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July 15, 2016


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August 23, 2016

The Fool and King Lear

“King Lear and the Fool in the Storm” by William Dyce (1806 – 1864)   One unexpected criticism of the “Only You” music video leveled at me was the complaint that it was too light-hearted. What I thought was a positive feature of the video for at least one viewer was a negative. I was astonished to hear this, but on further reflection I realized that my grim critic had an important point to make. His argument was that the Trump Phenomenon, which I poke fun at in the video, is a tragic, polarizing and destructive development in the cultural […]
July 27, 2016

Echo, Narcissus and Donald

“Echo and Narcissus” by John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)   Our previous blog post entitled “Narcissism Then and Now” featured the famous painting by Caravaggio of Narcissus, the character from Greek mythology who, having fallen in love with himself, lay paralyzed until the day of his death gazing at his reflection in a pool of water. Above is another painting of Narcissus done in 1903 by John William Waterhouse, an English painter who was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in art. This work broadens the coverage of the myth by including the nymph, Echo, who is gazing with longing on the […]
July 21, 2016

Narcissism Then and Now

“Narcissus” by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610)   There is no question that “narcissism” is the theme of “Only You,” especially since the word is prominently featured in the punch line of the chorus. When we were finalizing the recording I was advised that I should not use such a technical, clinical term in a song. I sympathize with that view and agree that as a general rule, on purely artistic grounds, one should avoid using words in a song which end in “ism.” I have yet to hear a song which utilizes the word “uniformitarianism” and celebrates […]