The Huffington Post
12 days
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The term "Middle East" - coined in the 19th century - fails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam - and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
12 days
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Informed Comment
13 days
For example, in medieval Spain, the Troubadour poets borrowed their lyrical beauty from Arabic . Arabic was the courtly language of southern Spain until the 15th century. Similarly, the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in Sicily was painted and gilded in the imperial style of the Fatimids , the rulers of Egypt between the 10th and 12th centuries. Such exchanges were common, thanks to the mobility of people as well as ideas. The point is that the story of Islam cannot be told without a deeper understanding of its cultural history: Even for early Muslim rulers , it was the Byzantine empire, the Roman empire and the Sassanian empire (the pre-Islamic Persian empire) that provided models. Such overlaps continued over the centuries, resulting in heterodox and cosmopolitan societies. The termMiddle East” – coined in the 19th centuryfails to describe the complex social and cultural mosaic or religions that have existed in the region most closely associated with Islam – and continue to do so today.
Politico
15 days
That brand was created by Robert and Ted Kennedy in the haunted aftermath of their brother’s assassination, drawing on the same public yearning for meaning and connection that Jackie Kennedy tapped into when she compared her husband’s presidency to Camelot. Only one of those myth-making stories is told in “Jackie.” But the Kennedy political message proved every bit as durable as the Camelot comparison. It was also, in a large part, an invention. Historians remember John F. Kennedy for his ability to inspire the nation; his shrewd leadership during the Cuban missile crisis; and his relatively conservative handling of a humming economy. He wasnt a dove, and he was no liberal troubadour, either. On core progressive concerns like civil rights he was on the right side of history, but arguably late to the game. Then, after his death, his brothers Ted, who was always more liberal, and Bobby, who was moving sharply to the left, became the inheritors of his political legacy.
The Huffington Post
a month
The plot, such as it is, is simple: Jaufré, a prince/troubadour, hears from a Pilgrim about a beautiful, virtuous woman in far-off Tripoli, falls in love with her from her description, and begins writing songs in praise of her. The Pilgrim sails to the woman (a countess named Clémence), informs her of the smitten troubadour, and sings some of his songs. The prince, informed by the Pilgrim on his return trip that Clémence has heard his songs and knows that he loves her, decides he must now sing for her in person. On the long journey, however, the prince falls ill, and after a heartbreakingly brief encounter with his beloved, dies. She, somewhat paradoxically, reproaches God for his cruelty and also decides to join a convent. This seems to be a story of love at its most profound and also its most superficial. He falls hopelessly in love with descriptions of her, and she falls in love with the idea of his being love with her.
Sputnik International
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Liverpool Echo
a month
Times of Israel
2 months
Obama's get-together with recipients will not include Jewish troubadour who will also snubb Stockholm ceremony
The Huffington Post
2 months
" The 1960's gave way to the '70's and I was playing in folk clubs like The Troubadour in London. By my side were folk musicians from all over the world. We were members of an after hours music club that we used to hang out at on the Fulham Rd in London. Bert Jansch, of Pentangle , and Ralph McTell and Robin Williamson and Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band were regulars there and often would jam all night with anyone who had an instrument (and we all did !). The club used to open at midnight, and often by 2 a.m. there were dozens of us playing music we all loved. Down the road from The Troubadour a friend of mine, Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues lived. I used to hang out at his flat (after playing at The Troubadour,) and play music with friends, some of whom were American who'd come to London to avoid the draft. The Vietnam "police action" was raging and thousands of young Americans had gone to Canada and on to London and Europe.
Mondoweiss
2 months
Mondoweiss
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Mashable
2 months
This recap contains spoilers for the first episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life , titled "Winter." Welcome back to Stars Hollow, friends; we're all a little bit older if not much wiser since the last time we visited the best fictional town on the planet, but the talk is still fast, the coffee's still hot, and our titular girls are still just as perfectly imperfect as they were before. Times have changed out here in the real world, but it's comforting to know that in Stars Hollow, the song remains the same right down to the faithful town troubadour and Sam Phillips' distinctive "la-la" score, which may be the best form of time travel outside of a DeLorean, since hearing it instantly transported me back to the living room couch where I'd cuddle up with my mother to watch the original iteration of the show. Read more... More about Gilmore Girls Recap , Kelly Bishop , Alexis Bledel , Lauren Graham , and Amy Sherman Palladino
Men's Fitness
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Cotswold Journal - Music
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The Guardian - Music
2 months
Leonard Cohen, who died last week aged 82, was an inspiration to a host of artists over five decades. Here we remember a troubadour of the spirit ‘I was born like this, I had no choice/I was born with the gift of a golden voice”, Leonard Cohen assured us on 1988’s Tower of Song, in laconic acknowledgment of his famously flat, funereal baritone. Later in life, Cohen’s voice would become a fractured croon that required a soothing chorus of three female vocalists to guide it through a song, while his departing gift, You Want It Darker , finds him reciting in an ominous, deathbed rumble. Cohen’s lugubrious tones always divided opinion; for some they were intrinsic to his melancholic charms, to others a turn-off that blindsided them to the genius of his songcraft, which was always gilded, its cadences measured, its images polished. “They’ve filed me under gloom,” he would later complain.
