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In early December I asked you to Help NPR pick 50 Great Voices  That diary apparently got noticed at NPR:  yesterday I received an email from a pulbicist at NPR that referenced it.  He informed me that the series would begin on Monday, and that there was a way for listeners to still participate.

I thought that, especially after last night, some here might appreciate knowing about something positive.  I am sure that we will see just as much arguing over who was selected and who will not.  But what the heck.

So if you think you might be interested, I invite you below the fold for more details.

What I received was clearly a press release, headlined as follows:

NPR PROFILES "50 GREAT VOICES" IN YEAR-LONG SERIES

SERIES EXPLORING ICONIC VOCALISTS BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 25;
CONTINUES WEEKLY ON MORNING EDITION AND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

AUDIENCE INVITED TO GUESS EACH WEEK’S ARTIST

And if you are successful at guessing who the artist is, you can - hold it - win an NPR tote bag (and get to feel very smart).

For more information you can visit the series' home page

The email said "Thanks for your interest, and I hope at least one of your five picks makes the list."    So do I.  The diary to which I referred contains my 5 picks, with You Tube clips to try to illustrate.

My choices were as follows:
Yossele Rosenblatt
Solomon Burke
Edith Piaf
John McCormack

and of course the woman about whose music I had earlier written, an effort which led to my finding out about this series:
Eva Cassidy,

Looking back I truly wish I could have added at least one more - Sam Cooke.  I have a recording of his appearing at the Apollo Theater which blows me away.  But I had only 5 choices, and I am not unhappy with mine.

Let me offer a couple of snips from the press release:

January 19, 2010; Washington, D.C. – It would be the ultimate concert: an American punk firebrand sharing equal billing with Turkish pop’s most famous songbird, the living embodiment of the worldwide Senegalese diaspora, and an opera singer who lived a life more dramatic than her craft. NPR sets this stage, bringing together awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time in the year-long exploration "50 Great Voices." The multimedia series is an intentional mix of familiar names and surprising discoveries, developed with audience and expert opinion – spotlighting iconic artists that have left indelible impressions on music history. The profiles begin Monday, January 25, on All Things Considered and continue every Monday, alternating between the NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered. NPR hosts, correspondents and reporters will all contribute pieces. The entire series will also be available at NPR.org: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122287224

A new artist in "50 Great Voices" will be unveiled every Monday on Morning Edition or All Things Considered. On Tuesday, audio clips will be posted of the next artist in the series; before the big reveal, audiences are encouraged to guess who is next in the lineup and submit their entries to greatvoices@npr.org.  Every week, one person who guesses correctly will be chosen at random to receive a NPR Music tote bag.

Go ahead, listen and see if you can guess who is the first selectee.

I look forward to following as much of the series as i can, if not in real time, online.  While I know a lot about many different kinds of music and artists, i expect to learn more.  As a teacher (albeit of government) I am always looking to keep learning:  that is something I try to model for my students.

Hope you enjoy the opportunity as well.

Peace.

Originally posted to teacherken on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:21 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:21:51 AM PST

  •  Hopefully I got this up early enough (3+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, cfk, ER Doc

    that it will stay visible long enough that people will know the series begins on Monday.  For that reason I will if I can also put up links in open threads.

    Not sure what kind of commentary is appropriate.

    Perhaps you can go and listen to the clip and offer your guess as to the first artist.

    Perhaps you can, if you did not do so previously list which of the artists nominated most appeal to you and why.

    Or maybe you will simply note the beginning of the series, and move on.  That's okay.

    Today all my students sit for a mid-term.  I am likely to be very busy.   This seemed like a good time to post this, and perhaps it might brighten a few faces with a smile?

    Peace.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 03:25:26 AM PST

  •  Tip & Rec. (2+ / 0-)
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    I found the promo (Tuesday AM?) a little annoying, but I find almost all of NPRs cultural features annoying.

    Weirdly unhip why trying to be just a little hip.

    I'm just a codger, I suppose.

    Sam Cooke, without a doubt. Every R&B vocalist in the 70s and 80s borrowed from him.

    Depending on how the series turns out, might be great, but spare me the Maria Callas, thanks.

  •  Thanks for something different. (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, ER Doc

    We need that today, of all days.  Couldn't guess the first voice.  I don't do well listening to anyone "sing" the same note, over and over again.  Yes, I am a music snob. :-/

    OT,  I am the lucky recipient of an unexpected day off school.  Twenty-four hours of ice moving in as I type...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:27:56 AM PST

    •  and I am sitting around as students are tested (2+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, luckylizard

      by a low-level midterm prepared from outside the building.  And on Friday they will have to take a 'formative assessment' as well.  So on a 4 day week at the end of the first semester I have to devote 2 days to external testing, and at least one for prep.  

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:32:47 AM PST

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      •  But, Ken... (3+ / 0-)
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        teacherken, luckylizard, Oh Mary Oh

        What could possibly be more important for your students than more standardized testing??? /snark Seriously, it looks like an interesting series.

        -5.12, -5.23

        We are men of action; lies do not become us.

        by ER Doc on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 06:43:45 AM PST

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      •  Yuck! (1+ / 0-)
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        teacherken

        I'd rather have a bad rash than sit around like that.  I can always think of a dozen things I could be doing with my kids rather than having them waste their time with such nonsense.

        I think I'm about to be bored stiff, though.  The ice is making my internet connection dicey, at best.  I hate being disconnected.  I'm just hoping that the electricity stays on....

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 11:05:41 AM PST

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