Mathieu vivifies the new age idiom. His piano pieces have strength and beauty because they are constructed using compositional techniques borrowed from classical music: themes are developed, ideas are examined in varying settings, structural elements relate to and enhance each other. His rhythms are not foundations upon which to scatter notes but are intrinsic to his musical ideas. But what makes Lakes and Streams revolutionary is Mathieu's expansion of the limited harmonic language of new age music.
Singer/songwriter Tim Hardin (If I Were a Carpenter and Reason to Believe) and singer Joe Cocker (With a Little Help from My Friends and Up Were We Belong) were both supremely gifted and both ruined their gift through substance abuse. What were their gifts musically and where did their gifts come from neurologically?
For three weeks in May and June of 2018, I went to Northeastern Europe because for decades I'd been predjusted raveled to Poland, the 3 Baltic states, and Russia. Most of my father’s family of Polish Jews were murdered at Treblinka. When the Nazis occupied these countries, thousands of soldiers, police, and the general population, took the opportunity to help the Nazis kill Jews. They didn’t have to. For years I’ve had bad feelings about these countries so decided to go there to talk to the descendants of population some of whom were collaborators. I hoped to change my anger towards the countries.
Among the Collaborators describes my trip but focuses on the Holocaust, the collaborators, and the thoughts of today's Northeastern European citizens regarding the second world war.
Anthony Newman vivified the Baroque music scene in the United States in 1968 release of his first album: JS Bach on Pedal Harpsichord and Organ. He played faster than the old guard allowed, he improvised ornamentation, and he altered the rhythmic structure - all considered forbidden in the classical music world. He made Baroque music so popular among youth that Time Magazine called the young virtuoso "the high priest of the harpsichord." Nowadays, faster tempos and some extra ornamentation are common but why is Newman still considered outside the mainstream?