Unanticipated Perks of Scholarship

cageThis Thursday I will escape this long frigid spell we’ve been having in the northeast – to go to Miami! Where I will give a talk on John Cage’s 4’33”, at 6:30 Thursday evening, to open the New World Symphony’s John Cage festival, which lasts through the 10th. And I’m staying down there for it. Beachfront hotel, smoke a few cigars with my friend Mikel Rouse who’s down there doing an installation, sit on the beach, high near 80 degrees every day. If this is what musicology can get me in my old age, I’ll take it. I’ve been thinking lately, these are terrible times to be a composer, but pretty damn good times to be a musicologist.