Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Audio: Hieronymous Bosch Butt Music

. A 600 year old butt song from Hell. Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Self-Portrait as a Being of Sound and Motion on the Northern Edge of the Southern States

Driving to Winchester the other day Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments comes on the stereo as we head west into the sunset on 66 ready for the curve at the … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Audio: Merry it is while summer lasts (1225 AD)

. Recorded by Ensemble Belladonna, “Miri it is while sumer ilast” is considered the oldest surviving secular English song. Unfortunately only one verse survives: Miri it is while sumer ilast … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions

. The Goat Rodeo Sessions was an ambitious and groundbreaking project that brought together four string virtuosos: world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Operatico Politico — Keep Your Ding Dong In Your Pants

. Some really good advice…in Carol format. SING ALONG! Keep your Ding Dong in your pants, And don’t say nasty phrases. To yourself, please keep your hands. We should not … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Lightnin’ Hopkins — Woke Up This Morning

. Sam John “Lightnin’” Hopkins (1911 – 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. The musicologist Robert “Mack” McCormick opined that Hopkins … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Women of These Hills — 3 Cultures of Appalachia

. Three Appalachian women in their 80’s share their stories of growing up in the rural regions of the Appalachian mountains. Take a glimpse into their lives as they share … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” for Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House

  . Tony Award winning writer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape,” a song narrating Alexander Hamilton‘s unlikely rise from his origins as a illegitimate son of  a Caribbean prostitute … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Eleanor Ambos

. Eleanor Ambos is an unlikely tycoon. Since arriving in New York from her native Germany at age 20, she has transformed a modest interior-design business into a small empire, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Inner Life of the Cell

. In 2006, Harvard University teamed up with XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell. The … Continue reading

November 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump – Queen Edition — “Alternative Rhapsody”

    . Is this the real life? Did he just post that Tweet? Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico’s … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Operatico Politico: Rock Opera vs. Trump (Queen Edition)

. Well, it’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump was ‘elected’.  To mark the occasion, Operatico Politico‘s new installment of satire is here!  This time, we tackle an a capella version … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Mean Mary on Fast Banjo — Iron Horse

 . Iron Horse We rode the plains as lovers do We raced beneath the summer sun My dusky eyes met his so blue Our soaring spirits breathed as one . … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Audio: Listen to a 9,000 Year Old Chinese Flute—the World’s Oldest Playable Instrument

. Chinese archeologists have unearthed what is believed to be the oldest known playable musical instrument, a seven-holed flute fashioned 9,000 years ago from the bones of the red-crowned crane. The … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · Leave a comment