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The Soundtracks of My Salad Days

Greenman Tim of Walking the Berkshires started this meme.  And it was a bit difficult simply because there was so much to work with. The question was “what were the 10 most formative albums of your teenage years?” I’m not sure how to answer that; only rarely has music had a shaping influence on me.  But I do love music …Continue reading →

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My Trilingual Christmases–UPDATE

Click here for a pretty good 1914 cylinder recording of Cantique de Noel, the French original of O Holy Night. Thanks to the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California at Santa Barbara. The performer is the Canadian tenor Albert Quesnel. (Listen to him hit that high note in the last …Continue reading →

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Happy Birthday, John Philip Sousa!

“The March King,” John Philip Sousa was born November 6, 1854, in Washington, DC. Thus began a life-long association with United States Marine Band. Sousa’s father, John Antonio Sousa, was a trombonist in the Marine Band. Sousa grew up in Washington and studied music under John Esputa, Jr. He became a very skillful violinist by the time he was 13. …Continue reading →

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