This path should be called the path of “music appreciation” since I do not have any discernible musical talent. However, I love and appreciate all kinds of music. Ever since, as a little girl, I sat in church and listened to my mother with her beautiful soprano voice sing in the choir, I have loved music. Unfortunately, I did not inherit my mother’s considerable musical abilities. My parents encouraged interest in classical music ( I cut my teeth, so to speak, on the Dayton Opera Association performances at Memorial Hall.) and the Great American Songbook. My dad collected classical organ music and loved to play Johann Sebastian Bach’s toccatas and fugues on the weekends when he was home.
When I was a teen I fell in love with the Beatles, especially Paul McCartney! When I was spending a summer in Taiwan in 1971 I bought the full collection of the Beatles‘ music. I wish I had those records now!! My next favorite groups were “Simon & Garfunkel” and “The Moody Blues.” I still love them. In the 70s I got into “Blood, Sweat, and Tears,” “Chicago,” Billy Joel, Jim Croce, Don McClean, Abba, David Bowie, Elton John, Three Dog Night, Nilsson, and Paul McCartney and Wings.
I also became a big fan of the “Police” and Sting. In the 80s, I became a huge fan of Michael Feinstein, who is an incredible expert on Gershwin. He re-kindled my interest in the Great American Songbook. This then lead me to investigate jazz, in which I also promptly fell in love. A trip to New Orleans and a visit to Preservation Hall was instrumental in nurturing this interest. I discovered the Marsalis family and that was that!!
Of course, I’m nuts about Mozart. Always have been! I like Classical and Romantic music of the late 18th and 19th centuries. Over the years I have collected every piece of Mozart’s opus.
Consequently, on ocassion, you will be hearing pop, rock, the American Song Book, jazz, and classical music on this blog. I hope you enjoy it.
If you have any musical suggestions for me, please leave a comment. Thanks.
- The Magic Flute
- The Gran Partito and divertimento
- Mozart and the Clarinet
- Mozart, Christiane Engel and Albert Schweitzer
- Mozart’s “Don Giovanni“
- An Amazing New Concert Pianist ~ Behzod Abduraimov from Tashkent, Uzbekistan
- The Classical Organ ~ Albert Schweitzer
- “Romances for Saxaphone” ~ Branford Marsalis
- “The Planets” ~ A Musical Astrological Guide by Gustav Holst
- The Butterfly Lovers ~ A Chinese Love Story
- Bill Charlap Plays Gershwin: The American Soul
- Sign the Petition for Marian McParland to be Honored at Kennedy Center
- The Romain Collin Trio ~ An Incredible Visionary Jazz Pianist with His Trio
- Stephane Wrembel’s “Origins” ~ Gypsy Jazz & Beyond
- “When it Rains” In that Improvisational Moment ~ Brad Mehldau
- Wynton & Willie ~ Two of My Favorites!
- Ben Powell ~ “Preliminaries“
- Gregory Porter ~ Be Good
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK:
- Michael Feinstein ~ Romance on Film, Romance on Broadway
- Jerome Kern ~ One of the Great Ones and His Great Masterpiece
- Rosemary Clooney in the 1950s and 1990s
ROCK ~ POP:
- Pink Martini: Splendor in the Grass
- “Break the wineglass and fall towards the glassblower’s breath“~ A “flash choir” sings Philip Glass in Times Square