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What we talk about when we talk about music

January 8, 2018 - 12:57 -- Admin

Music is one of the most discussed aspects of human existence. Nearly everyone has some music they love, and when we are enthusiastic about things, we tell others. We recommend songs or symphonies, we lend recordings, we share files. We also like to be right, so we argue with people who don’t enjoy what we enjoy, or who like something else. There can’t be many pieces of music uploaded to YouTube that haven’t attracted strong adverse comments.

Doubling down

January 8, 2018 - 11:45 -- Admin

“Do we want Australia for Australians? Or do we just want to give it all up?” That is the proposition driving the neo-Nazi group Patriot Blue in director Geoffrey Wright’s “next generation” Romper Stomper, streaming on Stan.

In praise of Help!

January 8, 2018 - 11:30 -- Admin

If you thought Beatlemania was a mid-twentieth-century phenomenon, think again. At the end of 2013, I wanted to write about the second volume of The Beatles at the BBC, so I kept the CDs in my car for a couple of weeks in order to listen on repeat. The side effect was that my three-year-old daughter became a Beatles fan, calling out requests from the back seat: “Play ‘Yeah, Yeah,’ Daddy!”

Living the language

January 8, 2018 - 10:13 -- Admin

For the last twenty-three years, Kate Burridge has been travelling annually to Waterloo County in Ontario, Canada. There she spends research and social time with members of an Old Order Mennonite community similar in their beliefs and customs to another branch of the Anabaptist diaspora, the Amish. For over four hundred years, as a largely oral language, Pennsylvania German has survived alongside one of the globe’s great dialect crushers – English.

“If you can reach that point of almost nonchalance in playing, that’s a different level of creativity again”

January 8, 2018 - 10:12 -- Admin

John Bell founded the eponymous Bell Shakespeare Company in 1990 to provide a decidedly Australian approach to the Bard’s plays and sustain his cultural and linguistic legacy here. The company started in a tent and inevitably faced its fair share of funding and survival challenges.