Friday, May 02, 2014
“My Old Kentucky Home” has a secret: its racist words were deleted to clean up the song for modern standards. But in writing about “darkies,” 19th-century songwriter Stephen Foster was actually sympathetic to the plight of slaves, and the song carried an abolitionist message.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, Nora York's "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play." Nora York will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at BAM Cafe, Friday, March 9th.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
By Naomi Lewin : WQXR Host
Get your Foster fix in our one-hour special devoted to the American songsmith on July 4 at 6 pm. Included are many of his classic songs, including Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer and Old Folks at Home.