Saintly Music

I’ve spent some time lately converting my old audio and video tapes to digital formats – things like family videos, concerts, etc… One of the tapes I found contains a live performance of my first legitimate musical composition, a piece I wrote for AP Music, senior year of high school. …

Godspell

Laurel and I saw Godspell last night at Circle in the Square, and I have to say, though there’s a bit of irony in seeing Silas Botwin (Hunter Parrish) from Weeds performing as Jesus, the show was unexpectedly one of the best performances I’ve seen in awhile.  (I had seen …

Philosophy of Ben Folds

I first heard of Ben Folds when he played at Dartmouth in 2002, and it wasn’t until hearing his music that I realized pop-rock piano music existed.  Until Ben Folds, piano music was either classical, jazz/gospel, showtuny Broadway, or easy listening.  I’d always considered pop-rock as something you couldn’t do …

Perler on Sondheim

I don’t get a lot of Stephen Sondheim‘s music.  His lyrics are certainly impressive and witty, and though my former professor of musical theater Steve Swayne (Sondheim expert) might throw his hands up at the statement, I nevertheless have trouble digesting a good chunk of Sondheim’s music. I had trouble sitting through …

Total Praise? Yes, I Like the Gospel (Music)

Since discovering it in highschool, “Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood has remained my favorite gospel piece. Yes, perhaps it’s a bit ironic that I like gospel music, given I’m a Jewish-born Atheist. But so what. Interestingly, my favorite musical composer, Jason Robert Brown, has often indicated his inspiration comes from …

A Saturday Song

Me, playing one of my favorite songs from a musical, “Live With Somebody You Love” from Martin Guerre by Boublil and Schonberg (same guys who made Les Mis and Miss Saigon). As of this writing, Martin Guerre never played on Broadway, and only had moderate success in London. The song …