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Epilepsy Blamed For Chopin’s Dark Hallucinations : Shots – Health News Blog : NPR



The prolific musician and composer Frederic Chopin was a giant of the Romantic Era, known for writing passionate pieces for the piano. But the Polish-born Chopin was afflicted by mysterious health problems, including vivid hallucinations.

In Chopin’s day, friends attributed these episodes to the composer’s creative genius.

But Spanish researchers say this week in the journal Medical Humanities they may have a better diagnosis: temporal lobe epilepsy.

via Epilepsy Blamed For Chopin’s Dark Hallucinations : Shots – Health News Blog : NPR.

February 6, 2011 Posted by | culture, entertainment, history, music | | Leave a comment

Earth , Wind & Fire song

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Earth, Wind & Fire.”Show Me The Way”

November 3, 2010 Posted by | culture, entertainment, history, media, music, social | | Leave a comment

Songs We Love: The Best Of Soul Train : NPR

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Songs We Love: The Best Of Soul Train : NPR. videos: Barry White “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby”

It would be easy to tell the story of Soul Trainwith facts and figures. It ran for 35 seasons, making it the longest continuously airing first-run syndicated television program. It’s been referenced in many song lyrics, films and TV shows. Countless R&B and soul acts performed on the show and credited Soul Train as a crucial element of their success.

But the show’s impact on America’s collective cultural identity is best described by the people who watched it and let it shape their musical sensibilities. While the show’s audience was always primarily African-AmericanSoul Train was also a cross-cultural hit. Seems we all wanted to check out the latest moves and fashions from that in-studio dance floor.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | culture, entertainment, global, history, media, music, social | , , , , , | 1 Comment

LimeWire Shut Down Permanently

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LimeWire Shut Down Permanently

File-sharing program
LimeWire has been permanently shut down after a federal judge found it guilty of assisting users in committing copyright infringement “on a massive scale.”

The shut-down is the final chapter in a case brought against LimeWire LLC by the

The suit, filed by the RIAA on behalf of eight major music publishers in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charged LimeWire with facilitating “pervasive online infringement.” It also accused LimeWire of allowing and actively encouraging users to participate in music piracy.

During the court proceedings, the plaintiffs claimed that over 93 percent of the software’s traffic was made up

In May 2010, federal Judge Kimba Wood found LimeWire LLC liable for copyright infringement. She also found LimeWire founder Mark Gordon to be personally liable. The RIAA then made two separate motions–one for permanent shut down of the company, and the other for freezing of the company’s assets.

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November 1, 2010 Posted by | entertainment, global, music | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sam Tsui -Glee

As a Journey fan, This is not bad for a young group.
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October 13, 2010 Posted by | global, media, music | Leave a comment

Frank Sinatra “Fly Me To The Moon”

October 10, 2010 Posted by | culture, entertainment, history, media, music | | Leave a comment

Dean Martin “That’s Amore”

October 10, 2010 Posted by | entertainment, history, media, music | | 1 Comment

Arts Post – Domingo: no contract renewal at WNO

Arts Post – Domingo: no contract renewal at WNO.

September 27, 2010 Posted by | entertainment, music | | Leave a comment

Entertainer Eddie Fisher dies at 82 – Entertainment – Celebrities –

Entertainer Eddie Fisher dies at 82 – Entertainment – Celebrities – A fine entertainer, will be missed.

September 24, 2010 Posted by | art, death, entertainment, history, media, music, social | | Leave a comment

The House I Live In

Dave Schechter
CNN Senior National Editor

Earlier this month I wrote about ill will in several parts of the country toward planned construction of mosques. I had not figured on writing anything more related to this subject until I heard a recording of Frank Sinatra singing “The House I Live In” while driving to work.

What is America to me?
A name, a map, or a flag I see?
A certain word, “democracy”?
What is America to me?

“The House I Live In” is a departure from the better-known swinging tunes and torch song repertoire of the crooner sometimes referred to as the “The Voice.” The song was the centerpiece of a 10-minute, black-and-white film of the same name released in 1945 to combat racism and anti-Semitism in the aftermath of World War II. Here Sinatra teaches a group of boys a lesson in religious tolerance. The lyrics were penned by Abel Meeropol, under the pen name Lewis Allen. (The name Meeropol became better known when he adopted Michael and Robert, the sons orphaned by the 1953 executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted on espionage-related charges involving atomic bomb secrets.) The music was written by Earl Robinson, who later was ‘blacklisted’ during the anti-Communist fever of the early 1950s.

The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street
The grocer and the butcher, and the people that I meet
The children in the playground, the faces that I see
All races and religions, that’s America to me

“All races and religions.” Since the song was written, laws have been implemented to prevent discrimination based on skin color when buying or renting a house, being served in a restaurant or voting. In that time, the loyalty to his country of a Catholic running for President was questioned publicly, churches and synagogues were burned and bombed and – now – a growing and geographically expanding Muslim community confronts opposition and often hostility in creating places to worship.

The place I work in, the worker by my side
The little town or city where my people lived and died
The “howdy” and the handshake, the air of feeling free
And the right to speak my mind out, that’s America to me

America in 2010 is different in many ways from that of 1945; more urban, more diverse racially, ethnically and religiously. By mid-21st century, we are told, there no longer will be any racial majority group.

The things I see about me, the big things and the small
The little corner newsstand and the house a mile tall
The wedding in the churchyard, the laughter and the tears
The dream that’s been a-growin’ for a hundred and fifty years

As I was writing this, I came across reports of an Islamic community center recently opened in the Santaluz area of San Diego, California. I may have missed something but I did not find reports of court fights or rallies opposing the facility. Before the ribbon cutting, Anita Tallman, spokesman for the Muslim Community Center of Greater San Diego said, “The focus of our center is on being American Muslims as most of our members are either born and raised in the United States or have spent the majority of their lives in this country.”

The town I live in, the street, the house, the room
The pavement of the city, or a garden all in bloom
The church, the school, the clubhouse, the millions lights I see
But especially the people
That’s America to me

There was a second verse to the song, not included in the film, part of which made mention of:

The house I live in,
My neighbors white and black,
The people who just came here,
Or from generations back
. . .
That’s America to me

Considering the divisions in America that persist today over such issues as race, religion, ethnicity and immigration, “The House I Live In” seems no less relevant today than when it was written.

August 14, 2010 Posted by | entertainment, music | | Leave a comment