music

I love music. I grew up on early 70s Top 40 and then album-oriented rock. Lately I've been discovering how much there is to love about jazz, and I've been finding my way into appreciating classical music, too. Earlier in life, I acquired all the Partridge Family albums and all the Styx albums (and I've kept up with those - I really liked Big Bang Theory). These days, I'm likely to listen to my large collections of Stephen Sondheim, Ani DiFranco, and Elvis Costello. I also write songs. I'm most comfortable writing and playing guitar, but I've written a few songs at the piano.

Tokio Hotel ist ausgezeichnet!

I've been trying to reinvigorate my language skills, so I've started reviewing some of the languages I've studied, switching to a different one (Spanish, French, German, Italian) each week.

I thought music might help reinforce the vocabulary I was picking up, so I trawled the library for pop CDs in other languages. I had no idea what any of these bands would sound like; I figured I'd just check them out and give a few repeat listens to anything I enjoyed.

What to Listen For in Jazz

Author: 
Barry Kernfeld
Started: 
September 27, 2010

I grew up on top 40 radio with minimal knowledge of jazz. I've come to really enjoy a lot of jazz, but I often feel like I barely speak the language. So far, this is giving me a lot of new understanding - a lot of pathways into appreciating the music more.

Alisa Weilerstein at Herbst Theatre

I had the great pleasure of seeing and hearing Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan perform at Herbst Theatre on Thursday night.

The Pleasures of Pandora

I've been listening more and more to Pandora, the online music site that lets you define your own radio stations.

A New Set of Strings

Having a few days off around the 4th has really been a treat.

Yesterday, feeling like I had a bit of spare time to spend on something I'd enjoy, I sat down to restring my acoustic guitar.

Everyone Does It, If Seldom As Well

I had the great pleasure of seeing Sweeney Todd at ACT this week. It was actually my second time - I was so amazed the first time that I wanted to see it again. I'm glad I did (although I had a better view the first time).

Tony Romeo, where art thou?

One thing led to another this evening, and before I knew it, I was listening to the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You." This, in turn, led to a web search for info on two of the men behind the Partridge Family's music, Wes Farrell and Tony Romeo. Romeo wrote a hit for the Cowsills before writing several songs for the Partridge Family, including "Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque."

He died in 1995. I'm amazed, and a little dismayed, that I can't find more info about him on the web.

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