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In Studio With Rave Tesar - December 4, 2010

Bob McParland is in the recording studio developing a new album with recording engineer/producer Rave Tesar.

How to Write About Joseph Conrad Published - December 1, 2010

The book How to Write About Joseph Conrad has been published (December 1). See

Canadian Radio Plays McParland's Cover of Gordon Lightfoot Song - May 6, 2010

The good people at the Sunday Coffeehouse radio program again played Bob McParland's cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind," on April 25, 2010, following two of Gordon Lightfoot's recordings. Also appearing on the April 25 program (#794)were Brooks Williams, Bob Snider, Tim Harrison,and Colin Moore. It is all just a reminder that Canada is full of beauty and is often warmer than you may think.

* Gordon Lightfoot's song is licensed through the Harry Fox Agency for a limited release.

Springsteen Essay to Appear in New Collection - May 6, 2010

A new essay will honor the depth and vitality of Springsteen's voice among us. Charlotte Pence is putting together an extraordinary collection of essays
from some excellent writers. Bob McParland's essay on Springsteen's
lyrics and music will be just one of several essays on the poetics of our finest songwriter-performers. This collection will be well worth waiting for.

Benefit Album Release- "Long Have I Waited" - May 1, 2010

"Long Have I Waited," a benefit album, has been completed, with
musical contributions from Rave Tesar, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli,
violinist Carol Sharer, vocalist Paul Ferraro, Bob McParland and others.
June 1 is the album release date.

The album includes music from Rave Tesar, Bucky Pizzarelli, Paul Ferraro, Bob McParland, Dave Corselo, Carol Sharer, Francis Gunn, Craig Limey, Nancy Quinn,Jaclyn Klein, Linda Mayurnik, Claudia Hayden, Michael Ward. Cover design by Angelica Ferraro.

Sixty People Make Concert a Celebration - March 9, 2010

The birthday concert on March 6 in New Jersey was attended by about sixty people, who sang along to familiar songs and originals. Bob was given a birthday cake before entetaining with the music for the evening.

Music Articles Available Online - January 8, 2010

You can read "The Music That Came After It All" online at:
You can read the beginning of Music and Literary Modernism
online at:
A four page sample of "Music Copyright" in The Business of Music is now available on google books.
"A Sound Education- Music in the Classroom" in The Pop Culture Zone
is now available on google books.

"Does Music Really Help?"- a study by college students on
music and health cites Bob McParland's article "Music to Their Ears"
and is available at

Music Therapy Essay in Book: "Pain and Memory" - November 30, 2009

In a newly published essay, in the premier issue of a book series by Editions Bibliotekos, Bob McParland recalls making a musical visit to the Greystone Hospital in the 1980's and reflects on the Tragic Voice of Madness.

U2, Nationalism and Internationalism in the Brave New World Presentation in Boston - October 15, 2009

Bob McParland will be discussing U2's music, the '360 tour,in an essay on music, audience response, internationalism and nationalism, at the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture conference in Boston on November 7.

Great Musicians/Greater Causes: Bob Benjamin, Jen Chapin, Joe D'Urso - September 29, 2009

Sending out an encouragement to all to support those among us in need, as autumn comes along. There are lots of hungry people in this tough economy.
Jen Chapin, Joe D'Urso, Bob Benjamin lit up the stage with music and social concern at Monmouth University in New Jersey this past weekend. In this "Harvest Season" soon upon us, please remember your state Food Bank (NJ Community Food Bank here in Hillside, NJ) and World Hunger Year (WHY) and keep reaching out to help people with degenerative diseases like Parkinsons and ALS. It is a gift to have people like Bob, Jen, and Joe speaking out about this.

Springsteen Symposium at Monmouth - September 3, 2009

Bob McParland will be one of 150 people delivering papers on Bruce Springsteen's impact upon American culture at a conference on September 25-27 at Monmouth University. The event, coordinated by Mark Bernhard, includes featured speakers: Dave Marsh, Jen Chapin, Bill Ayres, Bobby Muller, Kathy Di Chiara of the N.J. Community Food Bank, Joe Grushecky, E-Street band members Danny Federici and Vini Lopez, songwriter/musician Joe D'Urso and dozens of very interesting people from all walks of life. In the future, Bob McParland's essay on Springteen's American Stories will be included in a book edited by the talented writer David Izzo.

Poem: "Inside and Under" - August 30, 2009

A poem by Bob McParland appears in the recent edition of Thirty First Bird Review. You can read this edition online.

