Paula Iwamoto-Schaap

A rock nyc Christmas Playlist # 2 Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) – The Pogues Reviewed

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | December 23, 2020

like the magic of a beloved Christmas song, a mother’s love is forever

If You Wanna Sing Out…?

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | December 12, 2014

I like to sing this song. I’ve liked singing it for 18 years now. It’s in my perfect range and the tempo is somehow irresistible. As long as no one can see me emoting like a 15-year-old who just got dumped by her boyfriend, I will continue to sing this song

Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key Of Life" In Performance At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, November 7th, 2014, Reviewed Take One

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | November 7, 2014

The legacy of Songs in the Key of Life is well-established. How exceptional that its live performance could highlight how relevant the songs still are, and the world-class caliber of Stevie Wonder on the opening night of his historical tour. I feel privileged to have been there.

Tree Planted as Memorial to George Harrison Killed by Actual Beetles

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | July 23, 2014

The tree had grown to ten feet tall as of 2013, but could not resist the onslaught of tree beetles (primarily bark beetles and ladybug beetles) that are common in Griffith Park. Though no date has been set, an LA City Councilman stated that the tree would be replanted.

Killer Queen: Queen At MSG, Take Two

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | July 19, 2014

They launched straight into “Now I’m Here” and it was rocking. Adam’s voice and energy were excellent, everything I’d hoped they would be. “Stone Cold Crazy” and “Another One Bites the Dust” had the crowd going, having fun, Adam’s vocals in good form. Yeah, he’s not Freddie, but I was okay with that (for now).

Fear the Earworm

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | June 20, 2014

I had this one bit from the Lumineers’ cover of “This Must Be the Place,” a song I really liked, go through my head over and over for WEEKS, until I was ready to take an electric drill to my skull. After that, I couldn’t hear that song without gagging a little. Chekhov, with that nasty larvae-thing in his ear, probably didn’t feel much worse.

My Love/Annoyance Relationship with Dawes

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | May 5, 2014

The first time I heard many of their songs, I was so enchanted by the sweet and clever lyrics, but after hearing the song multiple times, I started to feel like I really didn’t like it as much as I’d originally thought.

Here at Easter Time — Jesus Christ Superstar

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | April 19, 2014

“Hosanna, Hey Sanna, Sanna Sanna Ho, Sanna Hey Sanna Ho San-na! Hey JC, JC, won’t you smile at me? Sanna Ho Sanna Hey, Superstar!” The heart lifts.

"Violet" At The Roundabout Theatre Reviewed

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | April 16, 2014

The score of Violet (music by Jeanne Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley) melds bluegrass, country, Memphis blues, and rousing gospel. The set design by David Zinn features the look of a mid-century rustic bus station, all in blues. The orchestra is onstage throughout the show

Leaping And Hopping

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | April 12, 2014

I walked on the beach at Waikiki (it was a decent beach back then) and sang “Moonshadow,” literally leaping and hopping. It’s a deceptively simple tune, with instant appeal to a child

Broken Bells Funds Asteroid Project

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | April 6, 2014

Have committed proceeds from their upcoming tour to a project designed to protect the Earth from asteroids. The B612 Foundation’s Sentinel Project will receive a dollar from each ticket sold for the band’s US west coast tour.

The Legacy of Kodaly Music Education

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | April 5, 2014

Understanding of rhythm develops through the use of movement activities and singing games. Melodic and harmonic understanding develops through the use of solfege syllables (do, re, mi…), interval training, and hand signs

March is Music in Our Schools Month

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | March 15, 2014

March has been designated Music in Our Schools Month in the US since 1985. With the looming threat of budget cuts hanging over music in public schools, the event is a vital way to focus attention on the need for and benefits of quality music education for all children.

The Music of True Detective

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | March 11, 2014

Music Supervisor T Bone Burnett has crafted selections to punctuate the storylines to perfection. Including Lucinda Williams, John Lee Hooker, Steve Earle, and Johnny Horton, but also unexpected shots of indie rock, metal, psych rock, and rap

Tom Petty Songs for the Operating Room

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | March 1, 2014

This was the first time I’d heard of the music starting before the patient (meaning me) was knocked out. “The playlist today is courtesy of the doctor,” one of the nurses told me cheerfully.

