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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Smackwater Jack: the classic tale of outlaws and lawmen and the blues harmony behind it
Smackwater Jack is a 1971 song released by Carole King, the most successful female songwriter of the 20th century who...
Quimbara: meaning and origin of the best-known salsa
Quimbara is an essential salsa track first recorded by Celia Cruz, a popular Cuban singer, and Johnny Pacheco, a...
Dorian mode in Led Zeppelin songs
Diatonic scales, as postulated by the classical tonal theory, are among the most convenient devices for composing...
Porque Te Vas: origin and meaning behind Jeanette's best song
Porque Te Vas is the most influential ballad recorded by Janette Anne Dimech, known professionally as Jeanette, which...
Longfellow Serenade and the fireside poet that kindled Neil Diamond's song
Longfellow Serenade is a notable 1974 hit released by Neil Diamond, a prolific American songwriter who sold more than...
Peace Frog: the only Doors song featuring Lydian mode
Peace Frog, released by the Doors on their 1970 album Morrison Hotel, has been met by a near-unanimous approval from...
Hero and Heroine: Strawbs lyrics that allegorize drug addiction through Greek mythology
Hero and Heroine is a dramatic track by the English band Strawbs released on their 1974 album of the same name. The...
Bungle in the Jungle: early prog-rock hit vs the greatest boxing match
Bungle in the Jungle is the best-known track from the critically derided War Child album released by the English...
Wildwood Weed: the cheeky ganja farmers song that got banned
Wildwood Weed is a parody song written by country music artist Don Bowman and first recorded by singer and...
Hasta Mañana: the origins of the best ABBA ballad
Hasta Mañana, an ABBA ballad released on their 1974 Waterloo album never quite managed to reach the top of international...
Mixolydian mode in The Doors songs
It is no secret that the harmonic structure of a song and its adherence to the canons of musical theory is one of the...
No Quarter: two minor modal modes of Led Zeppelin's psychedelic track
No Quarter is one of Led Zeppelin's more psychedelically inclined tracks first released on the 1973 album Houses of the...
Harry Hippie: Bobby Womack's recollection of his brother tragic death
Harry Hippie is one of the best-known songs released by Bobby Womack who, throughout his sixty-year long career, has...
Hypnotized: Fleetwood Mac's song about aliens
Hypnotized is the best-known track from Fleetwood Mac's 1973 album Mystery To Me, written by guitarist Bob Welch who...
Reelin' In the Years: the tandem of effective lyrics and one of the best guitar solos of all time
Reelin' In the Years is one of the most successful tracks of the American jazz-rock band Steely Dan who are known for...
Gimme Three Steps: the bar where Lynyrd Skynyrd's frontman almost got shot
Gimme Three Steps is the best-known track from the 1973 debut album by American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The...
Firth of Fifth: impressionistic Genesis song as a prog-rock masterpiece
Firth of Fifth is a ten-minute track released by Genesis on the 1973 album Selling England by the Pound and is...
Cum On Feel the Noize: Slade's instant hit recipe
Cum On Feel the Noize is a 1973 single by the English glam rock band Slade that topped the charts a week after its...
D'yer Mak'er: meaning of Led Zeppelin's most controversial song
D'yer Mak'er, released on Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy, remains the most controversial track the band...
Larks' Tongues in Aspic: the classic theme behind best prog-album opener
Larks' Tongues in Aspic is a pentalogy of instrumental suites recorded by several generations of musicians for the...
I Shot the Sheriff: Burnin' spliff nearly destroyed Bob Marley's original recording
I Shot The Sheriff is one of Bob Marley's best-known songs first released on the 1973 album Burnin' and popularized a...
Popular songs showing the submediant chord in all diatonic modes
In musical theory, the submediant refers to the sixth scale degree of the diatonic scale, and the triad rooted in the...
Muskrat Love: the polarizing song of America
Muskrat Love is a sweet and slightly strange song about a romantic relationship between two anthropomorphic muskrats,...
Seven Seas of Rhye: song of imaginary land brought to life by Ionian and Mixolydian modes
Seven Seas of Rhye first appeared as an instrumental track on Queen's 1973 self-titled debut album and later released as...
Mexicali Blues: debut song by the Grateful Dead's psychedelic poet
Mexicali Blues was first released by Bob Weir, an acclaimed rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the...
Tumbling Dice: hundred reels of tape for a messy Rolling Stones mix
Tumbling Dice is the lead single from the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. released in 1972, infamous for its...
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...
Locomotive Breath: fine groove born from Jethro Tull's studio session
Locomotive Breath is one of the more popular songs written by the British prog-rock band Jethro Tull, first released on...
Oye Como Va: meaning and origin of the best-known cha-cha-chá song
Oye Como Va is one of the best-known cha-cha-chá songs, owing its unfading popularity to Carlos Santana who recorded his...
Ladytron: Roxy Music's lunar landing with mellotron, oboe, and synth
Ladytron is one of Roxy Music's most noteworthy tracks released on their 1972 debut album. One of the song's strongest...
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