Category Archives: Chapter 7

Wild Ponies: ‘Making It’ in music in the age of streaming and file sharing

There’s a popular trope out there these days that with streaming music and file sharing, there’s just no way for musicians to make a living as musicians. Game over.  Done. Unless you’re already big and famous. But don’t tell that … Continue reading

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Prince Rogers Nelson RIP – Dick Clark’s Toughest Interview

Television stations broke into their afternoon programming today to announce the death of Prince Rogers Nelson, the 57-year-old exuberant, creative, innovative musician who was almost as famous for his love of personal privacy as he was for incredible peformances. As of … Continue reading

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Along with all the commercials, a couple of teams played football, too.

Yesterday was the biggest day of the year for high-profile television advertisements along with a bit of football in between.  As always, the ads attracted praise, condemnation and more than a few head shakes. For me, the strangest and most … Continue reading

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What kind of cancer was it? And why do we care?

If you’ve been following the recent series of deaths in the entertainment world, you likely noticed that both Alan Rickman and David Bowie died of cancer.  What kind? The otherwise very specific obits did not mention that fact. The Washington … Continue reading

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Farewell, Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie has died at the age of 69 from cancer. What a loss.  I can think of few musicians who could reinvent themselves more ways, more successfully than Bowie.  The Washington Post has a great obit this morning. Here’s … Continue reading

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Everything is a Remix – “Wagon Wheel” Edition

I just went to see the band Old Crow Medicine Show about a week ago, and and I highly recommend seeing them if you have the chance. They are particularly famous for the song “Wagon Wheel.”  Wait a minute, is … Continue reading

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Music for a Busy Day

Way too much to cover in class today to play all the music history videos I had scheduled, so here they are for your viewing and listening enjoyment.  Go from Elvis to Lennon & McCartney to Lennon and Maisy. This … Continue reading

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Having fun with remixes

One of my favorite days of the semester in my media literacy class is when we start talking about remix culture.  Two of the central things we do is look at Girl Talk’s album All Day and the film Girl … Continue reading

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LIAMW Holiday Music – The Roches sing “Good King Wenceslas”

I’m a huge fan of the Roches and their Christmas album We Three Kings, and this video by Father James Martin at American Magazine explains the strength of the gospel in this carol. Here are both a video explaining the meaning … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What would the Jerk Store say to the Oxford English Dictionary? Quite a bit, actually.  The OED gives us the history of the Jerk Store and other Seinfeld references. What should you watch when you’re done with A Charlie Brown Christmas? … Continue reading

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