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Art, Temperament, Sabbath, and Tull

Been on a Jethro Tull kick today, listening to a playlist that spans from their first album This Was up to Leaves to Branches in the early ’90s. And that got me thinking, for some odd reason, about the contrast … Continue reading

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“Race Music” (Music, Magic & History, Part IX)

It’s hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music — whatever you want to call it — jigaboo!  – Kristi Capel, Fox News anchor, referring to a performance by the Italian-American artist Lady Gaga (2015) As becomes … Continue reading

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Sucking in the ‘70s (Music, Magic & History, Part VII)

It was as if Morrison had foreseen the Manson-esque destruction of the hippie idyll, confronting the dysfunction of hippie kids initially liberated by sex, drugs and music but now disoriented, frightened, and potentially dangerous. – Barney Hoskyns, from the liner … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Music, Magic & History (Part I)

The first sounds a child hears are the rhythms of his mother’s heart. At birth, he breathes deep and cries loud. To the child, all things are musical… and as we grow older, music often helps us return to that childlike fascination. … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Symphonie Fantastique (Music, Magic & History, Part II)

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. Johann Sebastian Bach Civilizations grow to empires, and empires spread. Musical traditions blend with one another, sharing … Continue reading

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Mystic Rhythms: Ride the Lightning (Music, Magic & History, Part III)

Now we can hear the voices of the dead. Remark overheard at the premiere of Thomas Edison’s phonograph The spark bursting from electrical energy in the late 1800s ignites an explosion of technology. Innovations of sound recording – first on … Continue reading

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