Category Archives: Popular Culture

Glide!

Now that I am just a little bit into my third decade of college low brass teaching, I have long since discovered that my uses of pop culture references to illustrate concepts often fall flat. While at the beginning of … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Apologetic for Adoption

I have been a Star Wars fan for really all of my adult life. As part of the “Star Wars Generation,” I grew up with a passing familiarity with and enjoyment of the original trilogy, but became more familiar with … Continue reading

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“This is an Etude. It is not The Legend of Zelda, and it’s not 1987.”

As a child of the 80s (okay, born in the very late 70s, but I don’t remember any of it), I am increasingly convinced that I grew up in the best time to ever be a kid. The internet was … Continue reading

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The Importance of Story, Part 2: Why the Right Needs Great Art

Before beginning the content of this post in earnest, perhaps I should go ahead and answer one question that might have occurred to some of you: am I speaking about the Right with regard to politics, or with regard to … Continue reading

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Beauty Matters…Even for Conservatives

The title of this post might be strange enough to generate interest, but I will begin with a statement that isn’t strange at all. I went into music for two reasons: I was good at it, and I enjoyed it. … Continue reading

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