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I am an early riser. It isn’t surprising, then, that on Election Night, despite Wolf Blitzer’s attention-disordered, apoplectic news coverage of Trump’s impending election, I was calm, even haughty as I tromped off to bed before 10 p.m. 1,767 more words
As I start my climb up into the Appalachia mountains the weather looks hauntingly grim….
But half-way along the winding route the Appalachians open out ahead of me and the weather transformed, the sun started to shine and the colours of fall in the borders of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia opened up. 1,203 more words
I’ve seen quite a few really confused media entries recently about American music. Just today, NPR aired an interview with…somebody talking about Anton Dvorak’s New World Symphony and its connection to “black music.” I’m sure this person had the best of intentions, but she has very little knowledge of what American music actually is, and where it started. 229 more words
Ballads are enduring relics of rich oral tradition. From literary epics like Beowulf, to the seedier broadside ballads sold at public executions; these story songs give us a glimpse at the practices and values of distant times and places. 376 more words