Thelonious Monk




The remarkable thing about artistic innovation is that once an artist breaks the mold and invents a new style of performance, composition, or improvisation, the next generation of musicians follow this precedent.


Miles in Milan 1964





You'll find a couple of things about my taste in music and musicians.

First, I tend to get fixated on artists and exhaust the oeuvre of their work. In addition, stage presence and musical minutia means more to me than overall technique or the ever elusive perfect performance.


Astor Piazzolla




The word virtuoso is defined as, "a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry."


"… an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument."


Tom Waits – On The Nickel




Sometimes Music(ians) need little more than an opportunity and an audience

to make an emotional impact

and ingrain its way into our lives forever.


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So I figure its about time to talk about Richard Nixon. 

In 1987, American (post) minimalist composer John Adams wrote an opera about the President's 1972   visit to China where he meet with Chairman Mao Zedong. The scope of the work is ambitious, but the real thrill is the rare opportunity to see Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Mao Zedong belt it out.