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A Thank You to My Reader

How Sigrid Undset Went from Secretary at an Engineering Firm to Nobel Prize Winner

What Can We Learn from Barnes & Noble's Surprising Turnaround?

An End-of-Year Assortment from the Honest Broker

Four Perspectives on Bing Crosby

Has TikTok Already Peaked?

The Best Online Essays & Articles of 2022

My Afternoons with the Singing Bowl Lady

My Favorite Jazz Holiday Story: Lester Young's Christmas Comeback

How Neuroscience Confirms the Most Ancient Myths About Music

The 100 Best Recordings of 2022 (Part 2 of 2)

The Music Gig from Hell

The 100 Best Recordings of 2022 (Part 1 of 2)

How Web Platforms Collapse: The Facebook Case Study

The Best Recordings of 2022 (Honorable Mention List)

Why TikTok Users Love Sped-Up Songs

My Quest to Preserve the Secret Blues Archive of Mack McCormick

12 YouTube Videos I'm Enjoying Right Now

It's Open Mic Day at The Honest Broker—Tell Us What You're Doing

Is There a Science of Musical Transformation in Human Life?

How I Joined the Euro Jazz Cult

The Amazing Music Murals of North Carolina

Academic Publishing and the Death Instinct

The 50 Best Works of Non-Realist Fiction of the 21st Century (Part 3 of 5)

The Scandalous Destruction of Jazz Landmarks in New Orleans

Don Quixote Tells Us How the Star Wars Franchise Ends

The Parable of the Molimo

How the Record Industry Ruthlessly Punished Milli Vanilli for Anticipating the Future of Music

More than 20 of My Favorite Links Right Now

Why Musicians & Other Creative Professionals Will Soon Get Their Revenge on the Old Guard

The Secret Origins of the Musical Conductor

Open Mic at The Honest Broker

9 Facts About Guitarist Pat Metheny as a Youngster

The Remarkable Diaries of Composer Ned Rorem (Who Celebrates His 99th Birthday Today)

The Honest Broker Turns 18 (Months)—Here Are Our 18 Most Popular Articles

Have Smart People Stopped Writing Books?

The 50 Best Works of Non-Realist Fiction of the 21st Century (Part 2 of 5)

Has the Internet Reached Peak Clickability?

How I Got Fired from the Jazz Police

What Do Conductors Really Do? (Part 1 of 2)

The Music I Would Play for Extraterrestrials If I Was Abducted by a UFO

The Four Comebacks of Art Pepper

The Nostalgic Turn in Music Writing

The 50 Best Works of Non-Realist Fiction of the 21st Century (Part 1 of 5)

20 Predictions for the Music Business in 10 Years

Who Predicted the Toxic Psyche of the Digital Age Better—Sigmund Freud or His Nephew Eddie?

24 Items Offered for Your Amusement and Enlightenment

YouTube May Force You to Watch 10 (or More) Unskippable Ads in a Row

Why Is the Oldest Book in Europe a Work of Music Criticism (Part 2 of 2)

15 Observations on the Emerging Vertical Dimension of Cultural Conflict

The Buying Mania for Old Songs Has Come to a Sudden and Ugly End

When Duke Ellington Made a Record for Just One Person—Queen Elizabeth

The Plan to Turn Thelonious Monk into a Jazz-Rock Fusion Star

Why is the Oldest Book in Europe a Work of Music Criticism? (Part 1 of 2)

The Rise of Beatlemania as Chronicled in a Teenager's Diary from 1964

The Golden Age of Rock with Horns (1966-1977)

Why I Moved to Austin—and How It’s Working Out

Wayne Shorter in the 1960s: 10 Classic Compositions

How Short Will Songs Get?

Music to Raise the Dead: The Secret Origins of Musicology

A Thank You, an Update, and a Remarkable Lesson on How to Play Piano for a Singer

10 Reasons Why I'm Publishing My Next Book on Substack

12 Albums I'm Enjoying Right Now

10 Observations on Tragedy in a Digital Age

My 10 Rules for Public Speaking

The Gnarly Frank Zappa Essay (Part 3 of 3)

While Rome Collapsed, the Citizens Fought Over the Colors Blue and Green

How Did Elevators Lose Their Music?

