A Stradivarius Recovered

Heard a beautiful story on NPR this morning from legal correspondent Nina Totenberg about her late father’s stolen Stradivarius violin. Nina Totenberg manages to make court proceedings compelling for radio. Given the inherent intrigue, music, and mystery in this story, she really produced a beautiful report. Read more and hear the story on the NPR website: A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years Continue reading A Stradivarius Recovered

Cultural Prep: Soda Stereo & the World Cup Final

So we’re down to Argentina and Germany in this year’s World Cup final match. I’ll save the postulation about football for another time and place. This post is about one of my favorite bands, who hail from Argentina. Seems like a good opportunity to write about their music, and for you to have a listen! Soda Stereo. Most non-Spanish speakers haven’t heard of them. Any … Continue reading Cultural Prep: Soda Stereo & the World Cup Final

Primate at the Piano, or Music Is Trans-Species

This video of a bonobo playing the keyboard (with a bit of background music accompaniment) makes me think about just how powerful music really is. There’s something about music that resonates deep inside all of us. Thanks to Peter Gabriel’s YouTube channel for turning me on to this. Continue reading Primate at the Piano, or Music Is Trans-Species

Thoughts on Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”

Just got my CD copy of Peter Gabriel‘s newest project, “New Blood” — an orchestral rehashing of a number of his classic songs. He revisited the studio, recording entirely new versions of tracks with a full orchestra and without drum kit or guitar. As a long-time Peter Gabriel fan, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the album. My verdict: it’s a pleasure. “New Blood” … Continue reading Thoughts on Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”