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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
Aeolian mode in Led Zeppelin songs
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I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
The Wayfaring Stranger is an American folk song with an uncertain origin. The song's various versions share a common...
Smackwater Jack: the classic tale of outlaws and lawmen and the blues harmony behind it
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La Gota Fría: vallenato music masterpiece refashioned by Carlos Vives
La Gota Fría is one of the best-known examples of the vallenato genre that originated in the early 19th century in the...
The Bells of Rhymney: two major modal modes of famous protest song
The Bells of Rhymney is one of the best-known protest songs of the past century, first recorded in 1958 by the American...
La Cucaracha: the song about a stoned legless cockroach as a ridicule against Mexican dictator
La Cucaracha is a fiery Mexican song in the corrido style, a poetic form of the ballad genre prevalent in Central...
Pancho and Lefty: gangster song that saved Townes Van Zandt from a speeding ticket
Pancho and Lefty is perhaps the best-known song of American songwriter Townes Van Zandt released on his sixth studio...
La Bamba: meaning and tragedy behind the best-known son jarocho
The widely known La Bamba epitomizes one of the most striking examples of the ways in which an old folk tune could be...
6 songs to unpack Ionian mode and the major scale
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Marie Laveau: ballad of the legendary Voodoo Queen
Dedicated to the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau was composed by award-winning writer Shel...
Coal Miner's Daughter was forced to remove a third of the lyrics from her autobiographical song
Coal Miner's Daughter is an autobiographical song by the influential country-genre songwriter Loretta Lynn in which she...
Wabash Cannonball: the ballad of the railway Flying Dutchman
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8 songs to introduce Aeolian mode and natural minor scale
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Subterranean Homesick Blues popularized Dylan's idea of an official lyric video
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5 songs featuring Dorian mode
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Randy Dandy O: sea chantey for raising anchors and sailing around Cape Horn
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The valiha as unifying element in the stylistic diversity of Madagascar music
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Twist in My Sobriety: rare oboe solo in Tanita Tikaram's best song
Twist in My Sobriety is a song by British pop-folk singer Tanita Tikaram released as a single from her debut album...
The Ektara: traditional music instrument of the Bauls, wandering minstrels from Bengal
Bauls are the wandering minstrels of the Indian subcontinent whose history traces back to the 15th century as mentioned...
Down by the Salley Gardens: famous Yeats poem evoking old Irish love ballad was set to the traditional air
Down by the Salley Gardens is a famous two-stanza poem by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats whose contribution to the...
The Andalusian cadence: distinct chord progression of flamenco that captivated all pop music genres
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Traditional maloya music meets French chanson in swaying songs of Maya Kamaty
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The art of Caribbean rhythms by the Garifuna Collective
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Traditions of Malian music spread worldwide through Afel Bocoum and Damon Albarn collaboration
The famous Malian songwriter Afel Bocoum began his musical career in the 1960s at the age of thirteen when he joined the...
Yemeni folk melodies interpolated into psychedelic dance rhythms by El Khat
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Bird In The Belly: the dark side of old British ballads re-imagined in polyphonic folk songs
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Pixinguinha: Brazilian saxophonist who established choro music as a pop genre
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Jacob do Bandolim: amateur musician who instilled mandolin fashion throughout America
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First compositions for koto presented out of court by Yatsuhashi Kengyō in the 17th century
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The resonance of African tribal heritage in Ali Farka Touré's guitar
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Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
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Indian Classical Music
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Beatles songs featuring Lydian mode
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Beatles songs with Dorian mode
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