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“Nuages” | Stories of Standards

Jan 11, 2016

Guitarist Django Reinhardt wrote and recorded “Nuages” (French for "clouds") in wartime France (1939).

The melody is seen by some as expressive of Reinhardt’s melancholy regarding the Nazi occupation of Paris, although the tempo was greatly varied in different performances.

“Nuages” went on to become one of Reinhardt’s most popular songs. During the war when “La Marseilleise” was banned, this tune was adopted by many as an alternative national anthem.

"Stella by Starlight" | Stories of Standards

Jan 4, 2016

Victor Young wrote “Stella by Starlight“ in 1944 as the theme for the popular film “The Uninvited."

Originally an instrumental, the song became the focal point of the film's ghost story when Ray Milland’s character played it for Stella while gazing out the window at her.  

Words by Ned Washington were added in 1946 for the tune's release as a pop song.

"Giant Steps" | Stories of Standards

Dec 30, 2015

“Giant Steps” – composed by John Coltrane (1926 – 1967) – was initially recorded in 1959 as the title song of his 1960 album.

The song's rapid flow and progression of intricate weaving of chords captivated audiences and fellow musicians alike. With its use of three keys shifted by major thirds for an augmented triad, “Giant Steps” quickly became a goal for musicians to master.

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This past year brought Denver a great deal of dining diversity and what appears to be an unprecedented number of attractive new restaurants.

Denver Eater looked back at the venues that joined the fray in 2015 and compiled a list of the top 30 new restaurants, ranked and mapped for your convenience.

Old Farmer's Almanac Releases 224th Edition

Dec 28, 2015

Sarah Perreault, editor for the 224th edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac, joined First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about the book's history and vast information. 

"We've got something for everyone," Perreault said.

Beyond weather, the almanac dives into gardening, recipes, jokes, and pet information. 

Listen to the full interview above to learn what the biggest prediction is for the almanac's 2016 issue.