Sunday Bloody Sunday – Beyond U2

Sunday Bloody Sunday

I can’t close my eyes and make it go away. – U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday January 30th marks an anniversary in recent Irish history that most people living outside of Ireland and the Northern Provinces recognize only through a famous U2 song, Sunday Bloody Sunday. Unfortunately, the song is still misinterpreted as a “rebel song.” Nothing could be…

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Who Wrote “Puff the Magic Dragon”

Puff thge Magic Dragon

Ah, he comes excited. Sir, my need is sore. Spirits that I’ve cited my commands ignore. – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Der Zauberlehrling) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I had just started research for a new post on my blog, when my then-three-year-old son stormed into my small home office, returning from a playground adventure, quickly taking seat on my lap,…

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Have You Ever Listened to Radio Neanderthal?

Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany

It was a Sunday morning when I encountered one of those coincidences that triggered the thought of writing this post and clearing up the “Neanderthal Man” myth. Let me start with the church service that day. The first hymnal was Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem, words by Job Hupton (1762-1849) and John Mason Neale (1818-1866), music by Joachim…

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