During a television interview following the recording, the show's host asked me this essential question: "In a region wrought with a history of so much war and hatred, can a song really make a difference?" My response was, "If music can't make a difference, I don't know what can."
"OH, the stories, I have. But... they'll have to wait. They make me too sad. Maybe later, when it doesn't hurt too much." That was Liza Minnelli onstage at the Manhattan memorial for the late and very much lamented Marvin Hamlisch.
Since her 2004 debut CD, The Nearness of You, Nicole Henry has been the artist to watch in the world of Jazz. Last week, Nicole Henry made her long-awaited west coast / San Francisco debut at the Rrazz Room.
In Ethel, a new HBO documentary, the fascination with all things Kennedy shifts to the legacy of Robert. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, his 11th child, focuses on the role of her mother in their remarkable marriage, and in the aftermath of his death.
If you're going to declare your undying love for someone who is biologically unrelated to you, why limit yourself to niece or nephew? Why not go the extra mile and designate this treasured individual as your "honorary" son or daughter, or "honorary" brother or sister?
"Trouble in Paradise" and "Who Shot Rock & Roll" serve to remind of us of how much music can shape the very landscape of our lives and our times, through journeys that both define and transcend the place where we live.
Driving home to "Lawn Guyland" the day after graduating from Bucknell U. in Lewisburg, PA and blasting progressive rock station WNEW on the radio, I was struck by one of those other-worldly, pull-over-to-the curb musical moments.
One could do worse than to abide by these resolutions: Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD. Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal. Travel the world without ever leaving home -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD.
Most of these interpretations do the material proud, though some may leave you wanting to, well, hide under the covers. Making up your own lists and sharing with friends might make for a more soul-satisfying parlor game than, say, Geography.