02 May 2022

Why The Blues

Q. That’s The Blues. We know it when we hear it,  but why is this form of music called: ‘The Blues’? . A. The Blues – with its roots in Africa and the late 1800s US Deep South – is deeply emotional music. As Wynton Marsalis says in a 2020

23 Mar 2022

Our Classical Favourites

Q. Which classical pieces are most widely beloved? . A. It’s Ralph Vaughan Williams for the win. After more than 156,000 votes, Classic FM compiled their 2021 Hall of Fame Top 300 list of the year’s favourite classical pieces. Still reigning at Number One? Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’, for the

03 Mar 2022

Welcome Louis Armstrong, Kermit The Frog + Janet Jackson

Q. What do Louis Armstrong, Kermit The Frog, Janet Jackson, and Thomas Edison have in common? . A. All four of these creators are behind recordings that have been selected to be painstakingly preserved by the Library of Congress. Every year, the United States’ Library of Congress National Recording Preservation

14 Feb 2022

The Art Of Love

Q. Happy Valentine’s Day! What are some renowned paintings focused on love? . A. On this day, whether you’re celebrating loved ones, or gnashing your teeth about smug couples and surge price candies,  New York’s Metropolitan Museum has art to match. In our header art above, we find Kerry James Marshall’s

12 Feb 2022

Reading Lies

Q. Which books are people most likely to pretend they’ve read? . A. In a Telegraph study of 2,000 Brits, 62% of respondents admitted to telling others that they had read classic books they hadn’t so much as skimmed. 42% confessed to hunting down the film or TV version of

13 Jan 2022

A Little Movie Lightning

Q. Between pandemic lockdowns and self-seeding streaming channels, movie grosses have been much in the news. Which movies have the top grosses of all time? . A. Before revealing the results from IMDb Pro’s Box Office Mojo, let’s see how many of these top grossing movies we can identify from

25 Dec 2021

Favourite Christmas Songs

Q. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! What are your go-to Christmas carols or songs?  Which holiday songs are most broadly favoured? . A. Classic FM has just wrapped up their 2021 Nation’s Favourite Carol poll and the winner, once again, is: O Holy Night. Classic FM’s 2021 Favourite Carol

08 Dec 2021

Our Happy Songs

Q. What’s your happy song? What’s that song you put on when you want to hype yourself up, to take yourself from a mildly good mood to flat out glee? And what is it about that song that inspires happiness? . A. First: is your happy song on any of

16 Nov 2021

Broken Beauty

Q. Artist eyes see beauty in the things we discard. What are some examples of artists celebrating the well-worn, the battered, and the broken? . A. .   In Ceramics Artist Naoko Fukumaru 2021 Website Statement ‘Kintsugi, the art of golden joinery, is a five-hundred-year-old Japanese method of restoring damaged

01 Nov 2021

One Big Painted Family

Q. For his 1942 painting Nighthawks, artist Edward Hopper used both his wife, Jo – a frequent muse – and himself as models. As Jo wrote in a letter to Edward’s sister, Marion: ‘Ed has just finished a very fine picture—a lunch counter at night with 3 figures. Night Hawks