A brief history of Devil-themed songs of the 1910s, followed by my rendition of Irving Berlin’s “The Devil Has Bought Up All The Coal” (1918), in honor of Veterans Day 2018. I’ve never heard anybody else perform or record this song; I learned it myself from the sheet music after finding it on the Library of Congress website. The song itself is old enough to be in the public domain. —Magister Bill M.
On the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I I take time today to share with many the contemplation of the conclusion of that immense conflict. World War I demonstrated human tribalism’s most deadly activity—war on a global scale, enhanced by technology to escalate carnage to an unprecedented level. When nations with adversarial cultures, ideologies, and territorial goals cannot coexist, war is the procedure that shatters tenuous balances that then shapes the future paths of all concerned—the ones who survive the devastation. Diplomacy is a dance that attempts to direct the flux of antagonistic nationalisms, but history demonstrates […]