54Manhattan, United States
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What I’m doing with my life
Playing music, listening to music, thinking about music, writing music, writing about music... you get the idea.
The first things people usually notice about me
My vintage pink aluminum spectacle frames attract a lot of attention. Complete strangers often ask about them and strike up conversations with me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
On my bookshelf (in no particular order):
J.D. Salinger, Margaret Atwood, Robert Walser, Michael Ondaatje, Günther Grass (in German), Umberto Eco, Rumi, Ann Michaels, Ursula K. Le Guin, Art Spiegelman, Graham Greene, Ivo Andrić, Isak Dinesen, Salman Rushdie, Patrick Süskind (in German), Susan Orlean, Jean-Paul Sartre, Katherine Mansfield, Milan Kundera, John Barth, Daniel Boorstin, Amy Lavender Harris

In my iTunes library (in very loose categories, and by no means a complete list):
• Gesualdo, Okeghem, Josquin, Monteverdi, Dowland, Marais, Dufay, de Lassus, Dowland...
• J.S. Bach, Heinrich Schütz, Purcell, Telemann, Handel, Corelli, Buxtehude...
• Haydn, Mozart, C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Boccherini...
• Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Reinecke, Brahms, Verdi, Berlioz, late Beethoven, Dvořák...
• Messiaen, Copland, Bartók, Scriabin, Vaughan Williams, Hindemith, Villa-Lobos, Ives
• Doc Watson, Elizabeth Cotten, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Mississippi John Hurt, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Flatt & Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Norman Blake, Carter Family...
• Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, Neil Young, Kate & Anna McGarrigle...
• Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams, Fats Waller, Pat Metheny, Melody Gardot...
• Bob Dylan, Eliza Gilkyson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Goodman, Kate Wolf...

Currently ticking up high play counts on my iPod:
Clarence White, Nanci Griffith, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Norman Blake & Tony Rice, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Slavek Hanzlik, Émilie Proulx, John Hartford, Leo Kottke, Debashish Bhattacharya, Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Jordi Savall, Glenda Faye (little known flat picker), Johnny Cash, Richard Thompson...

In my kitchen cupboard: spices and ingredients for making delicious Indian dishes. Although I don't have any dietary restrictions, I tend to prepare only vegetarian meals at home (unless I have company).
Six things I could never do without
My bicycle
My dancing shoes
Dark chocolate
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Racial inequality and other forms of social injustice, and whether or not things have improved substantially during my half century of living on this planet.
On a typical Friday night I am
At a percussive dance class.
You should message me if
• You live in NYC
• Our match score is higher than 90%
The two of us