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.
Finding inspiration from such classical comedic forefathers as Victor Borge and P.D.Q. Bach, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo relish overturning traditional attitudes toward classical music. Watch their performance in NPR's studio.
The legendary singer Diana Ross was honored at Sunday's Grammys. This was Ross' first Grammy win in spite scoring a dozen nominations throughout her singing career. Host Michel Martin offers a tribute to her remarkable life and work.
The talented but troubled singer was found unresponsive at a Los Angeles hotel on the eve of the Grammys. Debra Lee of Black Entertainment Television and music critic Steven Ivory join host Michel Martin to discuss Whitney Houston's life and legacy.
McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppets movie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards.
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