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This coffee break we take a listen to Alban Berg's startling opera Wozzeck, called an "emblematic opera of the 1920s, a harbinger of the unease and aching void of the 20thcentury, haunted by war and death, the misery of the human condition set to a music," as per Opera Online. We also listen to the works of Anton Webern and contrast his style a ...…
 
This coffee break begins the discussion on how artists support themselves as they pursue their passion. To explore this subject, at least pertaining to Western Culture, Mr. Somers goes back 1,000 years to see how artistry and the Church were intertwined, when secular music evolved and who supported that evolution. We listen to music spanning at ...…
 
This episode I speak with Felicia Day about her latest book on creativity Embrace Your Weird! We also talk about life as a creative, Robot Chicken, Hello From The Magic Tavern, her founding of Geek & Sundry, Comic Con, Dr. Horrible and the Whedonverse, our mutual joys/sorrows of being creatives while parenting, and how her new book can save wri ...…
 
This coffee break follows the evolution of the twelve-tone movement right into the post-Webern period. First off, we listen to Eliot Carter's Concert for Orchestra and a composition by Milton Babbitt to hear how abstract the sound had become in reaction to Webern. Then we explore Leaves are Falling by Warren Benson and other compositions which ...…
 
This episode was recorded LIVE from the Gen Con 2019 Writer’s Symposium where I spoke with authors Carol Berg/Cate Glass and Kristen Britain. We talked about writing their big thick fantasy tomes, the creative process and much more rampant geekery as creatives. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast over on iTunes, rate it and please tell you ...…
 
This coffee break tries to find it's way home in the twelve tone composition world by listening to music by Arnold Schoenberg, particularly pieces that seem like waltzes and marches, and particularly his highly influential Pierrot Lunaire. We explore how these compositions don't have the foundations provided by major and minor keys. We listen t ...…
 
We put together two concerts of our choosing in this coffee break using Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Antheil's Ballet Mecanique as the main section. There are a number of factors to take into consideration: What other pieces of music do we include in the concert? Should the music be in the audience's comfort zone or should we challenge them w ...…
 
This coffee break continues its exploration of how different artists interpret the same music, starting out with the opera Verdi's Don Carlo, the scene -- Il Grande Inquistor! We hear how the scene is staged and what the artists emphasized to maximize the experience. We continue the analyses of artists' interpretation with three pieces composed ...…
 
We change topics with this coffee break by listening to how the conductor and/or musician interprets the composition and how that interpretation changes the musical experience. First, we listen to two different performances of Sibelius' Lemminkäinen Suite to determine how speed affects how the listener perceives the music. We stay with Sibelius ...…
 
This coffee break continues the exploration of music composed during the Third Reich by first listening to Werner Eck's ominous Waffentanz (Weapon Dance), a state-commissioned piece, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Hans Pfitzner's career was stifled because his opposition to antisemitism; we listen to a piece of Symphony in C. Paul Hindemith es ...…
 
This episode we talk scifi/horror author James Murray about the latest in his Awakened series, The Brink. We also discuss Comic Con, geekery, improv, and the 9th season renewal of his hit TruTV series Impractical Jokers! PLUS! ENTER TO WIN FREE BOOKS FROM THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING! Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast over ...…
 
This somber edition continues the theme of composing music under authoritarian regimes, this time under the Third Reich. We listen to pieces written by numerous composers, some who survived World War II and some who did not. We begin with with Pavel Haas's powerful Study for Strings and then Hugo Distler's God is Our Sure Defense; neither compo ...…
 
This coffee break ventures back into the stressful world of music composition under the political oppression of Stalin's Soviet Union. We listen to Prokofiev's Zdravitsa (A Toast in Honour of Stalin's 60th Birthday), which rides the boundary between great music and political pandering. Shostakovitch gets out of the political doghouse by writing ...…
 
Recorded at Comic Con International 2019 in San Diego. Moderator/author Brendan Reichs talks about The Fun-damentals of Story with fellow amazing authors Gini Koch, Sarah Andersen, Whitney Gardner, Thomas Lennon, and Brandon Mull! Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast over on iTunes, rate it and please tell your friends about us. It really d ...…
 
This coffee break begins our investigation of music composed under Russia's Soviet regime beginning with a piece by Kabalevsky, a simple, open composition which might be the Soviet ideal. We battle on the ice with Prokofiev's composition for Alexander Nevsky, the epic movie by Sergei Eisenstein--another piece vaunted by the Kremlin. But Prokofi ...…
 
This coffee break continues with music infused with mechanical sounds beginning with Toccata for Percussion Instruments by Carlos Chaves. Then we veer into how traditional instruments can be used to make nontraditional sounds in the surprising String Quartet #1, "Protestation Quartet" by Gloria Coates. We push the sounds of artificially altered ...…
 
