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  1. If you ask people to summarise the sound of Irish music, you’ll likely get back a “fiddle-diddle-iddle-diddle-aye” sound.

    This isn’t just a casual summary of what the music sounds like; it’s also the basis for a whole musical form, often improvised or made in the absence of physical musical instruments. It’s called lilting, and it has a rich tradition and history in Ireland.

    The sounds in lilting are, as explained by Oscopo in the video above, “non-lexical vocables”, like the ones used in scat singing.

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  2. In Belfast in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, there were protests against poor working conditions in the jobs that men were forced to do in order to claim their unemployment benefits.

    The protests crossed sectarian lines, with Protestants and Catholics protesting side-by-side. The problem was that neither religion knew the others’ songs, their being mostly sectarian or religious in nature.

    So, as they marched down the Falls Road and the Shankhill Road, the workers sang the only song that both sides knew: Yes! We Have No Bananas, the 1923 novelty record about a Greek greengrocer with mangled English and a lack of produce. They were then violently attacked by the police, with two workers killed and 100 wounded.

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