Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio is a music reviewer for WORLD Magazine and one of its original contributors from 1986. Arsenio resides in China. Follow him on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Poetic license

Culture | Poets on disc show good and bad of our cultural heritage
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/11/97, 12:00 am

If, as G.K. Chesterton observed, anything worth doing is worth doing badly, then the compilers of In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry deserve hearty congratulations merely for compiling this four-hour collection of oral poetry.

Now one can listen to an abundance of poetry by an abundance of poets without investing hundreds of dollars in Caedmon Records' many single-poet collections.

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What child is this, anyhow?

Music | Christian dulcimer artist makes "best-recordings-ever" list
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 12/14/96, 12:00 am

In 1981, the hammered-dulcimer maker Jerry Read Smith recorded Strayaway Child, a sparkling collection of traditional Celtic melodies with "Over the Rainbow" and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" included for good measure. Shortly afterward, the Black Mountain, N.C., craftsman sensed that his days as a low-profile builder of Appalachian instruments were--like his custom-made instruments themselves--numbered.

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Country-punk Christian

Music | Hard rockers seek to please their mother--and their Father
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 11/16/96, 12:00 am

"That was a great piece," Jason Ringenberg told WORLD recently, in reference to the positive review of his band that ran in our April 22, 1995, issue. "You guys are The Way, right?" No, WORLD. The Way is published by a cult.

"WORLD. Cool. It was a wonderful piece to send to my mom."

Mr. Ringenberg laughs. Not long ago, after all, nothing would've seemed less in keeping with the wild, country-punk image of his band--Jason and the Scorchers--than for its leader to worry about pleasing his mother.

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