At the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator who was killed in the church shooting in Charleston, President Obama broke from his eulogy to sing ‘Amazing Grace,’ a song that exemplifies human vulnerability and redemption. Special correspondent John Larson explores the song’s history, and why it resonates so widely. Continue reading
- From the big bang to cosmic vibrations, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart plays the rhythm of the universe
Mickey Hart, a well-known drummer for the Grateful Dead, has collaborated with astrophysicists on music that reflects the origins of the universe, and with neuroscientists to figure out how music stimulates different parts of damaged brains. Special correspondent Mike Cerre follows Hart’s exploration of music and the universe, and our human response to rhythm. Continue reading
James Taylor sings his classic “Shower the People” for the Newshour at his recording studio in New York City. And he rehearsed his new song, “Angels of Fenway,” with his band, an ode to his beloved Boston Red Sox. Continue reading
“Before This World,” James Taylor’s first album of all new material in 13 years, is the veteran songwriter’s first-ever chart-topping record. Jeffrey Brown talks to Taylor, now 67, about wearing his heart on his sleeve in his songs and finding satisfaction in his life and career. Continue reading
When I planned the lesson out the day before, I didn’t intend it to end with everyone crying in the basement of a church. And yet there we were. Continue reading
When Cole Porter died of kidney failure at age 73 on Oct. 15, 1964, only his closest friends knew the extent of the physical and mental anguish he had endured for 27 years. Against all clinical odds, even if only within his fertile mind, Porter managed to trip the light fantastic, occupying his best nights and days composing perfect songs. Continue reading
What songs get you moving? For cognitive scientists, researchers and now music streaming apps, the answer is in your brain. Continue reading
Spotify announced a new platform that expands its music offering to include video, podcasts and interactive features at an event in New York today.
New video offerings will include clips from partners like Comedy Central, VICE News and The Nerdist. The company displayed playlists that include podcasts from American Public Media and BBC for the first time.
The King of the Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday, May 14, at his home in Las Vegas after suffering from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. He was 89 years old. King was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. The 13-time Grammy Award winner played hundreds of live performances a year, spreading the blues across the nation, and the world. Continue reading