Every song in this musical was familiar to me except Perchik and Hodel's "Now I Have Everything."
In Fall 2007, I gave a presentation designed as a class session on the 80th anniversary of the film The Jazz Singer for a course on cinema history, theory, and pedagogy. To open our discussion, I asked my pseudo-student classmates to describe Elvis Presley. They talked about his fame and stage presence, and I told… Continue reading Wait a minute! Wait a minute!
I memorized Matisyahu's album Light. I contemplated why someone would want to "Escape" the triumvirate of "the Bible, blood libels, and false idols." I covered "I Will Be Light" at an open mic and at a church event. I had my students analyze the sounds in the introduction to "Motivate" and build their own sampled… Continue reading Spark Finder
I would not call the event on February 2nd at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan an open rehearsal. There were no live instruments except an autobiographic violin solo, a sample melody on the piano, and a speaking part played by the composer. It was more of a conversation, an extension of a conversation… Continue reading Stirred by Spoken, not Sung