There were no musicians in my immediate family.My dad loved music Al Jolson, Ted Lewis, And that Mills Brothers It threatened him. I didn’t go to many concerts as a boy or a young man. I grew up on vinyl. The composers who made me a music lover died long before I was born.
As a teenager, I started listening to the music of several living composers — mostly Shostakovich When Stravinsky; barber, Copland When Menotti. It wasn’t until I started writing about music as a journalist that I finally caught up