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September 3, 2010

Friday musical relief: Streisand's 'Minute Waltz'

It's Friday and I'd like to be ducking out early for the Labor Day weekend like so many others, but I have to finish a story for Sunday's paper.

I've got only about a minute left before the editors get really peeved, so, naturally, I'm procrastinating.

I figured, hey, I've got to slip in a blog post real fast before getting back to my other task (I don't want my devoted cyber fans to think I've forgotten them), and that started me thinking about someone else facing similar time constraints -- Marie Antoinette (OK, my idol Barbra Streisand, from her fab TV special "Color Me Barbra") trying to sing a version of the "Minute Waltz" before the Chopin turned to chopping:

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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).

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Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at baltimoresun.com/artsmash. 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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