Thanks for coming by. As will become increasingly clear the more you read this, I write about music. Which means I spend an inordinate amount of time listening, studying, reading and thinking about it.
The title of the blog comes from what now seems like an obvious point to me: The most interesting music is that which is deceptively simple. You can be listening and thinking that everything is going along in the most normal way, and then all of the sudden it hits you that something extraordinary is going on. There's a modulation you didn't expect, a turn of phrase in a song you never heard before, or meter-shift that comes around the corner and makes you hear whatever it is in a new way. Or something can seem ridiculously complex and opaque, only to open up after repeated hearings.
I'll share the thoughts of other writers and critics that I admire and agree with, or whose comments puzzle me and I hope we can argue about them and see if we can't both figure out what they're talking about. There'll be links to reviews of concerts I've been at but didn't review that I think are pertinent, and general arts world talk from time to time.
It's a great time to be talking about the arts in this country, a time when their influence and importance among the majority of citizens seem to be at an all-time low. But I've always (since I was 13, at least) thought that the arts weren't an additional part of life to be indulged in around everything else, they are life itself. Let's talk.
Since they are life itself, they're worth arguing about, too. It's not always gonna be lovey-dovey.