Music + Culture

Davy Jones
1:27 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

My First Crush: A Love Letter To Davy Jones

Monkees singer Davy Jones, seen here in 1968, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 66.
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Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 5:11 pm

Kitty Eisele is supervising senior editor at NPR's Morning Edition. In this essay she remembers Monkees band member Davy Jones, who died Wednesday at age 66.

This is embarrassing to write, but years ago when my first crush erupted, I asked my dad to write a love note on my behalf to Davy Jones.

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Exploring Music Playlists
1:00 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Exploring Music With Bill McGlaughlin - March 2012

Find playlists for Exploring Music by clicking on a day of the week under the description of each week's theme.

March 26 - 30, 2012: You and the Night and the Music
Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri - Coming Soon

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New Artists
1:11 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Northwest Music Feature: Y La Bamba

I was lucky enough to catch this Latin-American inspired 6 piece band, last winter here in Pullman, WA at one of our only music venues in town, The Belltower.  At the time, I was listening to their second release, Lupon, with which I had instantly fallen in love.  Lead singer and song writer Luz Elena Mendoza creates the most beautiful and enchanting melodies with accordions, clarinets, shakers, and other percussive instruments.  These Portland, OR natives keep climbing the indie charts with music that reflects a mix of Mendoza’s Mexican h

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Music + Culture
9:01 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Before they made it to the Oscars, the nominated films — not to mention all the films that didn't make the cut — were viewed by some 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many of those movies were shown in small, private, rented screening rooms all over Hollywood.

The studios have their own screening rooms, of course, but often directors want a more private place to screen works in progress — with no studio suits in sight.

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Culture
12:16 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Local Films to be Premiered Oscar Night

This Sunday, February 26, many will sit down to their televisions to enjoy the 84th Academy Awards. Since the release of the nominees the internet has been filled with predictions and debates mainly centering around the "Best Actor in a Leading Role," Best Actress in a Leading Role," and "Best Picture. While these awards are being revealed down in Hollywood, the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) will be presenting an award show of its own. 

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Conductors
2:30 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Conductors on Vacation

A Northwest Public Radio listener, Dave Ostrom, had a David Letterman-like "Brush with Greatness" while on a boat trip to Antarctica.  Zubin Mehta, Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and his wife were also on the boat.   She had convinced him to bring his concert tails and to wear then while walking out into a group of king penguins numbering well over 100,000.  At one point he made a comment about another conductor conduc

New Artists
3:46 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Who's the next Adele?

This year's Grammy broadcast featured four powerhouse female vocalists, including British songstress Adele, who swept all six of the categories for which she was nominated.  So, who can we look forward to seeing at next year's music award shows? 

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Winter Songs
12:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

A Skating Rink's 'Ribbon In The Sky'

hey.kiddo via Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 3:16 pm

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Interview
11:29 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Interview With Ryan Hare, WSU Bassoonist & Music Professor

Orchestral music and sports go together like a horse and carriage, right?  Well, that may not be the first connection that springs to mind but inspiration comes in many forms.  Just ask Ryan Hare, a bassoonist and an associate professor of music at Washington State University.  He stopped by the Northwest Public Radio studios recently to speak with Robin Rilette about the world premiere of his piece “Maracanazo.”

Adele
3:10 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry

Adele won the song of the year category at this year's Grammy Awards for her tear-jerker "Someone Like You."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Note: A number of listeners responded to this story and said the definition of appoggiatura was incorrect. Music commentator Rob Kapilow has a second opinion here.

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