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Life of a Song

Life of a Song Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Nicholas Brealey
ISBN: 1473670470
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Who knew that Paul McCartney originally referred to Yesterday as 'Scrambled Eggs' because he couldn't think of any lyrics for his heart-breaking tune? Or that Patti LaBelle didn't know what 'Voulez-vous couches avec moi ce soir?' actually meant? These and countless other fascinating back stories of some of our best-known and best-loved songs fill this book, a collection of the highly successful weekly The Life of a Song columns that appear in the FT Weekend every Saturday. Each 600-word piece gives a mini-biography of a single song, from its earliest form (often a spiritual, or a jazz number), through the various covers and changes, often morphing from one genre to another, always focusing on the 'biography' of the song itself while including the many famous artists who have performed or recorded it. The selection covers a wide spectrum of the songs we all know and love - rock, pop, folk, jazz and more. Each piece is pithy, sparkily written, knowledgeable, entertaining, full of anecdotes and surprises. They combine deep musical knowledge with the vivid background of the performers and musicians, and of course the often intriguing social and political background against which the songs were created.

A Life Song Between Two Worlds

A Life Song Between Two Worlds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Francis Boni
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475995679
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In this revised edition of A Life Song Between Two Worlds, Dr. Francis Boni expands his original book of poetry, updating his thoughts on society, government, and philosophy. He seeks to enlighten others on points of views that would be otherwise unconsidered and encourages them to think beyond the words on the page and their own personal experiences. His verses reflect the emotional rhythm of the meaning of life and its baffling paradoxes, which are hard to resolve or to accept. He considers the violence in our society currently—still crying for a real tentative or effective solution—in an effort to reclaim the calm of years long past. Boni’s work is poetry of ideas, purpose-poetry with a message—a dynamic blend of ideas expressed in a dialectical relationship in a symbolically and intensely passionate way. centerA Hero’s Life There are no great men But only great challenges That “authentic” spirits must meet To overcome Not only personal fears But also the dreads Of that unknown and unconscious reality Which manifests those challenges Through which they become villains or heroes.


TONI MORRISON, A CRASH COURSE Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Akṣapāda
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Toni Morrison, A Crash Course: Life Song of Toni Morrison Born as Chloe Anthony Wofford, Tony Morrison displayed an early interest in literature. This book ‘Toni Morrison, A Crash Course: Life Song of Toni Morrison’ is all about her life story.

The Song of My Life

The Song of My Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Maud-Key Shelton Rock
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465320216
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The autobiography of a remarkable woman whose life and singing career have extended well into her nineties. Following her own star through devotion to art, family and religion, she lived a rich and colorful life. The "song" of this life is an inspiration for all.

Song of My Life

Song of My Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carolyn J. Brown
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1626743908
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Margaret Walker (1915–1998) has been described as “the most famous person nobody knows.” This is a shocking oversight of an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, educator, and activist as well as friend and mentor to many prominent African American writers. Song of My Life reintroduces Margaret Walker to readers by telling her story, one that many can relate to as she overcame certain obstacles related to race, gender, and poverty. Walker was born in 1915 in Birmingham, Alabama, to two parents who prized education above all else. Obtaining that education was not easy for either her parents or herself, but Walker went on to earn both her master’s and doctorate. from the University of Iowa. Walker’s journey to become a nationally known writer and educator is an incredible story of hard work and perseverance. Her years as a public figure connected her to Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Alex Haley, and a host of other important literary and historical figures. This biography opens with her family and those who inspired her—her parents, her grandmother, her most important teachers and mentors—all significant influences on her reading and writing life. Chapters trace her path over the course of the twentieth century as she travels to Chicago and becomes a member of the South Side Writers’ Group with Richard Wright. Then she is accepted into the newly created Masters of Fine Arts Program at the University of Iowa. Back in the South, she pursued and achieved her dream of becoming a writer and college educator as well as wife and mother. Walker struggled to support herself, her sister, and later her husband and children, but she overcame financial hardships, prejudice, and gender bias and achieved great success. She penned the acclaimed novel Jubilee , received numerous lifetime achievement awards, and was a beloved faculty member for three decades at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

