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Rewarding and Unpredictable: An Appreciation of Elliott Carter (1908-2012)

ELLIOTT CARTER: AN APPRECIATION--America's greatest living composer died on November 5 at the age of 103. Herewith an appreciation of this visionary's rewarding and unpredictable music.
by David McGee
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‘Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow’

George Morton came and went like a shadow, producing great '60s singles for the Shangri-Las and Janis Ian, and shortly thereafter, disappearing. But the Shadow left his mark. Remembering a pop great.
by David McGee
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Beyond the So-Called First Thanksgiving: 5 Children’s Books That Set the Record Straight

Five new books offer young readers a more nuanced, and accurate, account of the so-called First Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is a good time to grab people’s attention about Wampanoag-European interactions, it does not ne...
by David McGee
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The ‘Quiet Ecstasy’ of Harry Simeone’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’

The story behind THE HARRY SIMEONE CHORALE's classic 'THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY' begins in 1941 with KATHERINE KENNICOTT DAVIS'S 'CAROL OF THE DRUM' and includes a classic Christmas album featuring the oft-covered seasonal favorite.
by David McGee
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Seven Voices on ‘Seven Stanzas’

Our 2017 edition of 'Seven Voices on Seven Stanzas'--a septet of perspective on JOHN UPDIKE's famous poem 'Seven Stanzas at Easter
by David McGee
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Remembering Mr. Earl: They Often Called Him Speedo…

Remembering Mr. Earl: They Often Called Him Speedo…

REMEMBERING EARL 'SPEEDO' CARROLL and MICKEY BAKER--Earl Carroll and Mickey Baker had but one big hit each, but both are major early rock 'n' roll hits. As a singer and showman, Carroll's influence extended into the dawn of sou...
by David McGee
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George Beverly Shea, 104, Crosses Over

GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA, one of the great and most influential voices in gospel history, who sang live before some 220 million people, died on April 16, in Montreat, NC. He was 104 years old.
by David McGee
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Video Moment of the Week

NU-BLU has released the second of three new videos of songs from its tenth anniversary album, appropriately titled TEN, this one being a warm, soothing bluegrass love song, 'It's a Good Day to Be With You.'
by David McGee
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Anonymous 4: The Exit Interview (Sort of)

An interview with ANONYMOUS 4's MARSHA GENENSKY (above) and SUSAN HELLAUER, reflecting on the Early Music quartet's groundbreaking career in this, its 30th and final year on stage and on disc.
by David McGee
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Singing the Travels: Imani Uzuri Finds the Bold Heart and Global Soul of Home on The Gypsy Diaries

The mysterious figure on the moonlit railway platform, the passersby on the dusty road are not strangers; they are friends and fellow travelers. And to stunning vocalist and thoughtful, globally inspired composer Imani Uzuri, t...
by David McGee
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The Quiet Heroism of ‘Right Living’

Contributing editor MICHAEL SIGMAN reflects on the recent fall of 'self-appointed heroes' and the virtues of 'quietly going about one's business.'
by David McGee
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The Music Industry, Such as It Is…

So this is what A&R has come to? Someone taking English lessons from Beyonce?
by David McGee
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