Category Archives: Music

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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A National Kazoo Day Tribute to Alan Alda

Today, January 28, is actor Alan Alda’s birthday. It is also National Kazoo Day. To hear the tribute to Alan Alda, please click:

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TCS: For All That – Songs for Burns Night

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. ______________________________ O would some power … Continue reading

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