Here is an article from 1980 that describes a very different time.
Reagan, Gorbachev, Cliburn and me
So this kind letter from an otherwise firm enemy explains most of what is important. What is not spelled out is that Van Cliburn’s performance the next evening was at the state dinner at the White House with President Reagan and, at the time, General Secretary Gorbachev. For one brief shining moment I was 1 […]
Dorothy Parker’s Summer
Indian Summer In youth, it was a way I had To do my best to please, And change, with every passing lad, To suit his theories. But now I know the things I know, And do the things I do; And if you do not like me so, To hell, my love, with you!
Piano Action Rebuilding
I’ve taken on an action rebuilding project recently. The piano is a Steinway model L from the 40’s. The piano is being rebuilt by my friends and fellow PTG members Jim and Amy Tiernan of Dog House Pianos. I specialize in action work, tuning and voicing and am happy to have somebody else do the […]
Maria Schneider – Master of Color
Maria Schneider is one of my musical heroes. She composes for Jazz Orchestra and has brought a welcome new approach to a venerable musical style. This post is related to piano work, but you’ll have to read it all to figure out what the connection is. First, what is a jazz orchestra? If you’re of […]
Teaching at NEECSO
I’ll be teaching 3 classes at NEECSO, the New England and Eastern Canada Regional Seminar, presented by the Piano Technicians Guild. My classes cover both technical and marketing subjects, including: Practical Voicing: A real world approach to voicing intended for new and intermediate voicers Refined Tunings with ETDs: Presenting ways to refine tunings by ear, […]