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Posts published by “David Yearsley”

Annette a l’Amazon

For some thirty years now your Musical Patriot has marched in step with a woman named Annette to countless nights in the cinema, opera, and…

Shropshire In New York

An early August road trip heading east from the city of Ithaca across New York State promises calm, pastoral progress.  With farming in steep decline…

Hounds & Hogs, Men & Truffles

Among the most alluring of cross-species collaborations is truffle hunting, a pursuit that brings dog—or, more rarely these days, pig—together with man. Women, it seems,…

Assault On A Capitol Fourth

A quarter century ago Newt Gingrich, elevated to Speaker of the House by the 1994 midterm Republican landslide that followed on Bill Clinton’s first two…

Violence & Violins

A six-hour drive last weekend took us from Ithaca in Upstate New York to Oberlin, Ohio—two Blue college towns in a sea of Red. Our…

Plains Music

Before the present age when every consumer is earpodded up and equipped with a private portable movie screen, wrangling over what music to listen to…

Air Attack: Sound As Police Weapon

The human ear is defenseless. Unable to keep sound out, it must take in all it hears. The beeswax earplugs Odysseus supplied his crew saved…

Disaster Music

Mount Nyiragongo’s eruption and earthquake, and the aftershocks that continue to shake the Democratic Republic of Congo remind one that the Christian God of that…

Gone But Not Forgotten — By Pop

Unlike the days following Osama bin Laden’s death on May 2nd, 2011, the tenth anniversary of his killing passed without hoopla in the American Homeland.…

Reading Together

Remember going to the library? I miss the reading rooms most—the busy hush of reading and research underway; the reluctance of old pages being turned;…

Bach at Tax Time

J.S. Bach’s two musical confrontations with taxes span his career composing and performing cantatas. Nur jedem das Seine (To Each His Own!), BWV 163, dates…

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