More than Words

My mother talks and talks. Often our phone calls reach a point where I impatiently interrupt her, "Mommy, just tell me the short version!" Her stream of consciousness is torrential, and I have to avoid it so I can get on with my day.

But Beautiful: My Life with Billie Holiday

But Beautiful: My Life with Billie Holiday Every Saturday morning, when I was a little girl, my sisters and I went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for what we called "Saturday Classes": piano lessons, theory, music history-serious classical music training for serious little musicians.

Lara Downes in conversations with her friends and colleagues about the passions, projects, plans and problems unique to the lives of pianists, at work or at play.