IN THE GREEN GARDEN

“In the Green Garden a Bird Was Singing” (“У зялёному саду пташечкай пропела” or “U zelenom u sadu ptashechka propela”) Russian Traditional Folk Song SONG INFO & LYRICS This old Russian folk song tells a touching story about a poor, young orphan girl lamenting over her own misfortunes as it reveals a life in poverty… Continue reading IN THE GREEN GARDEN

OJ GOLUBE, MOJ GOLUBE

“Oj golube, moj golube” Serbian Traditional Folk Song   SONG INFO & LYRICS   At the first hearing “Oj golube, moj golube” (“Oh, pigeon, my pigeon” or “Ој, голубе, мој голубе”) might easily leave the listener with an impression of a beautiful, yet plain folk song. After all, its story involves some of the usual… Continue reading OJ GOLUBE, MOJ GOLUBE

AJDE JANO

“Ajde Jano” Serbian Traditional Folk Song   SONG INFO & LYRICS   “Ajde Jano” is one of the most popular and beloved Serbian traditional folk songs. While its author and the exact time of its origin are not known, it is believed by some to have been created in the early 1900s, although according to… Continue reading AJDE JANO

ODD METERS AND TIME SIGNATURES IN MUSIC – Part 4

Part 4: Feeling (and Understanding) the Odd Meters (Previous essay: “Part 3: Identifying Odd Meters”)     In the world of music “feeling the music” means understanding the music with our “inner ear”. Music uses an abstract language, however, understanding the musical language doesn’t necessarily imply the intellectual understanding but rather the intuitive understanding by… Continue reading ODD METERS AND TIME SIGNATURES IN MUSIC – Part 4

ODD METERS AND TIME SIGNATURES IN MUSIC – Part 2

Part 2: Classification of Odd Meters (Previous essay: “Part 1: Introduction to Odd Meters”)     Defining the term “odd meter” can be somewhat confusing because the word “odd” implies multiple meanings. Depending on the context, the word itself refers to a variety of different things and situations including: unusual, irregular, unexpected, eccentric, fantastic, bizarre… Continue reading ODD METERS AND TIME SIGNATURES IN MUSIC – Part 2

ODD METERS AND TIME SIGNATURES IN MUSIC – Part 1

Part 1: Introduction to Odd Meters     In music theory terms “meter” and “time signature” refer to the pulse of the music and more specifically to the organization of the recurring time segments. Although interchangeable in music jargon, “meter” is a formal term and “time signature” refers specifically to the meter marking at the… Continue reading ODD METERS AND TIME SIGNATURES IN MUSIC – Part 1