The coffee break uses Georges Antheil's Ballet mécanique as a springboard to an exploration about movement in music. We backtrack to Honegger's Pacific 231 then listen to snippets of the rest of his Mouvement Symphonique, one movement composed to recreate the experience of playing rugby. We end on a surprising piece honoring steel manufacturing ...…
 
Our journey continues on water by exploring the barcarolle, the traditional folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style, listening to Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman and Wagner's Flying Dutchman. We come Down Jersey to listen to Mr. Somer's composition On the Cohansey then head out to the high seas with Britte ...…
 
Our transportation music journey hits its stride by climbing onto a trolley, taking Le Metro, and hurtling the turnstile to jump a subway with pieces by Jacques Ibert, Amanda Harberg, and Mr. Somers. But we catch up with modernity by traveling by automobiles propelled by Gershwin, Copland, and Frances White. A quick jump into the way-back machi ...…
 
Classic music and rail travel developed throughout the Western world in parallel so perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that there is so much music inspired by the steam engine. This coffee break takes us back to the rails with polkas by Eduard and Johann Strauss. We check in on the conceptual and influential Arthur Honegger's Pacific 231 and ci ...…
 
This coffee break continues the exploration of the music of travel, first by sleigh. We begin with a fun ride with Leroy Anderson and hear the similarities with Mozart's (Leopold) The Sleigh Ride. We tap into a Sibelius piece then travel into Mother Russia with Prokofiev and Sviridov. We put up our horses and continue the journey by steam engin ...…
 
Music is not about the destination, but the journey, and this coffee break is all about the journey. We listen to music that traveling by foot, caravan, and horse composed by Mussorgsky, Respighi, Händel, and Sibelius. Warhorses Gallop by Yaoching Chan, performed on an erhu, is a wonderful representation of riding a hard-charging horse. And we ...…
 
This episode we talk with return author guest Patricia Briggs! We discuss Storm Cursed debuting at #2 on the New York Time Bestseller List, touring with fellow superstar author Anne Bishop, riding the roller coaster of a writing career, the introvert/extrovert madness of a writer’s life, fandom tattoos, grief & its effect on writing, and much, ...…
 
This episode we talk with authors Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne about their collaborative Tales of Pell, including its latest book, No Country For Old Gnomes. We also discuss their super successful individual books and comics as well as tacos, Star Wars, fantasy tropes, fandoms, and much more geekery! Don’t forget to subscribe to the podca ...…
 
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao TzuThis coffee break unabashedly continues its exploration of love songs, serenades, duets, and more written by the great composers. We dip into operas from Wagner, Mozart, Rossini and other showing how love can be expressed in so many ways. ...…
 
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss. This coffee break discovers that there are many ways to say "I Love You" as we continue our exploration in the dreamy world of love songs. We start with instrumental pieces--first, light and yearning, then move into some songs c ...…
 
This coffee break delves into love as a many splendored thing and a source of inspiration for wonderful music. We begin with Roy Harris' Symphony No. 4 sense of the longing love of the one not here. We hear Harry Burleigh's maternal love for the Little Mother of Mine. Then we go way, way back to some secular, but not quite romantic, love songs ...…
 
47North author Charlie N. Holmberg chats with us about young adult fiction including her Paper Magician series, her Numina series with its first two books Smoke and Summons and Myth and Mortals. We also discuss her road to publication with Amazon, anime, fanfic, and much more geekery! Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast over on iTunes, rat ...…
 
This coffee break dips back in Bizet's Carmen, this time listening to the opera version rather than the orchestral version, the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2, among the best known of all operatic arias, including a fast, fun quintet and the tragic last scene. We also listen to selections from his incidental music to A ...…
 
YCCB apologizes for the Bizet pun, but we finally got it our of our systems. In this coffee break we explore the brief career of this French composer. Bizet struggled throughout his career to make a living. Berlioz hailed Bizet and said that he had a "masterpiece in him." He was right, but Bizet became famous weeks after his death. We listen to ...…
 
This episode we speak with author Tee Morris about his latest book Twitch for Dummies. We also discuss coauthoring the steampunk Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, Podcasting for Dummies, Social Media for Writers, Star Trek, Star Wars, toxic fandom, Gen Con, the history of podcasting, writing with his wife Pip Ballantine, traditional and ...…
 
Berlioz wrote to a friend: "If I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I should crave mercy for the Messe des morts." This coffee break explores the power and drama of the Berlioz Requiem, written for a massive orchestra and chorus. But it is the Trojans, his most ambitious work, that many consider the summatio ...…
 
This coffee break digs deeper into the brilliant career of Hector Berlioz. A Shakeperean expert who read the Bard and English and French, he composed music for King Lear. But Hector was a wanderer and refused to be defined by any prexisting order of music. He delved into Lord Byron's Romanticism and produced the wonderful Harold in Italy, which ...…
 
It was only three years between Beethoven's last piece to Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, but in many ways they were light years in mood, tempo, and technique. This coffee break explores Berlioz' free-flowing and emotional music. We follow his recurrent theme, his idée fixe that represented his love, into the fields to the guillotine to a witch ...…
 
