October 19, 2022

Five Years Old

He started playing two years ago, so this is basically how he got through the pandemic. The video below shows him at age four.

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October 12, 2022

The Music Kids Listen To

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September 20, 2022

John Williams Was Engaged Elsewhere

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April 15, 2022

Coachella Livestream

Three of 'em:

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March 23, 2022

When Egypt Welcomed The Glorious Mr. Putin

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January 29, 2022

Karen The Musical


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January 12, 2022

Coachella 2022?

Is there a betting pool for the date they'll announce its rescheduling or cancellation?

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December 22, 2021

Burning Man Music

After every Burning Man, Rockstar Librarian provides links to all the recordings of music at the event that he finds. I only just now discovered that Muloka provides Soundcloud playlists of Burning Man music at music.bm. Here, for example, is one of two playlists for music from 2019, the last official BM event. 468 tracks. It doesn't look like Soundcloud calculates the total duration of that playlist, but most tracks are at least an hour long, a few may be several hours long. Then there's playlist two of two for 2019 with another 187 tracks from that year. Those should keep you set for a while.

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December 1, 2021


2021 version

The 1961 version.

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September 14, 2021

Met Gala Meets John Waters

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Ruth Olay, 1924-2021

From The Desert Sun:

Jazz singer Ruth Olay, who performed with Duke Ellington, dies in Desert Hot Springs at 97

Brian Blueskye
Palm Springs Desert Sun

Ruth Olay, a jazz vocalist who performed with Duke Ellington and Benny Carter, died at her Desert Hot Springs home on Sept. 3 at the age of 97.

According to her publicist, Olay died of natural causes, and there are no current plans for a memorial service. She's survived by her daughter, Amy, from her first marriage to Lionel Olay and a son, Adam, from her marriage to music producer and manager Lee Magid.

Olay was born on July 1, 1924, in San Francisco to a Rabbi father — who eventually became head of research at Warner Brothers — and a professional choral singer mother who sang for film musicals and at the Hollywood Bowl. Olay was a piano prodigy during her childhood but became interested in singing due to her mother's work.

She worked as a secretary at Twenty-First Century Fox as a teenager while taking singing lessons with Florence Russell, who also taught actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge.

While performing at many jazz clubs in Los Angeles, she met Ivie Anderson, who was a vocalist for Duke Ellington's band. Anderson had come out of retirement and was singing every Sunday at the Streets of Paris club on Hollywood Boulevard. One night at the club, Olay made her live debut following an introduction by Anderson.

Olay landed her first professional job as a singer in jazz saxophonist Benny Carter's orchestra in 1951 using the moniker Rachel Davis, which was assigned to her by Carter to avoid troubles that might arise as a white Jewish woman traveling with a mostly black band.

Due to her dark complexion and short curly hair, it was assumed she was Black, but Olay was of Hungarian ancestry.

Following her four-week stint singing in Carter's band, she worked as a singing waitress at Cabaret Concert Theatre before being discovered by an arranger named Bill Hitchcock. He offered her the opportunity to record an album on Zephyr Records. Her debut album, "It's About Time," was released in 1956. She later signed to Mercury and released "OLAY! The New Sound of Ruth Olay" in 1958.

The success of "OLAY! The New Sound of Ruth Olay" led to several appearances on TV shows such as "The Merv Griffin Show," "The Steve Allen Show" and "Playboy's Penthouse" with Hugh Hefner. She appeared with Duke Ellington on the "Jackie Gleason Timex Show" and performed with him again on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."

During her later career, she recorded for the labels Everest, ABC-Paramount and Laurel. Olay was also a regular performer at the Vine St. Bar and Grill in Hollywood.

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June 28, 2021

Flash Mobs Still A Thing (or a thing again?)

Somewhere in L.A.


Flash Bob ⚡️Strikes LA #flashmob #flashbob #dancechallenge #foryourpride #foryou @kameroncomk @jaketgarcia @lucashive 📸 @asenseofhuber

♬ original sound - Bob’s Dance Shop

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June 18, 2021


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May 1, 2021

Carol Burnett & ELP

The Ernie Flatt Dancers perform to Hoedown by Emerson, Lake & Palmer on "The Carol Burnett Show." It looks like the cast of "Oklahoma" decided to do an encore with British prog rock.

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April 8, 2021


5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Brahms in the NY Times. It's more than five minutes.

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March 1, 2021

Classical Music in Cartoons

This is the most complete list I've seen, and it includes examples.

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January 18, 2018

Le Sacre du printemps Under The Tree of Ténéré At Burning Man 2017

This is really good!

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March 13, 2017

Joshua Tree Moonrise

I shot this in Joshua Tree National Park this past Saturday. When you buy (and register) a GoPro camera, you get access to GoPro's library of royalty-free music, including the over-wrought stuff you hear in a lot of GoPro videos. So I thought it might be fun to waste some of that here.

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November 21, 2016

LA Opera - Akhnaten

Los Angeles Music Center
Los Angeles Music Center
- the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is on the right.

LA Opera (1015)
The LA Opera seems a bit heavy handed in promoting social media

Philip Glass in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (1017)
Composer Philip Glass and conductor Matthew Aucoin had a talk in the lobby before the performance
. Philip Glass is in the crowd in the upper right with his hand on a lady's shoulder.

Prior To Act III of Akhnaten - LA Opera - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
During the intermission after Act II

More photos from my visit to the LA Opera can be seen here.

Here's the LA Times review of LA Opera's "Akhnaten."

Wikipedia article about the opera.

Here's a short video that gives you a few brief samples of the performance. The jugglers were amazing. Often there was so much action on the stage that you just couldn't follow it all - a sort of five-ring circus. It was great!

If you want a sampling of the music, here is the first 10 minutes and 44 seconds of the opera.

Akhnaten himself is sung by a counter-tenor. Here Anthony Roth Costanzo explains how he prepared.

Akhnaten imposed a monotheistic religion on Egypt during his reign (1353 BC to 1336 BC). His queen was Nefertiti. His son was Tutankhamen. More facts.

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September 16, 2016

What I Would Do With My Tricycle If I Could

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