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Making Time

To my thinking, the painter Brice Marden (who is currently the subject of a major MoMA retrospective) shares a lot of aesthetic common ground with composers as diverse as David Borden, Gloria Coates, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, and Charles Wuorinen; yet I doubt there’d be lines around the block to attend a concert assembling any of their lives’ work.

Old Acquaintance Not Forgot

I guess it’s time for me to throw out all of my books and free up several walls, but I’m already way behind my purging the walls from CDs and LPs I allegedly should have emptied in previous resolution cycles.

Ring in the New

Since the old year is ending and a new year is about to begin, it seems an ideal time to voice a concern about how we parse old and new.

Waste of Time

Last month, Time magazine published yet another list of the 100 greatest albums of all time; but virtually nothing on their list exists outside of the sphere of the pop song.

Dead Again

The media keeps running stories about the death of the compact disc; these are the same sages who killed off the LP, as well as all of classical music, a few years back.