Category Archives: music

My Merry Little Christmas, Circa 1964

On the living room couch I fell asleep Christmas night listening to my new Barbra Streisand album, the stereo volume just loud enough for me to hear with the speakers right by my head. My brother and his wife slept in … Continue reading

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My strange relationship with Jackson Browne

I In the ’70s I smoked weed in the crowd of the UT-Austin Special Events Center as Jackson Browne sang and bounced basketballs off the stage into his audience. Then for a decade I drifted away from rock and folk … Continue reading

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Night on Bald Mountain: Musorgsky’s version vs. Rimsky-Korsakov’s

“I would agree. If you listen to  Musorgsky’s version here and then Rimsky-Korsakov’s, you can hear the difference in the rawness and power of Musorgsky versus the nuance and finer polish of Rimsky-Korsakov.” From Carolyn Sienkiewicz’ review of Stephen Walsh, Musorgsky and … Continue reading

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