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 |  Paul Appleby

A Melodious Plea “Moon Song” by Arthur Johnston, lyrics by Sam Coslow I don’t have much to say about “Moon Song” except that it is one of my favorite songs, especially this delightful version from the great Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson album. These are two more of my favorite American artists and although both […]




 |  Paul Appleby

Running from the House White moon comes in on a baby face.The shafts across her bed are flimmering. Out on the land White Moon shines,Shines and glimmers against gnarled shadows,All silver to slow twisted shadowsFalling across the long road that runs from the house. Keep a little of your beautyAnd some of your flimmering silverFor […]




 |  Paul Appleby

Dream On Text and translation This classic gem from Fauré’s La bonne chanson evokes an unusually unmitigatedly positive image of the moon. For the Germans it seems der Mond can never come up without reminding you of death and loneliness, lol. For the French, it’s often simply the thing that gives you just enough light […]




 |  Paul Appleby

Hey song-of-the-day-ers! Thanks to NYFOS for welcoming me back to this blog to offer you guys songs to listen to this week. I am grateful for the artistic outlet this opportunity is affording me to think about songs in a deep way again. This pandemic is such a scary time for all of us in […]




 |  Dina Kuznetsova

The music of Antonín Dvořák has brought into my singing life perhaps the most pure joy. Dvořák’s blend of sophistication and rustic folk traditions yields melodies that are like rivers; you start floating among that beauty and you never want it to stop.  One of the most inspiring and heart wrenchingly beautiful performances I ever had the honor to be […]




 |  Dina Kuznetsova

Handel, simply put, is a wonderful composer. Dramatic, crisp, complex, emotional — his music maintains such freshness that my spirit and my senses light up every time I hear it.   Handel was not in my repertorial “comfort zone,” but I was lucky to sing the title role in Rodelinda in three productions, and the biggest […]




 |  Dina Kuznetsova

For my third Song of the Day we are again turning to Russia, and inching towards classical music (without quite getting there).  In turn of the 20th century Russia, classical art song (“Russian Romance”) coexisted and intertwined with Romani music (“Gypsy Romance”). Romani music in Russia has a long and incredibly popular tradition. Starting with […]




 |  Dina Kuznetsova

For my second installment, I continue with singer-songwriters, but move to Canada. Ever since I got introduced to his singing in the 1990s, Canadian bard Stan Rogers has been close to my heart. His deeply soulful voice, full of so many colors, and his lyrics, detailed and imaginative, never fail to move me.    By the […]




 |  Dina Kuznetsova

It is with deep love and gratitude I return to NYFOS Song for the Day. As we sit in our homes and think of so  many beloved familiar things with melancholy, my mind turns back to the songs I grew up with in Moscow.    My first selection is written by a famous Russian singer-songwriter, […]