In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #41

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Featuring the Outstanding Vocal Band EMBER
"The Boxer"




Known as the “sweet science”, the art of boxing demands it all. Determination. Power. Speed. Precision. Intelligence. Discipline. Endurance. Guts. Its tales have been captured by literary giants like Homer, Lord Byron, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Norman Mailer, and music masters including Memphis Minnie, Leadbelly, Irving Berlin and Paul Simon. We revisit these pieces again and again “because the more they tell us about boxing, the more they tell us about the human condition.” - Budd Schulberg

2016. Berkley, California. Paul Simon stops singing part way through "The Boxer". He breaks the news: "I’m sorry to tell you this in this way, but Muhammad Ali passed away." He finishes the song "In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade…".

MUSE/IQUE welcomes back EMBER singing their arrangement of “The Boxer” featuring: Alyce McNulty (soprano), Marcella Astore (mezzo), Lauren Redditt (alto), Lamont Pierce (solo/baritone/tenor), Winston Harris (bass) and Michael Wingate (percussion).