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Hey music-y people!!

[13:51] ginger: I have a question for you about vocal blues and this song. http://mariancall.bandcamp.com/track/it-was-good-for-you-too
[14:15] ari: What's up?
[14:16] ginger: I'm trying to figure out if that song is an example of a particular variant of blues
[14:16] ginger: I kept wanting to call it a torch song, but per Wiki a torch song is defined by its words/theme, not its musical sound
[14:17] ginger: and all I can think of to describe the type of song I'm thinking of is my mental image, which is not helpful
[14:18] ginger: but in my brain, it's a blues song specifically sung by a woman, and in my mental image, she's wearing an ever-so-slightly trampy dress, possibly either high-slit or low-cut, lounging on a piano and singing.
[14:18] ginger: and it's generally a slightly naughty song
[14:18] ginger: again not way raunchy, but just a little bit of hip-shot eye-winking going on.
[14:19] ginger: (THIS IS WHY I CAN'T GOOGLE MUSIC.)
[14:25] ari: Unfortunately, I don't know different types of blues singing. But I know what you're talking about.
[14:25] ari: I can picture the type of music.
[14:27] ari: It's the type of song you expect to hear in a gangster movie when they first show the female lead.
[14:27] ginger: right.
[14:29] ari: For what it's worth, I'd definitely put that Marian Call song in the same category.

Anyone? Anyone? Halp? Or am I totally off my rocker, and it's just plain old blues?

ETA:
[14:48] ari: The closest potential I had was Classical Female Blues, but that didn't sound right. Too much sad, not enough raunch.
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Joyce!!!

Marian Call.
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Bam. Registered for spring quarter. This means I can now APPLY FOR GRADUATION.

DEGREE, YOU WILL BE MINE.

Classes: Human Nutrition, Human Sexuality, General Psychology*, and Elementary Statistics.

*This is giving me a giggle because of the line in SJ Tucker's newest song "D&D":

Bust a couple heads instead of studying for psych
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God help me, I have "Ice Ice Baby" stuck in my head.

*bangs it on the desk repeatedly*
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My first ever attempt at vocals on Rock Band last night and I got 100% on "Bring Me To Life" -- whee. :)

ETA: I apparently failed to mention that I rocked the house.

Also, the rest of the band was fabulous, with special props to Holly the Drummin' Queen.
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Random:

I have a deep and abiding adoration for the music from The Prince of Egypt. Such an excellent soundtrack.
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I fully confess that this is so absurdly lame, but I cannot express how much I want an MP3 of the song over the end credits of Plants Vs Zombies. It is ridiculously cute.

Edit: FOUND IT. You should all totally go watch the little music video.
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The downside to classical music and the internet:

If I type So what's that one song that goes "bum bum bum, bum bum bum, bum bum bum, bah di bah di bah?" People are not likely to know what the muffins I'm talking about.

In this particular situation, I can help out a little by saying that I'm pretty sure it's from The Nutcracker, but that's not always the case :) I also have a mental image of it being played over a scene of like ... some little kid sneaking downstairs on Christmas Eve and seeing Santa, maybe? Possibly from a commercial, only it'd be from at least ten years ago, as I pretty much haven't watched network/cable TV since then.
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1) Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2) List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3) Post them to your journal with these instructions

I was tagged and given the letter "U" by [livejournal.com profile] mongolbbq.

Under the Sea -- Little Mermaid soundtrack
Uninvited -- Alanis Morissette
Unwell -- Matchbox 20
Uptown Girl -- Billy Joel
Unusually Unusual -- Lonestar
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I was checking out a CD by a new artist (well, new to me) this morning, after having seen many and many a link to her work in one of LJ's ubiquitous fundraisers - the artist ([livejournal.com profile] s00j) is apparently racking up medical bills and, being a traveling musician, has no health insurance. So I figured, I can download a few tracks for free, so why not check it out and see if it's any good?

This song brought tears to my eyes. It's long -- over ten minutes -- but lovely. And I've very much liked the rest of the songs I've listened to off that album so far.
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This song is making me giggly this morning.

'Ode to a Superhero' - Weird Al Yankovic )

(The video is irrelevant, I just wanted one with the song in it :) )
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The Johnny Cash covers from "Walk the Line" (by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon) are a LOT of fun. :)

Is there a way to make TxtLJ add tags? I can't find one in the settings list.
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Dear audiobook makers:

I HATE YOU. No, seriously. Keep your damn track tags consistent.

Disc 1's tracks are titled with chapter names and Disc 2's tracks are titled "2a/2b/2c/etc" and Disc 3's tracks are titled "Track 1/2/3/etc" and Disc 4's tracks are titled "4-x [Chapter name]" and Disc 5's tracks are titled "[Chapter name] 5-x".

