Don’t Play It Again, Sam – Part 2 Inspiration from the Bargain Bin

Throw out your tired old bargain bin Classical Music album. Here are five lesser-known gems by brilliant but under-appreciated composers sure to provide inspiration for the most transcendent, sophisticated ideas you’ve ever conjured. 1.  If you watched Looney Tunes, you know the cross-dressing Bugs Bunny only prances with open arms toward the hoodwinked Elmer Fudd to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. With apologies […]

No, Really – DON’T Play it Again, Sam: Five Classical Listening Alternatives

You tell your friends about an obscure band you discovered, and they admire how hip you are, right?  Unfortunately for classical musicians, the more obscure pieces you know, the bigger geek you are.  But it’s a happy sort of nerdiness.  Archives (paper and digital) are filled with glorious, delightfully innovative music, and “discovering” a less-known piece feels like finding a rare […]

FAIL! Avoid Three Common Mistakes in Writing Musician Characters

Musicians are a sensual, moody and brilliant bunch.  Often eccentric or intense types, they make great characters in fiction.  Music as a topic provides a rich sensory palette.  I get excited about musician characters.  Sometimes. At my day job I’m a violinist–master’s degree, eighteen years experience teaching and “gigging”–so I usually notice when musician characters in a novel screw […]