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Reed Hessler

Reed Hessler

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Reed is WBJC's evening host. His full bio can be read here.

Sep. 27 2012

It Was a Good Summer

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  Does anyone ever get over the feelings of our childhood, when as school children we anticipated the arrival of our summer vacation with heart palpitating impatience, and greeted the inevitable return to classes in September with both wistful resistance and the thrill of new beginnings. As Joni Mitchell said in her song “Urge for Going”, […]

Jul. 25 2012

Genealogy 101

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This past March I wrote a blog entitled “Discovering Lancaster” about the trip my wife and I took last summer to Carlisle and Lancaster, Pennsylvania to research my family genealogy. As promised, I am returning with the first in a series of blogs about what we discovered. I wondered at first whether my family tree […]

Jul. 11 2012

My First Time …

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    For my reminiscenses on how I “got the bug” for classical music, check out my earlier blog “Discovering Classical Music” and my bio. But as an overview and focus on my “first time”: my parents were both musicians and music teachers, so I was exposed to music since before I can remember. My earliest experiences were […]

May. 03 2012

Harry Smith and the Music that Changed the World

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Harry Smith is not even mentioned in the Grove Dictionary of Music, but he may have been the biggest influence on popular music of the past half century. And he was not even a musician. A true eccentric, Smith was a resident of New York’s Greenwich Village for most of his life. He was an artist, […]

Apr. 26 2012

Some of My Best Friends are Contemporary Composers

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  Continuing my comments on contemporary composers begun a few blogs ago, one could certainly write a book, or indeed fill several library shelves with books on the topic. Come to think of it, some people already have. Sometime around the 1970’s composers began to notice no one wanted to hear their music. Nonetheless, symphony orchestras […]

Apr. 18 2012

Standing Out in a Crowd

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We live in a golden age of chamber music ensembles, not only string quartets, but established piano trios and piano quartets, which would have been unheard of half a century ago. The bar is high. No one gets away with vague intonation or rhythm any more. Ensemble means just that; a group must sound like a […]

Apr. 11 2012

A Strange Umbrella

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  Classical music is a strange radio format. Not only is it music of mostly dead composers, but it yokes together two thousand years of disparate styles under one umbrella. Studying the history of classical music, one perceives a direct line from Gregorian chant in the middle ages to Beethoven, Wagner, Schoenberg, and beyond in the last […]

Apr. 04 2012

Walking “The Way”

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    A couple of weeks ago my wife and I watched a new movie called “The Way” on DVD. We liked it so much that we saw it a second time a few days later, and then sat through it a third time to hear the commentary track by the filmmakers. “The Way”  is […]

Mar. 28 2012

Pity the Contemporary Composer

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This past Friday and Monday I received telephone calls from two different WBJC listeners whose opinions could not have been more opposite, and as such highlight a controversy in classical music that has been going on since before I was born. In a nutshell, the man who called Friday night wanted to hear more challenging modern […]

Mar. 14 2012

Baby Talk to Who?

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Last week, my wife and I received a promotional mailing for “Free Baby Pictures”. Interesting, since we have been together for almost thirty-one years and have no children. Attributing it to junk mail, I tossed it in the recycle bag, and gave it no further thought. Until a few days later when a parenting magazine arrived entitled “Baby […]