Posts Tagged ‘music’

40,000 years of music explained in 8 minutes

September 30, 2022

Michael Spitzer explains the history of music on earth. A Big Think video (transcript here).

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Sing Along With Space Force

September 26, 2022

“Semper Supra” is not a menu item at an ethnic restaurant, it’s the name of the U.S. Space Force anthem. “Semper Supra” (“Always Above”), written by veteran armed forces musicians Jamie Teachenor and Sean Nelson, was wheeled to the launch pad on September 20th. Blast-off was greeted by a galactic chorus of “Meh.”

Of course, in space no one can hear you sing.

More:

“With new official anthem, the Space Force hopes to land on your radar,” Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post

“Space Force Song Shoots for the Stars, but Some Think It Falls Flat,” Michael Levenson, New York Times

“‘It’s not a banger’: response to Space Force official song is less than stellar,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

Related:

“Space Force: A Guide to Trump’s Most Misunderstood Creation,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

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The Soul of a Man

September 25, 2022

“The Soul of a Man,” written by Oliver Sain, recorded by the late Di Anne Price, 2000.  Nice interpretation of a song first recorded By Fontella Bass in 1965.

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Heart Full of Soul

September 25, 2022

“Heart Full of Soul,” written by Graham Gouldman, recorded by Chris Isaak, 1986. Orinally recorded by The Yardbirds in 1965.

Chris Isaak website

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Soul Superman #2

September 25, 2022

“Soul Superman #2,” written by Jack Ashford, Lorraine Chandler, and Raymond Monette, recorded by The Hesitations, 1967. We like it better than Soul Superman #1.

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Sunshine Superman

September 25, 2022

“Sunshine Superman,” written by Donovan Leitch, and recorded by him as Donovan, 1965. The lead guitarist was Jimmy Page, with Spike Heatley on double bass and John Paul Jones on electric bass (apparently). John Cameron played harpsichord and arranged the session. Bobby Orr played drums and Tony Carr (George Caruana) played congas and other percussion.

Donovan website

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You Brought The Sunshine

September 25, 2022

“You Brought The Sunshine,” written by Twinkie Clark, sung by Yolanda Adams, Y’anna Crawley, Amber Bullock, and Jessica Reedy at the BET Awards, 2012. Originally recorded by The Clark Sisters in 1981.  There was a wonderful rendition by The Clark Sisters at the 2020 BET awards.

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Down By The River

September 24, 2022

“Down By The River,” written by Neil Young, recorded by Michael McDonald, 2000.

Michael McDonald website

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Pink Cadillac

September 24, 2022

“Pink Cadillac,” written by Bruce Springsteen, recorded by Graham Parker, 2003.

Graham Parker website

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Band on the Run

September 24, 2022

“Band on the Run,” written by Paul McCarney, recorded by Richie Havens, 1974.

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