Composer John Adams has started a blog. Called Hell Mouth (great name, don’t you think?), at present it covers a variety of musical and non-musical topics.
Here are a few that I connected with:
Great stuff all around. In addition to working with John Adams while I was in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, I played the Chicago premiere of Nixon in China a few years ago, with the dynamic and always captivating baritone Robert Orth playing the part of Nixon.
Incidentally, I also played a new Michael Daugherty piece called Letters from Lincoln with the Elgin Symhpony, and Robert Orth served as the voice of Abraham Lincoln as well. I wonder what the next presidential-themed piece featuring Robert will be? Truman? Roosevelt? Or how about James K. Polk?
Speaking of James K. Polk (man, is this blog post wandering!), I Googled “James K. Polk” in order to snag a clip of the fabulous They Might Be Giants tune of the same name, and I stumbled upon this funny/strange performance of TMBG performing said tune at a Borders Books & Music with a pack of children dancing. Not what I was expecting…