Ten Albums

May 27, 2020By cannonesqueAutobiography, Music, Observations, Recordings No Comments

One of the things I love about Facebook is the opportunity to share and to learn from another’s sharing. Despite its various problems, Facebook succeeds at bringing many people closer than they might otherwise. This is especially the case for us classical musicians, who tend to be an introspective bunch, but who are also deeply … Read More

Cannon’s Canon of Orchestral Music

May 22, 2020By cannonesqueMusic, Observations No Comments

I love orchestral music. I also love making lists. And so, I have merged these loves to create the present list of noteworthy orchestral music. Cannon’s Canon of Orchestral Music Last week, a friend and singer in Cascadian Chorale, Trevor Tsang, asked casually on Facebook if anyone had a list of must-hear orchestral works, as … Read More

RIP Stewart Craggs

September 3, 2019By cannonesqueAutobiography, Observations No Comments

When you were young, did you ever want to be “The Next” someone? Perhaps The Next JFK, or Elvis, or Sally Ride, or Abdul-Jabbar, or Jane Goodall, or Toni Morrison. Someone you had never met, but whose work you infinitely admired. Someone who you longed to meet and learn from. Someone of whom you believed … Read More

An Old Friend

August 17, 2016By cannonesqueAutobiography, Observations 3 Comments

You never know the impact you have on someone’s life.When I was in high school, I was very interested in genealogy. This was partly for religious reasons (I was Mormon), and partly due to my fascination with history, geography, and organizing data. My church building had one of the few genealogical research centers in that … Read More

Why We Pun — or, Why Not To Groan

August 8, 2016By cannonesqueObservations 4 Comments

“There are two kinds of jokes: those that make you laugh, and those that make you say ‘That’s funny’.” It’s an old truism, and only mildly accurate. I intend to argue here that there are many joke-related utterances which are exceptions, particularly my dear friends: puns. There is a pervasive misconception that the sole purpose of … Read More

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