Category Archives: Music

All things musical

David Bowie: Dignified Genius

My Metroland Column from December 28, 2016 On January 8, 2016, David Bowie turned 69. His wife, Iman, knew something the world didn’t. Her husband was dying. She tweeted: “I will love you til i die….” Bowie’s album Blackstar made … Continue reading

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Nevermore: hope hovers beyond darkness

My next Enchanté column There can never be a more haunting line in literature than, “Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’” Likewise, there is no more memorable theatre than the Canadian production, Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar … Continue reading

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A love affair with New York

My Daytripper column from February 19, 2015 In the uber village called New York, millions of people mingle in hundreds of small neighborhoods and communities. Street smart and gritty, those people who inhabit one of the world’s greatest cultural centres … Continue reading

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Following the beat of her heart

My Enchanté column from January 8, 2015 Art, to Yessica Rivera Belsham, is about celebration. It’s also about joy, healing, and building community. She’s recently found a new home for her creativity. She’s one of the resident artists who opened … Continue reading

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Jazz, part 3: Fresh air in the jazz scene

One of my recent Enchanté columns By Mark Bergin Keep your eyes (and ears) on a couple of jazz singers who are making musical waves. Simona De Rosa and Madeleine Peyroux are unique and powerful musicians in the current world … Continue reading

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Women in Jazz / Feminine Hip: a statement of strength

  One of my recent Enchanté columns By Mark Bergin Jazz, that uniquely American musical genre, has grown far beyond the US border. Today, you’ll find major jazz centers in such diverse locales as Scandinavia, Europe and Japan. From the … Continue reading

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Jazzing it up

One of my recent Enchanté columns Jazzing it up By Mark Bergin As America became the melting pot of cultures, jazz became a melting pot of music. Jazz and blues are different but related genres. Both grew out the American … Continue reading

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