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The great tree of musical reappropriation
After last week's adventures, I've mostly been holed up in my house programming some potentially groundbreaking new software.

Pandora has been my companion, providing a neverending stream of new and different music.  I've wandered through numerous genres on my 14-hour workaholic episodes. 

Every now and then, I notice ways the music can be recombined -- the lyrics from one song can be sung to the tune of another if the cadence and meter match.  I have 80s rappers singing to goth ballads, Christmas tunes allowing room for heavy metal lyrics, and other strange beasts of the imagination.  But every now and then, something seems to be way too similar to be a coincidence.

This, for example:
Blackmore's night -- All for one...  (starting around :38)

Finally I realized where I had heard it before... way back from cheesy 90s technoland (starting around :48)

The cheesy techno one came first.  This made me think they both copied it from a third song.  I typed the names of the two songs into Google, and found out they both came from this song from the 1920s:

While I'm at it, lots of iconic songs are a lot older than you think:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSehtaY6k1U  Tainted Love, 1964
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vankaSlfSr0  Istanbul Not Constantinople, 1953

OK, back to work.