Brian Arsenault Takes On: Floating Islands and Spaghetti Eating Ravens

By Brian Arsenault Islands seem to float above the water in the North Atlantic in Winter. I learned that from a fourth generation islander. I’d seen it myself but didn’t want to mention it for fear of being accused of submitting to the new New England marijuana laws. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.… Read More Brian Arsenault Takes On: Floating Islands and Spaghetti Eating Ravens

Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “More Than You Know”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion Vincent Youmans’ “More Than You Know” (from the 1929 musical Great Day) may be a perfect song – musically. But, if that is too reverent, how about a “perfectly” wonderful ballad. Let’s start with the well-written verse in E-flat minor, which is nearly a complete song in itself.… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “More Than You Know”

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Lost in the Stars” at Royce Hall

By Jane Rosenberg When a politically powerful work of art performed by world-class artists takes the stage before an audience hungering for substance and truth, the results are electric. Without doubt, UCLA’s Royce Hall was an important place to be on Sunday evening. Those in attendance were treated to an emotional rollercoaster of profound implications.… Read More Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Lost in the Stars” at Royce Hall

LA Opera Presents Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg For sheer entertainment value, LA Opera’s new co-production of The Abduction from the Seraglio, has it all: marvelous singing, sublime music from the pit, laugh out loud humor, and equal measures of sexiness, beauty, and opulence. What it lacks is sensitivity to the more ennobling aspects of Mozart’s vision. Director, James Robinson,… Read More LA Opera Presents Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

“Lisa” and the Music in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout For nearly half a century Alfred Hitchcock created films filled with interesting, gripping and illuminating music. Unlike many film directors he both loved and understood music and that, in a sense, the soundtrack is a character in a film. He employed more musical styles (e.g., popular, classical, avant-garde) than… Read More “Lisa” and the Music in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”