Every country has its own unique musical heritage, but there are some places that inspire more than their fair share of music. Luxembourg is not one of them.
The Alps, Austria / France / Germany / Italy / / Monaco / Slovenia / Switzerland
Yodelling is one of the most underrated art forms in the universe. Opera seems to get all the glitz and tubby bellies, while yodelling is doing the everyman mountain-top work in the wings.
The Alps also have one of the most famous musicals of all time based on their Austrian-side hilly loveliness: The Sound of Music.
You could argue that there’s a minor subplot about Nazis, but Rodgers and Hammerstein were mainly all about showing off the peaks. For the hip young things, there’s a band called Sic Alps, who are probably master skiers from Geneva that make music on the side.
As The Clash implied, London always seems to be calling to musicians to write about it. Many places are synonymous with famous musicians: Baker Street with Jerry Rafferty, Electric Avenue with Eddy Grant, and obviously Abbey Road with The Beatles.
Recent popular act Crystal Fighters summed it up aptly with their song I Love London. Conversely, one of the most popular anthems summing up England itself is called “Jerusalem”. Perhaps that Blake fellow was a bit confused.
The clubbing mecca of Ibiza has spawned a glossy, sunny type of dance music that has had the world blearily jumping away in darkened rooms for the past couple of decades.
There have been endless CD compilations worming their way into every bar, estate agent’s car and house party in the world to get revellers in the mood for a hangover facedown on a beach.
(Featured image: Karen Roe)