Saturday, June 27, 2020

Michael W Harris' The Rise of Gospel Blues: The Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church

The Rise of Gospel Blues: The Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church
Michael W. Harris
Copyright (c) 1992 by Michael W. Harris
Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-506376-7

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Atanas Ourkouzounov--Broken Grooves played by Duo Benoit Albert & Randall Avers

Toby Twining: Chrysalid Requiem--Sanctus

I, of course, learned about this reading Kyle Gann's The Arithmetic of Listening, which is a great book on the history of tuning systems I'm going to have to blog about at some point this year.  I'm still committed to composing using the equal-tempered set-up we guitarists are given who don't have access to fretboards that have alternate tunings, but I've been intrigued by a lot of work done in what's maybe too colloquially known as microtonal music. 

some pieces at GetReligion on electoral subsets--evangelicals as distinct from charismatics/pentecostals, and who's considered what kind of anointed
I was reading a New York Times piece the other day — “Trump’s Approval Slips Where He Can’t Afford to Lose It: Among Evangelicals” — when I found myself thinking about the Rev. Pat Robertson and quarterback Tom Brady.
This may take some explaining.
For starters, if you know anything about the 2016 election, you know that white evangelicals helped fuel Trump’s success in the GOP primaries. Then, in the general election, white and Latino evangelicals were crucial to his pivotal win in Florida. But the key to his election was winning the votes of Rust Belt (a) Democrats who previously voted for Barack Obama, (b) conservative and older Catholics, (c) angry labor union members/retirees or (d) citizens who were “all of the above.”
Catholic swing voters were much more important to Trump than white evangelicals — in the 2020 general election (as opposed to primaries).

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Alan Jacobs ended up writing a few more things about critical theory and critical theories

Alan Jacobs, who I note has an endorsement blurb on the back of Fredrik Deboer's forthcoming book The Cult of Smart, which I, of course, fully intend to read when it comes out, has been essaying into critical theory a bit more and interacting with some, though not necessarily a lot, of writing from James Lindsay over at New Discourses.