Is it less problematic when the guy and gal swap the parts on "Baby It's Cold Outside"? B/c Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did so on the Muppets Thanksgiving Special.

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Happened to watch the music video for Michelle Branch's "Goodbye to You" (2002) for the first time ever just now. Realized two things.

1) Branch is part Asian. This is confirmed by her Wikipedia bio which says she's part Dutch Indonesian. Just look at her eyes in that video. I can always tell. It sucks that my life society is such that I feel the need to notice such things.
2) The music video is totally like Memento, except with a bit less angst.

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Today I had the honor of hearing a beautiful soulful rendition of "Solidarity Forever" while at a gigantic union convention in New Orleans. The singer accompanied herself on acoustic guitar, her phrasing was lilting, taking liberties with the pitch and rhythm in a way that added to the meaning of the lyrics, and her voice was rich and sweet. The part that brought tears to my eyes though was the final verse in this version, describing our brothers and sisters who ran back into the towers as they collapsed - the union makes us strong. If anyone can find me that verse's lyrics, then you rock.

Monk music

Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:43 pm
Having just re-listened to the Anathem (Neal Stephenson) audiobook with its really nice monkish music at each chapter start, I really want to listen to some monk music. (I'm sure there's gotta be another name for it, but I can't think of it.) Anyone got a link to free downloadable monk music recordings, or barring that anyone want to recommend some that I can buy?

Edit: Is it Gregorian chants that I'm thinking of? I want polyphonic, male choir, acapella, Latin.
This weekend I played through the entirety of Beatles: Rock Band with a few friends in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, Vermont. There's an achievement to complete the entire game in 24 hours, and we did it in two sittings: 1.5 hours on Sunday evening, and another 1.5 hours on Sunday after a hearty breakfast of apple chocolate chip pancakes. Since I'm a vocalist primarily, and the vocals are what's supposed to be new about BRB, that's what I focus on here.

Full review )

In final conclusion I'm not a Beatles fan and I'm only a casual gamer, but I still think it was worth my $60 due to the harmonies. If you're not a Beatles fan and harmonies don't do it for you, then save your money. If you're a rabid Beatles People, then $60 would be a steal for you. For most gamers, the best balance is to have a friend who's willing to buy it, or consider chipping in together and buying it as a group, or wait a bit and pick it up used. And if your parents or grandparents already have a system (they all have the Wii, right?) then it'd make a great Christmas gift for them.
Been playing with the new iTunes Genius (it's like Pandora radio or, and a set seeded on "Dear God" by Sarah McLachlan came up with "Wake Up" by Alanis Morissette, and now I'm wondering if the song is really from an underprivileged individual singing to one of the privileged people.

Lyrics )
  1. Organize photos. No progress.

  2. Record singing - Recorded a a couple.

  3. Road trip to Philly - Thinking about around 4 days taking place sometime in the range of July 24 - August 10 (Note to [ profile] ayashi/[ profile] kelsin: When's your wedding, again? Thanks!)

  4. Visit the crater photography exhibit - FAIL, it closed June 6, not July 6

  5. Learn programming - in progress, working on "The C Programming Language"

  6. Inbox 0 - doing pretty well with the work inbox.

  7. New: Creative writing - found some old pieces that I'm transcribing, and wrote a fanfic.


Jun. 26th, 2009 10:29 am
Been watching Michael Jackson videos on YouTube since I heard the news. Looking beyond issues of the music, dancing, and the birth of the music video, there is much to consider. On the one hand, I'm intrigued by how many of his songs had messages of peace and brotherhood, presumably influenced by the Cold War era. On the other hand, the video for "The Way You Make Me Feel" makes me want to punch the patriarchy in the nuts. I also find myself wanting to do an in-depth analysis of how MJ influenced race relations in the US, but I don't know enough about the subject, so if anyone finds a good discussion of it elsewhere, or knows enough themselves to discuss it, please let me know.
Now I Walk In Beauty - lyrics are traditional Navajo/Hopi Indian. If you notice any random Kappa squawks in there, could you let me know what time they're at so I can cut them?

I've moved the progress tracking of my music endeavours.
This summer's projects you may recall included making music. Well, I've started! Today I worked for a while on a song that I just could *not* get right, so I quit and instead started working on "Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison) and it came out quite well.

My criticisms - cut-tagged so you can read AFTER you listen )

Maybe for my next song I'll work on vocals only - there's some rounds I can do a capella that I think could sound really nice.
Check out this amazing version of "Stand By Me" that was performed by dozens of street musicians around the world.
If you live in NYC, a friend of mine named Steven Zelin, The Singing CPA is holding a "tax party" outside the main branch of the post office (8th Ave and W 33rd St) tomorrow, Tax Day, 10 pm - 12 midnight. He will be performing live folksy guitar and vocals, all songs about tax! This is Steven's fifth annual Happy Tax Day Show, and he gets permits and has sound equipment, and everything.

Steven's musical style blends the storytelling skills of Bob Dylan and the parody of Wierd Al Yankovick with the catchy melodies of Johnny Cash. He's been featured on the Wall Street Journal and you can listen to samples of his original songs at CD Baby.

So tomorrow, April 15, Tax Day, 10pm-12midnight while you're waiting in line to mail your taxes from the latest open post office at 8th and 33rd.
Calling Librarians and Musicians!

When I was in high school I attended a summer camp on Long Island for performing and visual arts called Usdan. I was often in the chorus, and one staple song was Jerusalem - the lyrics are William Blake's "And did those feet in ancient time", originally set to music as a hymn by Sir Hubert Parry (pipe organ and all).

