Monthly Archives: February 2018

waiting for …

    “New Yorkers are accustomed to waiting. They wait, usually with Job-like patience, for a long-overdue train to pull into the station. …” — editorial, New York Times, February 28, 2018     *****************************************************     This is typical … Continue reading

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on walking (and exercise)

      Pressed with conflicting thoughts of love and fear I parted from thee, Friend! and took my way Through the great City, pacing with an eye Downcast, ear sleeping, and feet masterless That were sufficient guide unto themselves, … Continue reading

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thoughts about Charles Ives (and Copland, Barber, and Gershwin) … plus thoughts about making lists of favorites (and making such judgments in general)

    On Sunday, February 25, I attended a performance of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The program notes for the concert read as follows: Charles Ives is widely recognized as the … Continue reading

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happiness is … an expectant concert audience

                          “As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude. There is nothing which has yet been … Continue reading

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songs from “Rosseter’s Book of Ayres”

          Posted here nine songs for voice and lute from “Rosseter’s Book of Ayres,” a songbook by Philip Rosseter and Thomas Campion. No one seems to know for certain who wrote the lyrics. It was probably … Continue reading

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spring fever (a lover and his lass)

            photograph by Roger W. Smith         song, “It was a Lover and his Lass” (performed by the Deller Consort)       *****************************************************     “It was a Lover and his … Continue reading

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when in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence

    Roger’s theorem (or perhaps a corollary). When in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence. Talk UP to people; not DOWN. And, besides the admonition don’t talk down to people, if in doubt, assume a … Continue reading

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