Category Archives: Music

An Old-and-New Carol for Go Caroling Day

It is widely believed that caroling on Christmas started in 1223 at the church of St. Francis of Assisi. He thought that it was better to sing songs full of joy and fun during the holidays, instead of solemn hymns. … Continue reading

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In the Bleak Midwinter

__________________________ “I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.A magical thing. And sweet to remember.We are nearer to Spring than we were in September.I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.” ― Oliver Herford __________________________ Irene will be back … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

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Joan Didion 1934-2021

Joan Didion, author of Play It as It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem, journalist, short story writer, and screenwriter, died yesterday after years of battling Parkinson’s disease. She was 87 years old.

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Happy Birthday Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius, Finland’s greatest composer, was born on December 8, 1865.  He began taking piano lessons at age nine, but it was the violin that became his favorite instrument. He became a very good player, but as composing quickly became … Continue reading

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Summer – Blowing Night Through an Alto Sax

Saundra Rose Maley, American educator, poet, and writer. She teaches at Montgomery College in Maryland. Maley is the author of Solitary Apprenticeship: James Wright and German Poetry; co-editor with Anne Wright of A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright: co-author of The … Continue reading

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FIRST HEARD: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

May 7, 1824 – Premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria The Ninth Symphony was first performed in the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna. This was the composer’s first onstage appearance in 12 years, and the hall was packed … Continue reading

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Marguerite Taos Amrouche Was Born March 4th

On March 4, 1913, Marguerite Taos Amrouche was born. She was an Algerian author and singer, one of the first Algerian women to publish a novel in French. She also collected and interpreted Kabylie Berber songs. She was born after her … Continue reading

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TCS: Poems for Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Day

Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ I walked into the … Continue reading

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The Day the Music Died

February 3, 1959 – The Day the Music Died:  Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, & J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) are killed in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa To hear Don McLean’s tribute song ‘American Pie’ click:   

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