We continue training a young pianist to utilize full potential. We listen to a piece which requires a pianist to create two voices on the keyboard. How to toss the voices back and forth from each hand. How does one hand create two voices? We use a Mozart sonata to highlight the "sleight of hand" a master must utilize to hide the mastery. We tal ...…
 
This episode we speak with return guest Gwenda Bond about her novel Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds, which debuted at #11 on the New York Times list! We also discuss book tours, co-writing the Supernormal Sleuthing Services series with her husband Christopher Rowe, her Dead Air Serial Box project with Rachel Caine and Carrie Ryan, the ups and ...…
 
This coffee break explores how to teach a promising student piano. Mr. Somers, a life-long teacher, discusses how he approaches teaching piano techniques and how his professional experience playing for the NJ Ballet helped expand his ability to teach others. We listen to some Bach and ask "How the music works?" Beyond the finger techniques, the ...…
 
We listen to the YCCB's version of John Cage's 4'33". Is there underpinning music surrounding us all the time? We listen to John Cage's lecture Composition as Process where he states that contemporary music is music that is NOW! How recording music freezes it, perhaps kills it. We are not afraid of silence during this podcast. Mr, Cage would be ...…
 
"I have nothing to say and I'm saying it," said John Cage. In this coffee break we listen to the compositions of the revolutionary John Cage. He used a a variety of every day objects--toy pianos, kitchen gadgets, metal sheets--to create "music." Chance and randomness were a part of his repertoire, even silence, all influenced by Asian influence ...…
 
This coffee break takes a final listen to the extraordinary development of the use of percussion from the 1600s to the 20th Century. We listen to the coronation of Boris Godunov, thanks to Mr. Mussorgsky, then a hair-raising section from Verdi's Manzoni Requiem. Button up your windbreakers for a triple threat of storms blowing in: Richard Strau ...…
 
This episode we speak with return author guest Django Wexler about his multiple fantasy series, including his new book Ship of Smoke & Steel, the first in his new Wells of Sorcery trilogy. We also get into very writerly topics such as editing, weighing criticism, Young Adult vs. Middle Grade, his extensive reading list, and much, much geekery! ...…
 
This coffee break continues our survey of percussion, again listening to the avant garde sounds of Carl Neilson, this time his Symphony No. 6, a playful approach to nontonal music. We sample some wonderful compositions that use percussion in unique, exciting ways, particularly from composers Michael Torke, Derek Healy, and Warren Benson. We fin ...…
 
This coffee break continues our look back at the history of percussion during the 1600s with the development of martial music. Royalty took over the art form to show, in some cases, how military-ready they were. We examine what music indicates in Shakespearean plays, how it sets the scenes for the audience, and lets them know the cast of charac ...…
 
In this coffee break Mr. Somers ushers us into the wayback machine to hear how percussion evolved from the 1300s. We listen to "In Pain He Said," a Middle Eastern piece featuring oud, drums, and clapping as independent rhythmic lines. Then we move into the Renaissance period and listen to a piece that could have been used as incidental music fo ...…
 
Strap on your helmets because this coffee break comes on strong with timpani. Mr. Somers takes on a trip through the styles of timpani dynamics, including Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Symphony #9, as well as pieces from Haydn and Schuman. And we also discuss how the timps took over the parts written for the third t ...…
 
This episode we speak with director/producer/writer Kyle Newman about the gorgeous tome Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana, A Visual History! We discuss the long history and art of the game from the rise and fall of TSR, its rebirth as part of Wizards Of The Coast, Gen Con, his movie Fanboys, writing, and much, much more. Don’t forget to subscrib ...…
 
This episode we speak with urban/epic fantasy author Edward Lazellari about Blood of Ten Kings, the third book in his Guardians of Aandor trilogy. We also discuss our first New York Comic Con panel together, illustrating for Marvel, raising kids while trying to be creative, writing, and much, much more. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast ...…
 
This episode was LIVE from New York Comic Con 2018! GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. Featuring Danielle Vega (The Merciless), Seth Fried (The Municipalists), Astrid Scholte (Four Dead Queens), and past guests of our show Patrick Ro ...…
 
We celebrate our 100th coffee break with a discussion of some of our favorite moments of the previous 99. We listen to pieces by Copland and Robert Russell Bennett and the amazing Balinese Monkey Song. Some of our favorite topics included Richard Strauss and as an artist under the Nazi regime, Glenn Gould's remake of the Goldberg Variations, th ...…
 
We spend this coffee break exploring Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, the 20th Century's Greatest Work (and we're sticking to it.) Britten uses his musical mastery and dramatic skill to infuse the Latin Mass of the Dead with the war poems of Wilfred Owen, in powerful and, sometimes, ironic ways. We listen to the Dies Irae to hear Britten's power ...…
 
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