It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to post a frivolous Friday video, so here’s a look at the work of Hildegard von Blingin’, who creates Medieval-style translations of modern pop songs, or as she puts it, “Bardcore for the discerning clergyman, noble, or muck-gathering peasant.” Below is Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, but you can find songs from Radiohead, Lady Gaga, and others at her YouTube page.

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David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


8 Thoughts on "Getting Medieval On Popular Music"

Nice to see a frivolous Friday video again! These are great.

Dolly Parton for the Middle Ages! Fortunately Bardcore was free from that damned tooty, fruity recorder music, leftover from college renaissance fairs.

Thanks much for a happy Friday! Missing the Bard in Ashland, Oregon this year, though are able to schedule viewing time of some productions.

Very entertaining and a ton of fun. Proof positive that the conspiracy theorists are correct, and Dolly stole all her material from Hildegard.

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