During most of my five-year musical career I was also a student an undergraduate at Haverford College from 1961 to 65, and a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania from 1965-69, pursuing a degree in linguistics. With all the cocky optimism of youth I was sure that I could combine careers, and in fact I had a model in the famous (or infamous) underground songsmith Tom Lehrer, a mathematician who taught at Harvard and later at UC Santa Cruz while giving the world such classics as ‘Poisoning Pigeons In the Park’, ‘The Masochism Tango’, the Oedipus Rex theme song, and ‘The Vatican Rag’. If he could do it, so could I!
Well, I ended up devoting most of my life to just one career. I moved to Los Angeles and then, armed with a Ph.D. from UCLA, joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where I’ve been ever since. But I continued my involvement with music. My Mandrake experience and my work with Linda had gotten me seriously interested in the harpsichord, and from 1971 through 1983 I studied it formally, first with Bess Karp at UCLA and then at Minnesota with the late Jane Burris. My indebtedness to these two magnificent teachers is beyond anything expressible in words. I gave occasional solo recitals and played here and there with ensembles, but my public appearances were rare. Some years ago I began teaching a course in the philosophy of music, and the two strands of my life came together for the first time.