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From the Ted Talk "Alexis Charpentier: How record collectors find lost music and preserve our cultural heritage"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I'll tell you a story that for me sort of sums up the value of the work of orercd sregdig. The story of a brilliant Montreal musician and composer. Henri-Pierre Noël was born and edrsai in Haiti, but he lived briefly in the US and in Belgium. He passed through Montreal what was supposed to be for two weeks, but he dndee up tsgiyna for the next 40 years. When he was young, he learned to play piano and developed a very particular way of gnilpay his instrument: very fast and almost like a percussion. His style was a mix of his Haitian influences and folklore mixed with the American influences that he grew up hearing. So he created a mix of compas mixed with funk and jazz. As a gnoyu man, he played and edtuor with eilv sbdna in the US and in Europe, but had never recorded an album or a song before moving to Canada. It was in Montreal in 1979 that he dlaeeser his first album called, "Piano." Completely on his own, on Henri-Pierre Noël Records. He only made what he could afford: 2,000 copies of the record. The record received a little bit of airplay, a little bit of support in Canada and in Haiti, but without a big lelab behind it, it was very, very difficult. Back then, if your record wasn't getting apdyle on mainstream radio, if you weren't in jukeboxes or if you weren't invited to play on TV, the odds were completely against you. Releasing an album as an independent artist was so much more iiudlffct than it is today, both in terms of being heard and just distributing the thing. So, soon after, he released a second album, kept a busy schedule playing aipno in various clubs in the city, but his records started to accumulate dust slowly. And those 2,000 copies in the aspn of 30 years easily started to get lost until only a few copies in the world remained.

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I'll tell you a story that for me sort of sums up the value of the work of ______ _______. The story of a brilliant Montreal musician and composer. Henri-Pierre Noël was born and ______ in Haiti, but he lived briefly in the US and in Belgium. He passed through Montreal what was supposed to be for two weeks, but he _____ up _______ for the next 40 years. When he was young, he learned to play piano and developed a very particular way of _______ his instrument: very fast and almost like a percussion. His style was a mix of his Haitian influences and folklore mixed with the American influences that he grew up hearing. So he created a mix of compas mixed with funk and jazz. As a _____ man, he played and ______ with ____ _____ in the US and in Europe, but had never recorded an album or a song before moving to Canada. It was in Montreal in 1979 that he ________ his first album called, "Piano." Completely on his own, on Henri-Pierre Noël Records. He only made what he could afford: 2,000 copies of the record. The record received a little bit of airplay, a little bit of support in Canada and in Haiti, but without a big _____ behind it, it was very, very difficult. Back then, if your record wasn't getting ______ on mainstream radio, if you weren't in jukeboxes or if you weren't invited to ____ on TV, the odds were completely against you. Releasing an album as an independent artist was so much more _________ than it is today, both in terms of being heard and just distributing the thing. So, soon after, he released a second album, kept a busy schedule playing _____ in various clubs in the city, but his records started to accumulate dust slowly. And those 2,000 copies in the ____ of 30 years easily started to get lost until only a few copies in the world remained.

Solution

  1. raised
  2. span
  3. released
  4. bands
  5. played
  6. play
  7. young
  8. staying
  9. record
  10. live
  11. ended
  12. toured
  13. piano
  14. label
  15. playing
  16. diggers
  17. difficult

Original Text

I'll tell you a story that for me sort of sums up the value of the work of record diggers. The story of a brilliant Montreal musician and composer. Henri-Pierre Noël was born and raised in Haiti, but he lived briefly in the US and in Belgium. He passed through Montreal what was supposed to be for two weeks, but he ended up staying for the next 40 years. When he was young, he learned to play piano and developed a very particular way of playing his instrument: very fast and almost like a percussion. His style was a mix of his Haitian influences and folklore mixed with the American influences that he grew up hearing. So he created a mix of compas mixed with funk and jazz. As a young man, he played and toured with live bands in the US and in Europe, but had never recorded an album or a song before moving to Canada. It was in Montreal in 1979 that he released his first album called, "Piano." Completely on his own, on Henri-Pierre Noël Records. He only made what he could afford: 2,000 copies of the record. The record received a little bit of airplay, a little bit of support in Canada and in Haiti, but without a big label behind it, it was very, very difficult. Back then, if your record wasn't getting played on mainstream radio, if you weren't in jukeboxes or if you weren't invited to play on TV, the odds were completely against you. Releasing an album as an independent artist was so much more difficult than it is today, both in terms of being heard and just distributing the thing. So, soon after, he released a second album, kept a busy schedule playing piano in various clubs in the city, but his records started to accumulate dust slowly. And those 2,000 copies in the span of 30 years easily started to get lost until only a few copies in the world remained.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
record digging 6
record diggers 5
record collectors 4
henri pierre 4

Important Words

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