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All Kinds of Time: Adam Schlesinger's Pursuit of Pure, Peerless Pop

Photo: Paul Erik / Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Adam Schlesinger was a poet laureate of pure pop music. There was never a melody too bright, a lyrical conceit too playfully dumb, or a vibe full of radiation that he would shy away from. His sudden passing from COVID-19 means one of the brightest stars in the power-pop universe has suddenly dimmed.

Read Evan Sawdey's article.

Coronavirus Tunes: A Brief Playlist for Our Times of Self-Isolation

As coronavirus spreads throughout the world and many of us hunker down with online media, we offer eight songs that share our feeling of seclusion.

Read Paul Rowe's article.

How to Listen to Your Old Music While Self-Isolating

Image from Pexels (Pixabay License / Pixabay)

There are various ways you can mine the bounty of your exquisite taste to while away an hour or two during this stressful time of coronavirus. But you've got to do it with some intentionality.

Read Mark Reynold's article.

Matchbox Twenty: Aren't We All a Little "Unwell" in the Time of Coronavirus?, by Joshua Friedberg

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Say what you will about Matchbox Twenty – I know I once did. But during this COVID-19 pandemic, we're all going "crazy" and feeling "a little unwell" in this time of isolation, and I'm turning to their music.

Read Joshua Freidberg's article.

What Lurks Beneath: 'Jaws' and Political Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

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Boris Johnson admires the Mayor in Spielberg's Jaws. Remember him? He was the guy who wouldn't close the beaches -- and sacrifice that revenue source -- during a public crisis.

Read James Baxter's article.

Love at a Socially-Isolating Distance

Image by Elisa Riva (Pixabay License / Pixabay)

In one sense, life in the time of Coronavirus clarifies an essential element of love: love always occurs at an ontological distance.

Read Chadwick Jenkin's article.

Life in the Time of Coronavirus Is No Time for False Dichotomies

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How unsettling and unnerving it is during these times of coronavirus, when our rational intellect suggests one set of answers, while our emotions pull us toward another.

Read Nick Soulsby's article.

Nick Drake's 'Pink Moon' and Finding a Place to Be During Coronavirus

Shuttered inside our homes, contending with the COVID-19 outbreak, Nick Drake's third album promises rebirth and renewal: the pink moon is coming.

Read Matt McKinzie's article.

Corona Tales: Life As an Indie Musician in 2020, by Lynne Hanson

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Canadian Americana artist Lynne Hanson tells her tale of the Coronavirus Blues, one of canceled tour dates and diminished revenue prospects.

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