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Revisiting old writing lessons – writing up ethnography without reinventing the wheel (again).

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  • Chuck Berry -curating sounds and memories March 20, 2017
    Update: (okay, it took less than a couple of hours to get to this, but you knew I would). I have to include this wonderful retrospective by Peter Guralnick about his interview with Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino in New Orleans in 2011. (You think of trying to interview them as … Continue reading →
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  • Total randomness – how else to deal with this year’s Oscars? February 28, 2017
    I’m a fairly rabid reader of The New Yorker, for what it’s worth. And today’s article on the glitch in the Best Picture Awards at the Oscars this year struck me as one of those moments where we create our own soundtrack. Since I’ve been posting on this blog more regularly lately, I thought I’d share … Continue reading →
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  • RIP Clyde Stubblefield February 21, 2017
    There are far too many losses to the music world, this year, and every year – maybe last year just sensitized me to it or maybe we’re getting to that generational shift? Either way, today I’m sharing the soundtrack that’s guiding my morning and a brief obit from Digital Music News. Let the Funky Drummer … Continue reading →
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  • Remembering Al Jarreau February 13, 2017
    Just a quick post today. Al Jarreau was one of the voices of my childhood and teen years – one of the happy, beautiful voices that countermanded all the emotional art rock I consumed at the same time. This tribute was put together by Wisconsin Public Radio – there’s a request by his family to … Continue reading →
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  • Thinking about protest music, the Women’s March, and Joan Baez February 7, 2017
    Rolling Stone published an interview with Joan Baez yesterday about the Women’s March and protest music. While I strongly recommend reading it, there are a couple of highlights I’m thinking about. There’s a lack of music as a positive, uplifting (Baez’s word) force right now – protests are focused on anger. This movement needs an … Continue reading → […]
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  • On protest music in the current age 1.28.17 January 28, 2017
    I’ve renewed an old research interest – protest music. Not terribly a shocking interest for an ethnomusicologist in the crazy times we’re seeing, but it’s been a recurring theme in my toolkit of research subjects. John Mellencamp (whose work I don’t normally look at) just released a really interesting song that takes on inequality, protest … Continue reading […]
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  • Mourning 2016 Musicians – Glenn Frey January 18, 2017
    This is just a brief post but I anticipate more of these to follow – every one of the artists I miss deserves a post of his/her own. So I’m still not over last year’s losses. And by that I mean the musicians lost to the world when they died last year. For me this … Continue reading →
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  • A guest blog from my new housemates August 5, 2016
    I broke down this week and did something I avoid – I went to the local animal shelter (because I can’t go without bringing home new friends). Even worse, I went into the kitten room and was immediately accosted by two small feline persons who informed me in no uncertain terms that I was taking … Continue reading →
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  • Re-investigating home base May 20, 2016
    For those of you who do not know me in “real” life, I was trained as an art music musician (what most folks call classical music, which I have issues with, which will likely be the topic of another post on another day…). Recently, as in about three weeks ago, I took a new job … Continue reading →
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  • Kesha, the American Pop Music Industry, and Cultures of Production February 26, 2016
    So this the the world I study, folks. The ways that the music recording industry interacts with performers, and in particular how these two parts of the music world intersect with how music gets made. I encourage you to pay attention to the Kesha/Sony case, not the least of which because it’s another example of … Continue reading →
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It’s almost a mantra for me: don’t reinvent the wheel. I learned this lesson while writing my dissertation, mostly because I had a dissertation supervisor who taught me how to organize and apply method to my normally stream-of-consciousness/intuitive approach to writing. While my old approach works (mostly) when I’m writing (non-scholarly) essays or fiction, it’s hopelessly slow when I’m on deadline to finish an essay for publication. Can you tell I’m in that situation again?

What is inevitable – for me, since everything I do seems to interconnect – is that this lesson applies to the conference paper I’m presenting this fall at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Aside: it’s really, really nice to not have to fly to my conference this year. My Belfast paper broke the budget and I had to back out of a paper that I would very much have liked to have given, this morning!, in Quebec City. Sigh. I’ll get to that conference, and Quebec!, another time…

So, back to the lesson of the week, and the not reinventing the wheel. Yesterday I finished outlining the article I’m writing. My own personal deadline is to have a finished draft by the end of the month, which is quite reasonable as long as I stay on track with my writing schedule. Like always, I seem to find connections to areas of research that are new (to me) and that require I do some reading. Such a tragedy, me having to read. I think this is why I do this; it’s a chance to keep learning new things and keep my toes in a sort of “student” mode! Right now I’m exploring the area of overlap between my own work and political internet studies, and so far, I’m happy to say, I have kept the beast of wheel reinvention in check.

I think I’m going to end up talking about this in November, too.

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