Greetings, Intrepid Listener!
It’s been a very hectic time here at Cabinet central recently and I’m a little bit brain fried!
War and Peace is a weighty subject that deserves respect and a clear head and I’m not sure I can manage that right now, so I’m going to park this theme for the moment and revisit later on in the year.
So, in response to an enthusiastic suggestion from our Twitter crew, I present, for your consideration, the slightly less serious, although still curious, theme:
“Give my regards to Broadway”.
We’re looking for pop covers of songs from musicals – we might stretch to including one or two songs that subsequently became part OF a “jukebox musical”
but ideally we’d prefer to keep it the other way around!
Please send requests in the usual way
Tweet to #xmcab including the word “request” and the artist and title of the song
Use our incredibly convenient Request Form
Email us at email@example.com
What’s that you say? Let’s do the show right here?
“Eurovision is an exciting, camp, foolish spectacle.
You can’t top it. It is fun, light entertainment.
It is the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world.
It is not about politics or asserting your place in the community, not even about national pride.
It is not an opportunity to show your neighbours how much you love them.
It is about picking the best popular song in Europe.”
Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it
Yes, it’s May and it’s time for Eurovision
The Cabinet opens its doors on Europe and brings you some curious music and factoids
**Features an interview. With an actual person. Who was heavily involved with a Eurovision entry. And went to the final and everything**
Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 9th May
“A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules,
often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians. ”
They are the singers, the guitarists, the drummers, the writers, the performers –
they are the champions
and they will rock you.
They are the Music Makers – and this is their journey in song!
Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 2nd May
The term mondegreen is itself a mondegreen. In November, 1954, Sylvia Wright, an American writer, published a piece in Harper_’_s where she admitted to a gross childhood mishearing. When she was young, her mother would read to her from the “Reliques of Ancient English Poetry,” a 1765 book of popular poems and ballads. Her favorite verse began with the lines, “Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands / Oh, where hae ye been? / They hae slain the Earl Amurray, / And Lady Mondegreen.” Except they hadn’t. They left the poor Earl and “laid him on the green.” He was, alas, all by himself.
Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese, Who am I to Diss a Brie……
These songs may not be curious,
but you’ll never heard them in quite the same way again!
As far as we can tell, there was no specific term for these types of compulsively catchy melodies, but one came into being in 1979: the German psychiatrist Cornelius Eckert described such tunes as “Ohrwürmer”—earworms. (The imagery has deep roots: “Musicophilia” notes that, centuries ago, an early folk-music manuscript referred to music that got stuck in your head as “the piper’s maggot.”) While there still isn’t a strict definition of what constitutes an earworm, it is generally considered to be a constant loop of fifteen to twenty seconds of music lodged in your head for at least a few hours, if not days—or, in severe cases, months.
We know a song that will get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves…. actually we know LOTS of them!
Join us from 8-10, Wednesday 11th April, if you dare…….
We want to melt your brain!!!!