Having taken a bit of a hiatus in blogging I am now preparing to get back to work on several projects languishing in the digital storage of WordPress and the recesses of my own mind.
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as well as the 50th anniversary of the “war on poverty”. As I read further I’m sure I will find many more such milestones and, in the spirit of this blog, will explore connections to music and musicians.
Among the issues pressing for my attention in the beginning of this year are Black History Month, the upcoming Other Minds 19 and some overdue reviews of recent recordings. I haven’t looked further into 2014 as yet.
I have actively avoided creating one of those “best of” lists that are ubiquitous at the end of every year. I do read those lists but have no desire to compete at this point by creating yet another. I have, however, taken a look back at the most viewed blog posts published in this blog.
Aside from my Home Page, About Page and Archives the top ten posts for the past year have been:
1. Secret Rose Blooms: Rhys Chatham at the Craneway Pavilion (actually my all time most viewed post)
2. Other Minds 18, three nights on the leading edge
3. Black Classical Conductors (Black Classical Part Two)
4. Far Famed Tim Rayborn Takes on the Vikings
5. Alvin Curran at 75, Experimentalism with an Ethnic and Social Conscience
6. Political Classical Music in the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries
7. Annie Lewandowski, Luciano Chessa and Theresa Wong in Berkeley
8. A Fitting 100th Birthday Celebration for Conlon Nancarrow
9. Undercover Performance Practices in the Bay Area
10. The Feeling of the Idea of Robert Ashley: Kyle Gann‘s Appreciation of the Composer
You can certainly expect me to address some of the subject matter in these most read posts. Revisiting the site of the crime is a time-honored tradition. I responded with “shock and awe” at the amount of hits that the Chatham article evoked (418 hits in one day, my top score). My follow-up gallery of some of those 100 guitars did become my 11th top viewed of the past year.
But as intoxicating as that boost of views was I will not be able to resist focusing on that which finds its way into my attention for whatever reason. I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from Adam Fong, Charles Amirkhanian, Steve Layton, David Toub, Tom Steenland, Tim Rayborn, Philip Gelb and all of my readers. I apologize in advance if I have left someone out of this impromptu list but hope that my gratitude is understood among you as well.