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Waiting for Superman: a former public school music teacher’s take on the movie and where we go from here

October 29, 2010


PROLOGUE They say I gotta learn, But nobody’s here to teach me If they don’t understand it, How can they reach me? I guess they can’t. I guess they won’t. I guess they front. That’s how I know my life is outta luck, fool. -Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise       Before joining the artistic staff […]

For the love of the game

October 20, 2010


Last night at our piano dress rehearsal for this weekend’s Colorado Symphony Russian music concerts, I had one of those nights that remind you of why you do what you do. This weekend’s guest conductor with the Symphony is a Russian guy named Alexander Polianichko, who in my estimation is probably the most high-profile “name” conductor […]

How to pick a fight with a classically-trained Musical Pharisee

October 13, 2010


(You are about to enter my dream. In this dream, I am hanging out with famous musician friends of mine (mostly rockers and rappers), and we’re all jammin’ out in my garage with the garage door open. We’re making music and minding our own business when out of nowhere, a group of classically-trained Musical Pharisees […]

Brother of the bride

October 6, 2010


The first time I sang at a wedding, I was 8 years old. (I’m the boy in the middle of the picture to your left, so you should be able to spot me in the video below.) Just know that in my defense, one of the lines in the song was “All of us are […]