A Song for You

A Song for You Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robyn Crawford
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1524742864
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The New York Times Bestseller! After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. Whitney Houston is as big a superstar as the music business has ever known. She exploded on the scene in 1985 with her debut album and spent the next two decades dominating the charts and capturing the hearts of fans around the world. One person was there by her side through it all—her best friend, Robyn Crawford. Since Whitney’s death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Now, for the first time ever, Crawford opens up in her memoir, A Song for You. With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn describes the two meeting as teenagers in the 1980s, and how their lives and friendship evolved as Whitney recorded her first album and Robyn pursued her promising Division I basketball career. Together during countless sold-out world tours, behind the scenes as hit after hit was recorded, through Whitney’s marriage and the birth of her daughter, the two navigated often challenging families, great loves, and painful losses, always supporting each other with laughter and friendship. Deeply personal and heartfelt, A Song for You is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

Journey of Life on Earth

Journey of Life on Earth Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Art Aeon
Editor: AEON PRESS, Halifax, NS, Canada
ISBN: 1990060293
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Journey of Life on Earth: Conversing with Dante in Dream {2} is the middle part (Tale Two) of a fictional narrative poem in the tercet stanza. It unfolds an imaginary conversation between two characters in a dream: A sincere heathen dreamer and the spirit of his revered poet, Dante (1265- 1321): the author of The Divine Comedy. The present work was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy to follow its form and spirit as much as it may be feasible. Song 1: The Beginning of Each Individual’s Life Song 2: The Early Dark Journey of Our Life Song 3: Functional Structure of the Genome Song 4: Enzymes Read and Use the Genetic Information Song 5: Molecular Drama of Gene Expression Song 6: Editing and Using the Genetic Information Song 7: Spontaneous Changes of the Genome Song 8: Evolution of Diverse Organisms on Earth Song 9: Emergence of Humankind Song 10: Artistic Creativity of Early Humans Song 11: Functional Organization of the Human Brain Song 12: Neurons and their Functional Synaptic Networks Song 13: Cognitive Functions of the Human Brain Song 14: On Human Communication Song 15: Emergence of Civilizations Song 16: The Epic of Gilgamesh Song 17: In Search for Objective and Universal Laws of Nature

Jarmila Novotná

Jarmila Novotná Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jarmila Novotná
Editor: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813176123
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A legendary beauty, hailed as one of the greatest singing actors of her time, Jarmila Novotná (1907--1994) was an internationally known opera soprano from the former Czechoslovakia. Best known for her performances in Der Rosenkavalier, The Marriage of Figaro, and La Traviata, she was a celebrated performer at the Metropolitan Opera and other theaters across Europe and the United States. A "natural screen actress," Novotná also appeared in Hollywood hits such as The Search (1948) with Montgomery Clift (with whom she shared an enduring friendship) and The Great Caruso (1951) with Mario Lanza. She was also considered a pioneering "crossover" star who performed on Broadway, and worked in radio and television with Bing Crosby and Abbott and Costello. This gifted artist captivated audiences worldwide, and while she was still a young woman, the Czech government treated her as a national heroine and its cultural ambassador. In Jarmila Novotná: My Life in Song, editor William V. Madison brings Novotná's own English-language version of her best-selling memoir to readers for the first time. The memoir details how, following her debut in 1925 at the National Theater in Prague, her fame quickly evolved into a tremendous musical career at a time of unprecedented political upheaval. Novotná provides eyewitness accounts of the Nazi takeovers of Germany and Austria, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the aftermath of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, as well as her extensive travels in the United States during and after World War II. Throughout the memoir, lavishly illustrated with photos from her personal collection, Novotná shares entertaining stories about her time in Hollywood, an "unending stream of parties" -- including those hosted by Louis B. Mayer, co-founder of MGM Studios -- alongside such stars as Jimmy Stewart and Elizabeth Taylor. Novotná also offers revealing profiles of many notable artistic figures of the time, including director Max Reinhardt, composer Cole Porter, and conductor Arturo Toscanini, and dignitaries such as Dwight Eisenhower and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia. This fascinating self-portrait offers a window on history and the reflections of a captivating and supremely talented figure who left an indelible mark on the performing arts.

