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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Unraveling the meaning of Aserejé
6 songs to unpack Ionian mode and the major scale
The polyphonic aspects of Western classical music distinguish it from other musical traditions such as Indian Сlassic...
Hushabye: folk roots of famous rock and roll lullaby
Hushabye is the first successful song recorded by the American rock band The Mystics to spend nine weeks on the national...
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...
Incense and Peppermints: a tangled story of song production
Incense and Peppermints is an essential psychedelic rock song released in 1967 by the LA-based band Strawberry Alarm...
Last Train to Clarksville: a duo of songwriters behind the first Monkees hit
Last Train to Clarksville is the debut single released by The Monkees in 1966 which would be their most successful song...
Authentic cadence exemplified by The Beatles songs
In theory, a cadence refers to a harmonic turnaround that appears at the end of a musical phrase, and the role it plays...
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida: Iron Butterfly's longest song anticipated metal genres
Released in 1968 by the American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida remains to be one of the most...
8 songs to introduce Aeolian mode and natural minor scale
Over the past centuries, the composition of polyphonic music has been primarily focused on seven diatonic scales...
Foxey Lady and the Hendrix chord
Foxey Lady is one of the most distinctive Jimi Hendrix live songs played by him at almost every gig starting in 1967....
Plagal cadence exemplified by 9 songs in all diatonic modes
In musical theory, the term cadence is applied to the chord progressions that create a sense of resolution at the end of...
7 songs featuring Mixolydian mode
The dominance of the major and minor modes in Western classical music has been observed for several centuries, and this...
Subterranean Homesick Blues popularized Dylan's idea of an official lyric video
Subterranean Homesick Blues is one of Bob Dylan's first counterculture hits to transcend genres, owing to the...
Shosholoza: meaning and origin of the famous African work song
With its origins going back to the gold mines of South Africa, Shosholoza holds a firm place in the cultural...
Shaman's Blues: quintessential The Doors song refined their most controversial album
Shaman's Blues was written by Jim Morrison for The Soft Parade, The Doors' fourth studio album released in the summer of...
5 songs featuring Dorian mode
Out of all seven diatonic scales, the major and minor scales have been the two most prevalent in Western music...
Wishful Sinful: atypical harmony of Robby Krieger
Wishful Sinful is a song written by Robby Krieger for The Soft Parade released in 1969 by The Doors and considered to be...
Randy Dandy O: sea chantey for raising anchors and sailing around Cape Horn
Randy Dandy O is one of the most famous sea shanties, a song genre presumed to have originated in the 19th century...
Deceptive cadence: chord progressions and song examples
In music, cadences play a crucial role in the organization of musical phrases and sentences. The concept of cadences is...
Savoy Truffle: cautionary song about chocolate by the quiet Beatle
Savoy Truffle is one of four songs written by George Harrison for the 1968 album The Beatles, also known as the White...
Picardy third: cadence for a happy ending in classical music and popular songs
In musical theory, the term Picardy third is used to refer to a special way of ending a minor piece with a major chord....
Popular songs featuring Phrygian mode and Neapolitan chord
Western music theory describes seven diatonic scales that are the basis of corresponding musical modes, among which the...
Mixolydian mode: famous examples in classical and pop music
In the 17th century, the major and minor scales became the basis for almost all classical music compositions. This...
The Andalusian cadence: distinct chord progression of flamenco that captivated all pop music genres
The Andalusian cadence is a musical term denoting a chain of four chords that appear sequentially through each step of...
Surrealistic Pillow as the ultimate psychedelic experience pioneered by Jefferson Airplane
Released in 1967, Surrealistic Pillow was Jefferson Airplane's second album which not only set a departure point for the...
The avant-garde tango by Horacio Salgán that shocked audiences in the 1950s
Horacio Salgán was an Argentinean pianist who took the concept of how tango should sound and flipped it on its head by...
Peter Sinfield: the songwriter whose lyrics embellished the formative prog rock albums of the 1970s
Peter Sinfield is an iconic songwriter who has written for most influential albums of the prog-rock genre released...
The morna: essential music of the Cape Verde archipelago reached mainland thanks to Cesária Évora's voice
With roots in the 18th-century Cape Verde, the morna music is a vital and culturally definitive genre of the archipelago...
Jacob do Bandolim: amateur musician who instilled mandolin fashion throughout America
Jacob Pick Bittencourt, nicknamed Jacob do Bandolim or Mandolin Jacob, was a Brazilian musician and composer working in...
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...
The analog synthesizers of Isao Tomita programming fresh sound for all-time classics
Japanese composer Isao Tomita was one of the first to explore analog synthesizers in search for new sounds that would...
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The History of Popular Music
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Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
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Indian Classical Music
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Bamboléo: song meaning and origin of the lyrics
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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
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Beatles songs composed with just three primary chords
Piel Canela: meaning of Bobby Capó's biggest hit
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