New Recording for Benefit - August 2, 2009

This month Bob McParland joins vocalist Paul Ferraro, violinist Carol Sharer,
keyboardist/arranger Rave Tesar, guitar/vocalist Francis Gunn,piano/vocalist Nancy Quinn and vocalist Pat Ciaverella on a recording project to benefit
an organization that funds and supports vocations. Bob is interpreting Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" on guitar for this project, playing on a John Michael Talbot song, and contributing his own song "Jesus is the Vine."

Mid-Atlantic Almanack Review Article on Music in the Post 9/11 World - June 20, 2009

"The Music That Came After It All", Bob McParland's review article on Music in the Post 9/11 World, edited by Jonathan Ritter and J. Martin Daughtry is now online at

Music Books Available in Libraries - June 20, 2009

Music and Literary Modernism, ed. Robert McParland and Music-The Speech of Angels by Robert McParland are now available in the following university libraries:

Music and Literary Modernism is in the University of Minnesota's R. Wilson Library, the University of British Columbia Library, and in Munich, Germany.

Music- The Speech of Angels (Dedicated to Andrew De Grado, pianist) is available at Andrew's alma mater, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, at the Stanford University Music Library and in the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.

WOUB Radio's Song Themes - April 15, 2009

WOUB Radio, Below the Salt program, with Keith Newman has been putting together excellent programs based on themes for quite some time. Recently, in February, Bob McParland's songs "Sometime Minstrel" and "The Last Stop on This Train" were aired. On February 1, WOUB played "Sometime Minstrel" alongside Gordon Lightfoot "If You Could read My Mind," Kate Wolf, "The Minstrel," Richie Havens, "The Minstrel from Gault" Don Edwards' song "Minstrel of the Range,"and others. On February 22 the "Below the Salt" show played "Last Stop on This Train" alongside other 'train' songs from Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, Josh White, Janis Ian, and Gordon Lightfoot's "Canadian Railroad Trilogy." You can tune in to the show on the Internet. Newman's song selections are well worth it!

Concert Happening - March 8, 2009

The March 7 concert went well and was attended by friends.

The Outpost Happenings - February 1, 2009

The Outpost interview with Bob McParland appears in their recent newsletter.
See The Outpost In the Burbs website. Bob McParland was one of the original organizers and board members of The Outpost.

91X-FM Ontario "Sunday Coffeehouse" Airs Gordon Lightfoot Song - September 1, 2008

Bob McParland's cover of Gordon Lightfoot's well-known "If You Could Read My Mind" was aired April 13, 2008 on 91X-FM Belleville, Ontario. The station has long focused on the works of Canadian artists. Tune in to 91-X- FM Belleville for the best in Canadian folk/pop music.

"Music Copyright" Essay In New Book: "The Business of Music" - August 28, 2008

Bob McParland's essay on "Music Copyright" appears in The Business of Entertainment, Vol. II: The Business of Music, edited by Robert Sickels, Prager Press.

The Pop Culture Zone - August 28, 2008

Bob's essay "A Sound Education," on using pop music in classrooms for the study of poetry and of history, appears in The Pop Culture Zone, published by Cengage-Wadworth. The book is now available.

Elvis Anniversary- WOUB Plays "She Believes In Elvis" - December 18, 2007

WOUB Radio's Keith Newman has put together a stirring radio tribute to Elvis Presley that includes Bob McParland's "She Believes In Elvis" alongside some illustrious musical company.
You can access this show on Real Audio at WOUB Program
List 241 ("Audio On Demand"). Look for "Elvis Has Left the Building."
The set list is: Richard Thompson ("From Galway to Graceland"), Marc Cohn ("Walking In Memphis"), Paul Simon ("Graceland"), Dan Byrne, Merle Haggard and the Jordanaires, Billy Joel, Dire Straits, Aztec Two Step, Bob McParland's "She Believes In Elvis", George Jones, Aztec ("Velvet Elvis"), Steve Goodman ("Imitation Elvis)" Jimmy Buffet, Greg Brown, John Gorka, and Elvis himself, singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" with the Jordanaires.
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Springsteen Special Issue Essay - November 14, 2007

The songwriting, performing, and social vision of Bruce Springsteen is discussed in a special issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities that will be available next month.
Bob's essay "The Geography of Bruce Springsteen: Poetics and American Dreamscapes appears as the second essay in this collection.

WJFF Radio Plays North Country Dream - September 10, 2007

Bob McParland's song "North Country Dream," which was written while in upstate New York, found its way home recently when Sonja Hedlund of WJFF Radio in Jefferson, New York played the song along with "The Same Folksinger" on the Ballads and Banjos program.

Instrumentals on Radio in Utah - July 17, 2007

The Bob McParland instrumental "Baby" was heard on Saturday. July 14 on radio stations in Utah.
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