Song meme

Apr. 16th, 2011 12:17 pm
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I can't remember who I nicked this from; it's been sitting on my hard drive for a while -- judging from the last question, I'm guessing since just before Christmas. Nevertheless, I thought I'd fill it out now, and save myself the bother of thinking up a real post!

song meme )
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Music meme, by way of [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch: comment and I'll give you a letter; tell me five favourite songs that start with it.

I got R! )
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How times have changed! Over the last few years, I've fallen into the habit of always having my music player on shuffle - I rarely listen to whole albums in one sitting anymore. For today's entry, I've decided not to just list the songs I've been listening to in the past hour, but to also embed the YouTube videos and write a short introduction for them - just to keep myself busy while waiting for each song to finish and move on to the next. Hence, the cut.

cut )

the rest of the days )
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[livejournal.com profile] bogwitch and [livejournal.com profile] quinara came up with this variation on the Desert Island Discs-theme: 8 albums that you couldn't do without. 8 Albums are still far too few, IMO, but if that's all I'm allowed to take, then today my selection would be (in chronological order of release):

1) David Bowie, Station To Station (1976)

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Belatedly, I remembered that Viderunt Omnes, a very rare example of organum quadruplum (or four-part polyphony) was actually written specifically to be sung on Christmas Day. This version was recorded by The Hilliard Ensemble in 1988 and provides the opening track on their 1989 cd Perotin, which was one of the first in my ars antiqua-collection.

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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] enigmaticblues, who stole it from somebody else, who stole it from...

Put your media player of choice on shuffle.

The first song is the overall theme for the Apocalypse
The second song is the one that plays during your first zombie kill
The third song plays while you're getting chased by a Horde
The fourth song plays when you're forced to kill your loved one
The fifth song plays when you find your new love interest
The sixth song plays when you make your final stand
The seventh song plays when you (think you) make it through it all
The eighth song plays when you discover a bite mark on you


1. Rasputina - Wish You Were Here
2. Kate Bush - A Coral Room
3. David Bowie - This Is Not America
4. Basement Jaxx - Red Alert
5. Clannad - Lady Marian
6. The Magnetic Fields - Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
7. The Smiths - A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours
8. Kings of Convenience - Winning A Battle, Losing The War (Andy Votel remix)

Or, in YouTube videos: )

Clearly, my media player has no idea that zombies call for scary music...
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It took me a minute to realise, but I think today's Writer's Block prompt must have been inspired by the fact that Dec 8th marks the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. Which, although I wasn't a fan at the time, shocked me deeply when I heard about it, as I couldn't understand why anybody would want to kill a pop star. Bear in mind that in 1980, I was only 18 years old and used to viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses. I didn't as yet have any direct knowledge of the evil that men do.

I was also too young to subscribe to the idea that The Beatles were the greatest band that ever existed. Their heyday coincided with my childhood, and I wasn't that interested in music then. It wasn't until 1973-4 that I began to take a much more active interest, and by that time, The Beatles had disbanded and become a thing of the past. Sometimes, I'd hear one of their songs on the radio, and I might think they were charming; but I was really only waiting to hear the latest Queen or David Bowie release. Besides, Mum always told us that The Stones were much better.

It wasn't until much, much later that I actually started to listen to their music and decided that it was really rather good. I came to admire the way the songs were crafted, their melodies and arrangements, and the lyrical content of their later work. Some of them even became fast favourites, such as Eleanor Rigby or Here Comes the Sun. But I think my absolute favourite is Blackbird, if for no other reason than that I like its outdoors-y quality, with the birdsong in the background.

And before you ask: I still wouldn't describe myself as a Beatles, much less a John Lennon fan. But I can't deny the profound and lasting influence they had on so much of the music that came after.

ETA: My favourite Lennon song, incidentally, is Dear Prudence (credited to Lennon/McCartney), esp. in the cover version by Siouxsie & The Banshees.
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Last.fm changed its policy about a year and a half ago; from that time onwards users from outside the USA, UK and Germany were no longer able to listen to the radio for free but had to pay a monthly subscription fee. The company found itself unable to generate enough advertising income to keep the free service going except in those countries where it actually had a presence on the ground, which is fair enough, I suppose...Even though the subscription fee is low, I didn't sign up for it because I'd always been an infrequent user; but lately I've been wondering if anyone knows of any other free Internet radio that isn't restricted to the US and has a half decent catalogue? For a while it seemed Deezer might fulfill my needs, but it fails to recognise many of the artists I'm interested in. So my question now is: does anyone have any experience with Spotify, preferably a positive one, that they'd like to share with me?

