Mary Had a Little Lamb music sheet

OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

On this day in 1830, a poem (later a nursery rhyme) Mary Had a Little Lamb, by Sarah Hale was published. Later in the decade Lowell Mason set the poem to a melody adding repetition in the verses. The poem was the first thing recorded by Thomas Edison on his newly invented phonograph in 1878 and is often said to be the first words ever … Continue reading OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”

The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”. A world renown Pre-Raphaelite piece of art – that will take us from Clapham Common to Puerto Rico, but carefully avoiding Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lefty granny. Continue reading The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: “The most wonderful painting in existence”

In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé

Mozart tops the charts, despite inability to tour According to this piece in Atlas Obscura, the artist who sold the most CDs in 2016 wasn’t Beyonce, Adele, or Bowie … it was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). If true, that’s an impressive achievement given that the artist has been unable to tour for 225 years due to death. Academics have argued over the cause of the … Continue reading In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé