February: Black History, Music Awards, & Love
This month we honor Black History Month by announcing a new digital collection.
We also look to some of our favorite winter traditions that carry us through the short days of the year: the Grammy Awards and Valentine’s Day. For the former, we give you trivia; for the latter, we compile songs of Love and songs of Love Gone Wrong. Something for everyone. Enjoy!
Celebrating Black History Month
We pay tribute to Black History Month with a new scholarly project that digitally reproduces magazines and other serials of the Black Arts/Black Aesthetic and Black Power Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. This period saw a dramatic rise of literary artists and critics who advocated on behalf of the movements’ founders, inspired by the political and militaristic Black Power movement. Oppositional to the peaceful Civil Rights ethos, the Black Arts Movement positioned new theories on how the race defined itself outside the white literary establishment to strive toward Black Nationalist pride and independence. This literary independence was conceived from an outgrowth of the nationalist pride and the Black Panther organization.
The Black Arts/Black Power digital project is a representation of the artistic, literary, and theatrical creativity and political action that remind us that lessons of the past can be applied to struggles of today.
5 Things You Might Not Have Known about the Grammys
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 12, 2017.
Love Songs, Heartache, and High Fidelity (Yet Again)
Peg Bessette Knight
Last month’s list of music movies inspired a return to the movie High Fidelity this month, because as soon as we decided to run a list of Love Songs, and Love Gone Wrong songs for the big-red-heart-of-a-month of February, John Cusack’s character from High Fidelity popped right back into view, specifically the scene where he breaks the fourth wall, looking straight into the camera, and poses the philosophical question:
“What came first, the music, or the misery?”
He reasons: “People worry about kids playing with guns or watching violent videos…that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery, and loss.” Finally, he nails it with yet another philosophical puzzle: “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”
To this we say, why choose? So here it is: the love and the misery living in perfect harmony. Hopefully there’s something here for everyone, whether you’re in the head-in-the-clouds phase of new love, or you have one foot out the door.
Ten Love Songs for the Month of Love
- Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye
- At Last – Etta James
- Two of Us – The Beatles
- In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
- Kiss – Prince
- Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe – Barry White
- Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor
- The Nearness of You – Norah Jones
- The Look of Love – Dusty Springfield
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Diana Krall
Ten Love Gone Wrong Songs for the Month of Love
- Love Stinks – The J. Geils Band
- You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
- Gives You Hell – All-American Rejects
- She Thinks I Still Care – George Jones
- Goodbye Earle – Dixie Chicks
- So What – Pink
- Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Last Day of Our Acquaintance – Sinead O’Connor
- I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
- How come U Don’t Call Me Anymore – Prince
In This Issue
Famous Musician Birthdays
Feb 4, 1948
Feb 20, 1967-1994
Feb 28, 1942-1969
On This Date in History…
Feb 1, 1942
Voices of America airs for the first time
Feb 7, 1964
The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States
Feb 28, 1883
The First Vaudeville Theater Opens in Boston