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My near-total lack of give-a-shit re band members sometimes hinders making awesome connections.  Like the two singers of "Easy Lover" are Phil Collins and Philip Bailey.  I already knew that Phil Collins was in Genesis; I was not aware that Philip Bailey was part of Earth, Wind & Fire, but I really, really should have, because I fucking love both that band and Philip Bailey.
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Gah.  I am in search of this small instrumental thing that I was sure was The Carpenters, but perhaps I am wrong.

The sheet music... sort of... )

Damn.  Why can't I find this?

...and why am I spending so much time on this?  *wry*

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If all you know of 10cc is "I'm Not In Love", then you don't know strangeness.

10cc - I Wanna Rule The World [lyrics]

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Also, while I'm thinking about it.

I don't speak music, so correction is very welcomed.  In a lot of rock-type music, the beat is... "on", for want of the right word.  As an example, "Peace of Mind", by Boston -- the beat is 4/4, and you can hear that the strongest beat of the four is "on-beat".

Compare with "Devil Went Down to Georgia, which so many karaoke folk get totally wrong, depending on alcohol levels.  The beat is an "off-beat".  (With the exception of the devil's part.)  They sing it on-beat, which is not what the song is.

Question 1:

When I say "on beat" and "off beat", what terms do I actually want?  If any?

Question 2:

There are some songs, and I'll only find an example two months after this post, where the beat exists first without the music to anchor it.  So I'll hear it as on-beat and will go along, but then the music picks up, and I realise it's an off-beat song, and I need to skip half a beat to get to where it should be.

Is there a name for that record-scratch moment?

I can find a name for the metal bit on a pencil that holds the eraser in place (ferrule), so there must be a name for the above.

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Also, while I'm thinking about it.

I don't speak music, so correction is very welcomed.  In a lot of rock-type music, the beat is... "on", for want of the right word.  As an example, "Peace of Mind", by Boston -- the beat is 4/4, and you can hear that the strongest beat of the four is "on-beat".

Compare with "Devil Went Down to Georgia, which so many karaoke folk get totally wrong, depending on alcohol levels.  The beat is an "off-beat".  (With the exception of the devil's part.)  They sing it on-beat, which is not what the song is.

Question 1:

When I say "on beat" and "off beat", what terms do I actually want?  If any?

Question 2:

There are some songs, and I'll only find an example two months after this post, where the beat exists first without the music to anchor it.  So I'll hear it as on-beat and will go along, but then the music picks up, and I realise it's an off-beat song, and I need to skip half a beat to get to where it should be.

Is there a name for that record-scratch moment?

I can find a name for the metal bit on a pencil that holds the eraser in place (ferrule), so there must be a name for the above.
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I occasionally try for live versions of music I love, to test myself.  (Reminder: I dislike change.)

Dr. Hook &c: Roland the Roadie &c

I am, approximately, dyin' here.

Lyrics, sor' of.

[eta] Same show, "Cover of the Rolling Stone" -- *ded*
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- I usually listen to my modern rock music Pandora station, which has a lot of stuff from the 90s on up.
- I sometimes delve into Otep and Kittie and suchlike, all shrieky rock with melodicness involved.
- Often, if I'm too busy or the phones are too frequent, I listen to techno.
- Yesterday I was on a Deltron 3030 kick.
- Today has all been Dr. Hook, Grand Funk Railroad, BS&T, 3 Dog Night, and so forth.

Coworker: I am constantly surprised by your musical taste.
Xtina: Are you dissin' on Blood Sweat & Tears?  There's a law against that.

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- I usually listen to my modern rock music Pandora station, which has a lot of stuff from the 90s on up.
- I sometimes delve into Otep and Kittie and suchlike, all shrieky rock with melodicness involved.
- Often, if I'm too busy or the phones are too frequent, I listen to techno.
- Yesterday I was on a Deltron 3030 kick.
- Today has all been Dr. Hook, Grand Funk Railroad, BS&T, 3 Dog Night, and so forth.

Coworker: I am constantly surprised by your musical taste.
Xtina: Are you dissin' on Blood Sweat & Tears?  There's a law against that.
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Always when I've been off meds for a while, I forget how it goes.

I take my pill at around 9a.

I spend an hour wondering why I bother with things that don't have much of an effect.

