In music, a rhapsody means a composition of a collection of ideas and motifs, irregular in its form but epic in its essence. Geroge Gershwin wrote "Rhapsody in Blue" in 1924. Gershwin assembled the rumbling of a train and the blues of a street performer to create a sonic masterpiece of what he described as America's 'metropolitan madness.'
"Rhapsody in Blue" is also a biannual student journal about cities. It was started by two senior Urban Studies students at Columbia University in 2003. The journal was inactive during the academic year 2005-2006 but is now entering its sixth year of publication!
Taking its cue from Gershwin, the journal "Rhapsody in Blue" combines the disciplines of art, photography, poetry and prose, to explore what makes a city breathe, what makes it move, struggle, thrive, hurt, and grow.