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The Long Tail Sessions, Vol. IV—October 4, 2017. (Tom Petty, Las Vegas, and Living Life to the Fullest)

There was something particularly, punch-you-in-the-gut, painful about the juxtaposition of the horrible events that occurred last Sunday. First, I learned about the loss of many lives through a horrible act of cowardice at a music festival in Las Vegas. Then came the news that Tom Petty—one of the most important people in the soundtrack of my life—was hanging on by a thread, only to pass away the next day. Devastating on all fronts. The artist and audiofile in me always turns to music when tragedy strikes. This week was no different. Passively listening to music usually gives me some head space to come to grips with the realities of our world. The true irony here is that in other troubling situations, Tom Petty was typically an artist I would regularly seek out as a way to find solace. There have been many thoughts running through my head this week, but mostly I’ve been thinking about how weeks like this cause me to live in fear, have regrets, and think about how precious little time we have on …

Long Tail Sessions, Vol. III–September 27, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the Long Tail Sessions. Today’s mix includes some of my favorite pieces, including First Impressions, which I performed with my sister a few years ago. Also included is a piece by Colin Hay from Men At Work who is one of my favorite singer-songwriters alive today. Finally, for some reason, I was in a Ravel mood this week so I included two of my favorite movements of his: The second movement of his Piano Concerto in G and the last movement of Mother Goose Suite, which is one of my all time favorite pieces of music. If you want to hear beauty, listen to 1:24 to the end of the movement (Don’t forget to turn it up to 11). What music should be added to next week’s mix? Please share your artists in the comment section below. …Happy Listening! About The Long Tail Sessions: Last winter, I traveled from LA to NYC on a Virgin America flight and loved that the in-flight entertainment featured musicians in alphabetical order. At first, I …

Long Tail Sessions, Vol. II–September 20, 2017

For some reason, this week’s playlist is decidedly American with a dash of protest tossed in. Ha! This week, I became especially infatuated by the work by Rzewski, titled “The People United.” Listen to track 5 first, which is a powerful version of a crowd singing the piece, followed by the Theme and First Variation of a much longer 36 variation work. Rzewski wrote the piece in 1975 as a tribute to the struggle of the Chilean people against a newly imposed repressive regime. Enjoy!   About The Long Tail Sessions: Last winter, I traveled from LA to NYC on a Virgin America flight and loved that the in-flight entertainment featured musicians in alphabetical order. At first, I found it jarring to see Beethoven next to the Beatles, but then I thought “Of course they’re featured side-by-side, that’s how we enjoy music these days.” With this in mind, I’m pleased to present a weekly series of playlists dedicated to those of us who are not genre specific in our listening habits. Just as your listening habits …