Some Cures for Christmas Music

Sometimes the worst part of Christmas is the music. There are plenty of songs that are well written and skillfully performed, and it’s good that there is widely-shared heritage of traditional carols. For instance, if I want to explain how a song in a minor key can shift to that key’s relative major, the best […]

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The Cold Cold War

So it has been really cold all across North America. That’s an occasion to consider that much of the Cold War required constant vigilance. The Cold War was a polar war. Looking on a flat map it always seems like the enemy is to the east or west. But the globe tells a different story. […]

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