The Mighty Russians

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by coffeecritic

Russian orthodox church onion domes Forget about figure skating and ice hockey. I'm talking about music. Did you see the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics? If so, you got a taste of some beautiful classical music. Russia has produced some of the best loved and most important classical works in the world. Who hasn't heard Swan Lake, Night on Bald Mountain, the 1812 Overture? Nutcracker, anyone? Then there . . . more »

Goodnight, Pete

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by coffeecritic

pete  Seeger's banjo American national treasure, folk music legend, and my personal hero, Pete Seeger passed away on January 27 at the age of 94. I first heard his music on my parents' 78 rpm record (the kind that shattered into pieces if you dropped it). It was The Weavers singing "Tzena, Tzena" on one side, and "Goodnight, Irene" on the other. Pete Seeger was so many things . . . more »