Although this year’s West Indian Day Parade — typically held every September in Crown Heights as a celebration of Caribbean culture — has been canceled, the music of the islands can never be forgotten.
There are mile stones that are embedded in the minds of people of a certain generation. Everyone knows where they were when they learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, everyone was glued to their television when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, and everyone remembers how they felt on August 16, 1977, when Elvis Presley passed away at just 42 years old.
Joseph Loposky loves all things music. The classically trained trumpeter enjoys playing music, talking about music, and, most of all, teaching music.
While there have been hundreds of songs written about fathers through the years, some have left a lasting impression because of how powerfully their lyrics honor the family patriarch.
Who would have ever imagined that a young barber from Canonsburg, a rural town in west-central Pennsylvania located about 20 miles from Pittsburgh, would ultimately become one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century?
Johnny Cash’s faith would always take precedence over fame throughout his career. When he approached Sam Phillips at Sun Records in 1954, he introduced himself as “Johnny Cash, Gospel Singer…”
Many of the Irish ballads we are familiar with are derived from Irish and English ballads of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The lyrics are sometimes changed, while the melodies often remain the same. That’s why you will often hear folk singers adding new words to centuries-old songs.
Everyone familiar with the story of St. Patrick knows that he was a missionary who helped introduce Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century. Folks may also know about his renowned exploits such as banishing snakes from the country. What they may not know is that he was born in Great Britain and is venerated and celebrated by not only the Catholic Church but also the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church.