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Jose Padua: Silent Tongues in the House of the Rising Sun

what’s even more beautiful
is that tonight in my small sleepy town
I can look up to the sky and see
a deep blue silence surrounding
a half, nearly see-through moon

June 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Air

An ode to human connection, ‘Air’ evokes through image and music the emotional resonance between people when they almost, but not quite touch.

May 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Angela fell in love with her monkeys

Hearing about Angela’s monkeys
And thinking of Winchester
Barking at the bursting sky
Reminded me of Moondog

May 29, 2021 · 11 Comments

Alessia Carneval: The history of protest songs in Tunisia and their link to popular culture

In Tunisia, the protest song is called al-ughniya al-multazima in Arabic, or chanson engagée in French. Both literally mean “committed song” and put an emphasis on the political and social aim of this genre.

May 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: A Concerto Is a Conversation

Featuring intimate cinematography from the Canadian director Ben Proudfoot and a stirring score provided by Kris Bowers himself, the film tracks the musical rhythms of a conversation between loved ones, and across the generations, with grace and heart.

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: The Box

You’ve heard the phrase “Think outside the box”?

May 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: There is Power in a Union by Joe Hill (with bio and lyrics)

From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill,
Where working-men defend their rights,
It’s there you find Joe Hill

May 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Directions in Music and Other Ways of Approaching the Day

what he wants to do
sounds better than
what I want to do
we sit in the car
and listen
until the song is over

April 22, 2021 · 6 Comments

George Drew: Early Morning at the West Side Y

My God! The man with long white hair
waiting for an elevator on the thirteenth floor
is Edgar Winter, blear-eyed from a night
spent raising the roof at the Fillmore East.

April 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Via Dolorosa

In the coastal Mediterranean city of Málaga, home to one of Holy Week’s most historic and famed celebrations, processions feature massive thrones intricately adorned with Christian imagery.

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Fork

In a museum, a woman looking at a Fork exhibited as a piece of art lets her imagination run wild.

March 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Billie Holiday

I walk gently on the skin of the sea.
A wandering wind wraps around our bodies
And an albatross opens its wings on our shoulders.

March 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Black Owned — Jackson

Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: A Hammer not a Mirror

A Discussion with Anne Feeney & Utah Phillips

February 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

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