St. John’s Day (S2, E4)

Illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, from Oscar Wilde’s Salome

Halloween gets all the hype, but June 24, the Summer Solstice, is when the real magic happens.

June 24 is celebrated the world over as St. John’s Day.

On this episode, we trace the power of St. John the Baptist from songs such as “Marie Laveau” by Papa Celestin through Richard Strauss’ opera Salome to Cab Calloway and beyond.

This is spooky stuff, and the conversation gets crazy. Enjoy!

Artists mentioned in this episode include:

Maude Allen
The Blues Brothers
Cab Calloway
Mary Garden
Grant Lee Buffalo
Papa Celestin
Gustav Mahler
Richard Strauss

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