Music.

FEATURE IMAGE: Views from Symphony Center, Chicago, October 2014. Firebird Today (SIGNS); Conductor; and Jazz Series (both STREET II).

SUPERTRAMP: From Musician-Poets to Rock Stardom, the First Six Albums of the English prog-rock band, 1970-1979.

Roger Hodgson (above) and Rick Davies (below), Supertramp co-founders, in 1979. 1970 debut album, Supertramp, has U.S. release in 1977 Supertramp’s July 1970 debut album simply dubbed Supertramp, wasn’t released in the U.S. until 1977. For the enterprising American traveler in the 1970’s, such a distribution shortfall could add to the purpose of a trip to […]

“Inner City Blues,” the third hit single from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, What’s Going On.

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)—often abbreviated to Inner City Blues—is a song by Marvin Gaye (1939-1984) who released it as the third and final single from his 1971 album, What’s Going On. R&B’s AND SOUL’S FIRST “CONCEPT” ALBUM What’s Going On is one of rhythm and blues and soul’s first “concept” albums and […]

History of The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love.” The First Hit for the 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” still defines the Disco Age.

By John P. Walsh How Deep Is Your Love (1977) by the Bee Gees ranks number 375 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.1 It sits between White Room (1968) by Cream and Unchained Melody (1965) by The Righteous Brothers. Barry Gibb, the lone surviving Bee Gee today, reportedly said that […]

Anglo-American musical duo: Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White.

Flo Morrissey. English singer and songwriter Flo Morrissey (b. 1994) and Richmond, Virginia-based producer and musician Matthew E. White (b. 1982) teamed up for a collaborative full duet album of ten cover songs called Gentlewoman, Ruby Man. It was recorded in 2016 and released in January 2017 on Glassnote Records. Following months of preparation, the cover […]

The Origin, History, and Meaning of the Irish Folk Song “Bríd Óg Ní Mháille” (“Young Bridget O’Malley”).

All variations of the name Brigid mean “power, strength, force, and authority” as well as “vigor, virtue and fortitude.” By John P. Walsh In Ireland a generation ago the girl’s first name of Brigid (along with Mary) was one of the island’s most popular. In the 1960s and 1970s, it seemed that a lot of Irish-American girls were named Brigid, or […]

The origin, history and meaning of the popular Irish Folk Song, “Weile Weile Waila.”

By John P. Walsh There are thousands of Irish folk songs, a traditional and often nationalistic musical genre that is experiencing today a renaissance and renewal as song collections are widely available that began to be compiled in the nineteenth century and continued into the twentieth century at a productive pace. These folk song collections […]

Leandro “Gato” Barbieri: From the “Last Tango in Paris” (1972) to the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), he was one talented “Cat” on the sax.

By John P. Walsh Released in September 2002 on Peak Records, the Latin jazz ballad “Beautiful Walk” is from Argentine-born saxophonist Leandro “Gato” (the “Cat”) Barbieri’s 50th album, Shadow of the Cat. Shadow of the Cat was Grammy-nominated for Best Latin Jazz. Gato Barbieri looked to two major sources for the album’s inspiration. The first […]

Italy’s “Ensemble Accordone” writes contemporary music for the 21st century listener inspired by musical forms of the 6th and 16th centuries.

By John P. Walsh The Italian early Baroque ensemble “Ensemble Accordone” was founded in 1984 by two musicologists—composer Guido Morini (b. 1959) and tenor Marco Beasley (Italian-English, b. 1957). In the last decade the duo, in collaboration with other musical artists, has recorded and released 10 albums. The 45-minute opera called Vivifice Spiritus Vitae Vis (Revive […]