John Adams just accepted my friend request on Facebook. There is a delicate art to figuring out if it’s really John Adams. (On MySpace, where nobody is who they say they are, it would be another story.) Here are some pros: he lists “Steve Riech” under favorite music (no official impostor from Boosey & Hawkes would let that slide). Actually that’s the only pro. Many more cons: his photos are all headshots of himself, dating back to the 80’s. I think it’s time he brought back the horn-rimmed spectacles, though I am biased in that regard. The “about me” section is just his program bio, with “I” replacing every instance of “John Adams”. This makes for a rather hilariously self-aggrandizing profile beginning “I am one of America’s most admired and respected composers”. Really John. Do tell.
In other news, I am now a New Yorker/freelancer/bum. I stay at home all day and do things on my own computer, which is nice! Here is something I recently worked on; hire them for your next Rosh Hashana gathering. I am applying for grants; I am procrastinating on writing a violin concerto by composing iPhone ringtones in Logic (for fun, sadly, not profit); I am consuming endless quantities of WNYC programming, which is incomparably better than WNPR (hearing Faith Middleton’s voice makes me want to get out my knife sharpener). I think I saw Ursula Oppens at the midtown Fairway last week; I couldn’t see what she was buying (Nancarrow, in bulk?) but she looked befuddled.