Richard Barnet, M.M. '75, and Larry Burriss, Controversies
of the Music Industry (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing
Part of a series called "Contemporary Controversies," this
work covers 12 major issues facing the music industry, including
the dominance of monopolistic international music companies,
the portrayal of violence and drug cultures, the discrepancy
between opportunities for women and men, freedom of expression,
and the loss of hearing among those who listen to popular music.
Discussions are supplemented with real-life examples that depict
both sides of each controversy and are intended to serve as
a reference for students and professionals.
Malve Slocum Burns, Washington's Second Blair House
--- An Illustrated History (Washington, D.C.: German Historical
In the late 1980s the German Historical Institute moved into the
Blair House in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
The mansion was built in 1911 and is surrounded by embassies, think
tanks, and a branch of Johns Hopkins University; GHI staff members
were interested to learn more about the building's past, so Burns,
a GHI research fellow, decided to do some investigating. Her book
gives a history of Blair House and its neighborhood, highlights
the career of its architect, and tells the story of the Blair family
as contextualized within a larger social and political sphere.
Burns rejoined the IC staff in 2002 as associate director of major
gifts; from 1977 to 1985 she was director of international programs.
Regina "Regi" Carpenter '80, Unanana and the Elephant
. . . Stories and Songs (Newfield, N.Y.: Electric Wilburland,
This contemporary collection of stories and
songs for a young audience is inspired by traditional works
from around the world. The title track is an adaptation of an
African folktale; the other eight songs include "Jack Goes Up," "How the Turtle Got a Hard
Shell," and "Three Little Pigs Get Down." The album won the 2002
Parents' Choice Gold Award for outstanding audio, and the Parents'
Guide to Children's Media Honor Award.
Jason Gonzalez '93, On the Edge of the Edge (Auburn,
Wash.: JAG Enterprises, 2001)
Performer-songwriter Gonzalez's primary instrument is his versatile
voice. On this latest release he performs lead and backing vocals,
acoustic guitar, and pianos. His soft-rock style showcases a variety
of musical influences; his sound has been compared to that of artists
as different as Foreigner, Paul McCartney, and Matchbox Twenty. On
the Edge of the Edge shows off Gonzalez's vocals in a mix
of 10 original songs ranging from the lovely "When I Look into Your
Eyes" to the rocking "Walkin'."
Dale Whitney Kimura, M.M. '57, Playground Suite (Winston-Salem,
N.C.: Latham Music, 2002)
This six-movement arrangement was written for two cellos and a
piano and is intended to be used as a teaching piece or collaboration
between a teacher and student. Though this is her first published
piece, Kimura comes from a musical family. Her late father, Maurice
Whitney '32, and her brother, John Whitney '64, are
both published composers.
Alex Meixner '98 and Jazz Visions, Scenes from a Parallel
Universe (Laurys Station, Penn.: Station House Music, 2002)
Meixner's approach to jazz allows him to meld elements from swing,
Latin, pop fusion, and world music. This album features his work
on trumpet, flugelhorn, accordion, and acoustic bass; he is joined
by the six-member Jazz Visions on this release. Thirteen of the
album's compositions are Meixner's --- several of which were written
while he was studying at IC with Steve Brown and Frank Campos.
(See ICQ 2003/2, "Class Notes," page 41.)
James Sigman '98, Critical, but Stable: Columns, Essays,
and other Desperate Attempts to Win Your Love (Lincoln, Neb:
This book features humorous commentary on subjects including polka
festivals, the New York State Fair, and Corey Feldman's lack of
musical talent. In this self-published effort Sigman includes essays
originally written for undergraduate writing courses, articles
that appeared in early volumes of Buzzsaw Haircut, and commentary
that chronicles his ongoing relationship with Ithaca College.
Maura Stephens and George Sapio, Collateral Damage:
Photographs of the Iraqi People (Ithaca, N.Y.: Bad Dog! Studios,
Ithaca College Quarterly editor Stephens and her husband,
George Sapio, a photographer, produced this book of text and photographs
about daily life in Iraq. They visited that country in February
2003, just before the U.S.-led invasion (see ICQ 2003/1).
Donations they received for the book helped to fund a follow-up
visit to Iraq this summer, when they tried to locate and interview
the people they'd photographed before. Some of their searches were
Ben Zebelman '98 with Lorenza Ponce, Song of Songs (New
York City: Magic Shop, 2001)
Song of Songs, a biblical love poem, inspired this collaboration
between pianist Ben Zebelman and violinist Lorenza Ponce. The recording
incorporates the duo's original compositions with a new translation
of the poem. Balancing the sensual with the spiritual and the celebration
of young love with the purity of faith, this recording reflects
the eroticism and mystery surrounding the ancient poem.