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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Whalien 52: uncovering the hidden meaning
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...
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...
The smoky alto of Chabuca Granda elevated the Creole waltz to the international level
Chabuca Granda is the single most important figure in the history of Peruvian music. Though identified with the city of...
Just Another Diamond Day: the stunning rediscovery of the hippie-era gem
Vashti Bunyan is an English singer and songwriter primarily known for her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day, which was...
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...
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...
CAN: from the mind of Czukay to the golden age of krautrock
German band Can established themselves as pioneers of experimental avant-garde by seamlessly combining their influences...
To study academic theory, superb pianist Wynton Kelly took up bass
Wynton Kelly was born in Brooklyn, NYC in 1931 to Jamaican parents. His blues-based piano playing made him one of the...
German roots of the Moon of Alabama
The Alabama Song first appeared in a collection of five poems published by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1927,...
Five tones of Spielberg's alien language
Close Encounters of the Third Kind—Steven Spielberg’s first and perhaps best attempt at sci-fi—was released in 1977 only...
The drama of The Chain kept alive on the big screen
The Chain, included on Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 Rumours album, has retained that particular brand of culturally...
Abdullah Ibrahim created his African music of peace in exile
The works of South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, born Adolph Johannes Brand, fuse the melodic sounds of his homeland...
North Indian classics introduced into Californian underground thanks to Terry Riley
Minimalist pioneer Terry Riley remains among the most revolutionary composers of the post-war era. Famed for his...
Brian Eno's Airport Music for orchestra
It is useless to speculate now which direction the genre of ambient might have taken if not for Brian Eno, the revered...
The Birth of 'Venus': from Stephen Foster, to The Big 3, and Shocking Blue
Stephen Foster (1826—1864) was an American composer whose vast contribution to a popular song, specifically the ballad...
Innovative Bohemian Rhapsody set new standards for the music video production
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is one of the strangest and least-understood songs in the rock genre. It comes across as an...
The Blues Brothers' greatest gamble becoming one of their most enduring hits
The Blues Brothers were once the stars of their era, listed among the most popular groups of the late '70s. Vocalist...
The Celtic Baroque roots of Stairway to Heaven
Irish musician Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) is considered to be a pioneer in blending court music of the Baroque era...
World musicians Kronos Quartet destroy the shackles of genre
Since its founding in '70s, the Kronos Quartet has become the foremost herald of chamber music, successful at breaking...
Dazed and Confused: evolution through Led Zeppelin live shows
Dazed and Confused is the folk-song written by Jake Holmes in 1967. The song was recorded for his debut album and...
Chick Corea's Spanish pulse in the masterful jazz standard
The son of a trumpeter, the genius pianist Chick Corea is referenced as one of the lead specialists in the fusion of...
The Snows They Melt the Soonest survives through folk tradition
The Snows They Melt the Soonest is a British folk song dating back to at least as far as 1821. It was mentioned, along...
Chet Baker: the divine voice of the West Coast jazz
Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr. was born in 1929 in Yale, Oklahoma. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in...
Liverpool FC and the famous You'll Never Walk Alone chant in a Pink Floyd track
You'll Never Walk Alone is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The song has been...
Starman's mission made possible at last with Musk sending Bowie to the stars
In February 2018, the 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket was successfully launched, carrying on board a Tesla Roadster car which...
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The History of Popular Music
Discover stories from each decade. Listen to gems from the 1960s, 1970s, and more.
Explore Phrygian, Lydian, Dorian, and other modes through the harmonic analysis of popular songs.
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