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Under the Hat: Songwriting Detectives

Dec 5 2012
Under the Hat: Songwriting Detectives Reporting while on tour from Mexico City, Mister G talks about how songwriters are like detectives who are always on the lookout for clues as to what would make and interesting song. This month’s episode of Under the Hat includes footage from a variety of school concerts from Mexico as Mister [continue reading]

Berkshire Lyric: 50 Years of Creating Culture in the Cold Months

Dec 4 2012
Do You Want to Know a Secret? 1963 was Big for the Beatles … and Berkshire Lyric By Jaclyn Stevenson Among many other cultural milestones, the Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me will mark 50 years in existence. Recorded in one session, it seems the album struck a chord; three months after its release, the [continue reading]

On Black Friday: Chain Store Blues

Nov 23 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
[ Today we’re thankful to have the opportunity to offer this repost from Nathan Salsburg’s Root Hog or Die , an extraordinary radio show and music blog that we’ve written about previously. This piece concerns The Allen Brothers’ “Chain Store Blues,” which also appears on Nathan’s [continue reading]

Under the Hat: All About Guitars

Nov 7 2012
Under the Hat: All About Guitars In this debut episode of “Under the Hat: Independent Music Education,” Mister G takes us into his recording studio in Western MA for a music lesson about the guitar. Using a variety of instruments from his collection, he discusses the differences (and similarities) between acoustic, electric, classical and steel [continue reading]

Weekly Feed: Collaboration, Ecology, Digital Media and Food for Thought

Oct 20 2012
Photograph of the Fennimore Art Museum

By Rachel Beth Rudi, Digital Contributor

• “Rural art museums face distinct challenges when it comes to building audiences for exhibitions and programs,” writes Paul D’Ambrosio , president of the New York State Historical Association. “Unlike [continue reading]

What’s Up With Those Southern Beasts?

Sep 27 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
By Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director of Roadside Theater
Storytelling is a partnership between the person telling the story and the person receiving the story; each depends on the other. This exchange is not designed to be passive, unless the purpose is propaganda. “The purpose of art is to [continue reading]

Arts Funding 2.0: Caleb Elliott

Aug 24 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
By Rachel Reynolds Luster, Contributing Editor

This week’s featured crowd funding campaign is Caleb Elliott’s Kickstarter project, “Caleb Elliott’s Debut Album.”

“Son of a preacher man. Child of melody. Brother of Harmony,” begins the bio link from Caleb Elliott’s Kickstarter project, [continue reading]

Earliest Footage of Native American Drumming

Aug 22 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
A Sioux frame drum, 1904; Museum of Modern Art

The Afrodrumming organization recently produced this video detailing two early recorded examples of Native American drumming. Many thanks to Kelle Jolly of Carpetbag Theatre for leading us to this video
Please [continue reading]

John Baird’s Tennessee Gospel

Aug 21 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
 Selection from the cover of I’m Believin’: Gospel Music in Middle Tennessee 

By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field series Editor
In the latest post from Notes From The Field , I wrote about the dynamic metal sculptures of Kittrell, Tennessee [continue reading]

Arts Funding 2.0: Dust and Grooves

Aug 8 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Frank Gossner, of the Voodoo Funk blog, in Ghana; Eilon Paz, Dust and Grooves
By Rachel Reynolds Luster, Contributing Editor

Today we introduce a new weekly series, Arts Funding 2.0 , that will highlight an arts-focused “crowd funding” campaign each week. [continue reading]

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