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Why We Love The Bee Gees

By Helen Pridmore/The Conversation

In this dreary COVID-19 winter, there are some high points - and high notes - available to people cooped up at home.

The documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, which premiered on HBO in December, explores the musical significance of the group and is interwoven with performance footage. At the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, the halftime performer will be Canada's The Weeknd.

What kind of sound do these singers share? And what on Earth do they have in common with the Monty Python comedians in sketches where they portray women?

All these artists use the falsetto voice, a specialized sound that features amazing high notes. Falsetto is associated particularly with the male voice singing in the range normally used by women and children.

Continue reading "Why We Love The Bee Gees" »
Posted on February 6, 2021
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Alt-Country Corner

A Musical Soul Food Library

By Don Jacobson
Boinng! My music dork-o-meter just buried the needle!
Continue reading "A Musical Soul Food Library" »
Posted on March 1, 2010
Chicago In Song

Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub

By Don Jacobson
If you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.
Continue reading "Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub" »
Posted on February 1, 2010
Rocklist

Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis

By E.K. Mam
Have a pity party, then get ahold of yourself.
Continue reading "Tunes To Remedy Any Existential Crisis" »
Posted on June 24, 2020
Bin Dive

Dave Dudley: Lonelyville

By Don Jacobson
Where the Nashville Sound met a broken heart and Tom T. Hall.
Continue reading "Dave Dudley: Lonelyville" »
Posted on January 20, 2010

Why We Love The Bee Gees

By Helen Pridmore/The Conversation
The music's great, but in the end it's all about the falsetto.

Posted on February 6, 2021

Chicago Music Poster History

By Art Design Chicago
Local printmakers discussed the art of music poster-making in Chicago, followed by a workshop with Jay Ryan and Steve Albini.

Posted on December 4, 2020

The 26th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Goes Virtual!

By The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
It's the largest and longest-running mariachi music festival in the United States, yo.

Posted on November 30, 2020

The Ventures: Stars On Guitars

By Vision Films
Witness the rise and influence of the electric guitar and the relevance of the band in pop culture still today while rocking out to the soundtrack.

Posted on November 23, 2020

No Border Blues

By The Chicago Blues Network
Each No Border Blues episode shines a light on the unique ways Chicago blues can be seen through different cultural lenses, and how people from very different countries and backgrounds adopt the Blues as their own.

Posted on November 11, 2020

Remembering King Von

Bigger Than The Chicago Drill
"A Chicago native, Von had moved to the city to further his career - Atlanta being, in some ways, the new capital of the hip-hop industry - and to avoid the harassment he said he faced in his home city from the Chicago police department and from personal enemies he accumulated over the years."

Posted on November 9, 2020

MUSIC - Why We Love The Bee Gees.
TV - Trump's Last Day.
POLITICS - How The Christian Right Fomented Insurrection.
SPORTS - The Weeknd Thrills Cardboard Fans.

BOOKS - Copyright Law Just Went Awry.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - SUE In Denver.


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