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Jeff Spevak, Writer

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In case you missed it: Paul Simon, and those Rochester connections

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:24:31 +0000

  Just on case you missed it, here’s my report on Sunday night’s Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction concert, written for Timing is everything. The announcement of an actual bricks, windows and door home for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame would have been the big surprise at any of the first six […]

Two Irishmen’s One Take on Rochester

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:35:42 +0000

It’s late Friday afternoon at Veneto, and we’re having dinner with two Irish guys. Traolach Ó Murchú and the less-exotically monikered John Murphy. They’re back in Rochester for the first time since the summer of 2016, a visit that included a Rochester Red Wings game, and now Murphy is offering his impression of American baseball. “To […]

Just write about music? Impossible.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:35:13 +0000

Not too long ago, an editor I used to work with told me, “I wish you would just write about music.” I looked at him and said, “But you’re a Bob Dylan fan.” The point being, there is no way to separate the arts and social commentary. Important music, literature and art is not wallpaper. […]

Are vinyl records the last multi-media canvas?

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 21:26:18 +0000

When I called Peter McGennis, the first thing I asked was: Where are you? I was expecting an answer like, “at my office in Buffalo,” something that would give me a little background color. Instead, I get metaphor. He says, “I am standing at the intersection of film and music and community and history.” That’s […]

Joni Mitchell, and raising hell

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:06:37 +0000

I’ve been thinking about Joni Mitchell. And thinking about her music. I borrowed a half-dozen of her CDs a couple of weeks ago after reviewing David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni for the Rochester Central Public Library’s noontime Books Sandwiched In series. The room was full. I’m told 85 people attended. Most, I […]

Stalin’s dead, but the weekend was alive

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:31:48 +0000

Spiritual isn’t a word to be taken lightly. It’s reaching a pretty high level of human consciousness. Yet there I was at Lovin’ Cup Bistro and Brews Saturday night for Connie Deming’s show, backed by Phil Marshall on guitar, with Scott Regan opening. This was a deeply moving event. And yeah, spiritual. Regan is generally […]