At around 10a, it becomes 7p.

...yeah.

(Bonus, it affects my sleep, so this happens again at 3a or so.)

--

I remain in hearts with this song and video.  Also this song, good morning.  The movement at 1:36 is just fantastic.  I've been on an Otep kick recently.

(Goodness!)

Did I mention Milk of Regret already?

Her voice makes me incredibly happeh.

--

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You know, I'd never heard an Otep song until yesterday, and I find I really like them.  The vocalist's voice is nifty.

* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6ilgnHodEU
* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbAzKRohuvs
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A thing about me:

I'm a big sucker for music videos with text on them.  Yes, even if the song isn't stellar.

Right Now -- Van Halen

If Everyone Cared -- Nickelback

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A thing about me:

I'm a big sucker for music videos with text on them.  Yes, even if the song isn't stellar.

Right Now -- Van Halen

If Everyone Cared -- Nickelback
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[personal profile] rosefox sent me a link to a free Philip Glass MP3 sampler album, and I am the happiest kitty to ever kitt'.

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[personal profile] rosefox sent me a link to a free Philip Glass MP3 sampler album, and I am the happiest kitty to ever kitt'.
xtina: Scene of Dr Who/Donna and the Ood, with Led Zeppelin text: "talk and song from tongues of lilting grace" (singing)
Oh maaan, music, I forgot about you.
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It's musics day.  Today I'm looking at covers.  Do you have some covers of songs you particularly like?  You should therefore share them.

Me first (ones with [v] mean the video is worth watching):

* [v] Take On Me, by A-Ha, covered by Northern Kings.  I have had this on near-constant repeat since I found it.

* Imagine, by The Beatles, covered by A Perfect Circle.  An exercise in comparing major with minor keys.

* [v] Across The Universe, by The Beatles, covered by Fiona Apple.

* Iron Man, by Black Sabbath, covered by The Cardigans.

* Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, covered by k.d. lang.

* Stripped, by Depeche Mode, covered by Rammstein and remixed by Charlie Clouser (apparently).


And I just found this one -- Engel, by Rammstein, covered by Gregorian.  oO

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It's musics day.  Today I'm looking at covers.  Do you have some covers of songs you particularly like?  You should therefore share them.

Me first (ones with [v] mean the video is worth watching):

* [v] Take On Me, by A-Ha, covered by Northern Kings.  I have had this on near-constant repeat since I found it.

* Imagine, by The Beatles, covered by A Perfect Circle.  An exercise in comparing major with minor keys.

* [v] Across The Universe, by The Beatles, covered by Fiona Apple.

* Iron Man, by Black Sabbath, covered by The Cardigans.

* Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, covered by k.d. lang.

* Stripped, by Depeche Mode, covered by Rammstein and remixed by Charlie Clouser (apparently).


And I just found this one -- Engel, by Rammstein, covered by Gregorian.  oO
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Snippet from yesterday, related to the song "Meet Virginia":

X: I can't stand that song.
J: It's a pretty catchy song, though.  *hums*
X: Yeah, but... at some point, I dunno, I just get tired of listening to men singing about women's lives.  I'd much rather listen to women singing about their own lives.  "I hate you", "I love you", "I'm a lowly worm but with your love I'll shine again", "you fucked me up and now all women suck", blah blah freakin' blah.  It's all so objectifying, and on occasion, I'm done with it.
J: Now, I'm sure they have feelings for these women.
X: Oh, yeah, I'm sure they have feelings, I just don't think they're useful.
J: *cracks up*

And for the luvva rancid Kool-Aid, if I never hear lyrics that refer to the man's love interest as a child (hell, to either of them as a child), or that "let me take you by the hand/help you understand" rhyme, ever again, I will be a v. happy kitty indeed.  (Like there aren't other rhymes one could make against "hand"/"understand".  *eyeroll*)

He wondered whether there was any music with women singing about men in a similar fashion.  (a) Yes.  I can think of at least two off the top of my head.  (b) I don't particularly care.

Although women covering songs originally (or "originally") performed by men pleases me.


I still like rock music.  I will still listen to it.  I just get really tired of it at times.

Thankfully, I have such awesome folk around me that I don't have to worry about someone accusing me of dismissing the perspectives and contributions of men!  Isn't that wonderful?  I think so.

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