• Noteworthy: Your Hit Parade

    In Japan, cultures are taught at the youngest age to honor their elders. The generation gap continues to turn large groups of people culturally against each other. So given how every generation enjoys the thrust and commonality of its brand of Pop, this is a great time to turn back the clock and see where it all originated.

  • More Songs about Buildings (and food)

    "If Music be the food of love - play on!" - William Shakespeare

    Like Music (and Duke Orsino from Shakespeare's mixed-up comedy Twelfth Night, cited above), food can overwhelm and drown even the most ravenous appetite or just a few nibbles from a cornucopia of plates can satiate one and all. However, albums about food, with food on the cover or with food as a title are few and far between. So we sally forth to dine on a smorgasbord of the very best.

  • Countdown to Midnight

    Photo by Rob Walker

     

     

    Bands – really good bands – spend years searching for a way to develop that rare, magical form of communication that allows individual members to feed off one another during a performance without ever having to speak a word.

    Dickey Betts, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, once compared it to an orchestra being able to perform an entire concerto – blindfolded, and in the dark.

  • The Magic of Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

    When the TV special “Emmet Otter” returns to screens (and even hits the big screen) this Christmas, it is best to know that it has aged well because the producers and Muppet masterminds knew they were taking great risks with their growing family of viewers. However, The Muppets themselves were originally synonymous with using this special to push boundaries and test new ideas.

  • Food with Friends: Live @ Five

    A Hattiesburg institution started by Sarah Newton in 2008, Live at Five is what happens when you bring all the best parts of Hattiesburg together: live music, local food and downtown. Much like Hattiesburg, Live at Five is ever expanding, now here for a whopping six weeks this fall.

  • FROM DOO-WOP TO SPRINGSTEEN: Rock ’n’ Roll has been synonymous with style since its inception

    "Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear." - Oscar Wilde.

  • Local Musicians ROOTED IN Hub

    The blues is Mississippi's lingua franca. It's rooted (while transferred from far away Mali) in our arable soil. Though the famous players may have left to electrify it in Chicago or orchestrate in Los Angeles, that music still and will always be identified as ours.

  • Disco: maligned & misunderstood

     Disco is music that goes far beyond white polyester with a black collar jutting out, dancefloors lit in primary colors, the Brothers Gibb, Harry Wayne Casey and the almighty Donna Summer. Disco at its essence represented the freedom to write, to choose and of course - to dance.

  • Ladies Leading the Way

    Rock ’n’ Roll has grown into an intergenerational entity. Since its birth from the hybrid strains of Country & Western and Rhythm & Blues, it grows the most when rebelling against the previous mixture of alleles. However, now Rock ’n’ Roll is entering another phase of singer/ songwriters to push it along the genetic line.

  • The Two Pivotal Years in Music

    Music has been such a big part of my life, that it feels like music HAS been my life. Other than my mother, my brother, and my friend, Laura Foote, music is the companion that has been alongside me for this entire 56-year ride. Music was my earliest confidant. From the “Meet the Monkees” album someone gave me when I was 5 years old to the iTunes playlist I created last week. Music has always been there to excite, console, comfort, energize, and advise.

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