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What Do People Want From Pop Music: A Case Study In Creativity

Although I don’t listen to normal radio very often, I have always cared a great deal about pop music, whether it meant going to the occasional concert, being a DJ on college radio (where my tastes were considerably more populist … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me Angel: A Case Study In Giving The Lie

One of the more fascinating aspects of antebellum Southern culture to me is the widespread phenomenon of “giving the lie.”  This particular expression refers to the exercise of one’s social power so that one affirms what is contrary to objective … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Todd Rundgren

Earlier today (as I write this), I found myself greeted by a series of requests for me to write about the case for induction for Todd Rundgren, expressed with a sense of frustration and irritation that he had not been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Songs In The Shade Of The Flamboyant Tree

Songs In The Shade Of The Flamboyant Tree:  French Creole Lullabies And Nursery Rhymes, collected by Chantal Grosléziat, arranged by Paul Mindy, and illustrated by Laurent Corvasier I have to admit that I found this collection of materials pretty pleasing … Continue reading

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The Many Layers Of Panini

First of all, let us be clear about what we are talking about.  As much as I enjoy a good panini, I am not talking about the tasty food, but rather about the song by Lil Nas X.  In this … Continue reading

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The Fan As Ambassador

For a variety of reasons, I tend to think seriously about the issue of fandom [1], not least because it is an issue which I find to be greatly important in surprising ways in our lives.  To say that one … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Song Machine

The Song Machine:  Inside The Hit Factory, by John Seabrook Reading this book did something strange, and that was make me feel sympathetic for most of the people involved in the song machine that goes on in contemporary pop music.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Maestros And Their Music

Maestros And Their Music:  The Art And Alchemy Of Conducting, by John Mauceri This book was a fascinating one to me for several reasons.  For one, I have long been involved in choral and orchestral music, since my youth in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide To Classical Music

The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide To Classical Music, by Tim Smith As a child I would listen to NPR because my grandmother liked to listen to classical music on the radio, and this book is precisely the sort of book … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Diana Ross

Like some artists on this list of snubs, Diana Ross is technically in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes, with whom she started her music career.  That said, like many artists, she not … Continue reading

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