From family

Staying power                                                                                                          …

Editor’s note: We recommend you play the below audio recording while reading this article. John Adams’ “Christian Zeal and Activity” performed by Edo De Waart and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1986 And I Believe That Composer John Adams’ piece “Christian Zeal and Activity,” first recorded in 1973, stands in the middle of all of…

I find it no small irony that, as I write this on a Turkish jet on my way to Berlin, I am writing an elegy for the passage of one of the last institutions of American air culture, one that has now slid into bankruptcy.  In an age where the amenities of air flight are disappearing…

Refining Commitment

“Time Is On My Side” was originally written by Jerry Ragovoy under the pseudonym Norman Meade. In 1963, an arranger by the name of Garry Sherman contacted Ragovoy after trombonist, Kai Winding, had interest in the song’s more commercial potential. However, Ragovoy did not have any extra lyrics prepared, save for five words that comprise…