Hildegard von Blingin’

I don’t know when this happend. But apparently, Bardcore is a thing. If you search for bardcore or medieval cover on youtube, you find several artists convering modern songs in a medieval style.

To me, Hildegard von Blingin’ stands out in quality, execution, and discreet humor. Their name is a pun on Hildegard von Bingen.

Here are a few of their songs. Pumped up Kicks is currently my favorite one.

Inge Brandenburg – ‘Round Midnight

Inge Brandenburg was probably one of the best German jazz singers. Unfortunately, the music business and personal issues hindered her and eventually broke her. In the 1970s she pretty much retired from singing out of frustration and lack of engagements. She died in 1999, impoverished and almost forgotten.

Thanks to a 2011 documentary, a wider audience was made aware of her story and her music. Several albums have been released since then, both re-issues and previously unreleased recordings.

Here is her take on the jazz standard ‘Round Midnight from a 1963 tv show.