Danse Macabre (the first installment)

Danse Macabre

Murder ballads made for dancing The Corries’ performance of “The Massacre of Glencoe” on our Facebook page several days ago prompted one reader to comment that older songs like it differed with more recent “hardcore” music in that the tenderness of the music contrasted with the grimness of the story. I … → read more

Who Killed…Davey Moore?

Boxer Davey Moore, immediately after the March 21, 1963 fight with Sugar Ramos, beforecollapsing into a coma and dying 75 hours later. “I did not want to hurt Moore. In the ring the fighters are partners. They put on the match. Not to hurt or kill, but to show skill … → read more

Who Killed…Norma Jean?

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) Pete Seeger opens Chapter 11 “Money and Music” in his book The Incompleat Folksinger (Bison Book, 1972) with this reflection. Who Killed Norma Jean?     I once had a vision of a beast with hollow fangs. I first saw it when my mother-in-law, whom I loved … → read more

Who Killed…Cock Robin?

“I, said the Sparrow, with my bow and arrow” Introduction There are at least two things I’m not going to do in today’s post. There are at least two things I am going to do. The first thing I am not going to do is to spend a lot of … → read more