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How ‘All Songs’ made me realize my dad is cool

Cutting Room Floor

A few weeks ago, National Public Radio’s podcast “All Songs Considered” celebrated its 16th birthday with a special episode in which hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton counted down their favorite songs from the past 16 years. It was fun, and it really made me appreciate the breadth of musical
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Art unfinished

Artist in progess

There’s a lot that can be said about endings in music. For example, if a band is tight and completely in sync, the final notes of the piece they’re playing will be all the more awesome. On the other hand, a sloppy ending may be all an audience really remembers.
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Unexpected inspirations

Artist in Progress

In a very out-of-character move, I attended an open-mic poetry slam at the Starry Plough last week. I don’t go to poetry slams, mostly because I find them predictable to a fault — not that there’s anything wrong with being inspired by life’s usual woes, but I have trouble being
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Home and other versions

Artist in Progress

At 6 p.m. Berkeley time in an airy blue building on upper Bancroft Way, a group of students will gather in a circle every week around a table. One by one, they will walk up, momentarily wrestle with a matchbox until it produces sharp pop of smoke and flame and
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The future is in good hands

Artist in progress

Let me tell you about my little brother. Meet Jeremy Goldwasser — 16 years old going on 17, a really tall, smart guy. We’ve had some pretty good times together. I like him a whole bunch. Jeremy is a junior in high school, and he plays the flute in the
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Nostalgia and sound

Artist in progress

Something about this time of year gets me feeling pretty nostalgic. It’s November now, and we’re finally getting cold sharp air, tendrils of nighttime fog and blindingly bright grey skies at noon. It’s like the world is punching you in the face with moody reflections.           
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Artist in Progress: Body language

I’ve had a long affair with the arts, but my dance background is, well, dismal. To illustrate, allow me recall the time a few years ago when I was politely pulled away after rehearsal for an all-company dance number of a show, and the choreographer kindly suggested that maybe I
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The point of posters

Artist in progress

Last spring, I took a Big Ideas course titled Arts and Activism — I know, very Berkeley. I enrolled mostly because I was looking for an opportunity to learn as a musician, as it was cross-listed in the music department and promised numerous performing opportunities. I was intrigued by the
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When colors align

Artist in progress

“So there I am, sitting by myself in Crossroads, practically crying into my cereal over a particularly emotional chapter in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and it strikes me — this feels so right.” I was laughing, mostly to myself, as I was recounting to my roommate a moment from that
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What I’m doing here

Artist in progress

A few years ago, if you were to ask me if I was an artist, I wouldn’t hesitate before saying yes. I’d been playing trumpet since fifth grade, picking up French horn and other random brass instruments along the way. I never had any intention of being that good, so
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