The Three-Minute Mozart

Beatles' producer George Martin called him "The Three-Minute Mozart". He was referring to Paul McCartney, of course, and to his gift for...

Too Good For This World

Robert Schumann achieved fame in the mid-nineteenth century--after Beethoven, and before Brahms and Wagner were recognized as musical...

Living in Beethoven’s Shadow

Orchestral music had moved from the parlors of the nobility and into the public forums by the time Johannes Brahms made his mark in the...

An Embarrassment of Riches

It took a year-and-a-half of waiting in anterooms, of personal humiliations, of lobbying the government for official recognition, and of...

Mr. Tambourine Man

How does he do it? Joan Baez wanted to know. How does Bob Dylan write such folk classics as “Masters Of War” and “Only A Pawn In Their...

The Lost Mission

The California of the 1850s that greeted the first wave of American settlers was primarily comprised of large, fenceless cattle ranches...

The California Missions

One of the most famous roads in all the world is California Route One, a coastal highway that traverses the entire length of the state. ...

Papa Haydn

It was the ultimate gig. A 30-piece orchestra at your beck and call. The run of the palace, and servants to meet your every whim. ...

Beethoven, a man of no small emotion

He’s the one who alienates half the dinner guests at your party, gets roaring drunk, makes a pass at your wife, breaks your $1,000 vase,...

The Fifth Beatle

Back in the mid-sixties, when the Beatles were hot, it seemed everyone was claiming to be "The Fifth Beatle"; in New York City, a popular...

The Girl Who Loved Jazz

How can you not love a girl who adores the Beatles, gets Frank Sinatra, loves Jazz, and who enjoys sitting under the stars at the...

A Tale of Two Bands

This is a story of two successful pop/rock bands, one was English and the other was American. Despite being from different nations,...

The Stuff of Dreams

DRIVING DAN GURNEY'S EAGLE AT BRANDS HATCH, 1967 Imagine driving a Formula One. The circuit is Brands Hatch, near the south coast of...