This recent find about the last bell founder in Lebanon piqued my interest in bells in the middle east. I was intrigued by the explanation that the casting of big bells didn’t arrive in Lebanon until the Crusaders came through in the twelfth century.* Hadn’t they been making bells already for a long time? Yes, […]
The Chicago-duo Wild Belle rallies around ending gun violence in Chicago in their 2016 song, “Throw Down your Guns.” The video latches onto a potent cycle described elsewhere on this blog–guns are smelted down to create bells in peacetime, and vice versa in wartime. Kudos, Wild Belle!