Might Have Drowned: “The Swimming Song” – CwD 11

(photo credit: David Travis)

We break at times from our regular fare of murder ballads for songs that confront mortality in other ways. Today’s discussion is the next installment in our “Conversations with Death” series. Special thanks to David Travis for his pictures in the post. Prelude: Agitated waters All kinds of people advise … → read more

Podcast: Over The River…
Episode #16-47 | airing 11-22-16

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving on the SORM with songs about travel, food and family. Thanksgiving is a most American holiday however in the excitement and anticipation of the holiday spent with friends and family not everything is as joyous as portrayed on the Hallmark Channel. We’ll include music addressing … → read more

Benefit Concert for NYC Folk Music Exhibit

Upcoming Folk Music Exhibit, Folk City

A benefit concert featuring Pete Seeger and other folk singers, musicians and writers will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine on Thursday, June 20th. The concert will benefit an upcoming folk music exhibit, “Folk City,” on display at the Museum of the City of New York in … → read more

Why on earth did I ever let him go?

Mary Magdalene in the Grotto, by Jules-Joseph Lefebvre The Ballad of Mary Magdalene This one is perhaps the biggest stretch, but as you may have noticed before, I’m interested in how artists tell stories around a central, more well-known story.  Richard Shindell’s brilliant “Ballad of Mary Magdalen” is just such … → read more