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Another Take On The 'Appoggiatura'

In a segment on Tuesday, we explained how a musical device called an appoggiatura can cause a reaction in people's brains that is instrumental in making a song sad. We pointed to the Adele song "Someone Like You" as an example. Some listeners say we got it wrong, so Melissa Block talks with composer, conductor and music commentator Rob Kapilow to set the record straight.

Dr. Dog: A Standout Among Stereotypes

The Philadelphia sextet uses the indie-rock toolkit in creative, subversive, counterintuitive ways on its latest record, Be the Void.

A Skating Rink's 'Ribbon In The Sky'

As Tracy Flynn was led out onto the Central Park ice-skating rink, Stevie Wonder's song began to play.

Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

Hear the Canadian singer perform dreamy, poetic and emotive songs from her new album, Voyageur.

The Chieftains: For 50 Years, Irish Music For The World

Over a long career, the Irish folk band has worked with almost everybody, just about everywhere.

The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry

A musical device called an appoggiatura creates tension and emotions, says one musical psychologist. Also, "a good song allows us, the listeners, to walk through the songwriter or composer's thoughts and emotions as they wrote the song," says Dan Wilson, who co-wrote "Someone Like You" with Adele.