On being your own music critic

Well worth thinking about…

The Sybaritic Singer

Tim Page Keynote from Oberlin College on Vimeo.

I just wanted to share a video that I found via my friends Arlene and Larry over at Acornometrics. They went to this keynote speech given by Tim Page at the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism back in January. Page’s writing on music has been quite influential to my style of covering the Baltimore music scene. The 65 essays compiled in Tim Page on Music are incredibly perceptive and engaging. Some of those “illumined moments” he covers in the book led to his receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1997. I only wish I could have been at Peabody when he was teaching there while writing for the Washington Post.

He makes a great (although self-described cliché) point that we are in the “best of times and the worst of times” when it comes to music criticism. “It’s…

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