets; we purchased it extra. I simply had to hear both of these pieces. I haven’t heard the Elgar Cello Concerto in forever, and, as shocking as it may be, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard any live performance of the Ravel orchestral version of Moussorgsky‘s Pictures at an Exhibition. That… Continue reading

Let’s Chat about Banksy Graffiti

These are some initial thoughts after an encounter with Banksy graffiti, whose work I find provokes my thinking on several different levels. In my opinion, if there is any truly great sin widely practiced in our world today, it’s the failure to think, for deep thinking almost always enjoins action. Banksy takes this on with verve. Banksy had a 2013 … Continue reading

Paint the Barn

I recall, as a young child, hearing misogynist preachers say, “If the ole barn needs painting’, slap a coat on it.”. They were referring to their own enlightenment in allowing “liberated” women to now wear make up! I think they were trying to be funny while letting everyone know that God was now cool with women painting themselves. What simple… Continue reading

Living in a Cool ‘Hood

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 he had a… Continue reading

Art and Craftsmanship

I vividly remember, as a very young child, my father pulling into a gas station. I recall exactly where it was. Nothing exists there now. In fact, it’s been paved over and is now a major road intersection. But then, it was a gas station with dirt parking, no pavement, anywhere. It was hot. (Florida generally is.) The car windows… Continue reading

Quick Trip to West Hollywood!

This weekend we made a quick overnight trip to LA to meet up with friends, who also flew into the city of angels, to see a play. The trip, though short, was special. Seeing my dear friend, Mark, was wonderful. We haven’t seen each other in years, and he’s had a very difficult year but looks none the worse for… Continue reading

Wow! I Wasn’t Prepared for That!!

I have been looking forward to hearing Michael Tilson Thomas conduct the San Francisco Symphony’s performance of Peer Gynt, which he did (well, kinda—sorta) last night. I say “kinda—sorta” because the performance was not at all what I was expecting: the performance of Grieg‘s two four-movement symphonic suites. Instead, this was a production, a play, a bit of an extravaganza!… Continue reading