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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 Flower Duet of Lakmé: the love drama of an Indian girl and a British soldier made airborne
The Flower Duet is a famous operatic duet which popularity has spread far beyond interests of classical music audience...
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...
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...
Emotion over meaning: the enigmatic lyrics of Cocteau Twins in the languages of glossolalia
Having first appeared in religious practices, the term glossolalia referred to the ability of a believer to...
Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox: the prog family who proclaimed Sunday All Over the World
One of the brightest collaborations of the late 1980s arose after the wedding of postpunk singer Toyah Willcox and...
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...
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...
Sūrsāgar: ocean of poetry that expanded for five centuries
Sūrdās was a North Indian devotional poet, musician, and saint who lived in the 16th century. His lyrics, addressed...
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...
Rabindra Sangeet have been an essential part of Indian culture for more than a century
A native of Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913—the first Asian person to receive...
I Put a Spell on You: the wild roots of the song's blackout drunk recording
I Put a Spell on You is a 1956 song written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins that became an instant classic and remained his...
There were no bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover
(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover is an iconic song composed in 1941 by the American songwriting...
Easy Living owes Billie Holiday for giving it voice
A tender ballad Easy Living has forthright lyrics that declare just how wonderful life can be when living for someone...
Ursula Le Guin as told through English alt-folk
Alt-folk band This Is the Kit is a project started by the British musician Kate Sables that comes to life through...
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...
Peggy Lee's sensual version of Fever replaced the original
Fever, one of the biggest songs to define a generation, is a passionate love proclamation that spoke to listeners of all...
[H]ouse playlist is a remedy for everyone
American medical drama House, M.D. is not just an excellent guide to understanding actual diseases, but it also contains...
MTV and EMI did not appreciate the concept of Kate Bush's iconic Running Up That Hill
Running Up That Hill, initially titled A Deal with God, is no doubt the most iconic work of Kate Bush which came to life...
The swan song of Abbey Lincoln, the voice of human rights
Abbey Lincoln, born Anna Marie Wooldridge, was a popular American jazz singer who wrote songs about black culture and...
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...
Massive Attack to record anniversary album on genetic code
Massive Attack is known for their innovative approach to producing and promoting music, and even their modern classic...
Gandhi's devotional song was arranged on Galgibaga beach
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is a famous devotional song that was widely popularized by Mahatma Gandhi. While the origins...
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...
Modern jazz meets traditional Korean music in Park Jiha's Communion
Both somehow minimalist and carrying the richness of jazz improvisation, Park Jiha's debut album Communion borders on...
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...
Stylistic diversity of acoustic guitar duo Oka Vanga
Oka Vanga—a play on the name ‘Okavango’, a river delta in Botswana—is the band name for South African born Angela Meyer...
The Unthanks: keeping with the modern spirit of the English folk song
The Unthanks is an English group known for their eclectic approach in combining traditional Northumbrian folk with other...
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The History of Popular Music
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