Bastille Day

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité National motto of France July 14th was La Fête Nationale for France.  Also known as Bastille Day, this national holiday celebrates France’s freedom from monarchial rule and coincides with the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a large French jail that was a symbol of the King’s power. Very similar to… Read More

Talking Timbuktu in Buenos Aires

For some people, when you say ‘Timbuktu’ it is like the end of the world, but that is not true.  I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you we are right at the heart of the world.  –-Ali Farka Touré One of my favorite music albums is Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Touré with… Read More

Music, a Universal Language?

It seems there is a never-ending debate of whether music is itself a language. American poet and educator, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, Music is the universal language of mankind. To our sense of hearing, music is a stimulus. It conveys information about our moods and state of mind. But is it truly a language that… Read More