Sort of related, here's a meme I nicked from [livejournal.com profile] fenchurche:

Open your music player and select to shuffle the songs from your full collection. List the first 15 songs that play. Worse case, just shuffle your ipod. Tag 15 friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what randomly plays from your collection, and don't lie about the obscure horrible stuff that might play

No obscure horrible stuff here, I'm afraid; I seem to have become quite staid in my musical tastes and the following list only serves to confirm that impression.

15 songs I've listened to just now )

As always, I won't tag anyone, but leave it up to the individual to decide whether or not this meme is for them.
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The threat of rain held off, so my friend and I took advantage of the dry spell this evening to sit out on the terrace of the wine bar round the corner and exchange gossip and imbibe. Glad I brought my coat though, 'cause it got real nippy after 9pm.

I spent the morning at the Job Centre taking part in a mandatory workshop, to learn about how best to position yourself in the current job market, but didn't take away anything I hadn't heard or practised before. Still, I found it quite a relief to find I'm not the only one finding it hard to get interviews, AND that the majority of the other 9 job seekers in the room had also previously been working in the financial services industry. Which is strange really, now that I think about it, because I'm actually in direct competition with these people on the job market...but there's definitely a truth to the old saying that a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved as far as I'm concerned.

I went to see The Karate Kid with Mum on Saturday, and although there wasn't as much Jackie Chan action hero! in it as I would have liked (with him having been my absolute favourite wu shu star for over a decade), I did enjoy seeing little Jaden Smith show his moves. Hopefully, he'll carry on with the martial arts, as he's made a really good start with this and us kung fu film fans need a new generation of kung fu masters to take over from the old guard in time. Why the film is called The Karate Kid though, is beyond me.

So sad there's only one more episode of Sherlock to look forward to. Stephen Moffat is a genius; his writing and characterisation, as well as Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch's acting make it such a pleasure to watch that those 90 minutes seem to pass in the blink of an eye. Definitely will have to get the dvd-set as soon as it hits the shops.

I spent some time on YouTube earlier today to try to find a song that had me spellbound with its beauty and unusualness of arrangement 33 years ago, and I found it! I hadn't heard it since I lost the album in a house move sometime in the early 80s, but listening to it again today I was pleased to find it still sounded as good as to me now as it did then.

Murray Head, Sorry, I Love You (1977)

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I have a toothache. This is weird; I haven't had a toothache since I was in kindergarten, and I wonder why I should suddenly have one now. Maybe if I stop thinking about it, though, it'll go away.

So on with the meme, which is thankfully nearing its end. Only one more trawl through YouTube's archives after this one, and I'll be done!

Day 29: A song currently stuck in your head

Katy Perry appeared on the Graham Norton Show a few days ago. Since then, the song she sang has been playing in my head off and on. The original version isn't embeddable (does that word even exist?) on YouTube, so I've picked a really good cover version for you to enjoy. Actually, I think I might like the cover better than the original!




the rest of the days )
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Day 27: A song you make fun of

I've tried, but I simply can't think of one. I mean, when I was a teenager and full of myself, I would scoff at the older generation extolling the lyrical abilities of The Beatles and quote "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah" as an example of their over-ratedness; but I've since come to recognise the MacCartney/Lennon writing partnership as unusually accomplished and influential, with the occasional vapid song like the one mentioned above very much the exception to the norm.

Day 28- A song that reminds you of your boyfriend/girlfriend (if you don’t have one, make one up :])

I'll use a former boyfriend for this ;-). He was very much into bands like The Alan Parsons Project and Pink Floyd, and whenever I hear this song, it always makes me think back fondly, to him, and the way we were together.



the rest of the days )
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Day 26: A song by your favourite band

Another late night; there's been far too many of those lately, but since I don't need to get up at the crack of dawn to go to work anymore, I don't see why I should pass on any late night movie.

Anyhoo, a song by my favourite band...you all know who they are. Can it really have been six years since I first heard them play at that BtVS-con in the Pocomos? Back then, my favourite artists were Paul Weller, David Sylvian and Depeche Mode (and David Bowie from even longer before that) and they still are; but with Common Rotation there's a different element to their favourite band status with me: a sense of personal involvement and connection. Inevitable really, since they play small venues, or in people's homes or offices, and can interact with the audience more than those big name bands can.
Perhaps you'll see what I mean when you watch this video:


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Day 25: An acoustic song you love

Not only acoustic, but a cappella as well: Hildegard von Bingen's Ave Generosa as sung by contralto Margaret Philpot on the 1981 Gothic Voices cd A Feather on the Breath of God, probably my favourite example of ars antiqua (a music genre popular in the 11th and 12th centuries).




the rest of the days )

I have no words to express how immensely satisfying I thought last night's conclusion to Doctor Who was. in case the next few lines may be considered spoilery... )

I can't do meta as other people in the fandom can; my thoughts on television shows, even the ones I like more than any others, don't tend to run that deep...so I'll just finish by saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed both the writing and the acting in this last series, and am looking forward to seeing Amy, Rory and Eleven again this coming Christmas.