Disc 1's tracks have "Audiobook" for the author. Disc 2's have "Stephen King", Disc 3's have "Susannah" (a character in the book), Disc 4's have "George G" (the guy READING the audiobook".

All four discs also have different album titles. Dark Tower VII, Dark Tower 7, Dark Tower VII COLON The Dark Tower, Dark Tower VII DASH The Dark Tower...

So basically, ripping 7 volumes at 16-24 discs each, I had to change most of the track tags on every single disc. But last night I finally finished the series!!

So this morning I moved on to another audiobook, Dean Koontz's "Watchers".

Disc 1: Title "1a/b/c/etc", Author "Dean Koontz", Album "01 Watchers".
Disc 2: Title "Track 1/2/3/etc", no author or album tags at all.
Disc 3: Title "Track 3a/b/c/etc", Author "Koontz, Dean", Album "Watchers".

Effing ARGH.

And did I mention that all three of the "Watchers" discs so far - of which there are 13 - have OVER EIGHTY-FIVE TRACKS to correct? *headdesk*
ginger: (dear journal....)
Step 1: Put your MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 15 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 6: World domination!

1. Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods [livejournal.com profile] wolpertingers!
2. Walking - waiting - alone without a care / Hoping and hating things that I can't bear Song and soundtrack identified by [livejournal.com profile] misguided_tears, anyone got the artist?
3. Don't you want to go for a ride, just keep your hands inside and make the most outta life
4. One thing - I don't know why - it doesn't even matter how hard you try [livejournal.com profile] joyce!
5. Well, here we go again - get up - a little something for your earhole - get up
6. Lyin' here with you, listening to the rain, smiling just to see the smile upon your face
7. Every finger in the room is pointing at me Identified by [livejournal.com profile] kurisuu and [livejournal.com profile] rhiannonstone!
8. Well the south side of Chicago is the baddest part of town Song guessed by [livejournal.com profile] cratermoon, artist identified by [livejournal.com profile] rhiannonstone.
9. Hush now, my baby; be still, love, don't cry - sleep like you're rocked by the stream
10. Wer zu Lebzeit gut auf Erden wird nach dem Tod ein Engel werden Artist identified by [livejournal.com profile] joyce, song still unidentified.
11. Lucky you were born that far away so we could both make fun of distance Identified by [livejournal.com profile] misguided_tears!
12. They said "Change your clothes," she said "No I won't" [livejournal.com profile] wolpertingers!
13. Don't know what's going on, don't know what went wrong Identified by [livejournal.com profile] misguided_tears!
14. Dead as dead can be, my doctor tells me, but I just can't believe him Artist identified by [livejournal.com profile] pyran, song still unidentified.
15. Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? Soundtrack identified by [livejournal.com profile] cratermoon, song identified by [livejournal.com profile] solcita.
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And in the realm of the truly bizarre...

I have "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head stuck in my head.

Problems:
1. The ONLY line of the damn song I know is One night in Bangkok / And the world's your oyster.
2. I HATE THAT SONG.
3. I have no frickin' clue where this came from - before it popped up, I was watching Kingdom of Heaven (the good version) and working on Rag!Rogue. I was all "Hm, ballistas, trebuchets, k2tog, guys with swords, knit, knit, ssk, Alexander Siddig al Yummy, explosions, one night in ... wait, what?" No reasonable explanation for why a random pop song from an obscure band from 1984 invaded my brain.
4. NOW I CAN'T MAKE IT GO AWAY.
ginger: (method to the madness)
Oh, Livejournal. I need your help.

Picture it:
The scene is early 2001. There's a little bar that, if you look around, you'll probably guess - accurately - that it's a gay bar. A little stage for *cough* event nights, and two dance cages on the dance floor, one probably occupied by a few chicks who, if you look closely, just may resemble [livejournal.com profile] gwenivere, Jen and me. I wouldn't be surprised if we're being gawked at by fellows who are not terribly clean, don't speak English as their native language, and are too distracted by the trio of cute women grinding on each other to actually notice the whole "gay bar" thing. The dance floor is full of Theatre People with cosmopolitans.

And Livejournal, it is 80's Night at Paradise.

So tell me - what classic favorites is the DJ (who will sneak in some early 90s metal, if someone flashes him enough boob) playing tonight?
ginger: (method to the madness)
Collecting: Song lyrics about loss, particularly loss of a person, though general loss can work too. Not necessarily death, and not necessarily romantic - the loss of parents or friends, any other sort of loved one, though not children. I don't mind some creative interpretation or, say, adverb adjustment ("he" replacing "she" or vice versa), but I'd like to see the theme without squinting, standing on my head and putting on special glasses. :) Help me, LJ brain trust! (Genre is not important.)
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The library is failing me - any locals have Nightwish CDs that I might borrow and check the band out to see if I like before I drop the bucks?

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