In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood

In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dorothy de Val
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317117948
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Born into the famous family of piano makers, Lucy Broadwood (1858-1929) became one of the chief collectors and scholars of the first English folk music revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Privately educated and trained as a classical musician and singer, she was inspired by her uncle to collect local song from her native Sussex. The desire to rescue folk song from an aging population led to the foundation of the Folk Song Society, of which she was a founder member. Mentor to younger collectors such as Percy Grainger but often at loggerheads with fellow collector Cecil Sharp and the young Ralph Vaughan Williams, she eventually ventured into Ireland and Scotland, while remaining an eclectic contributor and editor of the Society’s Journal, which became a flagship for scholarly publication of folksong. She also published arrangements of folk songs and her own compositions which attracted the attention of singers such as Harry Plunket Greene. Using an array of primary sources including the diaries Broadwood kept throughout her adult life, Dorothy de Val provides a lively biography which sheds new light on her early years and chronicles her later busy social, artistic and musical life while acknowledging the underlying vulnerability of single women at this time. Her account reveals an intelligent, generous though reserved woman who, with the help of her friends, emerged from the constraints of a Victorian upbringing to meet the challenges of the modern world.

The Ancient Song of Life

The Ancient Song of Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jenn M. Carson
Editor: FriesenPress
ISBN: 1525579762
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A story of environmentalism, teamwork, leadership, and exploration, The Ancient Song of Life features three young girls and their nana who embark on a fantastical adventure together to save the bees. The girls bring their nana to meet the mystical fairies they have recently discovered in their beloved Edmonton River Valley, and together they learn about the ancient secrets of the bees and what it takes to help save them. In this one-of-a-kind story, children will rejoice in and be inspired by the strong message that no contribution is too small—we can all make a difference!

Poulenc: The Life in the Songs

Poulenc: The Life in the Songs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Graham Johnson
Editor: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 1631495240
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Poulenc: The Life in the Songs by Graham Johnson Summary

One of the greatest modernist composers comes alive in this illuminating biography, a must-have for musicians and music-lovers alike. Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) is widely acknowledged as one of the twentieth century’s most significant masters of vocal music —solo, choral, and operatic— quite apart from his achievements in instrumental spheres. But what it cost him, and the determined bravery it took for his unusual talent to thrive, has always been underestimated. In this seminal biography, which will serve as the definitive guide to the songs, acclaimed collaborative pianist Graham Johnson shows that it is in Poulenc’s extraordinary songs, and seeing how they fit into his life —which included crippling guilt on account of his sexuality— that we discover Poulenc heart and soul. With Jeremy Sams’s vibrant new song translations, the first in over forty years, and the insight that comes from a lifetime of performing this music, Johnson provides an essential volume for singers, pianists, listeners, and readers interested in the artistic milieu of modernism in the first half of the twentieth century.

Siren Song

Siren Song Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Seymour Stein,Gareth Murphy
Editor: St. Martin\'s Press
ISBN: 1250116856
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The autobiography of America’s greatest living record man: the founder of Sire Records and spotter of rock talent from the Ramones to Madonna. Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now sixty years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing. Since the late fifties, he's been wherever it's happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, and many others. Brimming with hilarious scenes and character portraits, Siren Song’s wider narrative is about modernity in motion, and the slow acceptance of diversity in America – thanks largely to daring pop music. Including both the high and low points in his life, Siren Song touches on everything from his discovery of Madonna to his wife Linda Stein's violent death. Ask anyone in the music business, Seymour Stein is a legend. Sung from the heart, Siren Song will etch his story in stone.

Christianity in Chinese Public Life: Religion, Society, and the Rule of Law

Christianity in Chinese Public Life: Religion, Society, and the Rule of Law Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Carpenter,K. den Dulk,Kevin R. den Dulk
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137410183
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Christianity in Chinese Public Life: Religion, Society, and the Rule of Law by J. Carpenter,K. den Dulk,Kevin R. den Dulk Summary

This book analyzes the interaction of religion, society, and governance in China - suggesting it is much more subtle and complex than common convention suggests. The edited work addresses civic engagement, religion, Christianity, and the rule of law in contemporary Chinese society.

