The Song Remains the Same: 800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies by Andrew Ford and Anni Heino

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March 2020, no. 419
David McCooey reviews 'The Song Remains the Same: 800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies' by Andrew Ford and Anni Heino

The Song Remains the Same: 800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies

by Andrew Ford and Anni Heino

La Trobe University Press, $32.99 pb, 288 pp

The Song Remains the Same: 800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies by Andrew Ford and Anni Heino

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

In 1973, aged six, I heard the song ‘Rock On’ by David Essex. I was obsessed by its sound. While I couldn’t have put it into words, I half understood that the song was made sonically exciting not just through its inventive arrangement (a song about rock and roll with no guitars!) but also its production techniques, especially the use of reverb and delay to ‘stage’ the vocal and instrumental performances.

‘Rock On’ isn’t mentioned in The Song Remains the Same (though ‘Rock That Thing’ and ‘Rock Your Baby’ are), but the excitement that song gave me is found throughout this superb collection of essays on ‘800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies’. Ranging from a hymn by Hildegard of Bingen to Sia’s ‘Rainbow’, the seventy-five songs discussed in The Song Remains the Same cover bossa nova, ‘art songs’, gospel, jazz, national anthems, and more. There is almost nothing, it seems, that Andrew Ford and Anni Heino can’t write about. This isn’t surprising: Ford is a prize-winning composer, writer, and broadcaster; Heino a musicologist, writer, and editor.

David McCooey reviews 'The Song Remains the Same: 800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies' by Andrew Ford and Anni Heino

The Song Remains the Same: 800 years of love songs, laments and lullabies

by Andrew Ford and Anni Heino

La Trobe University Press, $32.99 pb, 288 pp

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