Cacophonies and Heavenly Choruses: A Cure for the Classical Blues

Cacophonies and Heavenly Choruses: A Cure for the Classical Blues

By Andrew Grossman

Is there any term in any field that is more slippery or meaningless or that carries such impossible, historically artificial burdens of meaning as "Classical Music"? 1 Sep 2015 // 2:30 AM

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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