Van Cliburn: Musical legend, faithful Baptist, gay man

Van Cliburn - pianist  1960

“Legendary pianist Van Cliburn, the only solo musician of any genre to receive a ticker-tape parade in New York City and the first classical musician to sell a million albums, died Wednesday morning in his Fort Worth, Texas, home. The 78-year-old Texan soared to world fame in 1958 when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War.” [Read more...]

Celebrity songs: Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Brian Wilson

Mies van der Rohe, by Frank Scherschel for LIFE magazine.

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. This week we wrap up our alphabetical survey of songs named after famous people, including songs named for three musical geniuses, two Hollywood icons, a propagandist, an architect and a tragic survivor. [Read more...]

Celebrity songs: Lester Piggott to Winona Ryder

Eleanor

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. This week it’s another alphabetical slice of songs named for famous people, letters P through R, for which I’ve got songs named after four musicians, a president, a first lady, an actress, a doctor and a jockey. [Read more...]

Celebrity songs: Boom Boom Mancini to Mike Piazza

Pavlov

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. This week it’s another alphabetical slice of songs named for famous people, including a boxer, a slugger, a scientist, a philosopher, five musicians and a demagogue. [Read more...]

Celebrity songs: Rick James to Jim Morrison

KasparovBlue

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. More celebrity songs this week, including songs named for famous chess masters, astronomers, prophets, funksters, actors, writers and psychotherapists. [Read more...]

Celebrity songs: Charles Darwin to Lightnin’ Hopkins

Farmer

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. Continuing our alphabetical journey through songs named for famous people, this week includes songs about actresses, musicians, scientists and politicians. [Read more...]

Celebrity songs: Jean Arp to Christopher Columbus

Blake

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. Let’s try a new twist, songs with famous people in their titles. … [Read more...]

Love is not a victory march — unless you’re Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is a far better poet than Leonard Cohen ... said Marvin Olasky.

Here is something that no one, anywhere, has ever said: “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if the lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ were re-written by a right-wing Calvinist as a didactic lecture on divine wrath?”
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