March 25, 2012
1. d. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. " 2. j. "The Times They Are A-Changin'. " 3. h. "Song to Woody. " 4. b. "Highway 61 Revisited. " 5. f. "I Want You. " 6. g. "Lay, Lady, Lay. " 7. c. "If Not for You. " 8. a. "Blowin' in the Wind. " 9. i. "Subterranean Homesick Blues. " 10. e. "It Ain't Me, Babe. "
May 14, 2011
Philadelphia City Hall, movie star and venue From Carrie Rickey's "Flickgrrl" http://www.philly.com/flickgrrl City Hall is no stranger to movie stardom. It has enjoyed featured roles in Nasty Habits , Winter Kills , Blow Out , and Twelve Monkeys , among others. Come Monday, Billy Penn's beaux-arts perch will do double duty as movie star and movie theater when Philadelphia , Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor's Screening Room as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival's "FilmadelphiaCLASSICS" series screening locally shot movies at the locations where they were filmed.
April 1, 2015 |
The elements of George Crumb's "American Songbook" series have arrived in such quick succession in recent years that a return to them at Orchestra 2001's Crumb@85 celebration Sunday at the Curtis Institute's Gould Hall revealed few shocks but a more cultivated sense of poetic meaning. The sixth songbook, Voices From the Morning of the Earth (2007), occupied the program with performers who have long lived with this music: his daughter Ann Crumb, baritone Randall Scarlata, Marcantonio Barone on piano, and a five-member ensemble playing something like 150 percussion instruments.
January 21, 1989 |
It takes talent, wit and a lot of baking-powder biscuits. Leave it to Garrison Keillor to write "The Ballad of Peanut Butter" (sung to the tune of "The Sweetest Gift a Mother's Smile") and "Tuna the Food of My Soul" (sung to the tune of "Whispering Hope"). Who else could create an entire eight-stanza song titled "Am I Boring"? For those who have bemoaned the demise of his cozy Saturday evening radio show "Prairie Home Companion," Keillor has recently released a two-tape set of favorite skits and songs from his past shows.
November 19, 2001 |
As you peered into the crowd assembled for Bob Dylan Saturday at the First Union Spectrum, you saw Phish-generation hippie aspirants gyrating next to well-groomed, classic-rock-loving middle managers, young bucks alongside graybeards who went to college on Highway 61 Revisited. You saw the folks for whom "Blowin' in the Wind" is a touchstone, as well as worshippers addicted to a sound a million miles away from that '60s anthem - the syrupy blues of the recent Love and Theft. Dylan captivated them all. The singer and songwriter, who turned 60 earlier this year, is the only popular music figure who remains relevant to at least four generations of listeners: not as some sort of relic, but a thinker and roots-music scholar who continues to evolve his own language.
July 31, 2000 |
When Bob Dylan finished singing a verse of "Desolation Row" Friday night at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden, he gave a perplexed little squint into the crowd and stepped away from the microphone, as he's done for decades. Then he began to play. The guitar was acoustic, but the ideas electric. Leaning on just three notes, he jabbed and jawboned through the form, placing his phrases at odd angles, relishing the tensions he'd created. He wasn't merely riffing. He worked heatedly, pushing toward some mythic crossroads where Thelonious Monk goes mano-a-mano with Lead Belly.
March 23, 1988 |
The answer, my friend, is different with each singing of "Blowin' in the Wind. " "You want the feelings to be different, or at least of a different genre, each time you hear a song or look at a piece of art," said Mary Travers, the sultry-voiced - dare we remind ourselves - grandmother of Peter, Paul and Mary, who will be in concert at the Academy of Music tomorrow night. "I sang 'Blowin' in the Wind' with Dr. (Martin Luther) King on the March on Washington in 1963. You know, 'How many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free?
July 31, 2016 |
What do artists owe their audience? To play the hits? To give the people what they want, and their money's worth besides? Or is a performer's primary obligation to follow an artistic muse and allow fans to decide whether they want to come along for the ride? I had been flipping Sides A and B of that musical debate around in my mind quite a bit this summer, even before I saw Father John Misty take the argument to extremes last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden.
August 28, 2003
With Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow has been singing in Peter, Paul and Mary since 1961. One of many highlights of the trio's career happened 40 years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the civil rights march in Washington, when they performed "The Hammer Song" (If I Had a Hammer) and "Blowin' in the Wind. " Yarrow recently spoke to The Inquirer about the march and Peter, Paul and Mary's role in it. Inquirer: How did you hear about the march? Peter Yarrow: Harry Belafonte gave us a call and invited us down.
October 7, 2008 |
George Crumb's compositional comeback has been wonderfully hectic, as if all the music he didn't write in the last decade has been flooding into the current one, in a series of folk song and hymn collections that show him sticking to a particular genre as never before. With the sixth of his songbooks, Voices From the Morning of the Earth, we have a clearer idea why: The composer has hatched a particularly viable forum for his keen social awareness. Such qualities have been apparent before, but the singularity of his language could have you listen long and hard to his string quartet Black Angels and still not get its Vietnam War commentary.