Author Archives: Jon

About Jon

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.

Classic Choral Society

I’m involved in the spring concert for the Classic Choral Society, an old, established choir in the Blooming Grove area. I’ll be playing music by Ola Gjeilo, a Norwegian residing in New York since 2001. He’s quite interesting–contemporary and jazzy, … Continue reading

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Rats!

Social media has always treated its users as its product. I have heard it said, in effect, “when something online is free, you’re the product that’s for sale.” But it’s worse. You’re also an “experimental rat.” Chalk that up as … Continue reading

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Bluebirds!

In all my life, I never saw a bluebird till this morning. (Let’s be clear: I mean an eastern bluebird, in Latin Sialia sialis; not a bird that’s blue. I just told someone who replied that she saw “blue birds” … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Check-in

It’s been a busy time, musically speaking. The concert given by the Tower Trio last Sunday, in Goshen, NY, was a big success. The audience responded generously with a free-will offering that will cover some necessary organ work. Wonderful! The … Continue reading

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Told Ya So

So Mark Zuckerberg, college dropout and wearer of boring T-shirts, is in deep trouble for a massive, deliberate, for-profit data breach at his famous Facebook. Fifty million subscribers had all of their personal data snuffled up, along with that of … Continue reading

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Concert on Sunday

This Sunday, the Tower Trio will perform at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, New York. Program is at 3 PM and is free, though offerings are gladly received. A simple reception follows. The Tower Trio consists of the founders … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking–A Reminiscence

Stephen Hawking is dead at 76. I vividly remember his visit to the University of Chicago in 1986. His lecture, given via a graduate student to a packed Mandel Hall, was titled “Why Time Moves Forward” or something like that. … Continue reading

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Volunteer Work

I have always enjoyed volunteer work. Currently I help out pro bono at a local Catholic church for a weekend Mass. Money is not abundant there, but the church is a little jewel and the pastor and I get along … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary

I’ve taken down all the previous posts under the “harpsichord” rubric. I’m sorry to have done so, but it’s for the best. The intention was good but in the real world it was not realistic. After all: to show vulnerability … Continue reading

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Parallel Octaves, Again

I’ve read some internet chatter about BWV565 that makes me shake my head. An allusion to “parallel octaves” in the opening measures. Here we go again. I wrote about this in The American Organist in September, 2011. The organ does … Continue reading

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