I received the following email today: "Bruce Springsteen joins President Barack Obama for a new original podcast Renegades: Born In The USA, available now on Spotify. Renegades is an eight-episode podcast featuring a deep and revealing conversation between the two friends, exploring a wide array of topics including race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Not Really Music, But It Was Music to My Ears
"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party." "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party." "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Do those sentences look familiar … Continue reading Now Is the Time… Lazy Dog
I heard another great Geico commercial on the radio today, and one of the lines was asking about how clapping ever got started. Why would you celebrate something by hitting yourself, the announcer questioned. It gave me pause, and I wondered "how did clapping originate?" Forty years ago it may have been hard to answer … Continue reading Here’s Something You Probably Never Wondered About – the History of Clapping
This is a follow-up to a post I wrote back in December, 2019: Punk Rock with a Message I can’t say I know much about punk rock, but it is cool being friends with the lead singer and guitarist of a punk rock band. I’ve written about Bud Drago before; he is a fellow faculty member at … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Way Too Easy…
We are slightly past the mid-point of winter, and some reason that made me wonder if there are any songs that have February in the title. Fortunately, I came across a blog post where somebody had already done the work for me: 14 Songs About February. As I scrolled through the songs (none of which … Continue reading Music Monday: A Mid-Winter Treat
As the snow started coming down last night, I kept waiting to see if my classes would be canceled for today. I kept checking the news sites that listed school closings, but no sign of Villanova among the dozens of schools listed. My wife found out that her school was closed mid-evening, but I went … Continue reading Music Monday: This Used to Be Music to My Ears
I was on the wonderful Study Finds web site, trying to see if anything caught my fancy to write about. Nothing really jumped out at me, but while scrolling through the various research studies, an idea came to me to see what some of the most obvious research findings have been. In other words, the … Continue reading You Call This Research?
Over five years ago, I wrote a post that included videos of Bruce Springsteen playing one of his classic songs, Thundercrack, 39 years apart. In that post I wrote the following: It’s fascinating to watch someone perform the same song, 39 years apart. What’s even more amazing is to notice that Bruce still has the … Continue reading Music Monday: Cat Stevens, Then and Now
Tonight’s post is a reblog of one I wrote two years ago as a Music Monday that featured the music related to Martin Luther King, Jr. There are a few reasons for reblogging this old post. First, I think it’s a nice way to pay tribute to one of our greatest heroes. Second, the old … Continue reading Music Monday: The Music of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This post has two purposes. The first purpose is to expand my knowledge of music from around the world. The second is to see if I can get at least one view of my blog from someone in Greenland. 🙂 With a little bit of searching, I discovered the band Nanook, which appears to be … Continue reading Music Monday: Nanook of Greenland