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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 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 three acts of Lonnie Johnson' blues
Lonnie Johnson (1889—1970) was a prolific American musician, singer, and songwriter, and one of the first major blues...
The timeless tragedy of Molly Malone
Not many songs can boast international recognition of being so deeply and fondly Irish the way Molly Malone does. Also...
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...
La Mer poem became an international hit after years of searching for a melody
Charles Trenet was one of the most influential popular French songwriters in the mid-20th century. A performer of...
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,...
Voice of Wassoulou preserves the ancient roots of West Africa
Oumou Sangaré is a Malian singer regarded as the greatest female voice in modern African music. She began her career as...
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...
Moonlight Serenade got its name to contrast the sun
Glenn Miller, American big band leader, composer, and trombonist, is considered the primary musical symbol of the World...
Cream's biggest hit inspired by Hendrix's debut in England
Sunshine of Your Love by the British rock band Cream is perhaps their best known song that spawned numerous covers...
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...
Ghosts of past wars alive in the Lowlands of Holland
The Lowlands of Holland is a popular British folk song that depicts a young widow mourning her husband whose ship was...
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...
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...
Seven Nation Army riff conquers sport and classical music
It seems that since the initial release of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army in 2003, the crowds at sporting events...
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 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...
The rock'n'roll wave overshadowed Lazybones writer
Hoagy Carmichael was an American composer, singer, pianist, and actor who wrote quite a few songs that ended up becoming...
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...
Four continents come together for Manu Chao's Clandestino
In Latin America and Europe, this guy is virtually an icon who seems to have taken the role of Bob Marley. Manu Chao is...
Ellington's classic song established swing as a jazz form
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills,...
Who is the true architect behind The House of the Rising Sun?
The authorship of The House of the Rising Sun can not be accurately determined to this day, since the song is a folk...
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Indian Classical Music
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