Category Archives: Notes in the News

On current and historic events, likely with a musical angle

Will Whoopi Goldberg Get Andy Serkis his Overdue Oscar?

“War for the Planet of the Apes” has opened to universal acclaim and a renewed call to give an Oscar to Andy Serkis, the actor who pioneered and perfected motion capture acting as lead ape Caesar in the Planet of the … Continue reading

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SPEAKEASY – Advice from a (Lesbian) Caterpillar

Two songs from “Speakeasy” explore two sides of a closeted 1920’s lesbian For many years I hoped to write a musical about the queer subculture of Roaring Twenties New York, but didn’t find my “in” until I came upon the … Continue reading

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The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Plays The Soundtrack to Our Story

Saturday night we attended the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band performing a concert at Symphony Space titled “Once Upon A Time … The Soundtrack to Our Story”, with music referencing and inspired by the history of the Gay … Continue reading

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SNOW SONGS for SNOW DAY (& a PI Song for PI Day)

It’s a Snow Day here in the Northeast.  New York City is basically shut down and everyone is staying inside.  What was projected to be a nasty blizzard for the city has been downgraded to an unpleasant mix of snow, … Continue reading

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MOONLIGHT – the triple least “Oscar Baity” Oscar Winner

“I just hope the weird pandemonium doesn’t overshadow the fact that a $1.5 million independent film by a black director about black, gay, poor people was named Best Picture.  The process to get there was very weird, but it’s an … Continue reading

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#OscarsSoCrazy – The Worst Best Thing that could have happened to La La Land and Moonlight.

In a moment that will be hard to beat as the strangest, most gasp-inducing thing to have ever and might ever again happen at the Oscars, “Moonlight” was revealed to have been the actual Best Picture winner after “La La … Continue reading

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TRUMPIAN PARODY TUNES – Lyrical Agitprop Updates for Cabaret & The Producers

  Tinkle Tinkle   Tinkle, tinkle little tzar Putin put you where you are Up above the law so high In your penthouse tweeting lies Tinkle, tinkle little tzar Putin put you where you are   Last night, at a … Continue reading

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COMPLETE OSCAR NOMINATIONS LIST – with plenty personal notes, comments and trivia – updated with winners

This year’s Oscar nominations have been announced, and for once the media pundits and social media consensus are much happier with the overall outcome, with few gripes and much to celebrate.  Which doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty sighs about … Continue reading

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Women’s March against Trump in NYC (also, NfaC’s 200th post!!!)

We Shall Overcome – Bruce Springsteen (The Seeger Sessions) “Tell me what Democracy looks like” “This is what Democracy looks like”

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A Fond Farewell

Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder A small gesture of thanks and appreciation. To a fine example of our ability to be decent, empathetic, smart, wise and caring. A reminder to act in good faith and listen to … Continue reading

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New Categories for Movies, Theater and LGBTQ Themed Articles

Three new categories have been added to the Notes from a Composer archives:   Cinema Scope – For the love of movies, and not just the musicals   Live! On Stage – Live performances / a life in the theater … Continue reading

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Political Tweet Storms from Electoral Colleges to Golden Showers to the Russia Sessions – updated 3/20/17.

1/12/17 – @canyonhaus, going viral via Debra Messing since November: “If anything, we are the ignored majority.  Not conservatives, who can’t win fair and square.”

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Brasília in Twilight

Brazil – Brazil Choir / Brazil String Orchestra / Quatuor Ébène / Richard Héry The last day of our second trip to Brazil, August 2016, was spent traveling from Manaus, in the Amazon, to Campinas, just north of São Paulo, … Continue reading

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The Lights of Bergen Street

“Light” Song #1 We have entered dark times.  This week has ushered in a calamity that threatens many ills and horrors.  For me personally, the worst horror is the reversal in progress against the very real and already active threat … Continue reading

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DAS LILA LIED – THE LAVENDER SONG – “We just happen to be Different from the Others!”

My recent posts about the Newfest LGBT Film festival included an enthusiastic look at the handsomely restored print of the first known movie to sympathetically portray homosexuality, Germany’s 1919 “Anders als die Andern” (“Different than the Others”). Soon after posting … Continue reading

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