Since I’m away from the Big Apple, Straight Up’s staff of thousands has had a brilliant idea to amuse you and me together. It will be posting a series of short videos made on the fly by my friend, the composer Bill Osborne, while he was in New York not long ago. He thinks of them as improvised Big Apple portraits, which he’s edited to fit selected musical scores. All told, they add up to something like an essay. Here’s the first one: “Times Square at Night.” Put on your headphones, click the photo or the title, and enjoy. Give it time to load. The music, by Maurice Ravel, is from the third movement (presto) of his “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, in G Major,” and was recorded by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Armin Jordan, conductor; Francois-René Duchable, piano) for the Erato label on a two-CD set entitled “Masterpieces of French Impressionism” (Cat.#: 8573-84255-5).