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Savage Beauty

In honor of the opening this weekend of "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I've put my song "Alexander/Isabella" on YouTube. I read that some of McQueen's pieces that were too fragile to…

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: one of a kind

The cover of the Metropolitan Museum publication Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

 

This morning I remembered that the extraordinary fashion designer Alexander McQueen died five years ago this month. When I looked it up, I saw that his funeral was exactly…

Déjà Vu

I’ve been working on a new song and played it the other night right after my husband, Bob, returned from his daily five-mile walk. He had gone straight to his computer but I was hoping he was listening.

“What do…

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Madame Olenska Redux

My producer Nick Miller working with the high harmonies I'd just recorded yesterday for "Madame Olenska." Mercy Studios, NYC. We're very close to finishing!

The Freewheelin' Barb Jungr

Dee Burton, Barb Jungr, and myself at 54 Below.

 

Last night I went with my friend Dee Burton and her friend Bob Goldberg to see the cabaret singer Barb Jungr (winner of numerous Time Out and other awards), accompanied by…

Live from Buenos Aires

 

Octavio Cavalli and Robert Rosen at Cafe Reggio, NYC, 2014.

 

“Do you know Mary Lyn Maiscott?” Octavio Cavalli asked my husband, Robert Rosen, tonight during an interview on his Buenos Aires podcast,Lennoncast. It was a joke, of course…

Grammy Nominations

I just read the long list of Grammy nominees (damn, there are a lot of categories) and was pleased to see that among the obvious—the bedazzling Beyoncé, the can’t-shake-her-off Taylor, the soulful Sam—were a couple of longtime favorites of mine…

Girlie Karaoke

 

Thursday night Joan Chew, who played violin on my single "Alexander/Isabella," went with me to the 20th-anniversary party of the music PR company Girlie Action. The exuberant Girlies had arranged for the fantastic keyboardist Joe McGinty, of Psychedelic Furs and…

Spotify, Taylor Swift, and Me (Representing the Little Guy)

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As you probably know, Taylor Swift has pulled her music from the streaming service Spotify, causing all kinds of headlines and apoplexy. ASCAP, of which I am a member, has already advised me to follow her lead and to…

Madame Olenska

Book covers of The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton.

 

Nick Miller, a producer at Mercy Studios, and I will be putting the finishing touches—or perhaps the penultimate touches, to be realistic about it!—on “Madame Olenska” today. (It will be…

In the Studio

Yesterday I worked on a recording of my song "Madame Olenska" with Nick Miller, of Mercy Studios. Here he is working on the mix; the purple and blue waveforms at the bottom are lead vocals, two takes, and that's the…