The Corner


Beware the Tremolo

So, what were you doing when you were 16? And 17? I was watching the Iran hostage crisis and the Detroit Tigers. And thinking about certain girls. (That part is not entirely over.) (Neither is watching Iran and the Tigers.) Mendelssohn was writing his Octet; Bizet was writing his Symphony in C. I play some of those pieces, and others, on my latest Jaywalking. I also talk of our man Mike Potemra, who has never gotten over something I wrote many years ago — like 20: Liszt is “the master of the tremolo and other vulgar gestures.”

It’s nice to be remembered for something.

In Jaywalking, I also talk politics, of course, and get into the birds and the bees. I quote Mark Helprin on bees (fascinating and admirable animals). And I tell a love story (100 percent true, and very recent). So, if you’re so inclined, check it out, here.

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