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ALL IS YAR has published the second half of its interview with Grant Gershon (The link to Part One can be found here).  This interview focuses more on the qualities Gershon wants in the Master Chorale singers as well as his work with the L.A. Opera and L.A. Phil.  Excerpt: “Frankly, I was never really that interested in changing the sound of the group as much as I was simply making it more flexible and more specific, so that we could tap into that sound when it was appropriate for certain repertoire: if we were singing English choral music, we could sound like a great [English] choir; if we were singing German that you could close your eyes and think that you were in Berlin or Vienna; even more so with French music, and especially American music.”

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THE MAKING OF LED ZEPPELIN’S WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: “I came up with the guitar riff for “Whole Lotta Love” in the summer of ’68, on my houseboat along the Thames in Pangbourne, England. I suppose my early love for big intros by rockabilly guitarists was an inspiration, but as soon as I developed the riff, I knew it was strong enough to drive the entire song, not just open it. When I played the riff for the band in my living room several weeks later during rehearsals for our first album, the excitement was immediate and collective. We felt the riff was addictive, like a forbidden thing.

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12 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO A MUSICIAN:9. ‘What’s Your Backup Plan’–‘What’s yours?'”

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25 THINGS SUCCESSFUL TEACHERS DO DIFFERENTLY: “Teachers who rely on that instant gratification will get burned out and disillusioned. Learning, relationships, and education are a messy endeavor, much like nurturing a garden. It takes time, and some dirt, to grow.