These are mostly notes for myself to come back to.

But you can read them, too.

Upcoming Talk with Kyle Kidd at CWRU

I’m stoked to talk with Kyle Kidd about life, art, and everything next week. Come through at 4pm, April 14 if you’re in Cleveland! This talk is part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival and is generously funded by the Center for Popular Music Studies at CWRU.

Let’s keep going.

As the academic semester winds down I’m choosing to feel good about the work I get to do as a scholar in critical music studies. In these last few years my teaching and mentorship opportunities have become increasingly important to me as modes of praxis; being part of a community that’s responding to the receivedContinue reading “Let’s keep going.”

On the Productive Efficacy of Stillness-as-Listening: Perspectives from the Humanities

I wrote this short piece for a medical journal CFP as a kind of primer for STEM-minded folks interested in perspectives on the efficacy of listening. It got rejected (so it goes) and I don’t have the energy to try to place it elsewhere. But I kind of liked it, so, here are 1,484 wordsContinue reading “On the Productive Efficacy of Stillness-as-Listening: Perspectives from the Humanities”

New clipping. essay published (!)

Hey – do you love clipping.? Yeah, me too. They’re…amazing. So, I’m excited that something I wrote about their 2016 record, Splendor & Misery has recently been published. Here’s an abstract: ABSTRACT: Upon first listen, clipping.’s record Splendor & Misery (2016) is a strange document: an Afrofuturist record that is as much Euro-American avant-garde as it is hip hop.Continue reading “New clipping. essay published (!)”

RMA – Music & Phil Study Group: A Conference Paper

Yet another opportunity for a public-access style conference video! I was grateful to share this talk as part of a panel called “Music, ‘Art’ and the White Racial Frame: Aesthetics and Critical Race Theory,” organized by the Royal Music Association’s Music and Philosophy Study Group. My talk, entitled “Decolonizing Ontological and Epistemological Assumptions of InstitutionalContinue reading “RMA – Music & Phil Study Group: A Conference Paper”

Social Justice/Decolonizing Music Discussion Group

The “Decolonizing Music Study” seminar I’m presently leading at CWRU has been fantastic in fomenting ideas in our small class setting. So good, in fact, that I want to invite anyone in the Cleveland area regardless of institutional affiliation to get in on this conversation, either addressing course content or branching out to related topics. AndContinue reading “Social Justice/Decolonizing Music Discussion Group”

Teaching a New Course: Social Justice & Decolonization in Music Study

Informed by recent demands of social justice movements and shifts in popular culture, some academic departments are doubling down on their work addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This can manifest as the diversification of a department through changes in hiring practices, “decolonizing” one’s syllabus, celebrating Pride month, and hanging conspicuous BLM posters around campus. WhileContinue reading “Teaching a New Course: Social Justice & Decolonization in Music Study”


(a conference paper) Continuing my spate of public-access-style conference papers, here’s my recent one for this year’s online conference for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US (IASPM-US), held in May 2021. I’m interested more and more in how our embodied communal archive of musical practices (memory, affect, imagination) is connected to theContinue reading “JAZZ IS (un)DEAD”

“Jazz is a Four-Letter Word” The Conference Paper

Hey all – here’s another conference presentation, this time for the American Musicological Society’s Annual Conference. It’s all online this year which has turned us musicologists into low-budget public access television producers. Here’s my contribution: “Payton vs. ‘Jazz’: Unpacking the Racialized Power Dynamics of an Instagram Meme.” You can checkout the full transcript of myContinue reading ““Jazz is a Four-Letter Word” The Conference Paper”


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