The Honest Broker

Ted Gioia
A trustworthy guide to music, books, arts, and culture
Created 24 Feb 2021
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  • The 100 Best Film Soundtracks: Part 2 (of 3)
    04 Aug 2021about 4 hours ago • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Here’s the second installment of my picks for the 100 best film soundtracks. Below I share another 33 soundtracks (in alphabetical order). I’ve excluded compilation soundtracks, Broadway adaptions, an...
  • When the Drummers Were Women
    01 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 17 2
    Background: This is the fourth in my series of profiles of innovators I call Visionaries of Sound—those rare individuals who celebrate music as much more than entertainment or even art, but as somethi...
  • Did Groupies Originate in the Time of Haydn & Mozart?
    28 Jul 2021 • 12 min read • 12 0
    Did Groupies Originate in the Time of Haydn & Mozart? By Ted Gioia Readers of my music books have noticed that I write a lot about sex. This might suggest that I have a lascivious mind. Ah, nothing co...
  • The 100 Best Film Soundtracks: (Part 1 out of 3)
    25 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 3
    As a bonus for paid subscribers, I’m sharing my 100 favorite film soundtracks—along with my thanks to each of you for your support. I’m publishing this list in three installments. Sharing all 100 at o...
  • The Secret Music Technology of Raymond Scott
    21 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 16 6
    Background: Below is the latest in my series of profiles of individuals I call visionaries of sound—innovators who are more than just composers or performers, but futurists beyond category. Their work...
  • Can We Stop Talking About "Rebranding" Classical Music?
    18 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 20 13
    Can We Stop Talking About "Rebranding" Classical Music? I need to say upfront that my bullshit detector starts ringing every time I hear the word rebranding. Not long ago, only big corporations used f...
  • A Plan to Preserve Music for 1,000 Years
    14 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 4 4
    Here’s an assortment of links, images, videos, and various amusements—as well as a music business concept. I’ll be back soon with more longform music writing. The Honest Broker is a reader-supported n...
  • The Jazz Great Who Never Was
    12 Jul 2021 • 12 min read • 22 25
    Frankly, I don’t recall why I reached out to pianist Austin Peralta back in 2008 or 2009. I vaguely remember that someone told me about him in an email—but I get recommendations like that every day. S...
  • I Write a Parenting Advice Column (or How I Became Famous in My Neighborhood)
    07 Jul 2021 • 14 min read • 42 16
    None of my neighbors subscribe to my Substack newsletter, as far as I can tell. That’s fine with me. I don’t talk much about my vocation around here. We’ve lived in this house for many years (although...
  • How Thomas Edison Changed Singing
    04 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 20 4
    by Ted Gioia I once made the glib claim that Thomas Edison had more influence on modern arts and culture than anyone else. It seems far-fetched. After all, Edison was a technologist, not an artist. Bu...