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My Hawaiian Evening Star

  Instrumentation in the past century of recorded music has been dominated by guitars, drums, horns, and, more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. But some instruments have left their unique mark on the recording industry, distinguishing songs from the rest of the pack and in some cases, establishing inextricable connections between the ear and the mind. For example, ...

December 9, 2021
Calling Most Birds!

Calling Most Birds!

December 8, 2021
Explaining The Blues

Who better to explain the blues than the woman who named them?

December 7, 2021
Astronaut Insurance

What’s an aeronautical adventurer got to do to get some coverage?

December 6, 2021
Pistol Packin’ Mama

  The pioneers of Country music just sound Country, even by their first names. (Roy, Hank, Gene). Which is why Clarence Albert Pointdexter simply had to go. So how do you get from Clarence to country? Some call Dexter the father of honky tonk music, which can be a bit confusing without musical accompaniment. You see, there’s blues ...

November 30, 2021
Peter and the Wolf

In 1936 Natalya Sats commissioned Sergei Prokofiev to compose a piece for Moscow’s Central Children’s Theatre. The goal: to introduce children to the principals of the symphony. Somewhat ironically, the Orchestra went unnamed in this 1938, 3-disc RCA Victor recording. And while the initial reaction was lukewarm, Peter and the Wolf has introduced generations of youngsters, ...

November 29, 2021
Young Blue Eyes

It’s funny to think it, but even Ol’ Blue Eyes had a first hit.

November 19, 2021
Cinderell-y Man

As far as boxing names go, there are lots of “Sugar Rays”, plenty of “Golden Boys”…but only one Cinderella Man.

November 18, 2021
Swingmatism

Jay McShann gave birth to the “Kansas City Sound”, but this song has gone down in history as a beginning of another sort.

November 17, 2021
Dark Was the Night…

…cold was the ground.

November 16, 2021