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Switched-On Brandenburgs

My college friend Doug was eager to share his newest album:  Switched-On Brandenburgs by Wendy Carlos, already famous for years for Switched-On Bach. I loved the cover for a start:  thick silver and black, done as a woodcut, classical instruments … Continue reading

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Switched-On Bach at Fifty

A pioneer of digital music, once named Walter Carlos, released Switched-On Bach in 1968.  I don’t remember its release, but I do remember it being widely discussed half a dozen years later.  It was a blockbuster; I have read that … Continue reading

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The Taco Bowl

Or, Jonathan Goes to Trump Tower. Or, Facts Matter. * I read Vanity Fair‘s mean-spirited 2016 piece about the Trump Grill(e) and its (in)famous Taco Bowl.  To paraphase the author’s quote from Fran Lebowitz, it’s a dumb person’s idea of … Continue reading

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Stars and Mars

I was up at 3 to stargaze. M31–the Andromeda Galaxy–was just approaching its meridian, which also happens to be the local zenith.  In other words, it was about dead overhead. In other words, its declination is about the same as … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Diary II

Delving into the capriccios of Frescobaldi has been a real pleasure with the new harpsichord. I think it was Segovia who said that, for him, music settled into a guitar as water into a glass. That is how it is … Continue reading

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The Miracle of the Sun

Today, October 13, 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of the “miracle of the sun,” the culminating event of the apparitions at Fatima.  The phenomenon was witnessed by thousands of people, many of whom lived till recent years and whose … Continue reading

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Freedom!

  It’s party time! . Today, November First (All Saints’ Day), is the start of a beautiful new chapter in my life.  Of course, you can’t start a new chapter without closing an old one. . Or, perhaps, without scrumpling … Continue reading

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