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  • Nota Bene (On the Title)

    October 15, 2019 by

    In which I introduce myself and explain the forthcoming venture This blog will not begin with me. That honor belongs to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte follows two sisters’ madcap scheme to–what else?–marry their men of choice. The Italian libretto, written by longtime collaborator Lorenzo da Ponte (who *FUN FACT* lived… Read more

  • Is “I’m a Believer” a Perfect Song?

    November 22, 2020 by

    In which I pose a rhetorical question Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, patron of musicians (also poets, less relevant to the forthcoming discussion). On an unrelated-yet-related note, I listen to a podcast called Punch Up the Jam wherein the hosts and guests end each episode by offering an “unpunchable jam”—a song they feel… Read more

  • Marie Before Marian

    November 13, 2020 by

    In which I spotlight an entertainer who made (largely untold) history My preexisting plan for this week’s post is serendipitously harmonious given the impending arrival of a Black woman in the White House. Because on this date in 1878, the White House welcomed its first Black musical performer, Marie Selika Williams. Williams, née Smith, was… Read more

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