Monthly Archives: December 2006

Autobiography of a Practice Session

I detest autobiography. What is it but a footnoted freakshow, a whipped, tired, suburban casserole of failed ontology, or more simply: a pathetic excuse for the past? And yet I’ve been seized, compelled. My hands shake with scribbling tremors. I find myself–yes, me!, after all my patient perfectionist hours!–acting like an impulsive homo sapiens, thrusting […]

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Underground Piano Legend

How can I resist this?

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Brown

Feeling bereft of nuanced, thoughtful musicological comparison? Well, fret no further; the Rev. Al Sharpton is on the case: “[Brown] made soul music a world music,” Sharpton said. “What James Brown was to music in terms of soul and hip-hop, rap, all of that, is what Bach was to classical music. This is a guy […]

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Meditations

Today’s entry begins with a truly essential Ethical Question. Suppose you quip to a friend, “what am I? chopped liver?” Does the acceptable range of responses include: “Yes, in this context you ARE chopped liver”? Is it not understood that the question is rhetorical? Is it not just a little bit insulting, even linguistically, to […]

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