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February 14, 2010

A Valentine's Day greeting for my faithful Clef Notes friends

Spent the morning doing some more shoveling, so I'm a little late with a Valentine's Day greeting to my valued readers. For that matter, thanks to that abundant gift from the sky last week, I never got around to mailing any Valentine cards out to those near and dear to me (not to mention finding one for the neartest/dearest -- sorry Robert; you'll have to consider your birthday later this week partly a belated Valentine).

So, here's the best musical way I can think of to say say thanks for following my ramblings on this blog, and to offer everyone best wishes for a pleasant Valentine's Day. As faithful readers know by now, there's one non-classical artist in particular who counts for a lot in my life, so it will come as no surprise that I've turned to her interpretation of the song most appropriate for the occasion (and the visuals that go with it just happen to be extra-appropriate for a whole bunch of us):

Posted by Tim Smith at 12:13 PM | | Comments (3)


Happy Valentine's Day to my favorite music critic!

Aw, shucks, I'm blushin'. And same to my favorite restaurant critic. Still can't believe you're retiring. Just won't be the same without my pod mate at the Sun. TIM

Thanks, Tim. That was sweet. One question: how did they manage to make all that snow look so ... attractive?

Good question. It almost made me think last week was really fun. TIM

Tim-Thanks for insight and hope you had a better day once you finished shoveling. Doing it in pairs is fun!

Fun? I hadn't noticed that. Maybe next time. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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