Roc City Soundscape

Roc City Soundscape

from Paul Simon’s Strange New Batch Exceeds All Expectations

Over the year, George Payne has been Talker‘s music critic.


from Another Masterpiece for Radiohead

In Another Masterpiece for Radiohead, George took us to the Strasenburgh Planetarium. In Paul Simon’s Strange New Batch Exceeds All Expectations, inside Paul Simon’s latest album.

Today, George takes us all over town.

Photography by George Payne








A Rochester Institution

see In line and inside the Bop Shop for National Record Store Day

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
Hans Christian Andersen

Record Archive


“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”
Maya Angelou

The German House

see Come see yourself if Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem are right

“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”
John Lennon


see Forget EastplaceMarketview when you can Get Hip at Black Vinyl Friday at Bop Shop Records

View from the Ford Street Bridge

see The Spirit of Corn Hill Lives: Photographing Rochester’s Most Historically Diverse Neighborhood



Music is the only voodoo that works
South Wedge Mural

see Flower City Street Art and More Flower City Street Art

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Record Archive
Honey Bee
A natural dance


The Magna Ball in Watkins Glen
Record Archive Bike Rack


“I accept chaos, I’m not sure whether it accepts me.”
Bob Dylan

Humankind’s first instrument

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
Lao Tzu

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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