Tagged: music

The Pittsburgh Symphony

The Pittsburgh Symphony

Last Friday night, under the threat of snow and ice, D.J. and I drove Downtown to attend the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform Stravinsky’s The Firebird, along with a flute concerto by Jacques Ibert. I don’t know music. I know the names of instruments (most of them, most of the time), and I can recognize the...

Punk Rock Gardner

Punk Rock Gardner

Working in the garden is meditative. There’s the endless pulling of weeds, checking vegetables and flowers for signs of insect infestation or fungal infection, repairing damage done by small animals or the weather, pulling more weeds. I like the physicality of these tasks: the strain in my back and shoulders, the flexing of muscles, the...

Jazz! Poetry! Jazz Poetry 2015!

Jazz! Poetry! Jazz Poetry 2015!

Instead of my normal #FridayReads post, I thought I’d do a run-down of one of my favorite annual Pittsburgh events: City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s Jazz Poetry Concert. This is a concert that gathers some of the top jazz musicians and top poets and writers from around the world and brings them together for a unique...

The beauty of writing in silence

The beauty of writing in silence

My writing soundtrack looks like this: That white empty space after the colon is the sound of silence. Like most humans, I do enjoy music—but never while I’m writing. I can write through ambient noise like cafe chatter, traffic, or lawn mowers. If my neighbors turn up their stereo, though, my brain sticks on the...