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Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 2)

Hate to admit it, but the Star-T had a provocative article today about the Cliburn jurors whose students are competing. The practice of including...

Blogging the Cliburn (Semifinals Day 1)

Wish I could say I took the day off to sleep and decompress, but instead I went and caught up with my other duties...

Texas Troubadour Abroad: En Route to Verona

My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when...

Cliburn Semifinalists Announced

Okay, so after about 15 minutes' worth of speeches in Bass Hall, the semifinalists were announced. I must admit, the first-round performances had me...

Blogging the Cliburn (Day 7)

Last day of the first round! I'm not a fan of Les Misérables (I think I've mentioned this before), but I feel like singing...

Blogging the Cliburn (Day 6)

Four years ago, the Cliburn found me in the midst of a crash diet and doing my best to eat abstemiously. Now I've lost...

Texas Troubadour Abroad: Amsterdam

My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when...

Blogging the Cliburn (Day 5)

My fellow music critics reported feeling tired as early as the second day of the competition, but now it's all we can do to...

Blogging the Cliburn (Day 4)

On Memorial Day, we pause to remember the men and women who died defending our nation. I also pause to reflect that cultural discussion...

Blogging the Cliburn (Day 3)

This whole competition has lately reminded me of an exchange from Zero Dark Thirty, when the head of the CIA (James Gandolfini) talks to...