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Category Archive: Music

Jan 29 2014

Pete Seeger and the blacklist

In reading about Pete Seeger on the web yesterday, I came across his testimony when he was hauled up before the House Un-American Affairs Committee in August 1955. This was the infamous Congressional committee that would order people to appear before them and quiz them about their political affiliations. If the people were willing to …

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Jan 28 2014

Pete Seeger and Johnny Cash

The internet has been full of tributes to the great Pete Seeger who died earlier today. Here is one clip that I particularly liked where he appears with another of my favorite singers Johnny Cash. Together they sing a rousing version of It takes a worried man, getting the audience to join in, which is …

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Jan 28 2014

Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

Pete Seeger died today. He was an American treasure, a powerful voice for justice and peace all throughout his long and colorful life, whose musical and political influence extended well beyond the borders of the USA. I had heard of Seeger and knew his songs growing up in Sri Lanka. This entry in Wikipedia captures …

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Jan 04 2014

Phil Everly, 1939-2014

Phil Everly died yesterday in Los Angeles. He and his older brother Don comprised the Everly Brothers and had a string of hits songs in the late fifties and sixties with their distinctive voices, pleasing harmonies, and simple songs of love.

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Nov 20 2013

Like a Rolling Stone

I don’t know what to make of this. But there are a lot worse things you can do than spend a few minutes listening to Bob Dylan singing one of his greatest hits, as if it were being done by a whole variety of different TV channels that you can choose to surf through.

Nov 05 2013

The lion sleeps tonight

This version by the popular duo Hippo and Dog never fails to make me smile. Hippo Sings & Dog Dances to The Lion Sleeps Tonight from Cris Popenoe on Vimeo. For some reason, I had always thought that this song was performed by a group of black singers from Africa or the Caribbean. Just shows …

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Sep 20 2013

A physics version of Bohemian Rhapsody

Via reader Mark I heard about Timothy Blaise, a graduate student at McGill University, who has created an incredibly good cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody that not only sounds good musically but actually hits some of the main points of string theory.

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Aug 29 2013

Ghost riders in the sky

The late great Johnny Cash takes his turn at interpreting a strange but fascinating song, arguably one of the best cowboy songs ever written. I remember loving it for its great rhythm whenever it came on the radio, but never listened carefully to the lyrics. I just did so and found them weird, but the …

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Aug 28 2013

The Ventures and drums

The Ventures were an instrumental rock group from the days of my youth who were known for their up-tempo, driving, pulsating beats that gave special prominence to drummers. They were one of the few purely instrumental rock bands that had an extended successful career, the British group The Shadows being another one. Here are two …

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Aug 25 2013

Opera singing protesters

Portugal is one of those countries that decided that increased austerity for its people was the way to go in dealing with its financial crisis and the result has been massive hardship for many. This has led to protests outside parliament and other venues where prominent government leaders are assembled. A professional opera singer Ana …

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