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Unlike a lot of shows with guitar-strumming interlopers, McCoy’s not used as a clumsy strolling-troubadour narrative device.
True, this acclaimed troubadour and Louisiana native has never been in war or served in the Armed Forces.
In 1999, also to raise money for a relative’s health care, the family sold the studio’s mural set by Maxfield Parrish that depicted Renaissance troubadours and young revelers along a Tuscan loggia.
Absent fleet footwork, sleek breakdowns or edgy funk, Timberlake’s later turns as an acoustic-guitar-strumming troubadour failed to connect.
These two true troubadours may be among the best songwriters in music, regardless of genre.
His tonal, accessible, sometimes ravishing music combines the pulsing energy of minimalism with the sensuous melismas of ancient troubadour music and archaic dance forms.
What results may remind some of a fellow Irish troubadour named Van.
Its members include Quiltman and his son, singer Teewhanee Sahme, and Joel Rafael, the award-winning San Diego troubadour who — at the request of Bad Dog’s six members — assumed Trudell’s role in the band after his death in late 2015.
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Did You Know?
In the Middle Ages, troubadours were the shining knights of poetry (in fact, some were ranked as high as knights in the feudal class structure). Troubadours made chivalry a high art, writing poems and singing about chivalrous love, creating the mystique of refined damsels, and glorifying the gallant knight on his charger. Troubadour was a fitting name for such creative artists; it derives from an Old Occitan word meaning "to compose." In modern contexts, troubadour still refers to the song-meisters of the Middle Ages, but it has been extended to cover contemporary poet-musicians as well.
TROUBADOUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of troubadour for English Language Learners
: a writer and performer of songs or poetry in the Middle Ages
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