Before watching the excellent new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, I knew relatively little about celebrated songstress Nina Simone –except that she is held in the highest regard by anyone who knows anything about music.[…]
Please join us for the 4th Annual Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, featuring the best local arts organizations competing head-to-head in the Performing Arts Showcase (this Saturday, August 22nd, 7-9pm, Columbus Performing Arts Center 549 Franklin[…]
"Kierkegaard's Narrative" is an existential humanist plot outline named after the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. In general, it runs as follows: An aimless young man drifts through life, obsessed with aesthetics, and seeking sexual fulfillment with a series of women, yet never making substantive choices or real commitments. The climax of the story is the protagonist's decision to commit to a single woman, and to enter into marriage.
The raw source material for this plotline is found in Kierkegaard's books "Either/Or," "Fear and Trembling," and "Repetition," in which he takes on the persona of various first-person narrators, and describes their experiences.
If there’s one pop culture obsession I truly hate, it’s zombies. I fail entirely to see the appeal of these grotesque, rotting corpses, reanimated into some blasphemous parody of life. The same goes for vampires,[…]
What does it mean when I draw a connection between one of my most favorite songs and one of my least favorite philosophers? Have I misjudged the philosopher, or the song? I’ve been obsessed with[…]
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with television producer Jenji Kohan for several years now. I loved the initial season of her suburban pot-themed dramedy Weeds, but the romance quickly cooled, as the show descended from[…]
Part II – Birth of a Protest Song I already spoke about what this video means, and why I think it’s meaningful/valuable, over at my friend Katelin’s blog (on race and religion) By Their Strange[…]
PART I – Good Times Music has always been a passion for me, but for most of my life I didn’t feel it met the grandness of purpose I foresaw for myself, so I let[…]
The trippy alternative hip-hop duo PM Dawn is a footnote in musical history, but for a brief time in the 90’s they were on top of the charts with their blend of new age dream[…]
It may surprise you dear reader, but I’m not the first or only person to find deeper philosophical meaning in pop music. Here, for your mingled pleasure and edification, are a few choice links from[…]