Proust Eats a Sandwich collects my latest words, thoughts and contributions about music, mostly, but also dance, cartoons, arts journalism, criticism, and poetry, in Kansas City and abroad. "Read Me" selects some personal favorite posts and links to other publications. Everything else is just for fun.
I reviewed the final concert of Opus 76's The Kansas City Beethoven Cycle. "It’s extraordinary that he was able to create this music, fueled by his imagination, his perseverance, and his audacity to challenge everything that had every happened before him: conventions, rule, history and society.It is challenging to play and requires a level of... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BFiM7Az3R0&feature=emb_title I didn't have very much to do with this, other than play a few trombone licks, but it is lovely to make music with the people you love. Shout out to the 5 year old who made up the song and the dad who put it all together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVh_s3Tu13k KC-based musician David George wrote a new tune to raise awareness and funds for out-of-work artists for the KC Bands Together fundraiser for the Midwest Music Foundation, an organization that supports healthcare for musicians. It's both a fund- and spirit-raiser and the line-up over the two nights of the event (May 15 and 16, 8:30... Continue Reading →
Shout out to the hustlers who didn't stop when the world caught fire, whether it was because they couldn't stop the hustle or they couldn't stop the fire. Many months ago, I put an innocuous notification in my calendar: 10 years ago was my first published article. My start, to some extent, as writer, critic,... Continue Reading →