Why Old Stars Dominate Pop Culture (Podcast)

The Strangest Book in Harvard Library

How My Career as a Poet Was Killed by Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

How a Prominent Composer Lost His Wikipedia Page—and Got Entangled in Kafkaesque Nightmare Trying to Get it Back

Two Open Letters to the Pulitzer Board and Staff on the Duke Ellington Petition

I Pay Tribute to Gene Palma and the Forgotten Street Musicians of New York

16 Ways I Learn About New Music

We're Making Progress in Our Campaign to Get Duke Ellington the Pulitzer He Was Denied in 1965

How My Music Got Featured in 'Better Call Saul'

Let's Give Duke Ellington the Pulitzer Prize He Was Denied in 1965

The New Numbers on Music Consumption Are Very Ugly

How a Doctor Killed the Baroque Era

The Gnarly Frank Zappa Essay (Part 2 of 3)

12 Books That Changed How I Hear Music

The Word of the Year Is: Sophistry

Why Did Medieval Cities Hire Street Musicians as First Responders?

The Gnarly Frank Zappa Essay (Part 1 of 3)

The Hot Mess of Fair Use for Music Educators

50 Essential African Albums (Part 3 of 3)

Where Did the Long Tail Go?

A Motley Assortment of Observations, Links, Songs, Images, and Idle Amusements

New Songs for Enhanced Interrogation of Your Frontal Cortex

The Day the Police Came to Arrest Me at Stan Getz’s House

These 20 Startups Want to Control the Future of Music

Advice to Musicians from Martin Heidegger

When They Had a Contest to Rename Jazz

Music in Heaven

Record Labels Dig Their Own Grave. And the Shovel is Called TikTok.

50 Essential African Albums (Part 2 of 3)

14 Warning Signs That You Are Living in a Society Without a Counterculture

6 New Albums Your Corporate Algorithm Won't Tell You About

The Dance Business that Scandalized America in the Jazz Age

Is the Middle Class Musician Disappearing?

I Have a Frank and Unfiltered Conversation with Rick Beato

50 Essential African Albums (Part 1 of 3)

A New Model for a Music Conservatory

I'm Put on the Spot—and Forced to Defend the Humanities in a Room Full of Medical Students

The Guitar as the Instrument of Seducers

Did Duke Ellington and George Gershwin Have a Secret Rivalry?

The Honest Broker Wins Two Awards

Spotify Shares Now Selling at Less Than the IPO Price 4 Years Ago

The Most Unlikely Jazz Star of Them All

The Music Business Turns Into Groundhog Day

Count Basie and Me

The Netflix and CNN+ Disaster—and What's Next for Subscription Streaming

The 30 Most Popular Articles on The Honest Broker

Did the Blues Originate in New Orleans?

The Most Cynical Novel Ever Written

The 14 Best Moments of Music Integrated Into a Movie Narrative

The Fake Artists Problem Is Much Worse Than You Realize

How Nobel Candidate Javier Marías Became King of a Caribbean Island Because of a Novel

The First Music Streaming Service

Naysayers Will Tell You This Isn't Really Classical Music—Don't Believe Them

The Wailing, Keening Sound as a Hidden Current in Music History

For the First Time in History, a Classical Radio Station Takes Top Place in its City

How to Succeed in Arts Management Without Compromising Your Values

An Introduction to Texas Blues in 12 Tracks

The Case for Super Vinyl

Remembering Jazz Pianist Jessica Williams (1948-2022)

Jack Kerouac at 100: Part 2 (of 2)

Jack Kerouac at 100: Part 1 (of 2)

I Share a Cool New App (and a Shameful Video)

I Presided at the Birth of Google

Making a Case for Amy Winehouse as a Jazz Singer

Bandcamp Just Got Acquired by a Video Game Behemoth

What Is the Oldest Music Company in the World?

The Bands Are Never Coming Back

My 13 Favorite Locked Room Mysteries

Protest Music Hasn't Disappeared—It's Everywhere (Except the Music Business)

A Regulator Asks My Advice on Blockchains for Musicians

Could Medieval Bards Kill Rats with Their Songs and Rhymes?

I Return to Vinyl After 34 Years

How to Commit Murder Inside a Locked Room

7 New Albums from 7 Countries

Why Netflix Will Falter

The Magical & Musical Research of Hans Jenny, Creator of Cymatics

James Joyce's Ulysses Turns 100 Years Old Today

How to Abandon a Music Career

A Strange Medieval Manuscript Taught Me How Couples Flirted and Courted a Thousand Years Ago

Beethoven's Return from the Dead

"Multitasking Isn't Progress—It's What Wild Animals Do for Survival"

My Appearance on CNBC—and Other Responses to the 'Old Music Killing New Music' Article

Is Old Music Killing New Music?

The Discovery of Buck Hammer

A Tribute to Terry Teachout (1956-2022)

How Michael Brecker Reinvented the Concept of Jazz Hero

Music in Hell

The Man Who Put Me in Awe of the Philosopher's Vocation

You Don't Need a Mentor—Find a Nemesis Instead

Eleven Wild Guesses on How Blockchain and NFTs Will Actually Impact Musicians and Songs