Category Archives: Music

William Faulkner’s The Reivers

The Reivers, which was published in 1962, the same year its author, William Faulkner, died is a coming-of-age story that takes place in northern Mississippi and southern Tennessee in 1905.  It concerns a stolen car, a horse race, and some … Continue reading

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Music Notes

For many years I produced a program called Opera Showcase on WRKF Public Radio here in Baton Rouge.  The local opera lovers who did most of the shows were as knowledgeable about opera as anyone in the United States.  In … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Who said, “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”?  Mark Twain?  Nope, not according to researcher Garson O’Toole.  Seven years ago Mr. O’Toole started a website called Quote Investigator.  Recently … Continue reading

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Superaging

The New York Times recently ran an article titled “How to Become a ‘Superager.’”  It was written by Lisa Feldman Barrett who is a psychology professor at Northeastern University.  Barrett contends that “superagers” are those who continually push their bodies … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction – Spotlight on an Author

It seems implausible that a high school dropout who failed English three times would become a celebrated writer, but that’s the unlikely but true story of the subject of this article.  It’s also implausible that the brief reference to a … Continue reading

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Music Notes

I recently ran across 25 bizarre facts about classical music.  I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the “facts,” but they’re interesting. — — — — — A Metropolitan Opera matinee performance of Rossini’s opera William Tell was interrupted on … Continue reading

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The Fifties

Like many people, I feel that I grew up in a very special time.  I saw the birth of television, and everything that followed its birth: nightly news programs, beloved series like I Love Lucy and The Adventures of Ozzie … Continue reading

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