@ Strawberry ( without the bitch,as I am sure you are more a strawberry than a bitch ): CLASSICAL. But we classical ones ( and I am a hardcore case, as its also my profession ) love to have sidekicks,its like eating sweets secretly as a child....
Tom Waits, Rina Ketty, Carlos Gardel are such detours for me.
( and isn't Tom Waits just great in ''Down by Law''even as an actor ! ).
Classical music though is 2 things:
--the actual classical period ,that is Haydn .Mozart,Beethoven at its core
--and in a wider sense meaning all 'serious' music preceding and following these guys,from Bach,via Chopin to Ravel,Bartok and Messiaen etc.
The grudge I have against lots of "modern music" ( Pop etc) is on the one hand its limit to the 3 and a half minute format and--much more so--today's almost total commercialisation of that music. It is written already with a maximum appealing factor in mind,originality and depth often non existent.
The difference in style from Bach via Mozart to Stravinski is amazing,the changes in harmony and concept staggering--compare Bach with Messiaen ,when I hear sometimes modern pop I get a headache from the hideous monotony of it all....
So my delight is considerable when I see that somebody squeezes into this short 3 and a half minute format such charm,charisma and genuine feeling as eg Gardel does.
Also it is a unique voice ,a unique experience,different from anybody else.
Also he represents a cultural tradition,deeply rooted and developed over centuries.
Now that I have alienated half of the people who come here I better roll up my tail between my legs and bugger off.
But before I do his ,here is some more forbidden fruit, a charming chanson singer from France:
: André Claveau - Ah! c'qu'on s'aimait, 1941 - YouTube