Welcome to my blog! My goal here is to get more personal – and simply share stuff with my friends, family, and patients! You can expect some posts on the latest advances in cosmetic surgery (although it seems like there’ll be a fair amount of music-related posts – they’re too much fun to make!) I also expect that we’ll have more contests and free stuff, special events and even very special guests!
This is just another example of the musical point that I have been trying to make with Weiss Music Minutes in various genres: very many complete and satisfying musical ideas can be stated in 60 seconds or less (also look out for Weiss Medical Minutes.) In any case, this little recording of the first 16 bars (with a two bar intro) of Debussy’s Reverie is a perfect example. (Moreover, not only can this dream-like introductory section stand on its own, it is so unique and has such resonance that many people will hear this section once and remember it for the rest of their lives!) This performance was inspired by seeing Hershey Felder as Debussy at the Laguna Playhouse recently. If you haven’t yet seen him perform, remember his name, look him up on google, and see him somewhere. He performs all over the world, but comes to Laguna at least once a year. Enjoy, Dr. Weiss P.S. A few other Debussy-related performances: Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder, Happy Mother's Day 2018
“Waltz At Maxim’s” is also by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. This delightful tune from the broadway play Gigi is another beautiful love song. I think the music alone accurately evokes this exciting feeling. I’ve included it as another Weiss Music Minute – Valentine’s Day edition, and also because the arpeggio I’ve added at the end is so fun to play!
On this day in 1988 we lost Frederick Loewe, who composed the music for “I Could Have Danced All Night”. This is a love song from the musical My Fair Lady, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, published in 1956. The song is sung by the musical’s heroine, Eliza Doolittle, expressing her excitement after an impromptu dance with her tutor, Henry Higgins. Interestingly, in the 1964 film adaptation of the musical, the song was sung by Marni Nixon, dubbing the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn, who played Eliza Doolittle in one of her most memorable roles. Check out Audrey Hepburn doing the song on youtube – she does an excellent job of lip syncing, although I’ve read that she also had a great voice!
Mozart began writing dances when he was five years old! The minuet was slightly old-fashioned by Mozart's time. It was of aristocratic origin, elegant and stately. Mozart passionately loved dancing, and never missed the public masked balls in the theatre or his friends' domestic balls. Although a short piano piece, this is a good example of the simplicity of Mozart’s genius.
Today's Weiss Music Minute is a little change of pace; I've recruited Jamie, our Patient Coordinator and resident computer nerd to provide the vocals for this classic Christmas song. Enjoy our little cover of "White Christmas".
I'm beginning our Christmas countdown today with the classic, "I'll Be Home for Christmas." The song was popularized by Bing Crosby, who first recorded the song back in 1943, and was written to honor troops away from home. The composer, Walter Kent, was also responsible for another popular Christmas song! Kent also wrote "The White Cliffs of Dover", a song that was popular with British troops during the war much like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" resonated with American troops. I'd like to dedicate this song to any of our family of patients who are serving or have served - we appreciate all you do and we're wishing you the beginnings of a very merry Christmas!
Today's Weiss Music Minute is Today's Weiss Music Minute is a cover of an old Irish melody. "Danny Boy" lyrics were written by Frederic Weatherly, but the melody comes from an older tune called "Londonderry Air". If you've just stumbled upon this entry, you might also be interested in one of our latest features - Photo of the Week, where I share what I feel are particularly representative examples of the work that I perform.
Weiss Medical Minute - Local Anesthesia for Best Results! Weiss Music Minute - Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Today's Weiss Medical Minute discusses the benefits of local anesthesia for lower eyelid surgery. If you're a part of our "family of patients", you probably already know how passionate I am about local anesthesia providing the best results. If you're a prospective patient, I hope this provides a quick but comprehensive look into why I feel the way I do. Today's Weiss Music Minute is a cover of the classic song , "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" This song was originally made popular by Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, but has been covered by a number of musicians, from Fats Domino to Jimmy Buffett. Am I able to squeeze all the essence of the song into a minute? Watch that stopwatch! ?⏱
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! Since it's a holiday week, I've got an extra special treat for you - both a medical blog and a music blog! We're all busy and short on time - so I'm introducing 2 new continuing features: Weiss Medical Minutes and Weiss Music Minutes. Each Weiss Medical Minute is approximately one minute long and contains a concise medical discussion or explanation. With Weiss Music Minutes I will try to make the case that many complete musical songs or ideas can be fully expressed in 60 seconds or less. Let's see what you think. I hope your long weekend involves a lot of friends, family and love - things we can all be thankful for! Weiss Medical Minute - Eyelid Surgery Common Questions Eyelid surgery is fairly quick and relatively pain-free, but everyone has questions! Here are answers some of your most common questions about eyelid surgery. Weiss Music Minute - Tennessee Waltz Here's a one-minute cover of the Tennessee Waltz, one of my favorite songs, written by Redd Steward and Pee Wee King.