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From Bach to Bernstein & Sondheim

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(Plays guitar)
NEIL HOGAN: Nice. They’re off!
MATT B: Or… even better.
(Plays guitar)
NEIL HOGAN: (Laughs). That’s the Leonard Bern Steinberg.
MATT B: Yeah, yeah. You heard the Danny Osmond…
NEIL HOGAN: Okay.
MATT B: But of course he totally ripped it off the Bernstein.
NEIL HOGAN: I bet he has. And you know what, that remind me it’s the first time, when I was a sophomore in high school, the music director of our play came over to me and said “I head you play the guitar”. I said, “yeah”. And was “we’re doing a performance of West Side Story, you think you could play in the orchestra?”
MATT B: Wow!
NEIL HOGAN: And I said “sure, why not”…I don’t even heard of it…
MATT B: Yeah, yeah…
NEIL HOGAN: I mean, it had been out 6 or 7 years. I mean this is about 1970s or so, and…
MATT B: Did you read music at that time?
NEIL HOGAN: Yeah.
MATT B: Okay.
NEIL HOGAN: And so he hands me this book, you know, and says “you’re going to learn this.” I blocked out with this… and I was like…
MATT B: Yeah.
NEIL HOGAN: “What?”
MATT B: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
NEIL HOGAN: You know? I flipped open to a couple of things and I played this melody. I looked at it and they go (sings tune)
MATT B: Yeah! (sings tune)
NEIL HOGAN: I looked for that a hundred times and that can’t be the right note.
MATT B: Oh! That’s awesome.
NEIL HOGAN: Not the right note.
MATT B: (Laughs)
NEIL HOGAN: And so I think there was a key singing from mistake or something like that…
MATT B: Yeah.
NEIL HOGAN: And so I show up a few days later at the first rehearsal and I have fixed it…
MATT B: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! (laughs)
NEIL HOGAN: I was like (sings tune)
MATT B: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
NEIL HOGAN: And he looks at me like, what?!
MATT B: I thought she could play guitar?
NEIL HOGAN: Yeah (laughs)
MATT B: Yeah.
NEIL HOGAN: So I was, oh! I thought that was a misprint. It goes, “no that’s how it goes.” It’s like, whenever I noticed, it’s B flat. Don’t play a B there.
MATT B: My parents like that.
NEIL HOGAN: Yeah.
MATT B: Everybody thinks that Andrew Lloyd Webber is the king of musicals. No way man!
NEIL HOGAN: Oh! Not compare to those guys. And then somehow, he went off on his own…Bernstein really can do that many, you know? Even back in a world of classical…
MATT B: Yeah.
NEIL HOGAN: But he opened the door for Stephen Sondheim who just, man, took it over.
MATT B: Here is some trivia for you. Do you where Mr. Steven Sondheim graduated with his undergrad?
NEIL HOGAN: No.
MATT B: 1950, Williams College alum.
NEIL HOGAN: There you go.
MATT B: Isn’t that crazy?
NEIL HOGAN: Wow.
MATT B: Yeah, yeah! You know, his thesis that he did for his music degree is still in the library, the original thesis.
NEIL HOGAN: Wow.
MATT B: And he just recently went back and gave a lecture there with one of the music faculty, and yeah, yeah, he’s at Williamson __2.22___
NEIL HOGAN: That would be cool.
MATT B: And I wasn’t cool enough to __2.28___ but hey..
NEIL HOGAN: That’s okay… yeah.
MATT B: (Laughs) Who is?

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