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August 10, 2020
"At first I was afraid, I was petrified"... From a breakup to a shipwreck, emotional true stories of what Gloria Gaynor'..
"At first I was afraid, I was ..
August 5, 2020
It's a love song about growing old. Neil Young's Harvest Moon released in 1992 is a nod to the 1970s country rock loved ..
It's a love song about growing..
July 22, 2020
Ravel's beautiful Pavane For A Dead Princess touches many people. While it is not actually about a dead princess it doe..
Ravel's beautiful Pavane For A..
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July 15, 2020
The surprising history behind a track made famous by Nina Simone. Feeling Good was written for a now obscure musical an..
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January 22, 2020
Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay was written while Otis Redding was reflecting on his life on Sausalito Bay in California ..
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January 15, 2020
“It’s a goodbye song, but it’s also an inspirational song, It could also mean a new beginning" - Ray Davies
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“It’s a goodbye song, but it’s..
January 8, 2020
Released in 1982, this soft-rock anthem has become an unlikely viral smash-hit.
Africa by Toto is a song that has chang..
Released in 1982, this soft-ro..
December 25, 2019
Performed as part of the mystery plays, the 'Coventry Carol' is from the Pageant of the Shearman and Taylors and tells t..
Performed as part of the myste..
December 18, 2019
We Are Family written by Nile Rodgers and performed by the Sledge Sisters Kathy, Kim, Debbie and Joni was released in 19..
We Are Family written by Nile ..
December 11, 2019
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel. People who connect directly with the lyrics and have a deep personal connection to the so..
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel...
July 31, 2019
Personal stories about Farewell to Stromness, by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Written in 1980 as a protest against uranium..
Personal stories about Farewel..
July 24, 2019
“I follow the Moskva, down to Gorky Park… listening to the wind of change.”
The German rock band Scorpions’ lead singer..
“I follow the Moskva, down to ..
July 17, 2019
50 years after it was first recorded, Ralph McTell and others discuss a song that was written for a heroin addict, becam..
50 years after it was first re..
July 10, 2019
Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 aged just 27. Back to Black the title track of her second and final album is a torch son..
Amy Winehouse died in July 201..
January 23, 2019
The story of how a song from a classic 80’s movie became an inspirational anthem for a 21st Century generation.
The story of how a song from a..
January 17, 2019
The music was written by Charlie Chaplin in 1935 for the film 'Modern Times', but the lyrics were only added thirty year..
The music was written by Charl..
January 9, 2019
The B-Flat Piano Sonata D960, which Schubert completed two months before his death, in 1828, is a vast and complex work...
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December 26, 2018
Shine On You Crazy Diamond discussed by voices including David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
Understood to have been written a..
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December 19, 2018
A new series of Soul Music begins with stories of Joni Mitchell's 'River', from her iconic 1971 album Blue. A song about..
A new series of Soul Music beg..
May 2, 2018
"Your true colors...are beautiful, like a rainbow..."
Billy Steinberg's lyrics were originally inspired by his mother b..
"Your true colors...are beauti..
April 25, 2018
"God only knows what I'd be without you"
For artist Kim Lynch God Only Knows is a song that she has carried with her fr..
"God only knows what I'd be wi..
April 18, 2018
Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun speaks to artists of different kinds. Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinso..
Claude Debussy's Prelude to th..
April 11, 2018
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum: Why has this surreal track remained enduringly popular for over 50 years? Soul M..
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Proc..
April 4, 2018
Actor Clarke Peters narrates a special edition of Soul Music marking fifty years since the assassination of the Reverend..
Actor Clarke Peters narrates a..
February 12, 2018
Cerys Matthews delves into the archives to put together a specially curated mixtape of her favourite stories from across..
Cerys Matthews delves into the..