The author of this blog enjoys and is interested in music that just happens to have been popular between eighty and three hundred years ago. He is proud to have contributed to All About Jazz, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, Early Music America and the IAJRC Journal but is not a trained critic or a professional musician. He is just a music lover and self-taught clarinetist trying to learn more about the music that interests him. Most of this music is left out of history books and magazines but, hopefully, this blog will attract new listeners, intrigue familiar ones and perhaps encourage professionals to investigate this music in greater detail. Above all this blog is here to encourage discussion that will shed light on the music (especially for its author). Some of the older posts may no longer reflect the writer’s current viewpoint, which he believes is the whole point of continuing to listen to and learn about this music.