Over the past year, 21CM has shared a whole new crop of stories about musicians molding the future they hope to inhabit. In this, our annual Favorites issue, we revisit pieces that moved us and ignited conversations among our readers.
Tim Page’s essay, “How Glenn Gould And I Became Friends,” first appeared in our August issue. Reflecting upon his immediate connection with the legendary pianist, Page provides a subtle reminder of music’s ability to deepen our connections with others.
Stanford Thompson wondered if music makes you a better person — and then he set out to answer this question through founding Play On, Philly! In July, we were able to visit some of the schools where Thompson’s program operates to hear from his students first-hand.
Then, we have three holiday bonuses: an expanded interview with Judd Greenstein, three newly produced “How To” videos by the members of 9 Horses and the launch of our December Connect: 21CM Book Club, featuring Pedro Alcantara’s “Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique.”
Finally, we celebrate our POP Picks curators, who catalogued another year of game-changing People, Organizations and Projects. Take a look at the finalists and vote for your favorites through December 31. We’ll announce the winners in each category as well as the POP Icon in our January issue.
As the year comes to a close and we reflect on all that we have accomplished together, I want to express my gratitude to my colleagues at DePauw, give a shout-out to our partners at Studio Fuse and celebrate the good work of the 21CM team. And thank you, to each of you who has joined in the conversation.
See you in 2018.