Blog Posts on Arts and Culture

GrassRoots!

I rode a bicycle to Pittsburgh one summer years ago in the days before iPods. I think I brought about a dozen cassettes for my Walkman. Only some of them sounded good out there on the road under the sky in the sun and wind. Only some of them sounded right. Monk, Copland, Van Morrison…all good. Prince, not so much.

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Mystery piece, Glimmerglass

Road sign before GlimmerglassRoad sign before Glimmerglass     It’s percussive, graceful, and brimming with charm.

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Catching up

  My thanks to every listener who's e-mailed rad...@wxxi.org about the morning mystery pieces on Classical 91.5.  It's a delight to explore old and new repertoire, and I'm excited that so many music lovers are getting up a little early to guess the name of the mystery work at 6:40 a.m.  (One man told me he

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Son House

There's some new art in the South Wedge. The traffic control box on South and Gregory now sports a portrait of Son House. You don't usually think of icons like Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson as having had influences, but Son was a major inspiration to both. He lived in Rochester from the mid 40's until 1964, when he was tracked down by a couple fans, a discovery that spurred him back out on the road... to Carnegie Hall, among other venues. He kept at it while his health allowed, and died in Detroit in 1988.

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The Geek Epiphany

We raise our children, and try to guide them down a path.  Then light dawns on Marblehead. They already had it all figured out.

Glasses, perceptions

Perceptions change.   You wouldn't have heard much Philip Glass on WXXI-FM a few decades ago. Now his minimalist, relentless, mathmematical works spin out on a regular basis. Several listeners correctly identified the mystery piece on Classical 91.5 Thursday as Glass' "Company."  Writer Alex Ross argues that his style is the first original Ameri

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One Wing

We once belonged to a bird

Who cast his shadow on this world

You were a blessing and I was a curse

I did my best not to make things worse

for you

 

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May the force be with you . . . and your lego collection

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Bach's coffee house delights

If you love coffee as much as I do, you'd have been unspeakably happy to hear the premieres of Johann Sebastian Bach's secular concertos.  Scholars think they were first heard in a coffee shop in Leipzig, performed by the composer with a student musical society.  Today on Classical 91.5, the mystery piece was

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