Open Culture
2 months
Yet, almost no songwriter has inspired so much volubility from Bob Dylan, who spoke to Remnick at length about the fine intricacies of Cohen’s “counterpoint lines.” “His gift or genius,” said Dylan, “is in his connection to the music of the spheres.” Cohen’s lyrical sophistication charted his heterodox embrace of Judaism and Zen Buddhism, and his fascination with Christianity. But before he arrived in New York as a “musical novice” at thirty-two and became a mystical folk troubadour, he was a highly-regarded and controversial poet and novelist, a “bohemian with a cushion” from a Montreal Jewish family “both prominent and cultivated.” He even had a documentary about him made in 1965 . Cohen began publishing poetry in college and put out his first collection at 22, then moved to the Greek island of Hydra, where he met Marianne and published several more collections and two novels.
Open Culture
2 months
Yet, almost no songwriter has inspired so much volubility from Bob Dylan, who spoke to Remnick at length about the fine intricacies of Cohen’s “counterpoint lines.” “His gift or genius,” said Dylan, “is in his connection to the music of the spheres.” Cohen’s lyrical sophistication charted his heterodox embrace of Judaism and Zen Buddhism, and his fascination with Christianity. But before he arrived in New York as a “musical novice” at thirty-two and became a mystical folk troubadour, he was a highly-regarded and controversial poet and novelist, a “bohemian with a cushion” from a Montreal Jewish family “both prominent and cultivated.” He even had a documentary about him made in 1965 . Cohen began publishing poetry in college and put out his first collection at 22, then moved to the Greek island of Hydra, where he met Marianne and published several more collections and two novels.
TIME - Top Stories
2 months
If Im reading a book, Im assuming a kind of superiority over people who dont make time to read. The things lots of people like are better than the things only a few people like, because theres always safetyeven just safety of tastein numbers. But maybe today, of all days, it would help to think of democracy not just as the result of casting a vote, but as an organism thats constantly expanding, contracting, pushing back. Springsteen, the hardworking guys troubadour, performed at Hillary Clintons Philadelphia rally the night before the election. The next day clueless Trump supporters took to social media, expressing their shock and dismay to learn that Springsteen is not a Republicanhes not regular, like usbefore boldly announcing that theyll never buy a ticket to one of his shows again.
Washington Free Beacon
3 months
Most troubadour poetry, which was also written for musical accompaniment, stands on its own and follows a regular, often complex, meter. Take “The Skylark,” for example, by Bernart de Ventadorn, which begins: Now when I see the skylark lift His wings for joy in dawn’s first ray The let himself, oblivious, drift For all his heart is glad and gay, Ay! such great envies seize my thought To see the rapture others find, I marvel that desire does not Consume away this heart of mine. Compared to the light verse of the troubadours, some of Dylan’s best lyrics are certainly poems. They have a unity, coherence, and music that make them interesting enough to read on their own. Take “Maggie’s Farm,” for example, from Bringing It All Back Home , which if not particularly profound, shows Dylan’s ability to use a constrained monologue to create a meaningful narrative.
Times of Israel
3 months
Paintings reflect new Nobel laureate's travels on never ending tour' of the last 20 years of his life
Nottingham Evening Post
3 months
Jack Savoretti plays Rock City on Friday, November 11 so ANDY AFFORD caught up with the tousle-haired Anglo-Italian troubadour to talk about his fifth album, Sleep No More and 'that' drunk guy he experienced the last time he was in town It's a full 18 months since Jack Savoretti last played our city. The previous show at a sold-out Rescue Rooms coincided with the release of the singer-songwriter's fourth studio album, the Top 10 selling Written In Scars. It was an odd show the 33-year-old...
Voice Of America
3 months
The timing couldn't be better for Saturday's opening of "The Beaten Path," a major exhibit of Bob Dylan's artworks at the Halcyon Gallery on London's pricey New Bond Street. Worldwide interest in the veteran American troubadour has soared after his surprising choice as this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature and the show is one of the most extensive displays ever mounted of his drawings, watercolors, acrylics and ironworks. The 75-year-old singer has said he will accept the Nobel in person in Stockholm if he can fit it into his demanding tour schedule — and the gallery hopes he will stop off in London to visit the show. “He obviously comes whenever he decides,” said gallery president Paul Green, who knows it would be fruitless to press the elusive Dylan for a certain date. “We don't know whether he will come. We hope he will. He's been deeply involved in every aspect of this exhibition.
NewsMax World
3 months
The timing couldn't be better for Saturday's opening of "The Beaten Path," a major exhibit of Bob Dylan's artworks at the Halcyon Gallery on London's pricey New Bond Street.Worldwide interest in the veteran American troubadour has soared after his surprising choice as this...
Forbes
3 months
With Godsmack, frontman Sully Erna set a record for Billboard rock hits, but his solo stuff finds him exploring all styles of music and opening up like never before.