Friday, November 10, 2023


 Original post 1 February 2019; updated 8 August, 2022; 10 November 2023.

Guide to this blog: I created one in 2016 and covered the ~260 posts up to that time: see the link in the blog's sidebar under "Contributors." Since then, an additional thirty or more posts have mainly offered suggestions for classroom use based on both published and online sources, the latter including the blogs The Avid Listener, Musicology NowOUP Blog, and the 
Library of Congress's blog "In the Muse."


As of August 2022, I began work on updating the blog. After a hiatus, I am picking that up again in November 2023, fixing links where I can in previous posts (starting with the most recent ones and working back), adding information where relevant, and writing a few new posts similar to the ones mentioned under the "Guide" description above. 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Some useful posts to the LOC (Library of Congress) Music blog

With this post, I am launching a new series called "Useful sites & posts." This series continues the focus on resources readily available online, especially those that offer context, analysis, or interpretation that might be, yes, useful for class activities, assignments, and papers. At the end, I've provided a list of nine previous blog posts (these are mostly from 2018) that are similar in intent and could have been included in a series like this.


Here is the main link to the Library of Congress's blog "In the Muse": Performing Arts Blog": link. There is a most helpful "Categories" tab near the top.

From the now more than 1000 entries (!!), here are a few that might be of interest to HtM students and instructors. All are valuable for providing production and other historical context grounded in LOC-held documents and collections.

West Side Story: link.

State Fair, "It Might as Well be Spring": link.

The Sound of Music, "My Favorite Things": link.

Star Trek: Two Versions of the Opening Theme: link.

A Look Back at A Streetcar Named Desire: link.

Film Music from 1923 and the Public Domain: link.

Richard Robbins and the Music of Merchant-Ivory: link.


Appendix: Items from this blog in 2018 that also fit my category of "useful posts":

A Man Escaped (Bresson, 1956). Dec 8, 2018.

Nathan Platte on Gone with the Wind (and others). May 4, 2018.

Christopher Doll on The Inception. Apr 27, 2018.

La La Land and Top Hat -- comparison. Apr 21, 2018.

Hollywood Musicals Quiz. Apr 14, 2018.

Film music and psychology (articles by Si-Liu Tan). Apr 7, 2018.

Linda Shaver-Gleason on Beethoven’s Deafness. Feb 4, 2018.

Reba Wissner on Hearing the Unseen. Feb 3, 2018.

Jonathan Godsall on pre-existing music. Jan 31, 2018.

Friday, June 30, 2023

Sleepless in Seattle cue list link updated

This updates (corrects) the link to a cue list for Sleepless in Seattle (2d edition, chapter 1).

 Link to the cue list.

(I was obliged to move the file to a different Google Drive when our university's contract with Google was updated last year. Apologies to those of you who tried and couldn't get access to the file about this time last year.)