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Stan Rogers (1949-1983)
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Podcast: Down to the Sea, pt. 1
Episode #17-20 | airing 5-17-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two part feature focusing on Maritime Music. We'll hear Waterson Carthy, John Robert & Tony Barrand, Cyril Tawney, Stan Rogers and many more. Down to the Sea on the ...

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Podcast: Kids Stuff!
Episode #17-19 | airing 5-10-17

School is almost over and Summer vacation season is upon us. This week we'll offer up some great music and stories for young people. We'll hear Elizabeth Mitchell, Ella Jenkins, Bill Harley, Greg Brown, Dave Fry and others. So gather ...

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Podcast: Bluegrass 101 pt. 2, The Innovators
Episode #17-18 | airing 5-03-17

This week we conclude our two part feature Bluegrass 101 with a program focusing on the Innovators. Almost from it's conception players began to alter the music much to the dismay of Bill Monroe. This week we'll hear some of ...

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Little Black Train and facing death through song

"Prepare to take a ride ..." I'm just shy of fifty years old. My father died at ninety-one a month ago, and my older brother, tragically, three months before that. My mother passed less than two years ago, just a year ...

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Bill Monrioe

Podcast: Bluegrass 101 pt. 1, The Pioneers
Episode #17-17 | airing 4-26-17

This week we begin another of our occasional features focusing on a particular style of music. Bluegrass for me began with the first recordings Bill Monroe made with Earl Scruggs. We'll hear that initial tune and some additional music from ...

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"Der Erlkönig" (19th century illustration, artist unknown) (goethezeitportal)

Whisperer in Darkness: Der Erlkönig

Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams. -- Murasaki Shikibu Nacht und Wind The first sound is a rhythm, a staccato burst of piano triplets beneath a brief, rising and falling melody evoking hoof-beats. A horse races through a windswept ...

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Video of the Week

"This American Life" did a terrific program on the election that aired on October 28th (check it out in their archive) ... it ended with "Seriously," a terrific song written by Sara Bareilles ("Waitress") and sung by Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton") that puts to verse what must be going through President Obama's mind as he ponders the election (and its result).