Birdsong and classical music

This summer you too may have occasion to be a receptive audience to birdsong, quotidian or ecstatic. We all know the cardinal’s impossibly happy song on a beautiful morning. (It makes us ashamed to lie in bed, doesn’t it? (What-cheer, what-cheer … wheet, wheet, wheet, wheet. Get up! Get up! Get up! The world is […]

Playing, listening on one buttock

We got an email the other day with a link to a Benjamin Zander lecture on music and passion. This Mahler-Beethoven interpreter is a marvelous lecturer and demonstrator of the power of classical music. He tells and shows us the difference between rote playing on the beat and passionate playing that takes us off both […]

Greetings from the Muses

This blog is calling Musings because it’s about our thoughts on our music. True, the Greeks thought of the Muses as nine separate entities or deities, and only one was dedicated to music. But Musings struck us as an appropriate name for ideas about the Musical Offering’s kind of music. Musings are ideas, images, rhythms, […]