There are a handful of words that send me reflexively scurrying for the off button:  “Mozart,” “President Bush said today,” “Sandy Duncan,” “drum solo. ”  I loved it when Buddy Rich told Johnny Carson once that he never practiced “because it hurts my ears.”   Which, of course, is why I have to mention that the first of four upcoming concerts organized by Jason Kao Hwang at the Living Theater with RUCMA (Rise Up Creative Music and Arts) is called Drum Solos! and features drummers Newman Taylor Baker, Andrew Drury and Tatsuya Nakatani.  

Thursday, July 17, 10:30 PM

Drum Solos !
Newman Taylor Baker
Andrew Drury
Tatsuya Nakatani

The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street (bet. Houston and Stanton; F to Delancey Street or J,M,Z to Essex Street)
Admission:  $10 / students and seniors: $7

8 thoughts on “Topsy, Part 2”
  1. Our main classical radio station here has “Mozart and his contemporaries at 8 a.m.” I am on the road every morning and tune in for the 8 a.m. Mozart kick off, then its mostly guaranteed crap!!! LOL. ESPECIALLY that Haydn fellow. Robert might be right, either a Haydn or Mozart appreciator? It certainly is my case.

    Its funny though, because before and after Mozart and friends at 8 a.m., it is STILL Mozart and friends…… all day……. all night.

  2. I’m afraid I have to agree about the Mozart — I rush for the off button, too (I’m a Haydn man, don’t know why). One reason is the FM easy listening will play the same few hits of WAM every d*mn time. (When’s the last time they played his quintets on the air? The g-minor … maybe.) Up here in Boston, we have (what’s left of) WCRB, once a good station. Now it’s “your C.P.E. Bach station, 24 hours.”

  3. Hmm… my memory banks currently only go as far back as P.F. Sloan and Barry McGuire’s ‘Eve of Destruction’, Barry Sadler’s ‘Ballad of the Green Berets’, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield’s ‘Soul and Inspiration’, and Phil Gernhard and Dick Holler’s ‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron’ …

  4. Wow, I know people have different tastes, but scurrying for the off button upon hearing Mozart? What has the world come to? Ah, I understand, the same thing happens with me anytime someone mentions Mark Twain, Picasso, or air 😉


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