“He’s trusted to repair some of the world’s most fabled — and expensive — instruments. How does John Becker manage to unlock the sound of a Stradivarius?”
Rush Drummer Neil Peart: Master Student
Neil Peart “was brilliant enough to skip two grades, starting high school at 12. He began drum lessons, practicing for a full year without an actual kit.”
I Will Always Love You: A Dolly Parton Reading List
Happy birthday, Dolly Parton! Here are seven longreads about the American singer-songwriter.
Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life
David Marchese interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma on music, politics, culture, the pandemic, stereotypes, and the meaning of life.
Rosanne Cash: Living Between the Notes On Stage
“It turns out that when I’m performing, I have only half the available light; the audience has the other half.”
Can Sinéad O’Connor Find Peace?
“She can be shy and insecure. And yet she didn’t hesitate to stare down the cameras on American television to call out one of the most powerful men in the world.”
Willie Nelson’s 50-year Love Affair with Trigger, His Faithful Guitar
“A guitar sounds better as it gets older, just like a Stradivarius does.”
If You Think Billy Joel Will Never Write Another Song, You May Be Right
Billy Joel is totally over it.