Fourth of July, 2020

I grew up with Americana as a musical genre. My parents would regularly have bluegrass playing on the radio, and I didn’t find out until much later that the voice introducing the songs, Dick Spottswood, was not only a local DJ and a Takoma Park neighbor but also a prominent researcher of American roots music.… Continue reading Fourth of July, 2020

And Sowed the Ground with Salt

The old site at vitia.org is now mostly razed. I put up a custom redirect, partly for my own amusement (take a look if you like; it’ll bring you back here after 20 seconds), and partly to start re-training myself with those long-unused (and pretty minimal to begin with) skills in Javascript, PHP, and CSS3… Continue reading And Sowed the Ground with Salt

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Tink Departs

Tink had a good death. As uncomfortable as she clearly was in her last days, she persevered with her characteristic poise and quiet dignity. I was too sad to write anything about it a month ago, and I still miss her as much as I miss her sister Zeugma. Their pictures were the first two… Continue reading Tink Departs

Move Complete

I’ve moved the weblog and database over from vitia.org, which will no longer be updated, and in the process I’m updating and tweaking a variety of other things as well. The most significant two tweaks, still somewhat in process but to be wrapped up in the next few days—new email is myfirstname at this domain… Continue reading Move Complete

Maintenance and Moving

I’m moving I’ve moved vitia.org to a new hosting provider, and I’ll soon be changing changed the URL to integrate with my professional site at preterite.net. That means vitia.org will be mirrored at preterite.net for a while. This URL (vitia.org) should be good at least for the next few months, and I’ll have more details as I… Continue reading Maintenance and Moving

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Halloween Playlist

Shared on Apple Music. Song Artist Length 1 Koyaanisqatsi Philip Glass 3:27 2 Tubular Bells (Opening Theme) Mike Oldfield 4:18 3 I Put A Spell on You Marilyn Manson 3:37 4 Dedication (Dark Trap Beat Mix) Nesyu Beats 1:36 5 Ghostface Killers Offset & Metro Boomin (feat. Travis Scott) 4:29 6 Rivers Skinny Puppy 4:49… Continue reading Halloween Playlist

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Warren Zevon’s Continuing Relevance

Warren Zevon died a little over 16 years ago, and while he’s mostly known today for his AOR hits (“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Ah.” “Ah who?”), his deeper cuts (“Desperadoes Under the Eaves,” “The Hula Hula Boys,” “If You Won’t Leave Me I’ll Find Somebody Who Will”) are among my all-time favorite songs. There were… Continue reading Warren Zevon’s Continuing Relevance

An Oration

(via Jacobin) AN ORATION delivered at Greenville, Headquarters of the Western Army, North-West of the Ohio, July 4th, 1795, by the Reverend Morgan J. Rhees. Illustrious Americans! Noble Patriots! You commemorate a glorious day—the Birthday of Freedom in the New World! Yes, Columbia, thou art free. The twentieth year of thy independence commences this day.… Continue reading An Oration

Slavery and Composition: Some Economic Context

My current book project, still very much in the early stages, examines the interrelationships among the American 19th-century slave economy, the technological and economic advances of the Industrial Revolution and the corresponding expansion of literacy, and the growth of American higher education and the emergence of composition as a discipline. That means for right now… Continue reading Slavery and Composition: Some Economic Context