Josephine Lang

Josephine Lang Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Harald Krebs,Sharon Krebs
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198038702
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Josephine Lang by Harald Krebs,Sharon Krebs Summary

Josephine Lang (1815-80) was one of the most gifted, respected, prolific, and widely published song composers of the nineteenth century, yet her life and works have remained virtually unknown. Now, this carefully researched, compelling, and poignant study recognizes the composer for her remarkable accomplishments. Based on years of study of unpublished letters, musical autographs, reviews, and the autobiographical poetry of Lang's husband, Reinhold K?stlin, the biographical portions of the book offer a stunning portrait of the composer as a woman and an artist. In-depth musical analyses interwoven with the biography will be illuminating to scholars and to musicians of all skill levels. The analyses reveal Lang's sensitivity to her chosen poetic texts, as well as the validity of her claim that her songs were her diary; the authors demonstrate that many of the songs are directly connected to the events of Lang's life. The analyses are illustrated by an abundance of musical examples, including a number of complete songs. A companion website, featuring 30 songs by Lang recorded by the authors, complements the text.

Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar

Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kavita Das
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9352777743
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Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar by Kavita Das Summary

Dancer, film actor, Hindustani classical singer - Lakshmi Shankar was all this and more. Starting her journey as a teenager in Uday Shankar's breakthrough troupe, she ventured into playback singing after a tragic illness cut short her dance career, going on to be the voice behind films such as Richard Attenborough's critically acclaimed Gandhi. But her ultimate artistry lay in Hindustani classical music. In this book, Kavita Das, who has known her since childhood, traces Lakshmi's fascinating story that culminated in a Grammy nomination in 2009. Poignant Song explores the journey of Indian music to the West through the remarkable life of a great artiste.

Our Band Could Be Your Life

Our Band Could Be Your Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael Azerrad
Editor: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316247189
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Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad Summary

The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever. Our Band Could Be Your Life is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties -- when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives re-energized American rock with punk's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith is an indie rock classic in its own right. The bands profiled include: Sonic Youth Black Flag The Replacements Minutemen Husker Du Minor Threat Mission of Burma Butthole Surfers Big Black Fugazi Mudhoney Beat Happening Dinosaur Jr.

This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Leila Sales
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374351392
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Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski's strong suit. All throughout her life, she's been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, Leila Sales' THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

Your Song Changed My Life

Your Song Changed My Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bob Boilen
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062344463
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Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen Summary

From the beloved host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, among others—published in association with NPR Music. Is there a unforgettable song that changed your life? NPR’s renowned music authority Bob Boilen posed this question to some of today’s best-loved musical legends and rising stars. In Your Song Changed My Life, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), St. Vincent, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Jenny Lewis, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jackson Browne, Valerie June, Philip Glass, James Blake, and other artists reflect on pivotal moments that inspired their work. For Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, it was discovering his sister’s 45 of The Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn.” A young St. Vincent’s life changed the day a box of CDs literally fell off a delivery truck in front of her house. Cat Stevens was transformed when he heard John Lennon cover “Twist and Shout.” These are the momentous yet unmarked events that have shaped these and many other musical talents, and ultimately the sound of modern music. A diverse collection of personal experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary, Your Song Changed My Life illustrates the ways in which music is revived, restored, and revolutionized. It is also a testament to the power of music in our lives, and an inspiration for future artists and music lovers. Amazing contributors include: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia, Wild Flag), Smokey Robinson, David Byrne (Talking Heads), St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), James Blake, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sturgill Simpson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, Jackson Browne, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Philip Glass, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Hozier, Regina Carter, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, and others), Courtney Barnett, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Leon Bridges, Sharon Van Etten, and many more.

Ernst von Dohnányi

Ernst von Dohnányi Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ilona Von Dohnanyi,James A. Grymes
Editor: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253109286
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"... a rare kind of biography and autobiography: a clear and elegant exposition of fact, as well as a humane portrait of a great piano virtuoso, composer, teacher, and democratic soul, as told to and seen through the eyes of one close to him." -- Mark Mitchell Ernst von Dohnányi (1877--1960) was one of the most highly respected musicians of his time. The young Dohnányi enjoyed an international prestige that brought him into contact with such 19th-century masters as Johannes Brahms and Eugà ̈ne d'Albert. He is remembered for his technique and interpretive skills as a pianist and conductor, as well as for the masterpieces he composed for piano, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. As a teacher and administrator, Dohnányi was responsible for the training of an entire generation of musicians in Hungary, and for helping to shape the country's musical culture. After World War II, his career foundered when he was falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer. In 1953, at the age of 76, Dohnányi returned to international prominence with a triumphant "re-debut" at Carnegie Hall. Ernst von Dohnányi: A Song of Life, written from a firsthand perspective by Dohnányi's widow, is the first full English-language biography of the artist.