Entries for December 2018

  • Wielding the Sword

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    When you take a second look at Jesus, there are always a few surprises. Just when you think he’s the guru of peace and love along comes a passage like this: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew […]

  • GREGORY PAGE: A Wild Rose

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    Gregory Page’s website contains an interesting note, that the British-born singer/songwriter is an Irish citizen who has never set foot on the Emerald Isle. He has been just about everywhere else, playing his eclectic music and releasing dozens of albums for over three decades. A Wild Rose is his latest, and this project is another […]

  • MONTALBAN QUINTET: Under the River

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    The new disc from Montalban Quintet is Under the River, and the six tunes are extended, primarily instrumental workouts that travel a path that skirts jazz, instrumental rock, and the more hypnotic side of modern cinematic orchestral music. It is inventive, different, and involving. The quintet has eight members, mainly from other established bands. Most […]

  • CATHERINE BARNES: Queen Mab: International Man of Mystery

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    What we have here is the ten-track soundtrack to Queen Mab’s (aka Catherine Barnes) one-woman, percussion instrument-only musical, International Man of Mystery, which premiered June 24—30 at the 2018 San Diego International Fringe Festival. Many of us have relationships that don’t pan out, but few would pen a stage show around said happening. The minimalist […]

  • Bluegrass Music in a Changing World

    No doubt about it, the world continues to change. Our means of communication, our technology, our understanding of science, medicine, natural systems, and more. Even the way we produce and listen to music continues to change. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which bluegrass music and the culture around it has […]

  • All I Want for Christmas is THE BEATLES!!! or Art in the Slaughterhouse of Commerce

    Yo! Ho! Ho! Friends and neighbors… Once again, it’s that time of year to personally and/or collectively reject or embrace the traditions of the holiday season. Call it Kwanzaa, Chanukah, ChristMass–we embody the mythologies and symbols that suit us. Thankfully, we’re free to celebrate the Solstice anyway we imagine. And personally, if there’s one thing […]

  • Squirrel Nut Zippers Bring Christmas Joy to the Belly Up

    When the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Jimbo Mathus was growing up he was nurtured by some of the great traditions of the Deep South. As a music-loving outdoorsman, Mathus’ father, Jimmy, brought his son up in the railroad crossroad town of Corinth, Mississippi, hunting, fishing, and training horses and dogs for hunting. And there was the […]

  • The Value of Classical Musical Training

    Most of us love music. We listen to our playlists, we sing in the shower, and we bop and hum as we drive along. When we listen to certain music we may want to cry; other songs will make us get up and dance. And sometimes we are moved by the desire to make music […]

  • A Very Mellow-as-a-Cello Vout-o-Reenee Guy Named Slim

    We were recording on Sunset Boulevard, right across from a TV station. After we did three sides, the A&R man sent us out for some air. I was glad to get it because I didn’t have a fourth song. Just outside the studio they were repairing the street, and one of those cement machines was […]