How does music work? Introducing the new School of Music podcast

Graphic by Dina MacDougall/UBC School of Music

Graphic by Dina MacDougall/UBC School of Music

How does music work? Why do we respond to a particular piece of music in a particular way? What can music tell us about ourselves and the world?

These are some of the big questions that our new School of Music podcast grapples with. Launching today, On That Note is a monthly deep-dive into the music you love — and music you may have never heard of. Join host Graham MacDonald and musicians and scholars from the UBC School of Music as they investigate everything from Beyoncé to Bach to Balinese Gamelan.

Up first: What is a ballad? In our debut episode, Graham talks to UBC professor and music historian David Metzer about his new book, The Ballad in American Popular Music: From Elvis to Beyoncé. They discuss how we define ballads, how they change with the times, and why they continue to grab us. Musicians discussed include Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Tori Amos, Cat Power, Otis Redding, Bing Crosby and more. 

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