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Nonnegotiable Time

Neko Case, a the vocalist in cult band “The New Pornographers,” is one of one hundred artists, entrepreneurs and writers interviewed for “In the Company of Women,” a surprisingly unsappy coffee table book.  Pictured above is what she had to say about time and making it to make art. I agree. 

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Salsa’s Living Lyrical Legend

A couple of Saturdays ago, I went to see Rubén Blades play live. Blades may very well be the greatest salsa music composer still playing today. This is due, in large part, to the fact that he is a healthy salsa musician, far removed from the late night excesses of his contemporaries, many of which have passed away. […]

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Pop Poetry

If I don’t keep up with what’s going on musically, I feel irremediably old. So I maintain a sampling of Miley Cyrus, Drake, Rihanna and the lesser-known wonders my musician brother keeps me privy to in my playlist. From experience, I can tell you that it’s true, babies love Beyonce. One new musician that “everyone” […]

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Jay Gatsby & Jay Z

I took advantage of the mental lull brought on by severe jet lag and watched Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby yesterday. The film has been criticized for being shallow. And it’s true; it is absolutely shallow. But this is why it is gets it right. Mr. Fitzgerald was also shallow, which is […]

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