Miss Music Nerd
Columnist, The Morton Report
Covering Nerdy Music
missmusicnerd.com and grammy.com.Miss Music Nerd is the nom de net of Linda Kernohan, composer, pianist and music journalist. Her music has been played across the U.S. and Europe, and she has performed in a wide variety of venues, from a West Hollywood nightclub to the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. She also writes at
Friday Jul 22, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Cover art for recordings of classical music doesn't usually generate controversy, but that changed this week when the Nonesuch label released the cover art for composer Steve Reich's *WTC 9/11*, to be released September 6, in time for the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack that the piece is about.
Friday Jul 8, 2011 35:00 PM ET
The other day while perusing the ol' Facebook feed, I came across a video link that had my fellow music nerds jumping up and down, responding with comments like "Yes, yes, yessss!!" It was definitely an "I'll have what she's...
Friday Jul 1, 2011 15:00 PM ET
English composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Musicians proposes fines for concertgoers who fail to silence their cell phones. He may be a bit cranky, but musicians can't help being extra sensitive to sound--their brains are built for it!
Friday Jun 24, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Miss Music Nerd has been trying to incorporate more exercise into her life of late. While taking a brisk walk the other day, I heard the sound of brass instruments wafting through the trees... Nerdy music follows me everywhere I go!
Friday Jun 17, 2011 10:00 PM ET
No one ever said the life of a classical composer was easy...It's a depressing reality of the artistic genius biz that one of the best career-advancing moves you can make is kicking the bucket!
Friday Jun 10, 2011 15:00 PM ET
Classical music performances are typically rather formal and understated affairs, with an unwritten code of etiquette that the uninitiated or non-compliant breach at their own peril, risking disapproving looks and murmurs from fellow attendees. Every once in a while, though, classical decorum breaks down, and chaos ensues.
Saturday Jun 4, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Did you know that surround sound dates back as far as the sixteenth century? It's true, but of course, it was done a bit differently back then.
Friday May 27, 2011 12:57 AM ET
It's funny how music follows me everywhere I go, even when I'm supposed to be taking a break! I arranged to practice the piano at a local church, because music never sleeps and I have playing to do when I get home!
Friday May 20, 2011 55:00 PM ET
Whenever I'm tempted to throw up my hands in disgust at the absurdity of "this ever-changing world in which we live in," I turn to music to make it all better. Here, then, are some classical selections to help us appropriately mock, I mean, mark, the occasion!
Thursday May 19, 2011 25:00 AM ET
Have you ever heard a piece of music that instantly felt familiar to you, even though you knew you'd never heard it before? I mean the kind of feeling you get when you make a new friend and immediately feel like you've known them all your life.
Wednesday May 18, 2011 25:00 PM ET
I can never quite make up my mind about Gaga, which, I'm sure, is by design. Is she good-hearted and sincere or outlandish and superficial?
Friday May 13, 2011 00:00 PM ET
When you hear the word "opera," do you picture a high-class affair in an ornate hall, attended by blue-haired ladies wearing furs, and featuring doomed lovers bellowing in a language you don't understand, backed up by a chorus of soldiers...
Friday May 6, 2011 55:00 PM ET
Every once in a while, someone in the music world finds it convenient to proclaim that classical music is dead or dying, provoking others to argue that it is more vibrant than ever. It's a fun little debate to have;...
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