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ISIS Does Not Have God on Its Side

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

We might all curse ISIS right now. The terrorist group has not only perverted its religion; it has perverted the traditions of the Arabic people, a once-glorious set of civilizations that preceded Islam.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol: Women Who Love Women

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The Oscar buzz around Todd Haynes' new movie Carol may focus on the two women, Cate Blanchett's Carol and Rooney Mara's Therese, but Phyllis Nagy's adapted screenplay, from Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt, will surely garner an Oscar nod too.

Deconstructing Brian Wilson: Love & Mercy

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At 21 Club this week, screenwriter/ director Oren Moverman spoke excitedly about his new vocation as activist. Co-writer of Love & Mercy, Moverman was...

On the Cutting Edge With Bob Dylan: Part Two

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

You may only think you don't need to hear every single take of "Like A Rolling Stone," but you are quite mistaken. Dylan's work-in-progress on this song is flat-out wondrous to hear.

On The Cutting Edge With Bob Dylan: Part One

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The albums' cover photographs are how very many people think of Dylan, still, today. He's lean, his hair in a snarly nimbus above a thin white face, with its keen, challenging eyes looking right through you. He is not listening to you; you're listening to him.

David Crosby: A Certified, Anti-war, Folk/Rock Icon

Bill_Robinson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Entertainment

David Crosby is ensconced with a very elite group of musicians who used their songs and harmonies to end a war, discrimination and government wrongdoing. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez are others in this small group of troubadours that made a difference in the 1960's and 70's.

Prosecuting Death Penalty Executioners?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should those imposing the death penalty be prosecuted for grave violations of international humanitarian law? Too many states, from Iran, Saudi Arabia, China to the US, still execute persons, and frequently for crimes that under international law are not considered "most serious crimes."

Prague Rockers in New York City: Lorraine Leckie & Pavel Cingl

Tom Semioli | Posted 10.16.2015 | New York
Tom Semioli

One day at an informal jam session, a fellow musician requested that Pavel put away the guitar and riff on his violin instead. And the rest, as they say, is history, including Pavel's stint with the popular Czech band Nahlas with Ivan Hlas.

Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tom Semioli | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down the groove on this mortal coil.

Antonin Scalia Serenades Ruth Bader Ginsburg Over Gay Marriage With Bob Dylan Song

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) - On the evening after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-sex marriage, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entertained by...

4 Questions Writers Get Asked

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 10.02.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

At the age of puberty, the writer discovers the great poets, chief among them Bob Dylan, and she gets a taste of the rebellious, majestic, and meteoric power of words.

It's a Family Affair: Tracy Bonham's Wax and Gold

Tom Semioli | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

Tracy's Wax & Gold videos are accruing views aplenty, her gigs bring in the faithful as well as younger ears, and she's found a business model that works. "It is a lot of work but I feel it is a conversation with people who 'get me' -- and that's the fun of doing this right now!"

Bob Dylan: Fate's Encounter With a Mighty Spirit

Alan Briskin | Posted 09.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alan Briskin

Though fate is often confused with destiny and has come to mean accepting one's lot in life, there is nothing about our life that we have to accept. Rather, there are things that accompany us from birth, mature over time, and later beckon us to follow. It is our great fortune if we can.

Frank Salvaterra, Sting, Herman Sandler, 9/11 and Me

Neil J. Kirk | Posted 09.11.2015 | New York
Neil J. Kirk

I miss Herman Sandler, David Rice, Frank Salvaterra, Bruce Simmons, Howard Gelling, Tom Clark, Tom Collins, Doug Irgang, Stacey McGowan, Kristi Irvine, Mike Edwards and all the other Sandler O'Neill colleagues who senselessly died on that horrible day.

Stopping Structured Settlement Predators for Good This Time

Don McNay | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how much you want to protect the privacy of someone receiving a structured settlement, someone else with a fancy computer or data mining program is going to find them and make them an offer to buy their payments.

'In the Dark Places,' A Conversation With Peter Robinson

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In the Dark Places is the 22nd Inspector Banks novel. It blends a police procedural with psychological suspense, and begins with a simple matter of a stolen tractor from a Yorkshire farm.

Why is Sheet Music Still Considered Necessary for Music Education?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education
Robbie Gennet

What a shame that high-caliber musicians could get turned away from music schools simply because they have no desire to read notation. Most schools don't currently have a notation-free track to put them on anyway.

Returning to Colorado, Vikki Thorn of the Waifs Has Festival Fever

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Singer-songwriter Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, the Australian folk rockers who were profiled on Aug. 7 in the first part of a series previewing the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, loves these musical feasts so much that she would attend even her group wasn't playing.

During the Long, Hot Summer, Jason Isbell Warms Up to Become One Glad Dad

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Most things are working out for Isbell since he gave up drinking in February 2012, then married Shires and recorded Southeastern with producer Dave Cobb two years ago. All those are "improvements on my life," said the recovering alcoholic who had a long-term relationship with Jack Daniel's.

Mike Huckabee Seeks A Simple Twist Of Fate In South Carolina

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

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My New Course on the Bible in Popular Music

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Conversations about religion in art, and more precisely religious meanings in art are tricky. Lyricists obviously generate those conversations by their use of religious imagery but the relationship between music and (perceived) spiritual meaning has at least as much or more to do with audiences as artists.

5 Keys to Real Happiness From 5 Must-Read Books

Suna Senman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

Fairytales feed our minds with the enchanted thoughts about finding a situation where our wishes are fulfilled and we live "happily ever after." Contrary to this belief, happiness is not something to go out and find.

Art Drives Activism: One Musician's Response to Charleston

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

In the wake of unspeakable terror, unthinkable violence, I am grateful for the way musicians allow themselves to feel called to put in a pin in the hustle for a livelihood and, instead, turn their gifts into opportunities to shift thought and make meaning out of what is unfathomable.

The Last Father's Day Gift I Gave My Dad -- An Excerpt From the Forthcoming book: Let Me Out (A Practical Guide for Bringing Your Ideas to Life)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Love can make you a more creative person. Understand that when I use the term creative, I don't mean that you'll suddenly have mastery of any partic...

What Was Better? The 1960s Or 1970s?

Perry Block | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Perry Block

When you think about it, the 1970s weren't as bad as those of us who tend to prefer the 1960s often like to say. There was unquestionably some good entertainment and some good times, even if we didn't like the clothes we were wearing.