No Song is Safe From Us

No Song Is Safe From Us - The NYFOS Blog
 |  nyfos

This has been stuck in our heads since watching the recent tv series Fosse/Verdon. That noise! That vocal car horn of a sound! Where did come from? How did it end up in the show? Why?!? Better to give up the questions and just enjoy the dance. Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon perform “Who’s Got […]




 |  nyfos

A selection from Karol Szymanowski’s sensual and obsessive song cycle Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin,”W południe” (“At Noon”) opens in a city “white with heat.” Its descending phrases capture the languid, wilting feeling of a humid day, before the singer grows excited by a vision of the object of his obsession bathing in the nude. […]




 |  Sari Gruber

With this final Song of the Day, I want to return to my deepest musical roots, and I have been agonizing about this selection, which could have been of any of the great classical composers. Mozart would have been an obvious choice, since his music has followed me throughout my personal and a musical life. […]




 |  Sari Gruber

Sarah Vaughan’s voice became one of the objects of my jazz obsession in college, where I was spending far more time than was probably good for me singing jazz in an a capella group called Redhot & Blue.  (The arrangements were great. Don’t judge.)  With the high musical standards of this group (no, really!), I […]




 |  Sari Gruber

When a singer welcomes a child into the family, there are many nights of baby-rocking that put to practical use the collection of lullabies learned for the recital stage. De Falla’s “Nana” was a song I had performed only once as a student at Tanglewood Music Center, but it reemerged from my long-term memory early […]




 |  Sari Gruber

After discovering American popular music later in my childhood, my mind was also blown at the discovery of musical theater, which was sort of like the opera I had grown up with in Germany, but just so deliciously American.  As a twelve-year-old, having lost my German accent and gained an American musical sensibility, I enrolled […]




 |  Sari Gruber

I arrived in the U.S. at nearly nine years old, speaking very little English and having no idea that there was anything to music beyond the classical composers to whom I had been exposed by my parents.  I had cut my teeth on Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Richard Strauss, and Wagner. Imagine how my mind was […]




 |  Scott Murphree

Happy summer! Today is the summer solstice and here in the northern hemisphere we will see the most daylight hours we’ll have all year. I remember being enchanted by Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night and marveling at how special the light seemed in the nighttime scenes that were shot outdoors.




 |  Scott Murphree

When I was in college I had my first encounter of actual “contemporary” music that was written for a singer. A graduate student was performing Joseph Schwantner’s Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro and I was mesmerized. Up to that point I had only heard the usual “classical” songs that most young singers know about. I […]




 |  Scott Murphree

I used to practice yoga regularly but I’ve fallen out of it in recent years. I guess this is a gentle reminder to myself that I want to get back into it. I reaped multiple benefits from practicing yoga: physical, mental, and spiritual. The word “yoga” literally means “union” and the concept that ‘we are […]