Guest post by Rebecca Dirksen, Assistant Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. In New Orleans, there are jazz funerals to dance someone into the next realm after they pass away. Hearty brass bands with trumpets, trombones, and sousaphones accompany mourners as they process from the church down the street alongside the coffin of a deceased… Read more »
Guest post by Marissa J. Moorman. Babylon opens with protagonist “Blue” running through London streets with his friend Ronnie. Bags held tight to their chests, they jump over curbs and dodge cars in snaking traffic. Seeing two young men, one black, one white, running through gray London you might think they are running from. But,… Read more »
Welcome to Score Keeping, a feature where I dive into overlooked and highly praised songs, scores and soundtracks that accompany great films. Near the midpoint of Spike Lee’s 1989 generation-defining classic Do the Right Thing, a strange but welcome moment is presented to the audience. Throughout the film a one-man Greek Chorus in the form… Read more »
Guest post by David Brent Johnson. Sun Ra, the bandleader and cosmic traveler whose earthly name was Herman “Sonny” Blount, graced this planet with his presence for just over 79 years. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1914, he spent his most formative years in Chicago in the 1940s and ’50s, working as an arranger for… Read more »
Welcome to Score Keeping, a feature where I dive into overlooked and highly praised songs, scores and soundtracks that accompany great films.
The television show Twin Peaks (David Lynch & Mark Frost, 1990-1991) is known for its music. Its otherwordly soundtrack transports the audience into a universe where retro nostalgia meets the fantastic. In this video, I look at how musical set-pieces are used to illuminate the character of Leland Palmer, father of murdered teen Laura Palmer.