Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inaugural Live Blog Preview

The curatorial team for Musicology Now is pleased to present its first-ever live-blog event: Music and the Inauguration of Donald Trump.

We have a team of six dedicated scholars on hand, each of whom brings a different perspective to the inaugural proceedings: Dan Blim, James Deaville, Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, Naomi Graber, Katherine Lynn Meizel, and Eric Smialek.  Those with hyperlinks here contributed inauguration-related posts during this past week and brief biographical information for each appears at the bottom of this post.  Additionally, James Deaville has provided a "listener's guide" that offers ways to hear sound beyond the music encountered

Starting Thursday evening—with “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” concert taking place at the Lincoln Memorial—these live-bloggers will share their observations and insights. Their commentary will also appear continually throughout Friday, January 20th, Inauguration Day itself.

We encourage readers to join in the conversation by:

1. Adding your own comments to the live-blog page itself.

2. Posting to social media using the hashtag #MusicologyRightNow.  Tweets with this hashtag will appear in the live feed alongside the live-blog on the Musicology Now homepage.

3. Contributing to the Writing Our Future: The Inauguration, Alternate Inauguration Ball, and Protests endeavor, organized by Carol Vernallis, Matthew Sorrento, Daniel Lindvall, Catherine Grant, Dana Gorzelany, and James Deaville.

4. Writing a stand-alone piece inspired by the proceedings and/or live-blog event.  Should such inspiration strike, or if you have another idea for a post, please be in touch with members of the Musicology Now curatorial team.

There has been no shortage of press coverage related to the music (or lack there of) planned for the Inauguration.  For those wishing to read more, we'd like to suggest the following articles (in no particular order):

The Uses of the Classical

The Music Donald Trump Can't Hear

Culture and the Trump Presidency

Radio City Rockettes to Perform at Trump Inauguration; The Arts Community Responds

Toby Keith Ends Trump's Struggle to Find Inauguration Headliner

Who is Performing at Donald J. Trump's Inauguration? A Shortlist

Broadway's Biggest Stars to Sing on Inauguration Day

A Springsteen Cover Band is a Fitting Choice for Trump's Inauguration

Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Drops Out of Trump Inauguration Party

Inaugural-Concert Work Deleted as 'Not in Spirit


And, last, but not least, here is a bit of information about our esteemed panel of live-bloggers:

Dan Blim is an assistant professor of music at Denison University. His dissertation "Patchwork Nation: Collage, Music, and American Identity" was awarded the Society for American Music's Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award, and his ongoing research and teaching interests include film music, Broadway musicals, and music and memorialization.

James Deaville teaches Music in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has edited Music in Television (Routledge, 2010) and has co-edited Music and the Broadcast Experience (Oxford, 2016). He is currently working on a study of music and sound in cinematic trailers, a result of the Trailaurality research group and co-editing an anthology on music and advertising as one of the Oxford Handbooks.

Dana Gorzelany-Mostak is an Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. She holds a PhD in musicology from McGill University, and she has taught courses on the history of western music, opera in the 21st century, music and politics, music since 1900, popular music, and historiography. Her research explores various facets of American musical culture—the role of popular songs in presidential campaigns, the reception of music prodigies in the age of reality television, and the untold history of music performance on the “freak” show stage in the 19th century. Additional research interests include opera and popular culture, public musicology, and music entrepreneurship. Gorzelany-Mostak's research on music and electoral politics appears in the summer 2015 issue of Music & Politics and the May 2016 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Her work on Jackie Evancho appears in the edited volume Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (Routledge, 2016). She is the creator and co-editor of Trax on the Trail, a website that catalogues the use of music on the 2016 campaign trail.

Naomi Graber is an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation on Kurt Weill's early American works. In addition to her research on the pre-Oklahoma! Broadway musical, she is interested in musical theatre and film of the post-9/11 era, particularly in issues of gender. Her work appears in Studies in Musical Theatre and at Traon the Trail, and is forthcoming in Journal of the Society for American Music and Musical Quarterly.

Katherine Meizel is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She earned her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UCSB, and also holds a doctorate in vocal performance. Her research includes topics in voice and identity, popular music and media, religion, American identities, and disability studies. Her book Idolized: Music, Media, and Identity in American Idol (IU Press) was published in 2011; she also wrote about Idol for the magazine Slate from 2007 to 2011. She is currently co-editing the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, and completing a monograph for Oxford University Press titled Multivocality: An Ethnography of Singing on the Borders of Identity.

Eric Smialek completed his PhD in musicology at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, combining the study of fan and media discourses with close music analysis. His dissertation, “Genre and Expression in Extreme Metal Music, ca. 1990–2015” offers an interdisciplinary overview of extreme metal through the lenses of genre theory, semiotics, music theory, and acoustic phonetics. He has published a chapter in Global Metal Music and Culture: Current Directions in Metal Studies and has forthcoming chapters in The Routledge Companion to Music Analysis and Music and Genre: New Directions, edited by David Brackett and Georgina Born. Smialek’s research can be found at https://mcgill.academia.edu/EricSmialek.

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