The England vs. Germany game has just kicked off, but I'm not that interested in watching: neither team have really impressed so far and I'm indifferent as to which one of them will go through this afternoon. I am glad though that Ghana won their match against the USA yesterday; as they are the only African team still remaining in the competition, I think it will give a tremendous boost to the sport in the whole of the continent.

I missed the Netherlands' game on Thursday as I had a friend round for dinner; but I understand that again they didn't show any of the wonderful 'total football' they displayed in the qualifying stages. They'll be playing against Slovakia tomorrow, and I'm seriously worried they might not progress any further, if only because over the last few days every commentator and football analyst have expressed their opinion that Holland easily outclasses 'football midget' Slovakia, and pooh-pooh the fact that that 'football midget' eliminated reigning world champions Italy last week. That's tempting fate, and I don't like it.
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There was no entry for

Day 23: A song that makes you angry

because there are no songs that make me angry. Songs can make me happy or sad, or thoughtful; they can get on my nerves, but make me lose my rag? I don't think so.

So we'll carry on with

Day 24: A cover song

There are many, many great covers by many great artists, and it's difficult to choose which one to highlight. I have in the end decided to go with this version of Look At Miss Ohio (Ragtop Down), originally by Gillian Welch, as performed by Common Rotation and David Berkeley and captured on video by [livejournal.com profile] anonypooh. We were staying in New York at the time and had driven down to see them for an hour or two, then drove back up again the same night. While it's been more than two years since I last saw them, [livejournal.com profile] anonypooh's over in the States right now and, if all's gone according to plan, will have seen Common Rotation at last night's gig, and I do so hope she'll bring me back a recording of it. Words cannot express how much I've missed them...or David, for that matter.




the rest of the days )
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Day 22: A song that would be the theme song to a TV show about your life

The way I'm feeling now, that can only be Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths



the rest of the days )

I've just come back from a counselling session at the Job Centre. Apparently, 8 weeks out of work is nothing to be ashamed or get unduly worried about.

A friend is coming round for dinner later; I'd better see what's in the fridge. I wonder if I can persuade her to watch the footie with me (The Netherlands vs. Cameroon)? Oranje may have gotten through to the knock-out stage already, but I'd like to see if, like England yesterday, in this last game of the group stage they've remembered how the game is supposed to be played.
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Day 20: A song from a new album you are waiting for to come out

Well, the album's already out, but I haven't seen it in any of the shops around here yet...but then again, I haven't really been looking. Anyway, I guess it'll do for today's choice:

7 & 3 Is The Striker's Name - Paul Weller



the rest of the days )
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Day 19: A song you're currently obsessed with

I wouldn't say 'obsessed with', but definitely I am intrigued by my next choice, catalogued as "Ancient Egypt - Music In The Age of the Pyramids - Hymn To The Seven Hathor" on YouTube. I have no idea how accurate this reconstruction is, but if it comes anywhere near what ancient Egyptian music sounded like then I'm completely blown away by it. To think that 3,000 or more years before Gregorian chant was (re)invented, people already knew how to practise polyphonic choral singing! And the scales and rhythms sound so close to our own, too! I don't know why, as I've never really thought about it, but if I had I probably would have thought that it would have been more closely related to current North African and Middle Eastern (Arabic) music where one tends to sing on the offbeat more than in the West...and embroiders a lot. But this is very diffent from that, and very beautiful.


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Day 18: A song you have as your ringtone/want to be your ringtone

I'm not one of those people who change their ringtones often. Therefore, my ringtone for the last year and a half has been I Wanna Be Adored by The Stone Roses.



However, lately I've been thinking maybe I should change it...to Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós. What do yo think?




the rest of the days )

Notes on June 19th:

Netherlands-Japan: 1-0. The less said about it, the better. Oranje really need to start doing better than that if they want a shot at the semi-finals.

Caught the tail end of the royal wedding in Sweden. Looked like Stockholm was the place to be for having a grand day out.

And the first part of the Doctor Who season finale was absolutely fantastic. When the Doctor explained that the Pandorica was designed to contain the most terrifying thing in the universe, I almost shouted at the telly "But that's you!"...if only he could've heard me.
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Day 17: A song that annoys you

The Gummi Bear Song



...or any song with cutesy cartoon animals, really.


the rest of the days )
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Day 16: A song that holds a lot of meaning to you

When I first came across this song, as the 6th track on Paul Weller's eponymous solo debut album, and listened to the lyrics, there was something instantly recognisable in the subject matter and mood of it. The existential doubt of which it speaks is something I can relate to personally; hence the reason this song lies close to my heart.



the rest of the days )

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