Amitav Ghosh, Armagnac, Biarritz, Cheese, Deng Xiaoping, Embers of War by Frederik Logevall, Ezra Vogel, France, Hannah Pakula, Ho Chi MInh, Igor Stravinksy, Jung Chang & Jon Halliday, Les noces, Octet, San Sebastián, Stanley Karnow, The Glass Palace, The Last Empress, West Hollywood, William Kraft
I’ve always thought that to understand history, you need to experience the locations that can bring a story to life. Being born in Los Angeles, my life as a musician is anchored by Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, both living for many years off of Sunset Boulevard. These two hometown heroes, current academic giant killing be damned, were formative influences on many of the teachers and musicians who shaped my thoughts and ideas. That’s a genuine tradition in my book. Looking back, I realize what a wonderful crucible for music they created in the City of Angels.
Jan and I spent a delightful time in San Sebastian, in Spanish Basque Country, this October, celebrating her 60th birthday. She’d always wanted to experience the legendary pintxos eating and experience first hand what all the gastronomic fuss was about. It didn’t disappoint.