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44. Modern gipsy music

Posted on 07/04/2017

44. Modern gipsy music Le Caravane Passe are an excellent french gipsy group. French gipsy groups have a  long history, going back to Django Rheinhardt's Hot Club of Paris in the 1930's. The modern... read more >

43. Ramblin Jack Elliot: Troubadour

Posted on 02/04/2017

43. Ramblin Jack Elliott: Troubadour As a teenager, one of my fondest possessions was a Ramblin Jack album of songs by Woody Guthrie and Jimmy Rodgers. He was shown with a foot on the bumper of a... read more >

42. Gipsy Dance

Posted on 28/03/2017

42. Gipsy Dance The image created by the phrase above is of manic whirling dancers, accompanied by manic whirling musicians. Plenty of that exists, but gipsy music (or in the evocative French phrase... read more >

41. Let there be drums

Posted on 26/03/2017

41. Let there be drums It's a fair bet that songs based on drumming won't have much in the way of lyrics. You can infer that those who want to listen to drums don't want lyrics, and vice versa.... read more >

40. Tea for Two: The acme of Banality

Posted on 18/03/2017

40. Tea for Two: The acme of Banality 'Tea for Two' is a remarkable song. It is both an extremely hackneyed piece, and also one which has inspired many jazz musicians and singers to remarkable feats... read more >

39. The girl from Ipanema

Posted on 15/03/2017

39. The girl from Ipanema 'The girl from Ipanema' is the second most recorded song in history (after 'Yesterday' by the Beatles). and a very charming song it is. But most of those who listen to it... read more >

38. Elvis and God

Posted on 12/03/2017

  38. Elvis and God When I was in my early teens Elvis was equivalent to a god, and for many of our generation, including my dear brother he still is. The King, reigning over us down below.... read more >

37. Paulo Conte’s work

Posted on 08/03/2017

37. Paulo Conte's work I first saw Paulo Conte in Paris in the 1980's. It was a riveting night, opening up a new world of music for me. Not only are his songs delightful, but his musicians are a... read more >