S01-Ep05 (1 of 4) getting into Brahm's skin with John Morris RussellSpecial Guest – Maestro John Morris Russell – Has spent ten amazing years as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra; two time recipient of Ontario’s Lieutenant Governors Awards for the arts; nominated for both the Gemini Awards (2004) and the Juno Awards (2008). This internationally praised conductor is now (effective September 1 2011), heading to the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra to succeed the late Erich Kunzel. The Maestro and I sit down to discuss among other things, the Cincinnati Pops one of the oldest and respected symphonies in North America, Brahms Symphonies and what it means to be a conductor.
I Love Liner Notes
I love liner notes; I could read them all day long. I probably have read every inch of print of every record, CD, and cassette tape I have ever owned. It almost comes close to a ‘Rain Man’ syndrome with me. Even from childhood, I remember caring
Season 1 Episode 3(2 of 2): The day that music didn’t die (living in the times of the tribute bands)
We are living in bizarre times when pretend is replaced with words like virtual; where human organs are grown on the backs of pigs; people are able to move prosthetic arms with their minds; and everything on your computer will soon be stored in the Clouds. We are walking among kids who clock more hours in the ‘World of Warcraft’ or playing ‘Rock Band’ than they do living in actual ‘real’ lives. We now have more tribute bands touring then we do have original bands playing their actual original music.
If you were too young to see Led Zeppelin, why not go and see ‘Black Dog’ or ‘The White.’ If dancing the night away to ABBA is your thing, go see ‘Björn Again.’ Can’t afford Rolling Stone tickets? Why not go see ‘Hot Rocks’? Heck I even turned on the TV recently and saw a full TV commercial for a Beatles Tribute show called ‘Rain.’ There are literally thousands of Tribute Artists out there and I happen to think it’s great.