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‘Oh, Danny Boy, oh Danny boy I love you so’, but not in Southie and NOT in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Have you ever been to South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade? It is at the best of times a pitiable thing, ramshackle, disorganized, still smelling of the mother load that Billy O’Sullivan barfed on Monseigneur Murray last year as he bent down to bless the laddie, age 38 …

‘I’ve been workin’ on my rewrite, that’s right.’ An open letter to a young friend who wants to be a scribbler.

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I saw the way you looked at that photo of me on the  back of my first book. I looked so young, well-scrubbed, brushed and combed,  so smart with a dollop of profound sensitivity about the mouth, supposing I was  ready for anything, not even knowing the questions …

She made America and the whole wide world smile when we needed it most. An appreciation for the life of Shirley Temple Black, dead at 85, February 10, 2014.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note.  If I’d been smart, I  would have met Shirley Temple Black  in Prague August 20, 1968. I was finishing up several exhilarating days in the  ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia during the waning hours of what  was called “Prague Spring.” These were the glorious days when …

10,000 (Wo)men of Harvard. Oprah Winfrey at Commencement, May 30, 2013 and I am proud to be there for “bye and bye” has come at last.

Author’s program note. I knew I would go to Harvard Commencement this year after I read a disconcerting article in The Boston Globe some months ago. It cited the opposition of certain alumni to having Miss Oprah Winfrey as this year’s principal speaker and honorary degree recipient, Harvard’s chief honor. Their argument went something like …

‘Simple things made him happy.’ Dave MacNeill, dead at 80, August 28, 2012; a man whose blissful mission was music. An encomium for this man of notes.

October 24, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Interesting People, Life, Opinion

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s Program Note. When I was growing up in suburban Chicago in the 1950s listening to the musical compositions deemed “classical” was close to a signed admission that you were liberal, progressive, or worse, some kind of left-leaning, long-haired, sexually liberated and Communist sympathizing egg-head, and that’s a fact. Classical music …

‘Pardon the witches of Connecticut’, say relatives. ‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you.’ Some thoughts.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. It all happened a long time ago, in 1663 in fact, but some of the good citizens of Connecticut just cannot let it go. And it’s easy to understand why. After all, it was their ancestors who were burnt, hanged and otherwise mistreated because their anxious neighbors deemed …

At a lunch counter in Harvard Square. A place of friendly people and tasty meals; a dinosaur en route to extinction. Some thoughts.

October 18, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Fine Art, Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note.  We’ve been having a lot of rain lately here in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s the kind of rain that all locals greet with amiable forbearance, saying even to total strangers (especially if they are grumbling), “We need the rain.” It makes us feel important when we say it; as …

All Hallow’s Eve, October 31, 2012 with II Commendatore, the headless body of Ichabod Crane, still hopeful pathetic Linus van Pelt, and a Great Pumpkin youyou will never see and one you will. You’re invited… formal dress and all decorations to be worn…

October 11, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s  program note. Leave it to Mozart, thrilling Mozart, sublime Mozart to produce the most evocative music for the multi-aspect event we call Halloween. It is, of course, from “Don Giovanni” (premiered in Prague, 29 October 1787). I am talking of Il Commendatore’s adamant call to Don Giovanni, his summons to …

‘And a single ray of sunlight/ Reaches down to touch the golden boy.’ Another university, another day, another sex scandal, all because boys will be boys.

September 19, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. You’re beautiful. You’re young. You’ve got hormones to die for… and you know how to move a puck, no one better…  one with the swiftly moving hard disk…. skating like God Himself… dazzling… thrilling… the crowd on its feet for you, always on its feet for you. And …