Category Archives: music

TBT: #CirqueDuSoleil’s Alegría

Around the year 1996, I used to go on all-day trips from the University of Puerto Rico campus, where I studied, to walk around the very-walkable, elegant, 500-year-old colonial city of Old San Juan. I’ve always enjoyed the colonial architecture, … Continue reading

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Melina

I’m Hispanic and Epicurean, and so the connections between Greek and Hispanic cultures are interesting to me. Unfortunately, although the Greeks have had a presence in Iberia since antiquity, and although the Spanish and Greek languages sound similar or even … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Tina!

According to Guinness World Records, Tina Turner–who was born on November 26, 1939–has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. In addition to her history-making career, she famously survived her abusive relationship with Ike Turner, having gained the resolution … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Sting!

Sting–whose birthday is today–is a versatile artist. He even recorded a CD in Spanish and Portuguese, beautifully sang the Hare Krishna mahamantra with Jai Uttal, and entered the science-fiction mythology of the Duniverse when he incarnated the feisty nephew of Baron … Continue reading

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Props to Gloria Estefan!

You look like the Miami Sound Machine just EXPLODED all over you! – Noxema Jackson, speaking to ChiChi Rodriguez in campy classic To Wong Foo Gloria is such a fundamental piece of pop culture that the mere mention of her legacy … Continue reading

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All Hail the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, whose name means “Virtue Free-born”, has passed–on the same day that Elvis Presley died–but her musical legacy is of historical proportions and earned her the quasi-mythological title Queen of Soul. I’m celebrating her by listening to her songs. In the … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: O Fortuna!

Happy Twentieth to all Epicureans everywhere! This month I’m sharing epic and ecstatic music–merely for the sake of pleasure! But first some literary updates: SoFE recently published a translation of a chapter of the book Cosmos by Michel Onfray titled A Transcendental Epicureanism. … Continue reading

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Janet Jackson’s Islamic Honeymoon Nightmare

It is official: Janet Jackson is divorcing her husband after having her firstborn child in her early fifties. It had been reported that she had not converted, but had adopted the dress and traditions of Islam for the sake of her husband … Continue reading

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Despacito Sung in 40 Countries

I’m just catching up with my pop culture and am surprised to find the extent to which the song Despacito has caught fire on social media and is popular in probably most of the countries on Planet Earth. As a … Continue reading

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Draco Rosa: I’m here!

Since this month is the nativity of one of my favorite gods of rock, Robi Rosa (a.k.a. Draco)–who was born on the night the Stonewall Riots took place–I thought I’d share one of my favorite songs by him, from my … Continue reading

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