Making it easy to bring music into life

You may know that I’m a big fan of Jason Kottke and his blogger buddies. They’ve been exploring the phenomenon of “book playlists”, i.e. suggestions for listening while reading specific titles. I’m truly fascinated by the way people use music in their daily lives, especially when it extends beyond the mindless filling of random silence. … Read more

From one of our Listers, a gift of really good writing

A friend who is extremely knowledgable about opera sent me a lovely Christmas gift by email this year, and it is so much appreciated that it’s worth passing along. After a little editing, here’s his introduction: “I just came upon one of the best blogs that I have ever read. Much pleasure from one of the foremost … Read more

US composers get a peek at L.A.’s new music scene

Thanks to LA composer and clarinettist Alicia Byer,  LA’s active new music community got some cyberink this month, with a series of articles on NewMusic Box — the blog for the American Composers Forum. “Whither Los Angeles looks at the growing influence of a few of our local ensembles, the cultural elements that make this an … Read more

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