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Music is Hard 56: Compliments

This week:
As musicians, we both love and loathe going to performances by our friends and colleagues. What do you say to performers and composers after a performance? How do you take compliments and criticism from your audience?

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Music is Hard 6: Words About Music

This week:
Is it possible to write and talk meaningfully about music? Why does some music writing suck? Why does some music writing transcend? How can we do it better?

Links:
Jan Swafford’s article for Slate “A Grand Tour of Contemporary Music”
Linda Holmes’s article for NPR “The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything”
Alex Ross’s BRILLIANT books The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This

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