This morning I was greeted by the sounds of Billie Joel’s well loved “I Am an Innocent Man” stuck on repeat in my head. Billy Joel is so much more than just a piano man – pun intended – he’s a sociologist, a balladeer, and an historian. His music covers a slew of social issues far bigger than the artist, including topics such as the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the struggle of American steel workers and North Atlantic fishermen to make ends meet, and the effects of mass media on popular culture. Continue reading
Composed during several very productive weeks for Mozart, the 40th Symphony, sometimes referred to as the Great Symphony in G minor, is among two other symphonies which he produced within a six week span. It is one of only two symphonies Mozart composed in minor keys. Continue reading
Helicarnassus (Halicarnassus) (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) is an ancient Greek city founded, as best as can be discerned from images of Medusa, Athena, and Poseidon found on its coins, during the Dorian period. These symbols support the hypothesis attributing its founding to Troezen and Argos, Greek cities of the Hexapolis. Inhabitants accepted Anthes, one of Poseidon’s sons, as their founder.
For most, this city brings to mind images of the great Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; however, by me, it is best known as the birthplace of Herodotus the Greek historian and philosopher. Continue reading