‘Matilda the Musical’ at Shubert Theater, Reviewed

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | February 5, 2014

There were definitely problems with the production, however. As gamely as the kids try, they are young children and the incredibly fast-paced, at times intricate lyrics (sung with fake British accents) proved too great a challenge. At many points I had no idea what they were singing

Meet Run River North: Korean Rock Not K-Pop

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | January 22, 2014

“I feel there’s no one we can truly compare ourselves to because there isn’t another six-person Korean American rock band out there. We can’t be called ‘the next-anything’ because there isn’t something [like us] that came before.”

World's Largest Record Tops the Fabulous Forum

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | January 14, 2014

The Forum in Los Angeles is truly an historic sports venue, home to the Lakers back in their multi-championship years. It also hosted innumerable concerts, though frankly it wasn’t a very good place to see a show. The sound system left a lot to be desired, as I remember well from seeing Elton John there in the early ’80s.

Farewell, Treme

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | January 12, 2014

But the true main character of Treme, as realized and vibrant as any other, was the music. It infused every part of the show, from passing shots of buskers on the corners to the biggest names on the stages of Bourbon Street

An Abundance of Rock Christmas Songs

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | December 20, 2013

The rock Christmas album I remember best is A Very Special Christmas, which celebrated its 25th anniversary a couple of years ago. Everyone was playing it on Christmas 1987, even my mother-in-law.

Another Look At Disney's "Frozen"

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | December 13, 2013

There is no question in my mind that this will be adapted for Broadway, which was, no doubt, Disney’s plan all along. Even the choice of composers, the Tony-winning couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote Book of Mormon, lends itself to such an adaptation

New Wave Artists As Time Goes By

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | December 6, 2013

Most of the artists have put away the heavy makeup and Aqua Net of the 80s and let their more natural selves shine through (though not all: Martha Davis, Marc Almond, Anabella Lwin, Chrissie Hynde, Peter Murphy, and Siouxie Sioux are still sporting plenty of eyeliner).

The Flaming Lips School Orson Scott Card, Author of Ender's Game

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | November 16, 2013

Wayne Coyne became very troubled by reports of Orson Scott Card’s very vocal and highly publicized homophobia and public tirades against marriage equality. He decided to arrange for the EP vinyl to be etched with “Hey Orson Scott Card You Are Wrong” on one side and “Gay People Are Cool” on the flip side

Elvis Costello Solo, The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY, 11-12-13

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | November 15, 2013

“Tonight’s all about love!,” he called out to the crowd after the first few numbers, though he later amended this to add, “But the other side of that is deceit, betrayal, and heartbreak.”

Thoughts on the Justin Timberlake Audience Izod Center, 11/9/13

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | November 12, 2013

The crowd was there to drink in his sex appeal and let it wash over them along with the amazing laser light show. This was not a teenybopper show, as the music and dancing practically dripped sexuality, and the audience was not a bunch of kids (except for the ones who were)

The Avett Brothers, "Magpie and the Dandelion" Reviewed

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | October 26, 2013

“I and Love and You” haunted me for weeks, as I listened to it over and over again. Some of the plaintive beauty of that song, as well as the high-energy kick of their up-tempo songs from the album of the same name, are on display in Magpie and the Dandelion.

The Kids are Alright–Except When They Aren't

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | October 4, 2013

It’s a developmentally enriching experience for them to learn how music is made, and for them to understand that music is a living, breathing entity, one that they can enjoy with others in an energetic environment

"Newsies" At The Nederlander Theater, Sunday, November 15th, 2013, Reviewed

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | September 19, 2013

Jack Kelly (Corey Cott), leader and legend among the newsies, heads the strike that results from an increase in the fees the boys are charged for the newspapers they hawk on the streets

Mommies Who Rock

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | August 2, 2013

All moms rock in their own way, but some moms rock harder than others

Cyndi Lauper at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY, Friday, July 13th, 2013

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | July 15, 2013

Like Merida from “Brave” after a particularly rough night

Free CDs on 42nd Street? A Joke In Search Of A Punchline

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | July 5, 2013

I tried to keep on walking, but it was like a trap door had sprung. He grabbed me by the hand and asked, “Do you like hip hop?”

Sirius/XM Made Me Want to Listen to the Radio Again

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | June 24, 2013

I moved to Westchester County in 2004 and was shocked to discover that New York City was even more of a radio wasteland. How could it be that the two greatest cities in the United States fail to have radio stations of the same caliber as say, San Francisco or Seattle.

Cyndi Lauper And A Girl Who Wanted To Have Fun

By Paula Iwamoto-Schaap | June 18, 2013

I was a senior in high school in 1983, busy with SAT tests and college applications and impending adulthood, so it was a good time to be reminded that girls just wanted to have fun