Category Modern Family

Christmas 2016

We’re just back from our annual trek to Kansas to visit my family for Christmas – we were fortunate to have had excellent weather for the duration – some years, including last, weather has sidelined us into roadside motels as we make our way to and fro’.  The rental Explorer performed great and our hotel […]

Christmas Lesson

Due to Teacher being quite busy this time of year, we had my lesson on Monday this week.  The week before, I showed Teacher that I had downloaded some simple Christmas tunes, and she suggested that we could spend a good chunk of this week’s lesson playing duets, so after playing my concerto through once […]


Last night was our first night in a new condo – a fabulous space we just closed on in a historic downtown building.  We spent the night on an airbed that we’ll soon retire for guests; we don’t have much else here except the makings for coffee, as the movers are scheduled to do their […]

Perlman and Stern and Me

I’ve been slowly getting around to all nine of the CDs in the Perlman collection that my parents gave me for my birthday back in May – I’ve been taking them wildly out of order, but this morning I loaded up the first CD from the collection into iTunes.  It opens with the Bach Concerto […]

Pride Day 2016 – for Pulse and for Humanity

Early in my young gay life, one gay club meant everything.  The part of my coming out in Wichita, Kansas that didn’t happen late nights at Denny’s with friends happened at a place called “The Our Fantasy Complex,” which everyone called “Fantasy” for short.  From its opening in the 1970s until closing for good just […]

Cradle Song

Brahms’s Opus 49 was published in 1868; the great composer worked alongside Clara Schuman, the noted pianist, for many compositions, and it was she who first debuted the song on piano the following year. Brahms titled the piece, Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, Gute Nacht, and it is indeed a song with words, sung for its debut […]

New York in June

I’m in New York City for the third time in under nine months, a rare treat for me, who tends to get here about once a year.  While we have some musical plans for tomorrow, so far the trip has provided only the backdrop music of this great city – our boutique hotel pipes soft […]