Category: "Story of a Song"


Story of a Song – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Written by Gordon Harvey on

Music, like most art, is not as original as it may seem. With the new CGI animated Lion King coming to cinemas this summer, what better time to look at the creation and history of a timeless song, The Lion…

Story of a Song: Happy Birthday & How to Play It!

Written by Gordon Harvey on

This month we celebrate a birthday of an unusual kind. You might call it the birthday of the right to properly celebrate birthdays. And surprisingly, it’s just a first birthday, because on June 30, 2016, after a very long and…

Story of a Song – Summertime

Written by Gordon Harvey on

A lot of music unites people. Occasionally it divides people. With its contentious depiction of racial stereotypes, the opera Porgy and Bess seems to have experienced the ebb and flow of acceptance over the years, but even its cultural detractors…

Story of a Song – Po’ Lazarus

Written by Simply Music on

In our rush to idolise our favourite singers or composers, we miss some other great contributors to musical culture. One such unsung hero is the American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. Armed with a portable tape recorder, Lomax spent several decades from…

Story of a Song – The Rite of Spring

Written by Gordon Harvey on

This new occasional series is already contradicting itself in the first edition by discussing not a song but a full-length orchestral piece. Still, the 100th anniversary of one of the milestone events in music is worth commemorating. There are few…