The Sonics: Making a Boom in Tacoma

With a new school year beginning this week at UW Tacoma, the time has come for me to share the last of my posts relating to student work from last year's iteration of my Musical History of Tacoma course. I freely admit that the title of this blog post is not mine, but rather is borrowed... Continue Reading →

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Original Jazz Fox-Trot, Published in Tacoma

A few years back, I spent a good portion of my free time researching 'booster songs' about Tacoma, in preparation for a talk I gave in August of 2017. In the early decades of the 20th century, booster songs were published in cities around America as musical representations of civic pride. Tacoma was no exception,... Continue Reading →

Nirvana’s Tacoma Connections

  For her final paper in my Musical History of Tacoma class at UW Tacoma, student Kaisa Cannon decided to explore her father's favorite band, Nirvana, and determine whether the band typically associated with Seattle had any roots in Tacoma. Even a casual devotee of the grunge group would likely guess the answer to be yes,... Continue Reading →

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