It’s cheesy… it’s corny…  it’s the International Lounge! Today’s programme brings you a selection of primarily instrumental music, and primarily from the 1960s as we present a comfortable sojourn in … the International Lounge. You’ll hear instrumental — and other
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The International Lounge

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

The International Lounge (photo: hojusaram - Flickr)

It’s cheesy… it’s corny…  it’s the International Lounge!

Today’s programme brings you a selection of primarily instrumental music, and primarily from the 1960s as we present a comfortable sojourn in … the International Lounge.

You’ll hear instrumental — and other — arrangements of well-known tunes of the period, along with the best of popular production music and themes from the 60s. Most of the material is from the United Kingdom, the United States and occasionally mainland Europe: so at least it somewhat deserves the label “international”.

It’s completely unfair to call this music “elevator music” — it was often played, composed and arranged by some of the best musicians of the time. Yes, some of it is corny, but some is really quite amazing. And it’s guaranteed to cause a wave of nostalgia to flow over you.

Today, of course, “lounge music” is terribly fashionably retro, and no longer consigned to the old vinyl bin in the charity shop under the heading “Easy Listening”. Instead, the old masters are being dusted off as we speak and reissued on compilation albums. In the US there is an enormous series of them, and you’ll hear some today; in the UK, we rely more on out-of-print production music library albums, although the remix artists are busy rediscovering things like the fab KPM “100 Series”. So tune in, sit back, let the bar-tender bring you a gin and tonic with ice and lemon, and enjoy your stay in the International Lounge.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

Image courtesy of Hojusaram.

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