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In Greek mythology, the muses were the daughters of Zeus the king of the gods and Mnemosyne the goddess of memory. The muses inspired men to create what we commonly call the fine arts. In this digital realm, you will find music of both high and low culture, from literature to the visual arts to what we narrowly call music in English. Enjoy and be grateful for being human; for the muses have richly blessed our race.
Saturday, October 10, A.D. 2009
Darth Bowlly

My friend Andrew told me that he found the opening sequence from “Your Woman” by White Town quite similar to John Williams’ “Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back. Andrew thought that White Town took the tune from Williams’ theme music for Darth Vader. However, after researching it, he discovered that the sequence actually comes from “My Woman” by Al Bowlly. Thus, it seems as if Williams ripped the notes from Bowlly, too.

Here is Al Bowlly’s “My Woman” (A.D. 1932):

Here is White Town’s “Your Woman” (A.D. 1997):

Here is John Williams’ “Imperial March” (A.D.1980):

T.S. Eliot stated it well: “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” I suppose that the same holds true of composers and musicians.

I am a quite biased in favor of Williams’ version. The Empire Strikes Back is one of my favorite movies, and when I hear the march, I feel a thrill.

Posted by Joseph on Saturday, October 10, Anno Domini 2009
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