Michael Lawrence is an organist and composer who lives in Philadelphia.
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Steven Pressfield's 'War of Art'
Battling the demons of Resistance
The title of The War of Art, a little book on how to break through creative blocks and finish projects, is apt because author Steven Pressfield doesn’t pull any punches.
Calvin Hampton: An appreciation
An American genius
Calvin Hampton dared to take musical chances. While the results are uneven, his better compositions deserve a place in the repertoire.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard 200 farmers sing chorales unaccompanied.
Remembering Robin Williams (six)
Robin Williams: Empathetic hero
Robin Williams didn’t just make people laugh, he made them think, as we see in his best roles, when he played wise mentors.
Allen Ginsberg, 'Selected Poems'
Best of the Beats
It is fashionable and therefore easy to appreciate "Howl," but this volume, however inconsistent, is filled with gems that belong in the western canon.
Saved by rock ’n roll
No kidding: How rock expanded my musical horizons
It’s easy for a professional Classical musician like me to get stuck in a rut. Then rock music reminded me why I became a musician in the first place.
'Léger and the Metropolis’ at the Art Museum (2nd review)
Joys and neuroses of the machine age
Léger sought to escape the limits of the picture frame and use color to make an artwork part of the space in which it existed. But by celebrating mechanization, he and his contemporaries took the concept a bit too far.