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Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues
Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances. [11.Jul.14]
Should Film Music Stand Alone?
In evaluating what makes a great film score, writers, composers, and listeners must ask themselves if the function of cinematic music limits the form it has to take. [10.Jul.14]
Dirty Diapers Don't Scare Me Nearly as Much as the Wiggles Do
Parenthood comes with a lot of change, and a lot of decisions to be made, including this one: What’s your musical strategy? [9.Jul.14]
Nobody Should Feel Embarrassed to Read YA Fiction
Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction. [8.Jul.14]
With 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' the MCU Decisively Breaks with Comics
Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media. [7.Jul.14]
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