I don’t know why it took me so long, but I finally checked out the American Music Center’s Counterstream Radio, and I haven’t turned it off since. It’s not just that Raz Mesinai used recordings of me and Joan LaBarbara to create their “audio logo,” or that within the first half hour of turning it on I heard some of my own music I haven’t heard for a while. Nope. I’m surprised it took me so long because they play some f#%king great music! Just in the last half hour I heard some Bill Frisell, Sun Ra, Paul Dresher, John Cage…, it’s like they looked in the “favorite composers” file in my brain and created their playlist. Then other times I’ve heard wonderful music by folks I don’t know, and also by people I’ve met but haven’t yet heard their music. Now I have. There are also “on demand” and special programs I’m looking forward to hearing, like their spotlight on pianist Jenny Lin and the conversation Sarah Cahill arranged between Elliot Carter & Phil Lesh (that’s Sarah for ya’). Thank you American Music Center!!