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As a boy, Kile Smith knew there was no freedom like riding your own bike on your own time. But now, as he watches the world go by from his garden, a whole new kingdom opens up.
Philly composer and essayist Kile Smith was traveling in Germany when he met an electrician with an extraordinary story in the months following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A photo of a common bird gives flight to Kile Smith’s thoughts on technology and gratitude. Where things really simpler “back then”? What do we witness nowadays, and how?
Composer Kile Smith offered his top-10 list of pop songs that mixed music and words into pure art. Now he’s back for another round, this time with icons of classical music.
Do lyrics serve the music, or vice versa? Sometimes, in pop music, you don’t have to decide. Listen to Kile Smith explain 10 times that pop songs mixed music and words into pure art.
For Kile Smith, the quarantine was well-timed: just as he’s working on his first commissioned opera, he took in a Wagner marathon thanks to the Met’s nightly stream.
Kile Smith visits a Cincinnati diner and meditates on the unexpected pleasures of live music and strange meats. You just never know what might happen.