The Influence of Place

Inuksuit, University of Richmond, 2013 This wonderful piece by John Luther Adams shows how twenty-five years in Alaska have shaped his music and life. Adams details his quaint studio on a plot outside of Fairbanks. The shelves inside survey his development: musical writings by Henry Cowell, John Cage, and his mentor, Lou Harrison, scores by Stravinsky and […]

ART/4/Life: #4 – Seven Swans

Sufjan Stevens mixes autobiography, religious fantasy, and regional history to create folk songs of grand proportions. I must have been sixteen that day in Cheapo Records in Minneapolis. I spotted the goofy album art in an ancient listening station: a man standing with a cigar, the Chicago skyline, Superman. The man invited me to “feel the Illinoise.” […]

2014 Music List… Obligatory Hurray!!

This list is for fun (and just my opinion). Many of my favorites hurtled from the orbit of obscurity, but, some didn’t exit the atmosphere. But hey, the cream doesn’t always float to the top. (And sometimes you have to mix metaphors.) I hope you discover a new favorite below and let me know what rocked your world in the […]