Music for a Pandemic

The first case was identified in Wuhan, China in early December 2019. As I write this, COVID-19 has spread to more than 100 countries, with today's statistics indicating about 321,000 cases worldwide, and 13,000 deaths. Yesterday, the governor issued a stay-at-home order for all state residents with a few exceptions like emergency workers, law enforcement, …

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Dutch Treat

The so-called Dutch Golden Age spanned the 17th century when the Netherlands was a dominant global force in trade, culture, science, business, literature, philosophy, military matters, and exploration. Rembrandt van Rijn was a leading artistic figure of the era (as was Johannes Vermeer of Delft, one of my favorite painters). On the 350th year after …

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The German

It only took a few frustrating months with my rental cello to realize that I would have to get my own to make any sort of progress. Knowing how expensive instruments could get, and to make sure that the journey I had embarked on wasn't just some fantasy I would tire of in a few …

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