18 Nov 2020

Art, Meet 2020

Q. Has 2020 plague life changed us deeply? We can revisit that question in 2022. But, in the thick of it, how does all this affect how we experience art? . A. We’ve certainly found ourselves looking anew at masterpieces through our 2020 eyes. Take Magritte’s 1928 painting of The Lovers

01 Nov 2020

Musical Calm

Q. Today might be a good day to ask: which songs do people find most calming? . A. A 2019 poll of 2,000 Brits – commissioned by Rescue Remedy – identified their Top 30 Most Relaxing Songs. In first place? Louis Armstrong with his Wonderful World. Written by Bob Thiele

10 Oct 2020

Thanksgiving Art

Q. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! What are some examples of Thanksgiving-relevant art from renowned artists? . A. Here are some paintings that are either overtly focused on Thanksgiving or seem to evoke its spirit.   March Avery. Thanksgiving. 1967 . Andries van Bochoven. Portrait of the artist and his family.

26 Sep 2020

Top 20 Albums of All Time

Q. Well, what are the Top Twenty Albums of All Time? . A. As if the world didn’t already have enough to argue about. Nevertheless, Rolling Stone Magazine has come out with its 2020 list of the Best Albums of All Time. What would be on your best of the

12 Sep 2020

Most High Profile Paintings

Q. Which paintings – historical to current – do people recognize and/or talk about the most? . A. We can all guess #1, but in November of 2019, CNN Style did an in-depth analysis of the 15 most frequently searched masterpieces. The winners were.. . i. Mona Lisa. Leonardo da

31 Aug 2020

Rachmaninoff’s Rough Start

Q. Was the extraordinary pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) always a smash hit? . A. A fair question. Rachmaninoff remains one of classical music’s most beloved composers. Take this Minnesota Public Radio poll where he comes in at #6. ♔ Favourite Composers i. Gustav Mahler ii. Ludwig Van Beethoven iii.

19 Aug 2020

With This Song, I Thee Wed

Q. “I now pronounce you…” The formal ceremony is over, the couple have kissed, family and friends are standing, clapping, dabbing at tears. Now, it’s time for the newlyweds to turn and walk back down the aisle. What music will lead them out? . A. For some, Mendelssohn’s Wedding March

15 Aug 2020

Oxford Or Seuss?

Q. Sixty years! It’s been sixty years since the brilliant Dr. Seuss – aka Theodor Seuss Geisel – wrote Green Eggs and Ham. ‘I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham.’ One of Seuss’ great gifts was his ability to make up words that

29 Jul 2020

P.S. X Loves You

Q. Not sure how to write that semi-casual business email, shower gift thank you note, mildly flirtatious text, love letter for the ages? You don’t have to look far on the internet to find templates for even the most obscure communications. But, what about back in the day? Where could

17 Jul 2020

Sugarplums: Real or Fairy Fiction?

Q. What are sugarplums? Wee fruits in hot, dry lands? Ordinary purple plums coated in sugar? Fairy tale fancies? A. Tchaikovsky gave the fairy in charge of these mysterious edibles a signature Nutcracker Dance and a sparkling celesta accompaniment. . Nina Kaptsova. Bolshoi Ballet. 2010 . Poet Clement Moore celebrated