Jazz in the Afternoon

We have a subscription to the Lively Arts series at Montgomery County Community College; it's our second year. This afternoon was our first show and it was a dandy: Charles Lloyd and Friends, featuring Bill Frissel on electric guitar, Reuben Roger on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Charles Lloyd himself plays tenor saxophone; he also played flute. What an amazing show! True, expert jazz for an hour and a half. Their version of Shenandoah... Read more →


It's a Little Pitchy

Yesterday was World Choral Day -- and the prompt for Holidailies yesterday asked "Are you a singer, or do you prefer to listen to others sing? What was your most memorable choral experience?" I am not a singer. I used to think that I was. I sang at Girl Scouts, I sang in Glee Club in high school, I sang in college with all my other dorm mates as cute guys played guitars. I thought... Read more →


Funk It Up

Day before yesterday I saw a posting on the Little Feat Facebook page. I casually mentioned it to Joe -- "Hey, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett are appearing at the Ardmore Music Hall tomorrow!' -- and then forgot about it and went to work. A couple hours later I got a text: "We've got two tickets to the Ardmore Music Hall for tomorrow's show!" Is it any wonder that I love this man? So we... Read more →


Ten Albums

So this meme has been going around Facebook, so I thought it would make a good post. It's easier to wax eloquent about the albums and songs in a blog post, rather than a Facebook post. Here goes! Rules: 10 Albums in no particular order that have stayed with you in some way. Music that still resonates, regardless of quality or artist. Don't take more than few minutes and don't try to list the "right"... Read more →


It's a Small Rock and Roll World

John Kelly is a great journalist who writes a column on DC for the Washington Post. He also plays drums for a local band, the Stepping Stones. Joe saw this tweet from John the other day: The Stepping Stones are a Monkees tribute band. Well, of course we were interested, for several reasons: We love local bands. We love the Monkees. (Yeah, I said it.) We've met John Kelly, because his wife, the lovely and... Read more →


Hallelujah

I'm sitting on the sofa listening to Handel's Messiah. It was years before I knew that there was much much more to Messiah than the Hallelujah Chorus. When I did find out, it was like I'd been given a present. I love this music so much. My first inkling that there was more to the piece was in high school. I was an alto in the glee club, and we sang a few of the... Read more →


Christmas Carols, Mostly

Joe sent me a text message this afternoon that read "Just in case you were wondering, I love you." This is a very nice message to receive in the middle of a boring afternoon at work. And then, on the way home, he started up a tape (yes, we still have a cassette player in the car; it's the only one we have!) of Handel's Water Music, which is my favoritest classical music in the... Read more →


Not About The Hurricane

Yes, yes, yes... there's a goddamn hurricane bearing down on the east coast. Ocean City is under a mandatory evacuation order, blah blah blah. I will, no doubt, write about the goddamn hurricane, but not now. Now I want to talk about how I helped set a new world record! My great good friend Andrea posted on Facebook about UkeFest 2011 and asked if anyone would like to go with her. Now how, I ask... Read more →


Fifteen Perfect Minutes

It was a busy, busy morning preparing a new course for its internal debut tomorrow. I thought I was done at least three times, only to get "one more change" and "can we put this in" and "fix this screenshot" and nit nit nit nit. Grrr. I ate my egg sal san and yogurt lunch at my desk. I had a chat with my boss. I did some more editing and tweaking and email answering.... Read more →