See Jane Rap!

Jane Lynch at Joe's Pub.

In “See Jane Sing!,” Jane Lynch’s show at the fabulous Joe’s Pub last week, Lynch played a character, but it was not the deliciously loathsome phys-ed teacher Sue Sylvester (Glee), her most famous…

Howard Fishman Collects Himself

Howard Fishman at Joe's Pub.

When Howard Fishman walked onstage at Joe’s Pub last week, I had two nearly simultaneous, somewhat opposing thoughts (indicating “first-rate intelligence”? Doublethink?). They were: 1) It doesn’t make sense for Howard—in a suit—to be…

Stars-in-Progress

I took this shot Thursday evening at Mercy studios as violinist extraordinaire Joan Chew, producer/engineer Nick Miller, and I were listening to the beautiful violin parts Joan had just laid down for my new song, "Tiny Stars." What a thrill…

Waiting for Her Essence: Lucinda Williams

That small figure with the blonde hair is Lucinda Williams, honest.

Well into Lucinda Williams’s set at Prospect Park in Brooklyn last Thursday, something happened that made me feel (helped along by a thermos of wine) as though I were…

Making All the Music She Can Make

Kind of blue: Gabrielle Stravelli with Pat O'Leary. Photos by Terry Bisbee.

“Sing it high, sing it low,” urged the jazz/pop singer Gabrielle Stravelli in the first tune, “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” of her show at Café Noctambulo…

Betty Buckley's Exquisite Blues

Joe's Pub, at NYC's Public Theater, recently featured Betty Buckley.

During Betty Buckley’s rendition of Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” last Saturday at Joe’s Pub, I had a succinct thought about the legendary singer: She makes you feel your heart…

We Have All Been Here Before

Last night at the Crosby, Stills & Nash concert in Brooklyn, I suddenly remembered seeing the group—or was it only Crosby and Nash?—years ago at an outdoor concert in New York. A freakish thing had happened that night: I was…

Music in Montauk

Montauk prepares the Green for its annual music festival.

I’m sad to be missing the Montauk Music Festival, which was about to start just as I was leaving Montauk yesterday. The festival is in its sixth year but I’d never…

Starry, Starry Night

My friend Neil Wexler took this photo of me last evening in front of Mercy studios on E. 14 St., where I’d just laid down lead vocal tracks for my new song, a ballad. Neil and my husband, Robert Rosen…

Nellie McKay Feels Free

Nellie McKay at 54 Below.

Deep into her set at 54 Below last night, Nellie McKay gave a clue, in the only original song she performed, as to why she’d chosen to do an album, the new My Weekly Reader,

This Idiot's Delight

Especially if you live in the New York area, you've probably heard that the great free-form radio DJ Vin Scelsa, currently of the equally great radio station WFUV, has announced his retirement, beginning May 2. When I was working…