Music

Episode 131: Warren Zanes

 A member of the Del Fuegos, he went on to teach at NYU, work on Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary, and write a biography of Tom Petty. During our conversation at the Princeton Public Library, he asserted that creative work is often the product of a miserable childhood. A counter-example offered by the audience: Leonard Nemoy, … Continue reading »

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Episode 104: Paul Williams & Tracey Jackson

He is a songwriter who’s won an Oscar, 3 Grammies and 2 Golden Globes for hits like “We’ve only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Her TV and film scripts include Confessions of a Shopaholic for Jerry Bruckheimer. They are the co-authors of Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations that will Change Your Life. We spoke at Glenn … Continue reading »

Music

Episode 92: Jill Sobule

 Like many people, I became a fan with I Kissed a Girl, a song that is both witty and warm, qualities that seldom coincide. At a time when the music business has squeezed out the middle, offering only massive stadium concerts or total oblivion, she’s resourcefully built a musical life — crowd-funding an album, touring with … Continue reading »

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Episode 52: Lissie

 A singer/song-writer at the start of what promises to be a glorious career, Lissie’s first album went platinum in the UK. She’s opened for Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. She’s given a TED talk. In October, she released her second album. “At her age,” says Randy, “I was just learning how to vacuum my apartment, … Continue reading »

Music

Episode 44: Eugene Drucker

 Eugene Drucker is a founding violinist with the Emerson String Quartet, an association that’s endured for more than thirty years. His most recent CD, “Journeys,” features two string sextets: Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht. In addition, he is the author of a novel, The Savior, published in 2007, defying the conventional wisdom … Continue reading »