Words & Music

As you might have guessed, music is about as important to me as words. I write both music and books and for me, words help bring music to life–as in opera, for example–and the music helps paint the words in turn. Poems inspire me to compose, and music creates just the right mood and background for writing sessions.

A Lesson in Cultural Diplomacy

It’s amazing what kind of beauty can transpire when people around the globe work together. Case in point, Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, featuring 2,052 performances from 58 countries. One journalist had this to say about the piece: “For whatever precision the performance might lose due to the method–many voices in individual bedrooms spanning the globe–it gains exponentially by connecting them, easily surpassing any previously heard live performance by the sheer impact of linking so many persons at latitudes and longitudes around the world. Choir: Ultimate Edition, anyone?”
Simply put, the effect is stunning.

Life’s a Pitch

By now, I bet most of you have heard about the flash mobs popping up at malls all over the country during the Holiday season to sing the Hallejuah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. (I’ve blogged about similar events before here and here.) They’re fun and...

Hymn to London Bridge

I love wacky creative people – especially musicians and writers. This guy, Nick Franglen, is no exception. He’s using “London Bridge and its human traffic to create a 24-hour piece of music – armed only with a theremin and an espresso...

Music Making Goes Sci-Fi

I’m now dying to see this orchestra! Watching the Karmetic Machine Orchestra is like getting a peek at the inner workings of a factory through a sheet of glass. It churns. Gears turn. Wired mallets beat drum heads. Some of the musicians sit at laptops looking...