Archive for Music

Hundreds of Christmas Broadsides

Brown University has a very large collection of broadsides – Harris Broadsides Collection – of which over 15,000 are available online;  here are the almost 1,000 dealing with Christmas.

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Historic Music Recordings

Before Spotify, streaming services,  MTV, CDs, cassettes, 8-track tapes, vinyl albums, or 45 records, there were 78rpm records and cylinders. This musical heritage dates back to the 1880s and is close to extinction. However, preservationists are protecting these fragile artifacts while simultaneously digitizing them with all their glorious imperfections. A collection of more than 150,000 is available courtesy of the Internet Archive for your listening pleasure. There are various filters that allow you to modify your search of this special repository.

Another collection worth investigating is the Cylinder Audio Archive housed at the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can browse by genre, instrument, topical subject, or foreign/ethnic nationalities.

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Special Journal Issue on Prince

The Journal of African American Studies has published a special number on the musician Prince. The articles range from Black Muse 4 U: Liminality, Self-Determination, and Racial Uplift in the Music of Prince to more reflective essays such as The Day My Purple Sky Turned Gray .

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Glen Campbell’s Twenty Essential Songs

As compiled by Rolling Stone (with accompanying performance videos). For those not familiar with his music, these selections will show you how influential and important he was. Not a bad one in the bunch.

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Updated News Stream on the Passing of David Bowie

Here. Includes articles about The Thin White Duke from around the world.

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Listen to Songs From the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March

This historic march to secure voting rights was led by Dr. King. Met with violence and hatred, the marchers fought back with songs. You can listen to these songs recorded from the march. (Free registration from Spotify is required, but it is a very easy process.)

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The Benefits of a Music Program

All you band parents (and we were one of them for a decade) were right!  Music does improve the brain’s functions! This article in the recent issue of The Journal of Neuroscience – Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children – shows that: “Our findings support efforts to reintegrate music into public schooling as an important complement to science, technology, math, and reading instruction….In addition to providing children with a personally satisfying afterschool activity, community music programs offer the potential to engender biological changes in neural processes important for everyday communication.”(11917) This research is generated from Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Lab; go to its Music and the Brain with slide shows and links to many scientific articles supporting the above statement.


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