What can one say about music that hasn’t before been said and, in my case, said more succinctly? I like the characters in music, the stories — not just the stories that a composer or musician is trying to tell or interpret but the stories about these composers and musicians to which one wants to connect. Like with all art, two people can hear the same piece at the same performance and have perfectly different understandings. In fact the same person can hear a piece so familiar and gain a new understanding each time. I love that about music.
What do I listen to? At the time of this writing, it’s the start of a new season at the BSO, so my thoughts run toward western art music. I play the violin and use the term “play” loosely, but I’ve never had quite the depth of appreciation for western art music that I have gained through the BSO. Growing up with rhythm and blues and rap, I have always been into both, but a curiosity regarding their origins led me to jazz, which is my first lady of music. Jazz led me to blues and soul and back to R&B and hip hop.
This site began as a journal of musical experiences. It’s turned into mostly a journal of BSO performance notes of mine, since i don’t take time to go see too many other live shows in Boston, and I don’t make time to write as much as I want to about all of the other wonderful music that makes my hair (cells) stand on end. Please feel free to comment on anything or share your experiences with me! Thanks for reading.