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Washington, DC’s Annual ‘Jazz in the Garden’

What: Jazz in the Garden When: Friday Nights, May 22 through August, 2015 Where: National Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC DC’s annual Jazz in the Garden festival kicks off in the District on May 22 and the locals are… jazzed. This beloved Friday tradition brings together people of all ages and interests to soak in live local jazz music, and […]

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Georgy Zhukov Monument On Red Square, Moscow, Russia

My Russia: When the Trip of a Lifetime Manifests

It is difficult to write about traveling Russia. Simply, it is a very intense country. In all I have learned in history books and by cultural influences, from novels and the news and from second-hand accounts, I know a thing or two and my wild imagination takes any knowledge that I have and pushes it much further. Most can relate to this, an […]

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What Should We Do With a Drunken Sailor?

Drunken Sailor Songs

A ‘shanty’ or ‘chanty’ is a song sung by sailors as they labor aboard open decks on ships at sea. The most famous shanty of all: “What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?” Story goes that this song originated in the early 1800’s on trans-Atlantic voyages between Britain and America. This style of shanty is called a “runaway […]

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“Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz (from ‘A Tribute to Zdenko G. Fibich’)

“Faerie’s Aire and Death Waltz (from ‘A Tribute to Zdenko G. Fibich’)

The most complicated piece of unplayable music ever composed… Is actually impossible to play. Or is it? Read more about the origins of this piece by John Arthur Stump in a thoughtful post written by his nephew.

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