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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
Barrett's Privateers: origins and meaning of famous drinking song
The Doors songs that use just three primary chords
Badinerie: origins of Bach's famous flute suite
First ever composition for solo percussion by Edgard Varèse ionized Zappa to choose a career in music
Edgard Varèse was one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century who not only developed his own concept of...
Swordfishtrombones: groundbreaking instrumentation catches Tom Waits' signature sound
Released in 1983, Swordfishtrombones became the first self-produced album by Tom Waits that not only established the...
The fusion of traditional Mexican music in María Grever's songs
María Grever, born Maria Joaquina de la Portilla Torres, was a Mexican songwriter who, combining the musical cultures of...
Ry Cooder & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: the unlikely fusion of two guitar greats
A Meeting by the River—is one of the most striking cross-cultural works of the 1990s which brought Grammy Awards for...
Adrian Belew's spellbinding guitar tricks saturate prog music with the sounds of space
American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Adrian Belew managed to extract entirely extraordinary sounds from his...
Mozart and Tom Waits wrote music for the glass armonica which was rumored to cause mental health damage
The glass armonica is one of many curious instruments that came into use with small ensembles during the transition from...
Songs for Drella: the minimalistic tribute to Andy Warhol that united his beloved artists for the first time since 1960s
As an absolutely iconic figure in the visual art movement known as pop art, Andy Warhol had a profound influence on the...
Pianola: the reproducing piano as the first Hi-Fi player and preservation capsule for recitals on piano rolls
Long before the recording era, mankind was already looking for ways to play music automatically. The earliest known...
The low-end sound of Morphine trio cut short by Mark Sandman's tragic death while on a stage
Twenty years have passed since Mark Sandman’s tragic passing of a heart attack during a 1999 live performance with the...
Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
Written by the American composer George Gershwin in 1934, Summertime aria is now the most recorded song in the history...
1960s clarinet & sitar duo pioneered an ambient genre with the album for spiritual practices
Even though the term ambient as a music genre was coined by Brian Eno only in the 1970s, musical experiments of this...
Charley Patton's guitar tricks bridged the genre gap between Delta blues and rock'n'roll
Charley Patton played a crucial role in developing the early blues movement in the Delta region of northwestern...
The bottleneck guitar blues by Blind Willie Johnson is sliding through space on the Voyager Golden Records
Among the musical works sent by NASA into space to represent the cultural values of mankind, sharing its rightfully...
The Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first-ever jazz recording over 100 years ago
The Original Dixieland Jass Band, also known as the ODJB, were among the pioneers of the new genre that originated in...
African bard Foday Musa Suso represents griot culture by mixing kora music with Western minimalism and jazz
The most important role in the preservation of tradition in the culture of West Africa has been played by...
Ma Sicong sentenced to exile after seeking Chinese harmony for his violin
One of the most gifted Chinese violinists, Ma Sicong endured a challenging fate when he was forced to flee the Cultural...
The quiet adventure in the warm depths of Abzû game scored by Austin Wintory
American composer Austin Wintory made history after becoming the creator of the first-ever Grammy-nominated videogame...
Billy Strayhorn redefined jazz with a touch of classical
A versatile composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn was among the most grandiose personalities in American jazz,...
The necessity of undramatic humanity in Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch
A set of 11 short stories collected in the film Coffee and Cigarettes depicts the nostalgic era every older smoker might...
Great Depression cut short the extraordinary dance life of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Since the very start of the prohibition during the Roaring Twenties, many Americans sought refuge in entertainment clubs...
The native heart of Peruvian folk as explored by ethnomusicologist Alomía Robles
It has been a little more over a century since the Peruvian composer Alomía Robles crossed the Andes in search of...
Azam Ali's magnificent vocal journeys through languages
In recent decades, the mixing of styles and cultures in popular and classical music has grown into quite a common trend...
Big Bill Broonzy's guitar made ripples on both sides of the Atlantic
Big Bill Broonzy was one of the most important Chicago blues singers whose songs would inspire, among many others, Muddy...
Sgt. Pepper's inspiration behind Carla Bley's revolutionary jazz album
Born in Oakland, California, Carla Bley was raised in a Christian fundamentalist household and received remarkably...
Monnette Sudler: the first lady of jazz guitar
Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Monnette Sudler is known as the “First Lady of Jazz Guitar,” among other titles. Her...
The three acts of Lonnie Johnson' blues
Lonnie Johnson (1889—1970) was a prolific American musician, singer, and songwriter, and one of the first major blues...
Swedish Rhapsody variations for electric guitar
The painting Midsummer Eve bonfire on Skagen’s beach is a tribute to the artist colony in Skagen by Peder Severin Krøyer...
Vasant Rai's fretless guitar arrangements for Indian classical
Vasant Rai (1942-1985) was one of the world's most acclaimed masters of Indian music. Born in Unjha, in the province of...
Incredible stunts by the blind virtuoso influenced a whole generation
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1936-1977) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played saxophone, flute, and over 40...
La Mer poem became an international hit after years of searching for a melody
Charles Trenet was one of the most influential popular French songwriters in the mid-20th century. A performer of...
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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
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Beatles songs with Dorian mode
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