(Re-)discovering Frederic Rzewski

Sometimes a missed opportunity becomes a new challenge on its own. With the recent and sudden death of composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, those of us in SoCal have proximal reason to mourn, as the titan was scheduled to be part of Piano Spheres’ upcoming season, and it would have been my first chance to … Read more

My vaccine came with bonus insights

Yeah, that’s a big claim. I’m not sure I can actually live up to that title, but I couldn’t resist. You see, I got vaxxed on Saturday, with no small amount of ridiculous drama. My appointment was sudden and unexpected, I really hate needles, I had to get a friend to drive me about 35 … Read more

Winding with the road

Staying up almost involuntarily to binge The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, and reveling in the beauty of every bit, reminds me of an essential truth for anyone who seeks to create indelible experiences: following a story through twists and turns, and truly committing to every part of it, is one of the most satisfying ways … Read more

Traditional sappy Thanksgiving post

This holiday is about important things. While its meaning is too often expressed with the same old words, those words themselves mean a lot. So in a year that has been fraught with additional challenges for performers and companies and support organizations and everybody else in the arts, here’s a little happyrant about the things … Read more

Music and results

Where does your approach to music lie? What kind of results do you expect from performance to performance? What kind of perfection are you expecting out of every recording? One of our favorite bloggers, Seth godin, speaks to two vantage points briefly and eloquently. Here’s Seth’s post: One difference between science and art | Seth’s … Read more

Arts orgs take a stand

The importance of the organizational solidarity statement, particularly in the arts. We’ve seen a lot of signs recently — they’re everywhere, and both literal and symbolic. But one has taken precedence, and it is taking shape in windows, on websites, social media pages, in printed materials and on anything that will stand still. With the … Read more

Black Lives Matter

I tend to ponder before making big statements, and so this post may be deemed tardy. It is deeply sad that this post is even necessary, and my long-protected policy to avoid politics in our Lister communications has left me struggling with the necessity of making the widespread protests, frustrations and real danger part of … Read more

One guy’s opinion

One pastor has decided that church musicians should not only play and sing for free, but that they should be condemned if they don’t. This is quite a stretch, and doesn’t hold water biblically, historically or ethically. The online backlash has been considerable, and our own post on the List’s Facebook page has gotten more … Read more

Owning your copy

This may initially seem like a rant from the “grammar police”, but please bear with me – I’d like to point out an article that offers lessons for any of us who need to talk to the public, online or by other digital means: I’ve found my share of typos on this blog and elsewhere, … Read more

Happy Fall — How ’bout a flu shot?

With Rosh Hashanah starting Sunday night and the High Holidays well underway, the change to autumn is apparent, even in weather-wonky Southern California. We’ve had a little rain this week, and many of us relish the idea of sweaters and boots and cooler weather. It’s also the time of year to get serious about cold … Read more

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