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Café Mouffe: Zoë Keating

I heard an interview with cellist Zoë Keating on Studio 360, a frank discussion of her dispute with YouTube about the availability of her music on that platform. Read her blog post for a deeper explanation of the online music business viewed from a composer’s perspective. There you can also listen to a stream of her last album, Into the Trees, which is available for purchase on Bandcamp. You can sample her music here at Café Mouffe, but you better be quick about it. If she can’t negotiate a compromise, YouTube will pull the plug on her channel. Continue reading






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Café Mouffe: Astha Tamang-Maskey

Astha writes: “This new song is dedicated to the beautiful children of CWIN Balika Peace Home. I fell in love with these girls when I visited them for the first time in 2012. I am so happy to have finished this song for them this year. These young women have been through unimaginable struggles and seeing their positivity always inspires me to become a better person.”






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Café Mouffe: Bernadette Peters Sings Sondheim

In a flight of fancy I suggested to Ms. M that, if our love could be translated into musical theater, Bernadette Peters could play her part. She was dubious, reluctant to accept any simulacrum. Not even for Broadway? So here are three clips to persuade her to change her mind. All are songs by Stephen Sondheim, recorded at Royal Festival Hall in London in 1998.






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Avett Brothers – “the love that let us share our name”

As the holidays approached I kept thinking of a line from a song I heard on Pandora. Didn’t know who sang it. Didn’t know the name of the song. Wanted to post the song as a Christmas greeting for my family. Googling a scrap of lyric (“the love that let us share our name”), I figured out that the song was called “Murder in the City” – not exactly the title I expected for such a lovely refrain. So I didn’t post the video for Christmas. Here it is now.






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Café Mouffe: Iris DeMent with Emmylou Harris & John Prine

Our Town – Iris DeMent (H.Q.) – YouTube Iris Dement – vocals & guitar | Emmylou Harris – harmony vocals | Aly Bain – fiddle | Jerry Douglas – dobro | Molly Mason – bass Iris DeMent – Leaning On … Continue reading






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