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Effect Measure alerted me to this very touching video, which shows the crowd at Fenway coming to the rescue of a kid who starts to lose it while singing the national anthem. Revere’s set-up first, then some thoughts of my own: I don’t know what’s going to happen with swine flu. I do know that…

Oliver Sacks meets Jon Stewart

Okay, Jonah saw this first — but in case you missed it there, here’s a snip from Jon Stewart interviewing Oliver Sacks about music and the brain. This is a nice meeting. I’ve not met Stewart, but I had the pleasure to spend some time with Sacks while working on a couple stories, and he…

Power of Music II

via Daily Dish

The Amygdaloids at the 92d Y, 4/3/08. Music starts at about 3m. LeDoux’s the guitarist who is NOT singing. (Maybe it scares him?) A few months back I gave a heads-up that NYU neuroscientist Joe LeDoux and his band, t the Amygdaloids, were playing in NYC. Well, the virus has spread! At Rock-It Science, March…

Jascha smokes some Mozart

It’s Mozart’s birthday. We’ve been indulging in some Don Giovanni here amid (but inside, protected from) the snow. But for multimedia instead of fireside consumption, I thought this effortlessly electric encore by Heifetz would serve nicely. Wonderful how relaxed he is; how much he gets done doing so little with either hand. Nothing extra, nothing…

Neil Young at HuffPo

Life is good. I love this guy. Neil Young – Fork In The Road

Caleb Carr Crain on why he remains pessimistic about reading despite the recent National Endowment of the Arts report showing a reversal last year in a 25-year decline in reading. It’s a good consideration of several ways i which the data might be a mismeasure or a misleading anomaly. Why aren’t I celebrating the new…

Bono bash fun break

1. Andrew Sullivan trashed Bono for his Times column (judge it yourself and summarize it in a contest if you’d like) — and trashed Bono’s lyrics as well. 2. A reader objected, saying Bono’s lyrics weren’t ALL so bad. 3. Sullivan half-conceded — and posted this video. Mess not with Andrew.

Beethoven’s 9th, on his 238th

Beethoven showed up 238 years ago today. No one else, no one else … My violin teacher used to tell me, “You paid for the whole bow; use all of it.” Those violinists aren’t wasting any bow money. NB: earlier title said “Beethoven’s 7th, on his 238th”. I do know the difference! … but had…

Beautiful — YouTube and Carnegie Hall are holding online auditions for the “world’s’ first collaborative online orchestra”: In short, YouTube is offering a new twist on the familiar formula of how to get to Carnegie Hall: Practice, practice, upload. From the Washington Post, YouTube Announces Auditions for Its Own Symphony Orchestra You can even download…