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Graduates toss their caps into the air at the conclusion of the 2022 Dana Hills High School graduation ceremony in Dana Hills, Calif. Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Register via Getty Images

How a British military march became the distinctive sound of American graduations

For Brits, ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ evokes nostalgia for a vanished, golden age. But Americans experience it as a stirring sendoff into a hopeful future.
Country musician Linda Martell at her home in South Carolina in 2021. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The most important voice on Beyoncé’s new album

Confinement was the essence of Linda Martell’s brief career as a country star in the 1970s – and it’s the exact sort of fate that Beyoncé has sought to avoid.
(L-R) Bing Crosby, Phoebe Bridgers, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald. Paramount Pictures/Dan Tuffs/Alamy Stock Photo/Studio Publicity/Heritage Image Partnership Ltd

The enduring wartime spirit that powers classic Christmas songs

Songs that evoked holidays “just like the ones I used to know” tugged at the heartstrings of a nation receptive to the idea of a nostalgic past rather than a fragile present.

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