Blowing Off The Dust

Bob Darch: Saving Sedalia’s Ragtime Heritage

Stepping Out Of The Shade

As I watch civilization slowly emerge from our pandemic hibernation, I realize we still live in a dangerous world. I find myself in a tentative

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Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all

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Carolina ’Cue Wars…

Carolina ’Cue Wars…

I believe I have made more valuable and lasting friendships in the past year of so-called social isolation, than I have made in the past

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Railroad Rag

Ragtime and the Railroads

Recently, I have been considering the relationship between ragtime and the railroads more intently than ever. First, because Marcello Piras wrote to inquire about railroad

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Thinking Positive

Like many reading this, I suspect you are nearly overwhelmed by the negativism accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a pessimistic time and for many

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My Musical Family

My column requires a disclaimer this month because frankly, it amounts to little more than a grandfather bragging obnoxiously about his grandchildren. That written, I’ve

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My (Non) Musical Background

My (Non) Musical Background

I am often asked about my background in music, what instruments I play, and when I first became interested. My flippant response is that I

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Appointment in Sedalia

No dusting off this month, only fresh anecdotes and delightful reminiscences. I managed to spend a week at the 38th Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in

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Strongwoman and Piano

Olympic Instrumentalists

Throughout mid-February, I was suitably entertained watching the Winter Olympics. I thoroughly enjoy the amazing feats of skill, endurance, agility and downright courage the athletes

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Angels and the Arts

I was visiting recently with a friend about angels. Not the Gabriel types, with trumpets blaring, or the ones like Clarence waiting to get their

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TOM IRELAND

Tom Ireland’s Clarinet

Among the treasures of the Sedalia Ragtime Archive are sections of G. Thomas Ireland’s old clarinets. Though Sedalia ragtime is usually associated with Scott Joplin,

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Ragtime Chocolates

Sedalia and Syncopation

Fred Hoeptner’s paper on the origin and use of the term “ragtime” delivered at last Summer’s Joplin Festival in Sedalia has had me thinking about

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Restoring Virtue to Archiving

Perceptions As I was wandering the Internet this month for ragtime news, something Jeanie Wright wrote on her Facebook page caught my attention. When asked

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Memories of a Listener

Memories of a Listener

I enjoy working with the ephemera of the Ragtime Archive in Sedalia and, as a diversion, I work with my own accumulation of personal scrapbook

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Barry Anthony Trop

The Power of Internet Connection

I can’t believe that I ever functioned without Internet email, social media, and especially without the benefit of search engines and databases. As someone who

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Blowing off the Dust #1

Blowing off the Dust #1

I have been reflecting recently with an old friend by email, about all the sources of information we have regarding Ragtime, from learned authorities to

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