My Favourite Songs and Performers

My Favourite Songs and Performers

There are many songs in the world and only some of them touch the heart and soul. I will try to collect here such songs and favorite performers. They may seem old-fashioned or uninteresting, but this is not my fault and not your fault either. Simply, we are all different. Say what you like and I will say whom you are … that is why these songs are here.


From this singer and from her songs I just flying out from myself. I’m just crazy about her …

Gemma Halid

“The Girl from Nagasaki” is Gemma Halid’s newest video, a romantic tale of love found and lost. The images in this video were collected from many of Gemma’s projects.
Gemma grew up in Moscow, studied for 6 years at a music school in the class of accordion and piano, 5 years she studied at the Moscow Music School No. 2, where she received a diploma as a conductor and teacher of music, and for 3 years at the Vl. Gnesenyh.
Then she takes part in the Polish Song Festival and wins it.
Then departure to Poland. From 1989 to 1994, Gemma toured Poland and Germany with a group of Polish artists.
In the mid-90s, Gemma took part in the Sharman Show program on Russian TV.
In 1996 in Russia comes the album “Underpass”, on which Gemma sang the most famous thieves songs and romances.
In 2000 reissue of the album Underground Passage entitled Farewell Taganka. Today Jemma under the pseudonym Jamuna “Jamuna” performs Russian folk songs. Two albums, Come Shining Through (2001) and Dreams of Flying (2003), have been released in the USA.


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Igor Vladimirovich Talkov (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Тальков; 4 November 1956 – 6 October 1991), was a Russian rock singer-songwriter.

He is often compared to another Russian singer and songwriter of that time, Viktor Tsoi, whom, according to his diaries, Talkov highly appreciated and to whom he even dedicated a song on his death. Talkov’s songs also have much in common – particularly from a lyrical perspective – with Russian bard music.

Igor Talkov was born in Gretsovka, Tula Oblast, Soviet Union. While he is mostly remembered for songs about love and fate, most of his work held a clearly political message against the Soviet regime, desperately calling for a change. This is one of the reasons why Talkov was never popular with the Soviet government; even as a performer renowned and loved throughout the whole Soviet Union, he lived in a small two-room apartment with his wife and son, even composing his masterful lyrics and music “on top of the washing machine in the bathroom”, according to the rumours. Curiously enough, he was not satisfied with Perestroika, claiming it to be nothing but the same regime under a different guise. In his post-Perestroika songs, he openly mocked the changes, calling them a ruse. Talkov was an avid reader of pre-revolutionary Russian history, which served as the inspiration for many of his songs. He even guaranteed at his last concert that he was willing to “back up” his lyrics with historical facts.

Talkov also made a brief presence in post-Soviet cinema, acting in the films Beyond the Last Boundary and The Silver Prince. The latter film he disliked, apologizing to a preview audience for participating in the film. Since Talkov refused to complete post-production sound on the film, Talkov’s character was voiced by another actor.

He was fatally shot backstage at the Yubileiny concert hall in Leningrad; the next day was declared a national tragedy throughout the whole Soviet Union. His funeral was a televised, nationwide event, where his casket was carried by some of the most prominent members of Russian stage to its burial. It is not uncommon to meet people in former Soviet countries who still dedicate October 6 to the honor of Igor Talkov.

While Valeriy Schlyafman, Talkov’s one-time manager, was found guilty of the murder by a Russian court, he fled through Ukraine to Israel before he could be arrested. He remains in Israel to this day, insisting he is not guilty of the crime while Israel refuses to extradite him. Schlyafman and his supporters have claimed that the KGB orchestrated the murder.

Talkov is interred in the Vagankovskoye Cemetery in Moscow.

In 1999 he was honored with his image portrayed on a Russian postage stamp. There is an Igor Talkov Museum in Moscow.


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Elizarov, Mikhail Yuryevich

Russian Writer & Bard

He graduated from music school in the class of opera vocals. In 1996 he graduated from the philological faculty of Kharkov University. During his studies at the university, he served in the army.

In 2001–2003 he lived in Hanover, where he studied at the film school as a television director. In 2003-2007 he lived and worked in Berlin. Currently lives in Moscow.

In 2001, Ad Marginem published the “Nails” collection, which attracted attention to the writer. The collection includes 24 stories and a story of the same name, the main characters of which are two pupils of a boarding school for mentally retarded children. According to the author, he wrote stories from the book from nineteen to twenty-seven years. The story hit the shortlist of the literary prize of Andrei Bely, Lev Danilkin in the magazine “Poster” took the collection to the best debut of the year.

Ambiguous assessments were received by Elizarov’s novel Pasternak (2003), where the poet Boris Pasternak is represented in the form of a demon, “poisoning” the intelligentsia’s consciousness with his works. Some critics have called the book “trash”, “nauseous novel”. Literary critic Alla Latynina wrote that the novel has a “simple, quiet mass cultural story”. The magazine Continent, in a review of literary criticism, wrote that “when brown color comes into fashion, his fans appear in literary circles,” calling the author NG-Ex Libris Lev Pirogov, who responded positively about the novel, “an ideologist of the Nazi persuasion”. At the same time, the magazine noted that the leitmotif of the season”s critics was “the crisis of liberal values, the exit to the arena of the enemies of freedom”.

On the other hand, critic Vladimir Bondarenko in the newspaper “Tomorrow” praised the novel: “This is where the unbridled Russian revenge revealed itself in full splendor, as an answer to all the humiliation and insults of the Russian nation, Russian character, Russian faith, and Russian dream … a set of avant-garde literary techniques, through the philological character of the text and the rich erudition of the young writer, not inferior to neither Umberto Eco nor Milorad Pavic, is the fierce protection of the unshakable age-old spiritual values ​​of the Russian people ”. Lev Danilkin called the novel “Orthodox philosophical fighter”. As Elizarov himself said, he never liked Pasternak: “A man is talented, but some disgusting poetic principles plus the same human qualities. I look further – and there is a whole iceberg, behind which stands a vile liberal rot. “.

In 2007, Elizarov”s novel “The Librarian” was published, which was included in the long-list of the Russian Booker Prize. The protagonist of the novel finds out that several books of a forgotten Soviet writer possess mystical properties, and various groups of readers are fighting for them fiercely. As noted in Znamya magazine, “Mikhail Elizarov’s prose seems to evolve like V. Sorokin’s prose: from scandalous outrageousness to intellectually rich fiction”. In December 2008, the novel became the laureate of the “Russian Booker”.

In 2010, Elizarov created his own musical project. Elizarov called his genre “bard-punk chanson”. “What I am, I really do not understand. At the head is the text, and it is accompanied by a simple, easily remembered motive. And all together should be fun. Here we are in no way talking about humor. I am trying to pull out the otherworldly underside of fun. ”

In 2011, the novel “Cartoons” became a finalist for the National Bestseller award.

In 2012, he took part in the program “Italian for 16 hours” of the TV channel “Culture”.

In 2014, Elizarov became the winner of the FNL Award in the nomination “Audience Award” with the book “We went out to smoke for 17 years.”

In addition to literary activity, Elizarov also performs songs of his own composition.

For 2018, the discography of Elizarov consists of nine studio and four concert albums.

Songs from Elizarov can be attributed to a separate genre. The lightness of the musical component – one guitar – is compensated by a strong and beautiful male voice.

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