Critical Karaoke is a monthly (hour-long) radio show about music and the ideas it inspires.
We also produce daily (two-minute) music history segments titled "A Day in the Life."
Robert Moog's Birthday: "A Day in the Life" for May 23
On this day in 1934, American engineer and pioneer of electronic music, Robert Arthur Moog was born in New York City. On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the synthesized sound of Moog's creations from the music of the 70's to they're role in reinterpreting the classics of orchestral music.
Gustav Mahler's Funeral: "A Classical Day in the Life" for May 22
It was on this day in 1911 that the Austrian Composer Gustav Mahler was laid to rest Vienna. Though Mahler was a celebrated composer of stylized symphonic funeral music, his funeral was apparently devoid of any music at all. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life" we survey some of Mahler's notable funereal compositions and pose the question of whether or not Mahler would have had his famous cousin, Beyonce, perform at his funeral had he lived another hundred years or so.
Fats Domino Cancelled: "A Day in the Life" for May 22
Today in 1955, a concert featuring Fats Domino was cancelled because law enforcement feared a riot would break out. Find out what the fuss was all about today on "A Day in the Life."
Pac-Man Fever: "A Day in the Life" for March 20
Today in 1982 the singer-songwriting duo Buckner & Garcia appeared on the television show American Bandstand to perform their hit single “Pac-Man Fever.” On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the musical side of early-80's video game culture.
Chopin's Birthday: "A Classical Day in the Life" for March 1
Today in 1810, composer and pianist Frederic Chopin was born in Warsaw, Poland. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Chopin's career as a composer from his first piano pieces at the age of seven onward to his most notable works.
Death of Chiquinha Gonzaga: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 28
It was on this day in 1935 that the Brazilian musician Chiquinha Gonzaga died at the age of 87. Gonzaga was a noted song composer and a significant presence in the musical theatre world of Brazil in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Gonzaga's musical and political legacy.
Entertaining, heartfelt and thoughtful! I can't wait for them to dedicate an entire episode to rite of spring.
fun, entertaining, and educational.