You Ought to be in Pictures Dept.
Music for the Movie Hollywood is Afraid to Make
And check out the rest of this fascinating website.
Politics and Music Dept.
For any of those who wonder about the state of the protest song, or where such music has got to, check out the Center for Political Song
and their constantly updated News Page
Ancient history subsection:
Music that was appropriated to promote war
What happened when music promoted anti-war.
Culture Shift Dept.
"We can't stop the commercial hurricane, but we can try to preserve some of our cultural heritage too," he says.
"In our commercial country, most would not notice if the songs were lost. They would notice that they felt little or no connections to older generations.
"They wouldn't notice that there once were dances that they did in a circle holding hands with their grandparents.
"They wouldn't notice that once there was a subtlety of human existence embodied in folk songs and dances that helped us understand the emotional subtleties of others and ourselves."
(Survey results outlining the quick demise of American folk music:
Traditional Songs out of Tune with Today's Kids
RIP for the LP
"So perhaps the album's tenure as the avenue of expression has neared its end.
"It's hard not to see this shift as a 'dumbing down' of popular culture, an erosion of the 'art' side of the art/commerce dialectic by a greedy industry and a public accustomed to getting what it wants quickly and painlessly, and throwing it away when finished with it
"As the sands shift and albums begin to appear as artifacts from a previous age, the fear among hardcore music lovers is that something will be irretrievably lost - perhaps the soul of the music itself."
"Christmas survives into the 21st century as a thin place where people attempt to step out of the stress and nastiness of everyday life and show love and charity and know peace. It is a nice time of year, a nice holiday. ...
"And yet there are certain shared rituals which sociologists speak of as being necessary for a society's 'ontological security,' and Christmas remains among the greatest of them -- along with the inspiration of some of Western culture's most magnificent music and moral and sacred narratives."
Two views of Christmas and the holiday music:
Christmas as a private holiday
Christmas music every day of the year
Policing Pop Dept.
Germany imprisons right-wing singer.
"BERLIN -- In the first case of its kind in Germany, a right-wing rock band was deemed a criminal organization and its lead singer was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for lyrics that venerate Nazism and incite racial hatred."
The last page of the calendar on the Year of the Blues Dept.
A writer looks at the history of the blues, makes some assumptions, and titles his article "Rhythm and Race".
In today's Salon
Premium, Eric Boehlert takes a deeper than usual look at the year's top ten in "The Greatest Week in Rock History."
Go ahead and subscribe or get a day pass and read the article. It's worth your trouble.
This is not your usual year end best of.
Eric's looking back, but not nostalgically, at the last week of 1969. Truthfully, writers of that time were coming up with very similar parallels because the truth was all over everyplace.
For the record, just as a list of historic events, 1968 wasn't that great, either. While that year may not have had as memorable a chart list, it did end with an historic record session
that in hindsight seemed to presage the year that was to follow.
Boehlert, though, dares to compare and contrast charts separated by twenty years, the span of a single generation.
Well, am I surprised and delighted this morning just by following a promising link to writings about music. I have been name-checked in Jason Gross's Favorite Scribings for 2003
There's a big handful of fascinating reads there, too, and I plan to spend a good portion of time sifting through the material I managed to have missed until now.
"As the dancer staggered off, a small man wearing big shades, an Arab djellaba and a Turkish fez seized the microphone. 'Thank you for coming,' he said, thwacking the stage with a camel-prod. 'You have proved that I, a journalist, am as famous as a musician!' This was Zacharie Bababaswe (above), whose brief homecoming to Kinshasa the audience was celebrating.
A brief look at Rumba in the Congo
Crowing about pet music
"This is like journalism. A journo collects a variety of flat views and numbers, and combines them to present a story with perspective. Readers get the story on a 2D printed page and their brain converts it into individual 3D perspectives."
Music and Social commentary Dept.
Cecelia Tichi, author of High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music
throws aside writing about music for muckraking, plain and simple.