Torch Ballads & Jukebox Music

June 9, 2008

Icelandic Charm School 4


Do you know the band Seabear? It is possible that you do and you do not know it if you’ve seen the strange and enthralling Michel Gondry movie The Science of Sleep (kind of a cross between The Life Aquatic or Rushmore and Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth), which featured Seabear’s song “I Sing, I […]

February 5, 2008

Grad School Musical 4


Continuing in the vein of the unwritten parrot dissertation, I share with you another great unwritten (even less written and conceived than Parrots, Pirates, and Prostheses): my screenplay about grad school life in the humanities. Well, about grad students in an English department, to be exact, because that’s all I know. For the masses of […]

November 13, 2007

Pandora Goes Classical 1


I haven’t bought music in years, my interest in seeing live music has waned as well, but I remain obsessed with Pandora, a site where you can create your own radio station and hone it to your precise tastes over time by rating the music you hear. On Pandora, I have a few stations that […]

September 14, 2007

Trivia: Musical Books 2


A very cursory beginning! “Lillubulero,” in Lawerence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy “La ci darem la mano,” from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, in James Joyce’s Ulysses The “Hoffmann Barcarolle” of Jacques Offenbach “played” by Sherlock Holmes on the violin in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Mazarin Stone” (the piece itself comes from Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann”, a musical […]