Author Archives: Jonathan B. Hall

About Jonathan B. Hall

Keyboard artist, sacred musician, teacher, writer, working in New York City and State. Many interests include music theory and history, literature, astronomy, genealogy, philosophy and theology, gardening, and good food. Cat lover, too.

Another Amazon Ripoff

I needed that fluid that goes with the brush that cleans a vinyl LP.  No need to mention the product; it’s well known.  My last bottle lasted for almost four years, but finally ran dry as things do. I went … Continue reading

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Fear Mongrels

The disgraceful Jussie Smollett–he of the faked racial attack in Chicago–went on TV to weep and wail about “only wanting (sniffle, dab) justice in America.” He referred to the current president and all his supporters as “fear mongrels.” Does he … Continue reading

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Medio Porteño

Yo fui concebido en Buenos Aires, alrededor del 26 de febrero en el año 1960, con la Cruz del Sur brillando en los cielos y, más cerca en la Plaza San Martín, las jacarandas en flor. Aunque nací en Nueva … Continue reading

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Turkey Dinner!

Big holiday turkeys are on sale!  Twenty-five pounds for about $12.00.  The big beast came home Saturday, has defrosted and in the oven now. Sometimes the turkey marks the holidays, and sometimes it’s just good economic sense. It’s easy to … Continue reading

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Baby Boom Humbug

I just read a bracingly honest article about “generational identity.” It’s titled “Your Generational Identity Is a Lie.” Disclaimer:  I don’t know, or care, if that newspaper is certifiably “right wing” or “left wing.” I find the article to be … Continue reading

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Just Published

My article on Carson Cooman, the remarkable organist and composer at Harvard, was just published in The Organ, a British quarterly. It was a pleasure getting to know my subject better, and come to a deep and abiding appreciation of … Continue reading

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My Coldest Day Ever

It was Sunday morning, January 20, 1985.   I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, living at International House, and I had to get to church to play the organ. The night before, all my Canadian friends at … Continue reading

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School’s In

Classes are about to begin.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the vacation and the Christmas holidays.  Now it’s time to start a new semester.  I’ve been at my desk since a little afer 5 AM getting ready. Yesterday was a faculty meeting, … Continue reading

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On Light Pollution

It is better to put out one porch light than to curse the brightness.

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The Iceman Stayeth

Eclipses last but a moment, but winter tends to hang on. The view from the patio (aka the “Hall Observatory”) is beautiful.  The ice is hanging on to the trees, but so far no major collapses.  The ice is thinner … Continue reading

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