The Spellbinding History of How the Devil Allegedly Inserted Himself Into Legendary Music Careers


In a spellbinding video essay, the very knowledgable YouTuber Polyphonic delves into how the devil has been inserted into the history of legendary musicians and composers for centuries. The first record of this occurring was with with Guiseppe Tartini in the 18th century, who was inspired to write the “Devil’s Trill Sonata” after a visit from Lucifer in a dream. In the 19th century, Niccolò Paganini‘s immense talent was blamed on the devil until his death. One of the most famous stories, guitarist Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and came back a guitar virtuoso, penning his iconic trilogy “Cross Road Blues”, “Hellhound on my Trail” and “Me and the Devil Blues”.

‘Hellhound on my Trail’is a masterful song that takes the trope of the rambling blues man and puts a new spin on it. The reason Johnson is a traveling, wandering vagabond is because he’s got hellhounds following him. You could even look at this song as the middle of a trilogy of songs chronicling his run-in with the devil. ‘Cross Road Blues’ is where he sells his soul and then the trilogy ends with ‘Me and the Devil Blues’ which has some of the most haunting opening lines ever.

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A Fabulous Vintage Cabaret Cover of ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe

Postmodern Jukebox joined up with stunning Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist, Gunhild Carling, to perform a fabulous vintage cabaret cover of Europe‘s 1986 song “The Final Countdown.” Carling belted out incredible vocals and played her trombone with fierce power. Their cover is available to purchase from iTunes. Here is the …

Bill Nye the Science Guy Offers a Humorous Tutorial on Scientific Slang, Expressions and Jokes

While promoting his PBS POV special, a rather forthright Bill Nye sat down with Vanity Fair to humorously define a series of scientifically specific slang, expressions and jokes that he’s userd throughout his career. Bill Nye teaches you scientific slang words and terms. Find out what “arsole,” “hinny,” “champagne tap” …

A Clever Animation That Explains the Heights and Purposes of Each Layer of the Earth’s Atmosphere

While many of us have a nebulous familiarity with the universe, a very clever animation by the Royal Observatory Greenwich explains the height and purposes of the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere before it is officially considered to be “space”. These layers include the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and the …