Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wuthering Heights

Not is it the only novel of Emily Brontë, it's also a chilling song written by Kate Bush which appears on her 1978 debut album, The Kick Inside. It was also her first single. Classical singer Hayley Westenra covered it in 2003. 

Versions I'm NOT going to seek out!!:)
 British punk rock band China Drum also made a cover of the song in 1995. Josh Pyke has done a cover for No Man's Woman. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have released a swing version of the song. The musical trio The Puppini Sisters have a close harmony version of the song on their debut album Betcha Bottom Dollar.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Nature Boy" by eden ahbez, The first beatnik

"Nature Boy" is a song by eden ahbez, published in 1947. The song tells a fantasy of a "strange enchanted boy... who wandered very far" only to learn that "the greatest thing... was just to love and be loved in return". Nat King Cole's 1948 recording of the song was a major hit.

The first two measures of the song's melody parallel the melody of the second movement in Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81 (1887). It is unknown if ahbez was familiar with Dvořák's piece, or if he arrived at the same melodic idea independently.

The song is based on a 1940s Los Angeles-based group called "Nature Boys," a subculture of proto-hippies of which ahbez was a member.


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