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You Can’t Go Back to Constantinople

Here’s a succinct history lesson. “Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.”

February 26, 2021
The Coffee Cantata

Two keys to any good marriage: understanding and coffee.

February 26, 2021
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

Tomato, to-mah-to, potato-po-tah-to…no matter how you say it, you’re on the Sound Beat. Most married couples admit to occasional, let’s say…differences of opinion. Seldom are those…again, just differences of opinion,  as productive as Ira and Lenore Gershwin’s. Their opposing pronunciations of words like “tomato” and “potato” led to the hit song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing ...

February 25, 2021

  On today’s episode we’re talking electronic music…and the importance of a thorough resume.   You’re on the Sound Beat.   Miklos Rosza had long considered using electronic music in a film. He got his chance when director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick approached him about scoring 1945’s Spellbound. Wanting to add an atmospheric, contemplative air to ...

February 24, 2021

Freddie Fisher and “America’s most unsophisticated band”.

February 23, 2021
Band of Gideon

The Fisk Jubilee Singers with Band of Gideon, a cylinder recording from 1927

February 22, 2021
Black Bottom Blues

The Charleston wasn’t the only dance on the floor in the 1920’s.

February 19, 2021
A Paris!

Yves Montand with A Paris, an Odeon record from 1949.

February 18, 2021
Low Bridge!

Why did Governor Dewitt Clinton build a giant ditch across New York state? To get to the other side.

February 17, 2021
If I Only Had a Heart

It was L. Frank Baum’s mother-in-law who encouraged him to write down the fanciful stories he told his kids. Seems he put a bit of himself into the tales, too.

February 16, 2021