Archive for April, 2009

Road Trip

April 17, 2009

I’m heading to NYC for a few days with my son. We plan to see a Broadway show (of course), do some of the touristy things, and eat fun and exotic foods. I’m also going to drag him to the New York Public Library so I can spend time with the Billy Rose Theatre Collection. I’m hoping to find the name of at least one duo from the minstrel or vaudeville era or to find examples of people singing duets in the shows. When I return, I’m also planning to visit the Harvard Theatre Collection in the Houghton Library. They have programs from both minstrel and vaudeville shows. Ideally I would love to find descriptions of how the duos performed, but absent that, I may be able to make some extrapolations if I know what songs, what shows, what theaters, and so on. Actually I think I have a good how idea how the vaudeville acts performed from listening to numerous recordings of duets in the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Keys and Tempo Analysis

April 9, 2009

I have posted a table of the key and tempo for each of the Everly Brother singles released by Cadence between 1957 and 1962.

To track all the information that I am collecting on the various songs released by the Everly Brothers, I have a database (I use Bento–simple, cheap, effective, and it works). After I collected the keys and tempos for the 25 songs in question, I exported a CSV file and wrote a Perl script to convert the data to an HTML table. Got kind of misty eyed and nostalgic about my old programming days.

Kentucky & Coal

April 9, 2009

This spring students from Boston University spent their spring break in Harlan County, Kentucky, helping members of the community in various service projects. Here are the three articles published on the BU Today site:

Harlan County is situated in the eastern part of the state, on the Virginia border. While the Everly family lived and worked in the western coal fields of Kentucky, this series of articles and photos gives a sense of what the cost of coal mining is in human and environmental terms.