Pre-Birth (Recital) Anxiety

It’s bad enough to have some pop song you heard on the radio playing in your brain all day, but to have the twists and turns of Prokofiev, or the changing rhythms of Adams (did that section actually start on the downbeat?), or the haunting sounds of George Crumb…it’s quite distracting.

Use a Mic—Go To Jail?

There might be issues of inadvertent liability if you are trying to be particularly discrete when recording out in an urban setting and keeping your equipment under wraps.

Play It Again, Oscar

I’m transcribing a recording that I’ve heard dozens of times before, but I’m finding that none of that listening has prepared me to overcome the elusiveness of Oscar Peterson’s hyper-mercurial playing.