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A Song for the Workingman: How Blue-Collar Anthems Have Evolved Over Time

How do we judge the strength and character of a country’s workforce? There are the usual statistical indicators (unemployment rates, consumer confidence, the stock market),…

David Berman Could Never Be Forgotten — No Matter How Hard He Tried to Disappear

In an email a couple of months ago, the poet and musician David Berman wrote to me about the recent re-issue of his one and…

Why Do Bands Only Seem to Write Sad Songs About Superman?

“Truth, justice and the American way!”  That’s Superman’s whole deal, right? He’s supposed to be a bright, sunny and most of all hopeful character. Yet…

Enya Has Been the Song of the Summer for 30 Years

Is there ever a definitive “song of the summer,” or is that label just one more premise for the debate over which music truly matters?…