I am trying to find the particular arrangement that we always sang - at a minimum who did the arrangement, ideally a decent recording of it and/or sheet music. This arrangement was for piano and four vocal parts (or at least it was played on piano). The first verse started with the female voices in unison for the first sentence ("And did those feet...), then the male voices in unison for the second sentence ("And was the holy lamb of God..."), and then broke into four parts (either at "And did the countenance divine..." or "And was Jerusalem builded here..."). A similar pattern was used in the chorus (Women: "Bring me my bow..." Men: "Bring me my spear..." Women: "I will not cease..." All: "Till we have built Jerusalem..."), though I may be misremembering who said which lines. The chorus sand a lot of Aaron Copland pieces, so if this was not a Copland piece itself at least I expect the style was similar.

Anyone have a clue who the arrangement was by?
In case you missed it, the BSG "Final Five" theme is a cover of the Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower". From the iTunes snippits, the Dylan original is as miserable as all Dylan, the Hendrix cover is pretty good, and there are a plethora of other versions I didn't listen to. According to Wikipedia, 11 versions in total. iTunes offers 150 versions total, but that includes multiple versions by the same artists.

Ages ago [ profile] the_xtina found a page that posted billions and billions of covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in mp3 format. Well now I'm looking for the same for "All Along the Watchtower". Anyone got?
Everyone's always doing those "25 random songs" memes. I have fun w/ the one where you try to ID the song, and recently decided to see what was on my "Top 25 Most Played Songs" list, so I'm combining the two here. Below is a countdown of the first lines of my 25 most played songs (or the first line w/o the title in it), so the song listed here as #1 is actually the 25th most played. Without the use of Google or other search engines, guess the song title, artist (or cover artist if indicated), and how many plays it has.

  1. All our times have come / Here but now they're gone - "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult ([ profile] fireaphid)

  2. Everything is open / Nothing's set in stone [cover?] - "Driftwood" by Aselin Debison [originally by Travis] ([ profile] hrafn)

  3. She leads a lonely life - "Don't Turn Around" "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base ([ profile] best_ken_ever [ profile] soapfaerie - my bad the first time 'round)

  4. Yes, no, maybe / I don't know - "You're Not the Boss of Me" (Malcolm in the Middle theme) by TMBG ([ profile] framefolly)

  5. To clear the conscience of who I am

  6. At first I was afraid, I was petrified - "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor ([ profile] framefolly)

  7. You're a real tough cookie with a long history - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  8. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine [cover version] - "I Walk the Line" by ____ [originally by Johnny Cash] ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  9. A woman on the radio talked about revolution - "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  10. I don't need to fall at your feet - "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West ([ profile] tikva)

  11. First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream - "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" by Irene Cara ([ profile] tikva)

  12. Ah, the more I go, the more there is that makes me wonder

  13. You can do what you want just seize the day

  14. Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night [not the first line, cover?] - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants [originally by The Four Lads] ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  15. I know a girl / She puts the color inside of my world - "Daughters" by John Mayer ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  16. I met someone at the dog show - "She's An Angel" by They Might Be Giants ([ profile] l0stmyrel1g10n)

  17. I'm trying to tell you something 'bout my life - "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls ([ profile] framefolly)

  18. Looks like we're finding out what a true hero is - "Act III" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  19. Any dolt with half a brain - "Act II" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  20. Desert loving in your eyes all the way - "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club ([ profile] tikva)

  21. I, I got a new life - "I Saw the Sign" by Ace of Base ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  22. We're talking away / I don't know what - "Take On Me" by A-Ha ([ profile] tikva)

  23. Hah! So that's, you know, coming along - "Act I" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  24. When you look in the mirror / Wish you were somebody else - "Fa Fa" by Guster ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  25. You called me last night / On the telephone [cover] - "New York City" by They Might Be Giants [originally by Cub] ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

Bonus points: What's (apparently) my favorite artist?

Edit: Hints )
I think I have well and buried my fear that I was indiscriminating in my audiobook tastes. I'm currently listening to "Flight" by Vanna Bonta, and I find it to be insipid New Age drivel, splattered with generous helpings of anti-intellectualism and misinformation about modern psychotherapy. I do think I am *more* accepting in audiobooks than in print - if it were a print book I'd probably be putting it down about now (~2/3 of the way through it), but I'm not doing so b/c it's easy to listen to while driving so I don't feel I'm wasting time I could be spending doing something else. The flaws are entirely in the content of the book, not editorial decisions (it's unabridged) or anything else that Audible might have control over, so it's not worth a complaint, just worth noting for my own interest. I will admit that when I selected it I had minor doubts, but it also sounded very intriguing (the "hook" is that the book is about a sci-fi author whose story comes to life), but in the end it ended up more contrived than innovative. Oh well.

My next questionable download: "Left Behind" by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. However, I'm planning to listen to all of Handel's Messiah on my drive down to NYC first, so I may not even have to listen to "Flight" again before I get there, let alone starting on this new one.
Downside: I hate packing.

Upside: All We Like Sheep
Straight No Chaser - The 12 Days of Christmas
This is apparently the original for the Klein Four version.
This quiz will prove it or not. I've posted this before, but [ profile] the_xtina reminded me of it and I just had to share the agony. That is, if you aren't tone deaf, it's agony. I actually did get one wrong, so I'm not as good as I think, but I don't know which. Most of the songs are traditional/folk/patriotic music from the US, some Christmas carols, some super famous classical themes. If you grew up in the US you should know them.



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