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The Record
11:03 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Hearing A Mother's Song After Tragedy

Natalie Maines performing in April.
Jonathan Leibson WireImage

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 12:39 pm

I first heard Natalie Maines's version of "Mother," the Pink Floyd song, while sitting alone in my car on a particularly difficult Saturday morning. It was the day after Adam Lanza took his mother's guns into Sandy Hook elementary school and wreaked destruction, and like many people across America, I'd spent most of the previous day trying to grasp what had happened. I really mean grasp: like so many tragedies that don't involve me directly yet engross me as they unfold in raw, real time on the Web, this one quickly became a spectral burden that was difficult to shake.

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World Cafe Playlists
11:03 am
Tue January 1, 2013

World Cafe Host David Dye Picks His 10 Favorite Songs Of 2012

Polica.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 11:40 am

David Dye has been hosting WXPN's World Cafe for more than 20 years. With new artists performing in the show's studios every day, Dye gets to witness firsthand the best music each year has to offer. Here are his 10 favorite songs of 2012:

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Deceptive Cadence
1:49 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall?

In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.
Courtesy of the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 8:44 am

2012 will go down as a year of orchestral turmoil in the U.S.: Strikes, lockouts and bankruptcies erupted time and again as once seemingly untouchable institutions struggled financially.

There's been particularly little seasonal cheer in Minnesota's orchestral community. Protests erupted after management at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra each locked out their musicians, after the musicians had rejected contracts that cut their salaries by tens of thousands of dollars and reduced the size of the orchestras.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:13 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost in 2012

Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.
Dragan Trifunovic iStock.com

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 4:47 pm

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Thistle and Shamrock
2:48 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Nollaig

Mary Ann Kennedy
Courtesy of the artist

Hear traditional carols, along with seasonal favorites and dance tunes all contributing to Fiona's annual Celtic Christmas fest, with music from Altan and Cerys Matthews. Joining Fiona is broadcaster and musician Mary Ann Kennedy, who reminisces about big family reunions at Christmas and New Year and shares her favorite music for the season.

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