Entries by Steve Smith

Prologue: November 2016

“April is the cruellest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote in The Waste Land, but anyone who has endured the present electoral cycle in the United States, or even watched it from afar, might beg to differ. Accordingly, this month on The Log Journal we’re focusing on politics in music, in all of its various forms.

An arts-journalism revolution begins in Boston.

The Boston Globe became the epicenter of the arts-journalism world upon announcing Oct. 31 that Zoë Madonna, an award-winning classical music critic who’d been contributing to the Globe as a freelance reviewer and reporter since Sept. 2015, had been engaged to a temporary full-time position that would be funded by a nonprofit consortium.

Early Audition: The Living Earth Show, Dance Music

The Living Earth Show, the explosive Bay Area new-music duo of electric guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson, is set to unleash its sophomore full-length album, Dance Music, via New Amsterdam Records on Oct. 28, and will celebrate at National Sawdust on Oct. 21. And to get you in the mood to celebrate, we’re going to let you hear the whole thing ahead of time, exclusively.

David T. Little and Royce Vavrek: On Dog Days

Hailed by audiences and the press during its premiere run in 2012, the opera Dog Days – created by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek – has enjoyed widespread success unusual for contemporary opera. During a recent interview, Little and Vavrek looked back on their creative partnership, the premiere staging, and lessons learned along the way.

Brandon Stosuy: Writing about music for children

As editor in chief of The Creative Independent, Brandon Stosuy is helping to enable artists and innovators to share advice and anecdotes concerning their creative processes. Partisans of outstanding music journalism and cognoscenti of aural extremes have known and relied upon Stosuy for years. In October, Stosuy added a new line to his burgeoning C.V. with his first children’s book, Music Is….