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Soul Music
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BBC Radio 4

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact

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Fast Car

'Fast Car' is one of Tracy Chapman's biggest hits, with listeners from around the world finding striking connections with their... more

05 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
I Say a Little Prayer for You

When Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David wrote I Say A Little Prayer For You in 1967 the war in... more

24 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Ghost Town

'Ghost Town' was recorded by British two-tone band The Specials as a comment on urban decay and social unrest. ... more

17 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
I Only Have Eyes For You

When I Only Have Eyes For You first emerged in 1934 it was a jaunty ditty written by Harry Dubin... more

10 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
I Believe in Father Christmas

Some people say it's a protest song about the commercialisation of Christmas. Others that it's anti-religious. I Believe In Father... more

24 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Nessun Dorma

'None shall sleep'. Jon Christos watched the Italia 90 World Cup with his Dad and says that the live performance... more

17 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Killing Me Softly with His Song

"Strumming my pain with his fingers... Singing my life with his words..." Killing Me Softly with His Song is a... more

10 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Into My Arms by Nick Cave

"I don't believe in an interventionist God" has to be one of the most original opening lines to a song.... more

03 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Chervona Kalyna

Powerful stories linked to this beautiful and stirring Ukrainian folk song which inspired Pink Floyd to reform so they could... more

26 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Bruch's Violin Concerto

A Violin Concerto in G minor, Opus 26, became the best-known work of the German composer Max Bruch. Originally... more

18 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
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