POTD: Beethoven’s Ninth

POTD: Beethoven’s Ninth

While sheltering at home, members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra perform the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (“Ode To Joy”). Since it’s not technically possible to sync multiple musicians simultaneously because of the delay...
Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Piano Man

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Piano Man

Tom Smyth imagines what it was like the first time Billy Joel played “Piano Man” for the bar regulars he wrote about in the song — Paul the real estate novelist, John at the bar, Davy in the Navy, and the unnamed waitress, old man, and...
The Backstage Experience

The Backstage Experience

This is a companion piece to my previous blog entry, The Concert Cleavage Girls… I’ve been lucky enough to go backstage at a concert on occasion because I’ve emceed so many shows and interviewed so many musicians over the years that they’ve been nice enough to...
The Concert Cleavage Girls

The Concert Cleavage Girls

Here’s a piece I wrote in December, 1999… I went to see Billy Joel on Friday night, the first concert I’ve attended in a long time. In all the years I’ve been going to live musical events, this was the first time I sat close enough to notice an interesting...