September, 2006

Ran Blake Newsletter
News From Ran Blake HQ

September 2006

At Piano

Welcome to the September issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter.

August Recap

seniors savor solo standards

While most of the world takes it easy in August, for Ran it was a busy month. One highlight was his August 31 afternoon show at Goddard House, an assisted living center in Brookline.

Ran played a set of popular songs, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” “Take the A Train,” and “Dancing in the Dark.”

Sensing there were some aspiring vocalists in the audience, Ran took several requests for singalongs after his prepared set. Residents belted out “And the Band Played On,” “Summertime,” and “Girl from Ipanema.”

Ran also was featured in the Goddard House newsletter.

Along with this show, two other events we told you about last month — the open forum on Shostakovich on August 15 and the Ran & Friends concert at Rutman’s Violins on August 24 — went well. Thanks to everyone who attended or participated in these events.


Help Wanted

join the few and the proud who work for Ran

Ran is looking for a new assistant or two to help him on various projects at his Brookline residence. The most important skill is proficiency with computers (ideally the Mac). Fast typing, good spelling, and general problem-solving and organizational skills are also important.

This is a paying position. Hours are somewhat flexible and might range from 4 to 15 a week. Some weekend work is required. If you’d like a more complete job description, please email Steve at

Cat People

October 30 at Jordan Hall

Tex Ran’s got cat fever for the next couple of months as he prepares for the fall student performance October 30 at the New England Conservatory.

Each semester, Ran organizes an evening of performances by advanced students in NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department. The theme for the fall semester show is “Cat People.”

The evening will include performances of music from Jacques Tourneur’s famous 1942 film of that title and other movies with literal or figurative feline themes, as well as several film clips. Ran hopes the show will prompt the audience to reflect on various cat metaphors, such as “who is the cat and who is the mouse?” and “is the cat the killer or the victim?”

The concert, which is free, is at Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Back to School
Ran is teaching three courses at NEC

bagThis fall Ran is teaching three classes at the New England Conservatory: methodology, development of personal style, and film noir. As always, he’s also giving occasional private lessons.

If you’re wondering, that’s my cat Tex in the photo. See you next month.

Ran Blake