The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the handful of orchestras for which musicians the world over will drop everything to scramble for a job, and the audition ranks among the world’s toughest job interviews. Mike Tetreault has spent an entire year preparing obsessively for this moment. He's put in 20-hour workdays, practiced endlessly and shut down his personal life. Now the percussionist has 10 minutes to impress a selection committee and stand out among a lineup of other world-class musicians. A single mistake and it's over. A flawless performance and he could join one of the world's most renowned and financially well-endowed orchestras at a salary of more than $100,000 a year. The Audition
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posted by zarq
on Jul 5, 2012 -
80's ROCK IS DEAD (LONG LIVE 80'S ROCK)
Holy crap, I saw an ad on the teevee for a new BOSTON album called Corporate America
. A new Boston album!
A self-described "in your face" indictment of big business and what it is doing to our world. You'll be comforted to know that the music is still way overproduced and the political content has all the impact of Mike + the Mechanics "Silent Running." In other words — don't change a thing! It turns out all the big 80's rockers have 2002 albums, even the little king himself: Phil Collins. Testify
. I'll be damned if one of his new songs doesn't sound like "Take Me Home (Redux)." Def Leppard's "X"
? Same. Poison's "Hollyweird"
? Same! Poison even does a party rock version of The Who's "Squeeze Box." Wonderful. Bon Jovi
, Robert Plant
— what year is this again? Who cares. Let's rock. As soon as this Family Ties
posted by Dok Millennium
on Oct 31, 2002 -
Mel Lyman 1938-1978. Mel Lyman was controversial. He was the brilliant folk musician who soothed the Dylan-ruffled crowd at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, the Fort Hill guru whose prose in the undergound newspaper Avatar shocked conservative Bostonians of the late 60s... Many years of collecting, and help from numerous people has resulted in the large collection of articles reproduced here. Some say Lyman was God... others that he was a devil... but most of these articles show him as a charismatic individual somewhere between those two extremes.
An exhaustively authoritative page about a very interesting harmonica player who became God.
And, man, does this bring back the 60s...(Details within)
posted by y2karl
on Mar 24, 2002 -