Notes on If I Only Had A Brain

If I Only Had A Brain The Wizard of Oz (1939) dir. Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited) Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton Academy Award Best Original Song – Over the Rainbow Academy Award Best Original Score – Herbert Stothart   Harold Arlen (1905 – 1986) Pianist/singer worked as an accompanist… Read more →

May You Live In Interesting Times

The irony of the contemporary anonymous bromide, May you live in interesting times,  a curse masquerading as a blessing, has never been truer during my lifetime than now, November of 2016.   America’s former poet laureate Robert Haas has the eloquence and grace to offer a deeper context with Faint Music, especially this excerpt: “…When everything broken is broken, and everything dead is… Read more →

Remembering Arleen Auger

With a nod to David Letterman’s entertaining bit, Brush with Greatness, I often recall my personal encounter with the lovely soprano, Arleen Auger, as a student at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City, at my part time job with The Friends of Chamber Music, the producing organization for her local concert appearance. As was typical for many of her American contemporaries, after… Read more →