Comments by Sylvia Maria Gross

Comment for "The Prince of Kosher Gospel"

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Review of The Prince of Kosher Gospel

This piece is just the musician's voice mixed with his music. Really fascinating . . . touches on issues of race and religion but from a very personal and thoughtful perspective. Nelson is much deeper and more intriguing than what I expected from the intro, which made me think it was just going to be a "hyphen" story . . . as in -- "african-american and jewish . . . how weird." Maybe the intro can be tweaked to indicate there's a lot more . . .

Comment for "Pieces of a Puzzle: Chuck Close and the Gee's Bend Quilters"

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Review of Pieces of a Puzzle: Chuck Close and the Gee's Bend Quilters

A really interesting idea - were you the first one to suggest to Chuck Close that his grandmother's quilting might have been an influence on him?

I really like the glimpse into Close and the quilters' working styles and the choices they make on a day to day basis, though I was craving more . . . maybe just more descriptions of these inspiring artists and their works of art.

It would have been nice to have an ending that really pulled it all together. Also, the singing is great, but could have been explained or better incorporated.

Comment for "Singing BeeGees in the Pit"

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Review of Singing BeeGees in the Pit

NICE! Good choice to go with no narration. This whole job is a complete surprise to me and it's always nice to hear about people working for the love of the art . . . sort of. The physical descriptions of the space and the show going on above create a great mental image. As a fellow shower-singer, I would be curious for a little more background on how you move up to the pit. A great listen.

Comment for "The Most German Day Ever"

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Review of The Most German Day Ever

Cute and gentle conclusion about German national character - I was just thinking how absurd it all was when he points it out. He keeps track of time measuring the number of beers. I'm still a little curious--why lawnmowers? The dog's not important . . .