|Pop and Misc. Notes|
It’s hard not to hear ‘Winter Wonderland’ in the Winter. Mostly in December, before Christmas. That’s why this song is often recognized as a carol, however today it can be considered a pop piece. In general you may acknowledge it a Christmas Song.
The lyrics have been written first. It is a magical vision of a world covered in snow full of snowmen, sleigh bells ring and children joyfully playing. This was the image Richard B. Smith (known as Dick Smith) saw in Central Park of...
Last Updated (Monday, 16 March 2015 00:49)
Today I want to present one of the saddest songs and a one without even an ounce of hope in it. It is called
Gloomy Sunday .
The authors were two Hungarians Rezső Seress – music and Laszlo Javor – lyrics.
Seress was born in 1889. He was a self-taught musician; he learnt to play piano fairly well, although he wasn’t a virtuoso. In early 1930s he searched for luck in Paris. His aim was to become a songs composer. His first attempts were not successful. All the...
Last Updated (Saturday, 14 March 2015 17:25)
Minnie The Moocher is the greatest hit of Cab Calloway. The song was recorded in 1931 and, although it was the time of the big crisis in the USA, it turned out to be a great success. The sales exceeded one million records.
The song wasn’t Cab Calloway original idea. He used a song from 1927 called 'Willie the Weeper', which author and performer was Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon.
Minnie The Moocher
Frankie 'Half Pint' Jaxon (1895 – 1944) was a black singer, stage designer...
Last Updated (Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:26)
When I heard Little Drummer Boy for the first time I didn’t realize it was a carol. I wasn’t listening to the lyrics. Besides the first time I never do. It’s just my brain’s mechanics. It works this way that I mainly focus on the music layer of a given piece.
This seemingly simple melody made quite a big impression on me. I’ve memorized it straight away. It is my favorite pastorale.
The piece (lyrics and melody) has been written by Katherine K. Davis in 1941. Its...
Last Updated (Monday, 16 March 2015 18:14)