Category Archives: pulleys + levers

Bach in the background

Even the newest convert to classical music  is likely to agree: Bach rules! Right now I have the Goldberg Variations on in the background. I feel a little guilty using such great music as the accompaniment to my life, but … Continue reading

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Rich, complex, and beautiful — Lamma Bada

Rich, complex, and beautiful — could describe someone to fall in love with. But I’m talking about an Arabic song, sometimes rendered in English as Lamma Bada Yatathanna, an ancient muwashshah, a genre of secular music from Al Andalus, Moorish … Continue reading

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Why DO we hate modern classical music, Alex Ross?

Alex Ross’s blog is the first  in my list of links over there on the right. That’s because Alex Ross is a god. I never miss his writing in the New Yorker. I’m in the middle of reading his wonderful … Continue reading

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Time Out

Time Out is the title of a famous record* from 1959 by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It took that name because three or four of the cuts**  played with  musical time. I’m using it as the title for this post … Continue reading

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Here comes the hook

In pop music, the ‘hook’ is the part of the song that grabs the listener (at least in theory). Not all songs have them. A few have more than one. Talking about the hook in the Beatles’ Here Comes the … Continue reading

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The beat gets odd

The Beatles did the coolest things with rhythm and I’ve always wanted to write about them. Now I have an excuse. The hooks (as far as I’m concerned) of two of their songs come from the ways they break up … Continue reading

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Learning to hear – Mozart 40 & Beethoven 7

I was exposed to classical music as a teenager through the records my father got from a record club (like a book club only round). Something, maybe puberty, pushed me towards the fire of Brahms Symphonies, the romantic grandiosity of … Continue reading

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