Listening to New Old Music

This month I’ve returned to Renaissance Music. For the uninitiated, the Renaissance Era is sandwiched between the Medieval and Baroque Periods, with some overlap.  A good ballpark figure is 1300-1600 A.D. I understand the Renaissance wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, when unspeakable things still happened without question.  However, the period was noted for progress, especially in the arts. In the Twenty-First Century, the preferred method of familiarizing ourselves with early music — or any type of music — is buying some of it on iTunes and listening through earbuds.  There’s also Spotify, other streaming services and CDs.  … Continue reading Listening to New Old Music

Baby It’s Contentious Outside

Frank Loesser’s 1944 winter standard Baby It’s Cold Outside is not being played on some radio stations.  While some people insist the song is a classic, the lyrics are especially controversial right now because we’re looking more closely than usual at suggestions of sexual harassment and assault.  Here’s a link to yesterday’s USA Today article, which includes the complete lyrics: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/12/06/baby-its-cold-outside-all-lyrics-controversial-song/2229909002/ I never heard the song until this week, when I learned about the controversy.  Initially, I was repulsed, but I’m trying to keep an open mind.  The song was written more than seventy years ago, when the scenario may have been … Continue reading Baby It’s Contentious Outside