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The Origins of Country Music

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On August 21, 1938, Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers was born in Houston, Texas. He arrived at a fortuitous time in the history of country music. In the 1920s, a curious genre that combined Appalachian folk and blues began to gain national attention. It consisted mostly of soulful ballads and up-tempo tunes played at barn dances. […]

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Unexpected Mathematics

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One of my favorite aspects of Odd Squad is that the show demonstrates ways mathematical skills and reasoning can be used to solve problems. The show’s mathematical component is embedded in humorous “odd” scenarios, illuminating that math is integrated in our lives away from the Odd Squad screen. When most people think about daily uses […]

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Portraits of the Blues

February 2017

Uniting African-American spirituals, folk songs, work songs, simple ballads, and call-and-response, the blues burst onto the musical scene in the United States in the first decades of the twentieth century. The popular success of W.C. Handy’s hit Memphis Blues (1914) soon earned him the title of “Father of the Blues,” and inspired many African-American musicians […]

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The Baroque Delight in Virtuosity

February 2017

Winter is my favorite season. Though undoubtedly each of the four seasons has its highlights, the frosty snow and icy north winds of winter are the most captivating to my ears. I am referring, of course, to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, one of the most perfect examples of program music, or music that is composed […]

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Mimesis and Meaning

February 2017

In the Republic, Plato famously (or infamously) argues against the practice of imitative arts by those who will guard and rule the just city. Plato claims that those who engage in imitation lack knowledge of the things that they imitate. According to Plato, those who engage in these arts run the risk of taking on […]

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