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Brahms After Ben Folds

How does one play Johannes Brahms on the other side of Ben Folds? I asked myself this question as I considered a response to my piano student’s first lesson on one of the Romantic composer’s pieces. 353 more words

Handel-ing Happiness

I was driving this morning, and tired of the same old morning radio rhetoric, I picked up my iPhone, clicked the Ted app icon, and with touch of the screen I said “Inspire me!’. 329 more words

Matters Of The Heart

Singles and Good Jokes 10/23

The single that Jay Brown has bees pushing most lately is Beginner Mind, a wickedly catchy Americana pop tune, but the best song on his… 280 more words


The biggest story of the year in the arts

To me, it was Lumenocity — even the name has instant recognition, at least locally. Who knew, in its second year, that free tickets would all be gone within 12 seconds? 118 more words


YouTube Video, Classic Violin, and Music Appreciation

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Music Appreciation YouTube Video: Itzhak Perlman plays Paganini Classic Violin

Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist, … 394 more words

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Weekend in the Catskills – 10/24/14

This weekend: an international film festival in Chatham, a walk with a sculptor in Livingston Manor, an art opening reception in Woodstock, more classical music at Bard College, and a spooky visit at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. 508 more words


Mood Music

When I was a young man (approximately three eons ago), there was a genre of music known as Mood Music.  Usually, Mood Music was recorded by large, string-based orchestras like the 101 Strings or Mantovani and His Orchestra.  362 more words