Tag Archives: music

Bells and Cicadas

Yesterday after my voice lesson I sat for a while outside Washington National Cathedral, listening to the bells ring. A bit of sleuthing on my phone told me there was some sort of change ringing convention in town. It was … Continue reading

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Hidden Carols of England

Today for the Last Word On Nothing: Christmas carols. Yeah, I know, it’s January, but I went to a talk about Christmas carols on Tuesday at the Library of Congress. I’d heard a lot about village carols while I was … Continue reading

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Memorizing Lyrics for the Christmas Revels

One of my major mental tasks of the next three weeks involves something I don’t do very often in my daily life: memorization. I’m performing in the Christmas Revels December 7-15 at Lisner Auditorium here in Washington, D.C. Most years, … Continue reading

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Fruit Flies and Opera

It’s not every day you get to make an opera reference in a science piece. But the researchers just handed it to me. In this brief item about how fruit flies avoid STDs, the gene is from a gene family … Continue reading

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Singing in Eleven

Today on the Washington Revels Blog I have a post about singing in unusual time signatures. That’s one of the many challenges of this year’s Christmas Revels: how to sing in music with five, seven, or 11 beats to the … Continue reading

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Last Word on Nothing

I’ve just joined a group blog, Last Word on Nothing. It’s a blog of people who write beautifully about science. Or, really, whatever they want, as long as they can make some kind of connection to science. My first post … Continue reading

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rolling down to old maui

Here’s that sea chanty, “Rolling Down to Old Maui,” sung by the great Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers: “We’re homeward bound from the Arctic ground, rolling down to old Maui.” The sailors have been catching whales in the Arctic, which … Continue reading

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elements, j-pop style

Having blogged before on songs about the elements, and being a Japanese speaker, I believe I am in a position of unique authority to say: Yes, of course Tom Lehrer’s song about the elements needed to be translated into Japanese. … Continue reading

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CHON CHON CHON CHON CHON CH CHON

A friend asked if I referenced the CHON movie in my story about the origins of life. I did not. Which is tragic, really – the CHON movie is an absolute classic of science cinema, and for more than a … Continue reading

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origins of life

A story I worked on for nearly a year is finally out in Smithsonian. It’s about the origins of life. We’re talking way, way, way back, billions of years, to the time when Earth was rock and water and a … Continue reading

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