more than a feeling

April 16, 2013

One of my treasured memories is a great weekend Jawa Girl and I spent in Boston shortly before moving back to Cincinnati in 2007. We walked the Freedom Trail, had some great food and shopping at Quincy Market, enjoyed some pastries from the North End, and watched everyone celebrate a Red Sox no-hitter. It’s a great city with a lot to offer. We have good friends who grew up there, and good friends who live close by. And what a rich musical and academic history!

So yeah, the events of yesterday hurt.

I am not going to hazard a guess as to who was responsible (though you’d better believe I have some ideas). Our first priority now must be to bind the wounds of the injured, soothe the souls of the hurting, and memorialize those who were killed. Justice will come, and it will roll down like a mighty river, but it will come properly. We must not lash out blindly. We did that once, and it didn’t work.

Rather, let us devote our energies to love. Love beats hate every time. Let us love one another. As W. H. Auden said in “September 1, 1939,” we must love one another or die.



RIP Richard Rodney Bennett, 1936 – 2012

December 26, 2012

We have lost one of the finest British composers of the past 100 years. The UMM Symphonic Winds performed his Elegy for Miles Davis on their most recent concert in December.


RIP Senator Daniel Inouye, 1924 – 2012

December 20, 2012

A man who has represented his state from quite literally the day it became a state has passed away. Sen. Inouye was an honest-to-goodness war hero and a capable and concerned public servant. He will be missed.



December 18, 2012

I don’t know what else to say about the horror of Newtown. I have said many things on Facebook, and I’ll admit I’ve been rather…forceful in expressing my opinion.

I’ll have more when I can process more.


RIP Dave Brubeck, 1920 – 2012

December 11, 2012

I was completely remiss and forgot to mention the passing of pianist and composer Dave Brubeck on here. Mea maxima culpa.


RIP Ravi Shankar, 1920 – 2012

December 11, 2012

One of the undisputed masters of the sitar has passed away.


RIP Charles Rosen, 1927 – 2012

December 10, 2012

The world of music theory/musicology lost a giant yesterday with the passing of pianist, author, analyst and all-around bon vivant Charles Rosen. Go read The Classical Style, for starters.