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All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics

All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics. By Carson Holloway. Originally published in The New Oxford Review Does music have any influence on character development? Rock music culture is corrosive to ideals most people wish to instill in their children, but perhaps the music can be extracted from the sexual evocation and desultory work ethic […]

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The Sara F. Wells Jones Religious Arts Society

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19990129&slug=2941204 Sara Jones was probably the most religious person I have ever known. Born the daughter of a sharecropper, she attended Boston University in the 1920s, where she argued eschatology with learned men of an era that brooked little dissent from women, much less black women whose speech betrayed the rural South. Sara argued with […]

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To Julia

By Robert Herrick. 1591–1674 Musical setting by Roger Quilter audio track: https://s3.amazonaws.com/lyric-arts-audio/ToJulia.wma The Bracelet Why I tie about thy wrist, Julia, this silken twist; For what other reason is ‘t But to show thee how, in part, Thou my pretty captive art? But thy bond-slave is my heart: ‘Tis but silk that bindeth thee, Knap […]

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Civilization and the Sublime

The musical masterpieces of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries illuminate a vision of metaphysical order, now refreshing to contemplate, that was once pervasive in Western culture. The standard repertoire of opera recapitulates history from an era defined by theology and idealism that are still at the core of civilization as we know it, even when […]

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