Song and Vance Johnson


Charles Van Dell Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the only child of Loretta (née Snyder), a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson, a native Swede and came to the United States as a young child,  His mother was  Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and an alcoholic who left the family when he was a child. His … Continue reading Song and Vance Johnson

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Franz Joseph Haydn – composer


Joseph Haydn was a composer and teacher to Wolfgang Mozart.  He was born March 31, 1732 and died May 31, 1809.  He is considered the "Father of the String Quartet" and was instrumental to the piano trio, considered to be the genesis of the sonata form.  His brothers were Michael Haydn, also an accomplished composer … Continue reading Franz Joseph Haydn – composer

Chiron & Respect for Personality


Our featured image is by Giovanni Dal Lago, Italy,  of the asteroid Chiron; from the NASA archives. Chiron Recently I read Barbara hand-Clow's book on Chiron.  It has many interesting ideas but it ultimately fails as she takes too much from Ceres and gives it Chiron, thus hurting both.  I did like her emphasis on … Continue reading Chiron & Respect for Personality