Loretta Barnard

Know Who You’re Googling: Beethoven

The name Beethoven has stood for centuries, but the man's life and the challenges he overcame are as towering as the symphonies he constructed.   The word “genius” is bandied about these days with reckless abandon and many a labeled genius are in fact nothing of the sort. However, one man to whom the tag unequivocally applies is the colossus, Ludwig ... Read the full article
Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is an Australian freelance writer and editor who, in a long career, has done almost everything possible in the book publishing industry. These days she actively pursues her love of music, literature and theatre, and is something of wannabe roving ambassador for the creative and performing arts.

The Three Disputed Sources of the Electric Guitar

We know who can play it, but who was the first person to add electricity to the garden-variety guitar?

Tomayto/Tomahto: The Artistic Synergy of the Gershwins

Never has the term “include your brother” been used to greater effect than the Gershwins. George and Ira were titans together, minnows alone. Sadly, it was not to last.