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Video: Soleá — The Flamenco of Seville

Soleá — The Flamenco of Seville explores the living present of the folk tradition in its most iconic city, showing how a vibrant history resonates through quotidian challenges, inspiring devotees and neophytes alike.

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Italians Making Music on Balconies Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker

Italians have now been at home for nine days, and, from Bologna to Rome, they have invited their neighbors to engage in what they call a “Flash Mob Sonoro,” or a sound flash mob.

March 21, 2020 · 6 Comments

Video: Leonard Cohen — Tower of Song (Live in London)

Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not comin’ on
I’m just payin’ my rent every day in the Tower of Song

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Tom Lehrer | The Vatican Rag & Send the Marines

What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they’ve seen the light,
They’ve got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
‘Till somebody we like can be elected.

February 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Grandpa’s Groove

The old man Santiago didn’t catch a fish for days
He returned unhappy and was pretty damn ashamed

February 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Donna M. Cox: The power of a song in a strange land

“they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.” — Frederick Douglass

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Audio: The Ballad of Birmingham

At 10:22 a.m. on the morning of September 15, 1963, some 200 church members were in the building—many attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service—when the bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls.

February 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

Audio: WeWeWeWe The Remarkable (for Gwendolyn Brooks)

The Pool Players.
Seven at the Golden Shovel.

February 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Louise Bogan: Musician

Now with great ease, and slow,
The thumb, the finger, the strong
Delicate hand plucks the long
String it was born to know.

January 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Why we create music

“Music is the highest form of human communication.”

January 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Three dances to welcome the New Year

Here are three of my favorite electro swing performances.

December 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: I Quit The Black Eyed Peas. Then They Became Famous.

Kim Hill was a rising singer. She met a young rapper named will.i.am. As their group became famous, she had to make a decision about what kind of performer she wanted to be and how she wanted to be perceived as a woman among men.

December 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

In 2019 Vox Populi published 751 posts, usually two per day, resulting in over 8 million views. Here is a list of our most popular posts in 2019 listed by category: poetry, personal essays, political articles, and art/music/cinema.

December 26, 2019 · 8 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Word Is Love

It was 39 years ago Sunday that John Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan in front of his apartment.

December 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

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