An Impromptu Requiem for a Slain President

Upon hearing the news from Dallas on November 22, 1963, the BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by ERICH LEINSDORF, offered an impromptu requiem for a slain President.
by David McGee
 

 
 

For Passover 2019: A Reflection on Memory, Metaphor and Meaning

For Passover 2019, a Reflection on Memory, Metaphor and Meaning...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Gold Publishes ‘Yiddish Glossary for Goyim’; Special Deal on Facebook

No longer the exclusive province of entertainment business insiders, the YIDDISH GLOSSARY FOR GOYIM has finally been compiled into one volume and published by author-editor Noe Gold, who's making it available in a special offer...
by David McGee
 

 
 

How to Win Charts and Alienate People

In this two-part excerpt from his memoir, JUST REMEMBER: FIELD NOTES FROM A MUSIC BIZ LIFE, MICHAEL SIGMAN recalls the fallout from Record World's decision to publish sales-based charts, and how The Who changed the magazine's f...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Learning to Savor Thanksgiving:

Learning to savor Thanksgiving: Two Native Americans explain how they have embraced certain aspects of the white man's Thanksgiving rituals.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Sorrow and Suicide

'Robin Williams's death has really stirred up a lot of stuff for me. Big time.' TONY CAPUTI reflects on his personal travails and gives thanks for the healing gifts a comic genius left us to savor.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Charles Ives Home Has Date With Wrecking Ball

Efforts to save the Redding, CT, home where composer CHARLES IVES lived and work appear to have failed, and developers may now raze the house, pave paradise and put up a parking lot. The Charles Ives Society continues to fight ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘The Cry of Anguished Protest, The First of Many Wrought From Me’

From The Bluegrass Special archives: an updated feature on the enigma that was the late BEVERLY KENNEY: Her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright, but she's not there.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Pianist-Entrepreneur-Innovator

Pianist-entrepreneur-innovator LARA DOWNES is back with her most ambitious project, EXILES' CAFE, focusing on the concept of music written in exile. The album, though, is only the beginning.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Updike at Easter, 2021

Updated for Year II of the pandemic, 'Seven Voices on Seven Stanzas' presents a septet of viewpoints on the meaning and import of JOHN UPDIKE's provocative poem, 'Seven Stanzas at Easter.' Featuring Easter-themed videos by DOLL...
by David McGee
 

 

 

How Will Musicians Control Their Credits in the Digital Age?

ProMusicDB is a new organization dedicated to giving musicians past and present proper credit, and thus remuneration, for recording sessions they play on. ProMusic DB founder CHRISTY CROWL explains.
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘It’s Like Someone’s Speaking Through Me’

Jamaican singer-songwriter BRUSHY ONE-STRING (so named because he plays a one-string guitar) evokes the likes of Percy Sledge and Louis Armstrong on his first studio album, DESTINY. 'It's like someone's speaking through me,' he...
by David McGee