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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

Classical Notes
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

On the eve of Jan. 26, 1936 Joseph Stalin and his entourage attended a performance of Shostakovich's “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” but they left the theater before the last act. The opera had been playing to acclaim for two years in Moscow and its 29-year-old composer was hailed a Russian musical genius, beloved by his fellow countrymen.

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

A few days after Stalin's ominous attendance, a...


Fats Waller’s Ain't Misbehavin'

Jazz Notes
Fats Waller’s Ain't Misbehavin'

The history of the song has always been shrouded in legend. Waller himself used to like to say that he wrote it while in jail for failure to pay alimony. Some biographers have taken this as fact, but Razaf himself cleared up the mess in a 1966 letter to Bob Kumm, writing: “There is no truth to the widely circulated erroneous story about ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ being written while Fats was in prison. The song was written by Fats and myself at his West...


West Helena Blues

Blues Notes
West Helena Blues

Located across the Mississippi from Clarksdale, Helena, Arkansas was a thriving wide-open port town during the’30s and ‘40s. The main street Cherry, which paralleled to levee, had dozens of white saloons, while Elm Street, running just behind, had dozens of black. Bluesmen from all over – Johnny Shines, Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Sunnyland Slim and Rossevelt Sykes – congregated here by the dozens, knowing they could get work. Memphis Minnie sang about...


Silencio (Silence)

Latin French, Italian Notes
Silencio (Silence)

One of the most moving and touching 'boleros' ever, "Silencio" was composed by Puerto Rico's Rafael Hernandez, a major figure of Latin American music. The rendition features Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo in a soulful duet Wim Wenders filmed the recording session in Havana as well as the performance of the song in Amsterdam.

Ibrahim Ferrer & Omara Portuendo sing 'Silencio'


The scene from the film in which the song is performed is particularly poignant...


Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman)

Pop and Misc. Notes
Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman)

Tracy Chapman Quotes:

“Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control.”

“We have more media than ever and more technology in our lives. It's supposed to help us communicate, but it has the opposite effect of isolating us.”

“With other people, you're always swapping music. Somebody is always listening to something you've never heard. It's a great way to...

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