Standing on the Corner

Composing music is like creating a fictional character, we have to fully realize each toenail and eyelash if our goal is to generate something convincing.

Beautiful Music, R.I.P.

Can new music have at once the same quality of “pushing at the edge of the conceivable” that Beethoven’s had in its day as well as its emotional resonance?

Complaining Doesn’t Work

For the brief all-too-finite period of time of the ASCAP I Create Music Expo we were all one community, albeit one that is defiantly not monolithic, even within individual stylistic paradigms.

The Problem with Opera

If we’re going to sing something in German nowadays, maybe we can update things a little and cast Fergie in the lead role.

The Times They Are a Changing

I’m simultaneously ecstatic and somewhat puzzled by the choice of Ornette Coleman’s Sound Grammar as the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music