Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Beethoven's Last Night (Atlantic, 2000)

It’s the spring of 1827, and in Vienna, Ludvig von Beethoven has just completed his Tenth Symphony, which is to stand forever as his masterpiece, his last and greatest work. As he revels in the triumph of such an accomplishment, … Continue reading

A Night In The Lonesome October, by Roger Zelazny (Avon Books, 1993)

It’s October, sometime in the late 1800s, and the fate of the world is at stake. Come the end of the month, a Ritual will be held, one that will determine once again whether the Great Old Ones break through … Continue reading

David Olney, Through A Glass Darkly (Rounder Records, 1999)

In the 1990 Dudley Moore movie, Crazy People, an ad executive goes nuts and is consigned to a mental hospital after he starts writing “truthful” slogans, like “Volvo: Boxy but good.” In that vein, and hoping that I won’t end … Continue reading

Kathryn Tickell and Friends, The Northumberland Collection (Park Records, 1999)

When I started out to write this review, I found myself at a loss for words. How do you describe “yet another Celtic music album?” Just what do you say about the umpteenth collection of traditional songs from England/Ireland/Wales/Scotland/all of … Continue reading

The Grimms’ German Folk Tales, by Francis P. Magoun, Jr. and Alexander H. Krappe (translators) (Southern Illinois University Press, 1960)

Once upon a time, there was a prince/princess/tailor/three sons/twelve lazy servants/a frog/a horse/a frog, a horse, and a prince/an old man. They fell on hard times/their father died/they were driven out of the house/they decided to seek their fortune/they decided … Continue reading

The Beggar’s Opera, by John Gay (Barron’s Educational Series, 1962)

The Beggar’s Opera, or at least the edition I recieved for review, and I, have an unusual history. Ever since I received this book in the mail, one thing after another manifested to distract me from my mission. Every time … Continue reading

Steve Gillette, Texas and Tennessee (Redwing Music, 1998)

Long considered one of the best in the field, Steve Gillette continues his track record with this highly satisfying, enjoyable album. The lyrics are rich, the vocals deep and energetic, and the music itself lively. I thoroughly enjoyed this taste … Continue reading