Saturday, April 1, 2006

A VISION OF LOVE PLUS A VISION OF WHAT THE WORLD COULD BE: In the current issue of The New Yorker is a gushing summary of the career of Mariah Carey written by Sasha Frere-Jones. The article gave me a new appreciation for Carey, whom many of us are too quick to dismiss. Frere-Jones makes some astute points about Carey's sophisticated use of melisma, "the act of taking one syllable of a lyric and stretching it over several notes."

What impressed me most were the depth and breadth of Mariah Carey's observations about how we might be able to use tax policy to combat poverty. Our world would clearly be a better place if more members of Congress possessed her wisdom in that regard.

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