Category: "Story of a Song"


Story of a Song – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Written by Gordon Harvey on

Music has its share of “unsung” heroes, although occasionally they achieve recognition in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Born in 1909, Solomon Linda grew up in Zulu country in South Africa. He never learned to read or write, but…

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 will…

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…