Music from the Jazz Age

A nos­tal­gic col­lec­tion of music from the 20s and 30s today, with songs by some of the top writers/composers of the peri­od like George Gersh­win, Cole Porter and Howard Arlen; per­formed by some of the top bands and singers – includ­ing some ear­ly Frank Sina­tra.

We’ve includ­ed some more mod­ern record­ings of these great songs too. In addi­tion there are plen­ty of big band and jazz num­bers to keep you on your toes.

How can you feel nos­tal­gic about a peri­od long before you were born?” asks Elrik Mer­lin, who is very much a mem­ber of the baby-boomer gen­er­a­tion. “It’s a good ques­tion, but I’ve always found the songs and music of the 20s to the 40s par­tic­u­lar­ly spine-tin­gling. A friend of mine used to say that she was sure that I had been a radio pre­sen­ter or a musi­cian in one of the bands in my pre­vi­ous incar­na­tion – maybe that’s it. What­ev­er the rea­son, some of these songs nev­er fail to bring a tear to the eye.”

What­ev­er your age in this life, we hope you enjoy today’s pro­gramme.

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, 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:

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.

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