‘You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft’*

As I was listening to Jack Johnson's album To The Sea (2010), I was struck by a strange need to don a straw hat and dungarees, and start reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The music is laid-back and easy-going in a modern-folk-soft-rock kinda-way.  And I'm sure it would feel extremely constrained by any sniff of…

Something old, Something new

Even when you think you know everything you want to know about a particular composer's work, there is, of course, always more to learn. This has been true for me while I have been listening to the American composer, George's Gershwin's music. I have three of the standards: Rhapsody in Blue An American in Paris…