July 14, 2016: Reboot

July 14, 2016: Reboot

Well, it really has been a while. If I had just waited 8 more days it would have been two years since I last posted something here. But I’m all about keeping things ever so asymmetric, so here we go again.

I’m not going to lie: I have an ulterior motive. I just launched a new version of my website today, and it says right up there at the top of the site that “The Blog is Back”, meaning Piano Diaries. So I had to do something…

Speaking of launches, my new app Blues, Preludes & Feuds (A Musical Memory) is now available in two formats: iOS, and as a web app. It’s been out  for iOS for about a month or so, but web app is big news because now everyone can read/listen to it: it works on any reasonably modern device (Android, iOS, any web browser on your computer.)

It’s an album…it’s a book…it’s…super cool. So check it out.

(Speaking parenthetically about launches, and reboots: this site needs to be redesigned. That’s next…)

7-22-14: I’m Up & Down

7-22-14: I’m Up & Down

First free improv after a ten day layoff in which I was in Orlando for my daughter’s softball tournament. This improvisation has nothing to do with swinging a bat, but a little to do with mood swings.

7/10/14: The Meaning of the Theme

7/10/14: The Meaning of the Theme

The meaning of the theme is only revealed once you do something with it.

6/7/14 Free Improvisation (from the show)

After performing this free improvisation (or as I jokingly and fancifully call it, “Fantasy on Spontaneously Generated Themes”) I pose the question—just was does it mean to perform a “free” improvisation, and how exactly is it free? Well, to hear the answer that question, along with a lot of great music and other stories, you’ll need to come to the show. THAT, unfortunately, is not free, but it’s not exactly expensive. $15, $8 for students/seniors. Thursday through Sunday at the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago.

3-7-14: Dark Music for A Sunny Day

3-7-14: Dark Music for A Sunny Day

Woke up this morning and the sun was shining (for a change) in northern Illinois. So naturally I came up with this:

At one point it reminds me of Stravinsky. At every other point it doesn’t.

8-16-13: Beautiful Morning, Aug. 16

8-16-13: Beautiful Morning, Aug. 16

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow?

Well, no there’s not: for one, there’s no meadow ’round these parts, for another there’s no golden haze. Still, it’s a beautiful summer morning in Northern Illinois.