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Episode 2023 (Encore 1702)

Jay Gatsby of West Egg Long Island was known for his extravagant parties. Those who came gossiped and flirted, and the music of the day was an essential part of it all. Fitzgerald punctuates The Great Gatsby with allusions to popular songs and bits and pieces of their lyrics. The songs of the time become a template for characters and what’s going on between them.


When Worlds Collide: Classical Meets Pop Music

Jul 29, 2019

Fusion is a great thing – usually we think of it when trying that weird new restaurant or when the pantry is looking sparse and you really don’t want to go to Wegman’s. When it comes to music, you can find all kinds. I’d like to highlight some of the coolest classical-pop fusions the internet has to offer.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Protest Pop, 08/03/2019

Jul 28, 2019
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Episode #1931

8/3        Protest Pop Popular songs set out to sell copies by being entertaining and reassuring. If you want upheaval, you contact Woody Guthrie rather than Irving Berlin or Bing Crosby. But every now and then, popular music gets up on its hind legs to take a shot at injustice—racism, war, and poverty, among others. It’s striking to watch popular songs taking sides.


American Public Media

Episode 1909

3/2   Dreaming Through the Forties. It’s hard to imagine popular music without references to dreaming. It’s an essential part of how love songs look at the world (and sometimes try to escape from it). It was especially an essential part of how we managed to get through on the home front during World War II.


Fascinatin’ Rhythm: Opera, Country, and Pop, 08/11/18

Aug 5, 2018

Episode # 1832

8/11      Opera, Country, and Pop—Crossovers usually go from opera or country to pop, from The Met or Nashville to Broadway. But sometimes it goes the other way, sometimes the singers are compete, and sometimes each singer stakes out her territory. The results have been known to stop a show.


CNN Money

Can computers (A.I. or artificial intelligence) compose music? It sounds crazy, especially to classical music listeners. But Taryn Southern, a writer, producer, singer, and Internet personality, recently released a song where everything except the vocal line (lyrics and melody) was composed by a computer. 

Intrigued? Read more and listen here.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Dreaming Through the Forties - 11/5/16

Oct 30, 2016
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11/5      Dreaming Through the Forties

Songs about dreaming are an essential part of how we faced up to the world during World War II.

In a world ravaged by war, music from pop and rock greats save and soothe the soul.