Today’s Earworm: ‘Royals’ by Lorde


Today’s Earworm: ‘Rip it Up’ by Orange Juice




Watch: Polyphonic overtone singing by Anna-Maria Hefele


Here is something I saw when I was looking up something else. Wow!

There is something futuristic or speculative about this type of singing. Maybe it is because the scales she’s doing sound theremin-like.



Today’s earworm: All Night Long by Lionel Richie


Did you catch the Kennedy Center Honors TV show? It took my spouse and I a couple nights to watch the show, which ended with a tribute to crowd-pleaser Lionel Richie and a medley of his hits sun by Leona Lewis, including “All Night Long.”

Now we can’t get it out of our heads. See the Richie video above, and the clip from the TV show below.


And a note of trivia: the song lyrics that sound “African” are made up. Read about it here.


2017 in Review in Music


gamelan-yir-webThat’s me on the right with some of my museum colleagues playing the gamelan, which was installed in an exhibition. This was my first time playing the gamelan since I was a member of the nascent Pitt Gamelan Ensemble in the fall of 1996, when I was a grad student at the University of Pittsburgh and the Ensemble was a class taught by a grad student and before it became what it is today. I tried looking for any record of that class or the performance we did in December of 1996 at Heinz Chapel, but it seems to have been erased from history. Continue reading “2017 in Review in Music”