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.
Continue Reading → Covering the arts is an incredible privilege, not least because these works--typically positive, often to promote beauty expressed in this world--break up an otherwise depressing news stream. Currently on kcur.org, this story's post falls between a piece covering the fatal shooting by police in KCMO on Thursday, June 14th and a piece... Continue Reading →
Heartland Men's Chorus performs works of remembrance and resistance for June's "Indivisible" concert, featuring the new work "We, the Unknown." Conceived by HMC member Rob Hill, the work explores just who might be buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On a lighter note, I was stupidly excited to see that this piece shares... Continue Reading →
I love summer and one of the things I love most about summer is the prevalence of free, often outdoor, free, casual events and concerts, that are free, family friendly, and get us all out and mingling and making music and art as part of a community. Fo' free. Did I say free? (Though donations... Continue Reading →
There's always more. Writing this piece was a lesson in hard editing, because no way could I pack in all the details and thoughtfulness that Wilks and their collaborators poured into this work. (I tried. I cut out hundreds of words. My editor cut 400 more.) I need to go back and revisit the installation... Continue Reading →
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Correction Blurb I had a great conversation with pianist Ran Dank a couple of months ago, in advance of his performance with the Kansas City Symphony playing Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety." In preparation of the interview, I listened to the work, read about Bernstein's... Continue Reading →