Category Archives: Life

Love is the beginning and love is the end

This one goes out to my baby: Exactly 20 years ago, on Feb. 2, 1994, Helen and I went on our first date. We got dinner at It’s Greek to Me in Minneapolis and realized (probably before we finished the … Continue reading

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The Dark Within The Dark

Jonathan Bellman At the beginning of my final year—quarter, actually: fall 1979—enrolled at UCSB, there appeared a green, hyper, talkative violist and composer, an odd mix of self-confidence and neurotic insecurity named Gregory Michael Amov.  For reasons never became clear, Greg … Continue reading

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Performance Practices Goes REALLY Mainstream

Jonathan Bellman So I’m picking up some sliced turkey at the Safeway deli counter.  The conversation usually goes this way: (1) the counter person asks me what I would like, (2) I place my order, and there is some chitchat about … Continue reading

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The Come-To-Jesus Talk

Phil Ford It’s just a little more than week away from the beginning of classes here at IU, and moving vans are disgorging futons and M.C. Escher posters everywhere in the streets of my neighborhood, out-of-towners are driving the wrong … Continue reading

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Eulogies for Dad

Jonathan Bellman At 8:30 PM on 23 July 2009, my father, Samuel Irving Bellman, passed away.  The funeral was yesterday, and my older brother Joel and I both gave eulogies, in addition to my Aunt.  My son Benjamin read a poem he … Continue reading

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Aloha ‘Oe

Jonathan Bellman Apologies for the lack of blogging.  The semester was a punishing one (papers, performances), and the END of said semester even more punishing, in terms of grading and so on.  Since then, I’ve been doing program notes for a couple … Continue reading

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A Conversation from 1975

Jonathan Bellman Spring 1975. Dramatis personæ: SANDRA EAGLETON, my Advanced Placement English Teacher, my senior year at Claremont High School, who had also taught English part time at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in my father’s department. JON, a long-haired, … Continue reading

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