‘Music’ Archive

Is it Time for Northern Country Music? December 13, 2016 No Comments

A few years ago I did a post on how country music seemed to have a Southern bias.  Well, Donald Federikovich Trump owes his victory to the northern counterpart of rednecks, whatever they are called, that won him the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, which, as I said before, were last carried by a Republican […]

What Really Happened to Poetry and Classical Music? November 30, 2015 No Comments

In recent years one would get the impression that both poetry and classical music have declined in popularity except in rather esoteric “hip” circles; at least the newer kinds of poetry and classical music being written are not, for the most part, popular among the masses.  But is that really their fate? Or did they […]

So-Called “Bro-Country” is a New Thing, and an Old Thing January 20, 2015 No Comments

I spent a few days in Jackson, Mississippi, last fall, and for the interest of the thing had a country music station on in my car, because you never know.  It turned out a large number of the songs were more like, say, Jimmy Buffett material than like traditional country; songs like “Redneck Yacht Club” […]

Popular Music: The Ancients and the Moderns January 12, 2012 No Comments

In eighteenth century Europe, one of the favorite intellectual debates was the Debate of the Ancients and the Moderns, whether Europe had now exceeded the greatness of the Greco-Roman era or had not yet done so. There is a similar debate about popular music at any given time nowadays. The Wall Street Journal writer Jim […]

The Uses of Classical Music in the Public Square April 6, 2011 No Comments

It turns out that classical music in the public square has a function of value.  Adolescents tend to disperse from where it is played, so even such as McDonalds are now discovering the delights of the Western classical music tradition.  If McDonalds and other businesses have discovered the usefulness of the Great Tradition, it ought […]

The Pro-Life Vivaldi November 8, 2010 1 Comment

While being taken around to various churches in Venice looking at art – Italy may be working on the Separation of Church and State, but there isn’t much of a Separation of Church and Art – we happened to stumble on a situation connecting Music and care for unwanted children. Antonio is the 18th century […]

Would the Beach Boys be Considered Country Today July 27, 2010 No Comments

While my wife and I were on a road trip recently, we had a rented car where we had not taken the time to learn how to operate the Sirius XM satellite radio system.  So we had a country station on for several days.  I would have dreaded that, but I found out differently.  The […]

I Saw This Poster at a Jewish Temple January 5, 2010 No Comments

I was amused when I saw this poster at a Jewish temple nearby. I have seen the rise of so-called Christian Contemporary Music, the counterattack by Gen Xers such as Mark Joseph who charged that Christian Contemporary Music was a ghetto and the equivalent of the Negro Leagues, to a situation where Christian Contemporary Music, […]