Figuring out harmonies mathematically is like reading the mind of God.
January 23, 2009 7:36 AM   Subscribe

The occasionally updated The Celestial Monochord claims to be the "Journal of the Institute for Astrophysics and the Hillbilly Blues"

Highlights include:

The connection between Gillian Welch and a rare South Carolina flower that was "discovered by a man who didn't name it, named for a man who didn't see it, by someone who didn't know where it was," .

Did Tom Waits reinterpret Stephen Foster in Cold Cold Ground?

A possible source for the title of Bob Dylan's breakout album.

The connection between the New Lost City Ramblers and Voyager 1.
posted by 1f2frfbf (5 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've only read a few entries, but as someone who spends a lot of time listening to, and thinking about, the music this blog covers, I think this is pretty awesome. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise at 7:53 AM on January 23, 2009

That's a great and thoughtful blog, thanks!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:23 AM on January 23, 2009

Avidly read a few entries. This I will get back to. All those pages on The New Lost City Ramblers - wonderful stuff. Tom Paley, one of the founding members, will be returning to Stockholm, where I met him in the 60's, for a show in May. Yay!
Thanks for the link.
posted by jan murray at 8:28 AM on January 23, 2009

This is a great blog. Thanks so much, 1f2frfbf, for calling it to our attention.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:15 AM on January 23, 2009

That's weird. I was just listening to the Silver Jews' (I'm in mourning) song Tennessee, which has the line "Her doorbell plays a bar of Stephen Foster".

I was wondering five minutes ago who that was, and now I know. Thanks 1f2frfbf!
posted by orme at 3:43 AM on January 27, 2009

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