Music, the Universal Language?

Music, the Universal Language?


“…it’s a conclusion that also excises the élitism and snobbery from music, allowing for one to enjoy both Mozart and, say, Boston. Both Joscho Stephane and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both Oscar Peterson and Steve Winwood. Both Jessye Norman and Ella Fitzgerald. Both Jimi Hendrix and Stochelo Rosenberg. 

 

Makes me feel a lot better about myself when I find myself turning up ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen.'”

 

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Play A Different Chord

Play A Different Chord


There are a million million chord sequences in life. Some of them need to be changed out for new ones. Some need to go away entirely. Some need to be improved, some reduced, some simply modified. Some need components replaced entirely. That’s always true. In everyone’s life there are chords that just don’t work. They don’t change the fact that your life can have beauty, excitement, fun, thrills… growth. Continue reading Play A Different Chord

NPR Watch (4/20/17) – NPR Speaks Approvingly of Grand Theft


I wonder what NPR would have thought of, say, someone who hypothetically became a Conservative legend after having financed his magazine with counterfeit money. What if NPR found out, for example, that William F. Buckley had used a million bucks in counterfeit cash to launch National Review? Do you think NPR would have thought that was just a clever bunch of people finding a clever way to launch their Conservative media empire? Or, do you think rather that NPR might have been in scornful high dudgeon, insisting that the right-winger was really nothing more than a criminal, and a fraud?

Yeah… that last is a lot more likely. Continue reading NPR Watch (4/20/17) – NPR Speaks Approvingly of Grand Theft