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September 2005 Archives

"Emily, a young woman in Thornton Wilder’s play "Our Town"…dies in child birth, but is granted a unique experience: the Stage manager allows her to return from death and live one more day of her life with her family. Although […]

To talk about jazz is to talk about race and race relations in America. Jazz initially arose out of the pain of America’s original sin of slavery. Inspite of its’ emergence from such conditions, it proved to be convergent. Even […]

Classical music–Formal music performed as written, able to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s ability to imitate the original. Jazz music–Dynamic music, unable to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s […]

It is said that in parts of Africa, "hello" is replaced with "Sawu bona." Translated, "I see you." The reply is, "Sikhona." Translated, "I am here." One author writes, "The order of the exchange is important: until you see me, […]