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One Shining Moment?

April 6, 2009

So Carolina wins the championship in a cake walk and the closing video, everyone’s favorite “One Shining Moment” of the tournament, ends with an image of the writer of the song.  The tv is showing dancing in the streets of Chapel Hill and for the second night in a row I’m taken back to my Duke days.  I’m listening to music on Pandora and Songza and feeling like I never would have graduated from college if this much music was available at my fingertips.  I even entered the name of a former student’s band, Cacaw, and by golly there were multiple tunes and videos readily available.  So that taked me back to Doug Towey, the songwriter heard on this Monday night every year.  It’s easy to download the song, accompanied by videos official and home-spun, but what do we know about Mr. Towey.  OK, so sure you can quickly put together a full dossier with a quick Google, but is there more of a disconnect between the music and the musicians / writers than back in the LP or CD days?  MP3’s and torrents trade hands freely, and my mind wanders to Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” – read it and tell me what you think.

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