John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

Ska Version 4.0

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I missed the first wave of ska in the 60s, but like almost everyone in the 70s I knew reggae because of Bob Marley.

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Why Lower Voices Are Better

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Every parent eventually faces the question, “Why is the sky blue?” from their kids. I heard it this past weekend from my 14-year old daughter.

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Teenage Wasteland

Monday, April 19, 2010

What do you think of the teen idol phenomenon? Tell Soundcheck.

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The Grand Plan That Wasn’t

Friday, April 16, 2010

Do you have a favorite independent label – one whose taste you generally trust? Tell Soundcheck.


Some Notes on Program Notes

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Do you find program notes helpful before hearing a concert or a recording? Tell Soundcheck.

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Nirvana With Your Novocaine?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Has music made your visit to the dentist any easier? What did you listen to? Tell Soundcheck.

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The Great Theater/Theatre Debate

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Which country do you think has the better musical theater, the U.S. or the U.K.? Tell Soundcheck.


The Poor Tour Manager

Monday, April 12, 2010

Have you ever been a tour manager? Or a musician with a tour manager horror story? Tell Soundcheck

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R.I.P. Malcolm McLaren

Friday, April 09, 2010

Will you miss Malcolm McLaren? Will music? Tell Soundcheck.


The Robot’s Voice

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Do you have a favorite use of the vocoder in music? Tell Soundcheck.

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The Sound of Silence

Monday, April 05, 2010

Most people, especially those of us living in large urban environments, would say that we like to take a break from all the noise. And most of us would be wrong.


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Music and Sports

Friday, April 02, 2010

What’s your favorite baseball music – to hear, or to sing? Tell Soundcheck.


When Two Rights Make a Wrong

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Do you like live music in restaurants? Why or why not? Tell Soundcheck.

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The Definition of a “Gentleman”

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What do you think of the banjo? Is it annoying or awesome? Tell Soundcheck.


Musical Déjà Vu

Monday, March 29, 2010

What, if anything, should be done to support orchestras, museums, and arts organizations struggling in a tough economy?

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Glam Rock’s Unholy Trinity

Friday, March 26, 2010

What impact – for good or ill – do you think the trio of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed had on music? Tell John Schaefer and Soundcheck.


When Artists’ Estates Get in the Way

Thursday, March 25, 2010

When an artist dies, no one wants their art to do with them. That’s why estates – whether family-based or not –oversee what happens to a writer’s books or plays, a musician’s songs and recordings, an artist’s sketches and studies, etc.


Are You Talkin’ To Me?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Are there computerized voices that have been useful to you? Or are they paving the way for the destruction of the human race? We're serious. Tell Soundcheck.

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The Startling Clairvoyance of the Grateful Dead

Friday, March 19, 2010

Were you a Deadhead? What was the experience like? Do you see parallels to today’s music industry? Soundcheck would appreciate an answer.

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A Bad Day

Thursday, March 18, 2010

If you’re in the creative or performing arts, how do you deal with insecurity and stage fright?