Is jazz, as is often claimed, “America’s classical music?” The answer, quite simply, is no. American classical music is “America’s classical music.” But I hasten to explain myself, lest you think I mean to be disparaging. To say that jazz is not “America’s classical music” does not mean that it is something lesser, only … Continue reading Is Jazz America’s Classical Music?
(Delivered Saturday, September 28, 2013, following the wedding of Jeremy and Esther Carter.) I've given a lot of thought over the past few months to what I ought to say today, and while I'm still not exactly sure what I ought to say, I've come up with a few things that I am going to … Continue reading The Best and Truest Story (for Jeremy and Esther)