Category Archives: Music

POEM: untitled (“I don’t know what Alice Coltrane is singing about”)

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POEM: true religion

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Why Kids Should Study Music

Tonight I went to my fourth-grader’s instrumental music orientation meeting. It was very professionally run and contained everything we needed to know to get started. And it was only as long as it needed to be, which was great. One … Continue reading

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Hmmmm. Maybe I’m not a saxophonist.

Clearly I’m a saxophonist, right? I mean, I’ve been playing the saxophone for nearly 30 years now. For a bunch of those years, I did it for my living. These days, after 15 years away, I’m playing the saxophone professionally … Continue reading

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POEM: strings

Written late at night while listening to John Tchicai With Strings.

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Paul Simon, Graceland, and the boycott against apartheid

This afternoon I watched Under African Skies, a documentary about the making of Paul Simon’s album Graceland. In particular, the film deals with the cultural boycott against South Africa that existed at the time of the making of Graceland, and … Continue reading

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