Careless Love is a traditional song based on a folk melody of obscure origin, and the numerous versions of its lyrics usually feature abandoned love and heartbreak or tragic death.
What is known for certain about the song’s early history is that by 1900 it was a standard in the repertory of Buddy Bolden and his band in New Orleans. Bolden, a cornetist who played music “by ear,” adapted music he heard to create his own blend of rag-time, black sacred music, marching-band...
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Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area.
In his pre-Courtney Love days, Cobain went out with Bikini Kill lead singer Tobi Vail, but she dumped him. Vail wore Teen Spirit deodorant, and Hanna was implying that Cobain was marked with her...
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Miles Davis - So What ?
An old joke, but one worth hearing again: A rabid jazz lover dies and goes to heaven, where St. Peter leads him into a club where Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Lester Young are on the bandstand. Over in the corner stands a nattily dressed man clutching a trumpet, his back to the audience. "Who's that?" queries the fan. "Oh," says St. Peter. "That's just God. He's pretending he's Miles Davis."
So What ?
Kind of Blue is a jazz album that...
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Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1
Bruch wrote three violin concerti. Why are the other two never performed, when everything of his that I do hear is wonderful: surely these cannot languish because they are rubbish? Two other concerti for violin and orchestra Bruch himself regarded as at least as fine as the famous first. It is very wonder.
Like its usual partner-on-record, Mendelssohn's concerto, Bruch's G Minor is a mould-breaker, yet its formal novelty is camouflaged by exceptional...
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Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?
The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient...
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