by | Jul 10, 2019

The organizers of the August 3 Detroit music festival AfroFuture Fest sparked outrage when the organization charged “people of color,” or POC, an early bird rate of $10 for entrance to the music and art festival while charging white people (non-POC) $20….

by | Jul 2, 2019

Concert tickets are expensive. It’s risky to rely on music reviews to choose which performances to attend. Critics are fallible. They don’t always recognize true art. In contrast, the United States Supreme Court has long regarded itself as infallible, because…

by | Jun 25, 2019

Leftists are at war with the freedom of conscience … again. Pop star Taylor Swift released the music video for her new single “You Need To Calm Down” on June 17. The video features many prominent celebrities in the LGBT community,…

by | Apr 3, 2019

Frederik Chopin was a Polish pianist whose passionate compositions continue to stir the soul. His music is associated with the doomed 1830 uprising against Imperial Russian rule, foreshadowing the fights for freedom against Nazis and Communists in the 20th century. Franz…

by | Mar 6, 2018

Let’s think about how we would answer this question. Maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda for his marvelous, creative, catchy musical Hamilton with its 47 songs? Well maybe it’s premature to anoint him as the greatest songwriter of all time, eh? What about…

by | Mar 2, 2018

The Muse has descended on the curriculum developers at Columbia University: they have designed a class entitled Pop and Social Justice Songwriting 101. Which implies that there will be a 102. But it seems unlikely that Columbia students will be…

by | Feb 13, 2018

Richard Wagner’s music is an acquired taste. A more difficult acquisition than most. I’ll admit to being much attracted to Mark Twain’s sarcastic take, which was (relying on my memory here, so I may not have the exact quote): “Wagner’s music is a lot better than it sounds.” Just so.

by | Feb 7, 2018

February 7 starts National Marriage Week. I propose that, in conjunction with this annual event, we identify, and create, music that promotes marriage, including forgiveness and reconciliation within the context of marriage. I concur with the statement of Ellen Wilson…

by | Dec 19, 2017

In mid-October, the “Rap God” Eminem released a freestyle rap dissing Donald Trump, calling him and all of his supporters racist and said he wanted nothing to do with them. Beyond being extremely offensive, as per usual for Eminem, it…

by | Apr 5, 2017

Today, “more than 100 accomplished music creators” are in the nation’s capital for the annual “Grammys on the Hill.” But tomorrow, these stars will be taking part in a massive lobbying effort sponsored by the major record labels and largest…

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