“This piece is about music, Jeff. It’s not about you.” So said Frederik Prausnitz, my conducting teacher, in a conductor’s orchestra session at Peabody Conservatory. My younger self, upon hearing this comment, did not know how to respond properly. I did what I usually did – I got angry and beat up on myself. There [...]
Walking into the café where I occasionally work, I heard some of the strangest music I’d ever encountered in my life. There was the sound of a really out-of-tune guitar and a lone, disembodied voice singing in what sounded like random fashion. And that was all there was. The music was haunting, startling, and compelling all at once.