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Category Archives: Music

Reactions to Reverberations: Interviews with the World’s Leading Musicians by Robert Jacobson


Reverberations: interviews with the world’s leading musicians by Robert Jacobson My rating: 4 of 5 stars A generally engaging collection of medium-length interviews with a cross-section of leading classical musicians in the early ’70s. Many of the interviews seem to have been conducted for Opera News, though Jacobson also speaks with instrumentalists and orchestral conductors. […]

AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” owned on acoustic guitar


“Thunderstruck” is about the last song crying out for solo acoustic guitar treatment, but this guy Luca Stricagnoli rocks it. Heavy.

A photo of my guitar used by Nashville Public Radio: New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten


Nashville Public Radio did a very cool segment on the great Victor Wooten, and a new kind of bass guitar created for a concerto he co-wrote and is performing. The accompanying blog post used a photo of one of my six-string guitars (via Flickr, under CCL). I didn’t make the guitar, I just (too rarely) […]

Reactions to Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian


Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian My rating: 5 of 5 stars Meticulously researched, precisely reported, not overlong. McMillian does a great job of identifying the areas of overlap – lots of cooperation and competition and both – between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, without reducing the dynamic to binary extremes. He strips away […]

A quote from Maria Callas


“What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?” – […]

The Great Jerry Jemmott: Jaw-dropping Session Bass from 1972


Tonight I grabbed a couple of CDs from the shelf for the drive to and from San Francisco (yes, I still play CDs on occasion). One was a 1972 album by Hammond organ master Richard “Groove” Holmes called American Pie. (Originally issued on Groove Merchant.) Groove Holmes is infamous for veering too far into pop […]