Category: Music Performance

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen, March 29, 2012 In the introduction to his song┬áJack of All Trades┬álast Thursday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, Bruce Springsteen noted -- as he had on previous nights -- that the song was penned before the explosion of the current debate about the 99% versus the 1%. "I wrote this when there was … Continue reading Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

Bruce Springsteen: December 9, 1980

This past week an old friend of mine posted to her Facebook page a fond remembrance of her first Bruce Springsteen concert on December 9, 1980. My first Springsteen show was a bit earlier--in July, 1975, at Kutztown State College--but I was also at the show at the Philadelphia Spectrum on December 9, 1980.

My friend's reminiscence reminded me that a decade earlier I had posted my own recollection of that show that in response to a post on rec.music.artists.springsteen (for those of you old enough to remember Usenet newsgroups). Here is what I wrote ten years ago about that night two decades earlier.

Burning Bayreuth: The Gonzales Cantata and The Hunger Art

Burning Bayreuth: The Gonzales Cantata and The Hunger Art

Melissa Dunphy's Gonzales Cantata, a choral work based on the Senate Judiciary testimony of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, was recently given a new production at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY. The program also included Jeff Myers' one-act opera The Hunger Art. The event marked the debut of … Continue reading Burning Bayreuth: The Gonzales Cantata and The Hunger Art