The Orchestral Music of Sibelius and Shostakovich

Most of my favorite composers plied their trade entirely or primarily during the 19th century. Two exceptions are Sibelius and Shostakovich. Shostakovich was the only one in the club to be born during the 20th century, while Sibelius straddled the 19th and 20th centuries, with much of his output coming during the 20th. As IContinue reading “The Orchestral Music of Sibelius and Shostakovich”

Manayunk’s The Rook

Manayunk is one of Philadelphia’s more interesting neighborhoods. It’s main drag – conveniently called Main Street – is home to an array of shops and restaurants, while its side streets are lined with old houses, extremely narrow and, in some cases, on small, but steep hills. While I’m by no means anti-Manayunk, for whatever reasons,Continue reading “Manayunk’s The Rook”

Late Addition to My Steak List – with Pizza to Boot

There are probably hundreds of cheesesteaks available in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. I have never had any intention of attempting to try anywhere near all of them. After casting a wider net during the early months of this project, in the interest of saving time and calories, I’ve limited myself to visiting shops thatContinue reading “Late Addition to My Steak List – with Pizza to Boot”