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I am lucky. My uncle has been a season ticket holder to the New York Philharmonic for as long as I have been a New Yorker (if not much longer than that) and whenever he can’t make a concert or needs someone to go with, I’m often on the short list.

When I was a child, my mom used to drag me and my brother to the Jacksonville Symphony, namely to see my brother’s cello teacher who was the first chair cellist. This cello teacher was such a quiet character in our lives, but he was very important to us, in ways that I wish we had a chance to thank him for. That’s besides the point though, as I mainly wanted to recount how much we hated being dragged to these concerts. It was equivalent to being dragged to Korean church on Sundays, where we couldn’t understand a word of the Korean pastor, and our only option was to listen to headphones wired into the seats that were the voice of my own father translating the sermons into English in live time from a tiny sound-proof booth in the back of the church.

As adults, something has happened to us. Neither of us really play our instruments anymore, but I think I can confidently speak for us both when I say that we really love the New York Philharmonic and classical music in general. I have mom to thank for it.

Last week, my mom and I went to the first concert of 2015 and conductor Alan Gilbert came out and spoke from a little notebook. He said they had curated the songs for the night with thoughts of the new year, wanting joyful music, which was challenging when so many terrible things are happening around the world.

He quoted the words of Leonard Bernstein, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

They played a few selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which were stirring and beautiful. It left me hopeful.

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I made a mix for NYE with the criteria that I’d be happy to hear any one of these songs coasting into 2015. I have to say, it’s a great mix!

Listen here:

NYE 2015 mix on Spotify

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Cat Power “Manhattan”

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“Hero” by Family of the Year – official video.

Finally saw the movie Boyhood. This song has stuck with me. So pretty.

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Zimoun : Compilation Video 3.1 from STUDIO ZIMOUN.

At work, been chatting with my friend/colleague about these interactive sculptures. Executed in a mechanical way, they so simply use something tangible to capture chance and beauty.

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When WNYC (our local NPR station) announced they were doing a Radio Love Fest at BAM theater, I was torn about which show to go and see live. I was lucky to see two. I got to see Radiolab, which was fun and interesting, but not a huge departure from the format of the radio show, recorded on stage. The highlight was a surprise visit from Reggie Watts who is a brilliantly genius crazy person, and a master of live performance.

A few nights later, I saw This American Life with Ira Glass. I expected more or less the same sort of live recording of one of my favorite radio shows. If I could compare the level of expectation to what we saw that night, it would be something like strolling around the corner to the local bodega, and ending up on planet Saturn with dancing penguins synchronized to your favorite live band. While that might blow away your expectations, I also don’t want to give anything more away, and can only implore you to go to this link, pay $5 for the video download, and prepare to walk home happy that you took the long journey to the corner:

http://live.thisamericanlife.org

Trailer here:

 

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If you know me, you know I’m a fan of cover songs. Here is a playlist of some I’ve been collecting on Spotify:

COVERS

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A Velvet Underound cover. So pretty.

Sunday morning, brings the dawning
It’s just a restless feeling by my side
Early dawning, sunday morning
It’s just the wasted years so close behind

Watch out, the world’s behind you
There’s always someone around you who will call
It’s nothing at all

Sunday morning and I’m falling
I’ve got a feeling I don’t want to know
Early dawning, sunday morning
It’s all the streets you crossed, not so long ago

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For your moment of zen:

 

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