On the flip side

Molly Ringwald OK, admit it.  After the last post, this is not the face you were expecting to see in our next installment.  But, if you were the Psychedelic Furs, what better song to be the B-side of “Pretty in Pink” (Spotify and YouTube), than “Mack the Knife”?  Give a listen, … → read more

Mack the Knife

Louis Armstrong SatchmoIf there’s any one person to thank for bringing this bit of murderous, Marxist musical-theater satire to a large English-language audience, it’s none other than Louis Armstrong.  He was not the first performer of an English version of the song, but he made it swing, and he certainly … → read more

Die Moritat von Mackie Messer

Rudolf Forster in G.W. Pabst’s 1931 “Die 3-Groschen-Oper “ One challenge of exploring how music allows people to respond to murder, tragedy, and other forms of violent hardship, is that it makes one attuned to, well,  murder, tragedy, and other forms of violent hardship.  This can be a bit of a … → read more