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"Every love story is a ghost story, if it lasts long enough."
— rob sheffield, on bruce springsteen’s wrecking ball (x)
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#great song #and good comment #music #bruce springsteen



analysis of 1d’s voices

genderfluidharry:

this is me talking about 1d’s voices. please please read it because it is literally basically an essay

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okay let’s go

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#one direction #music



Anonymous said:

Why is music education important?

amyplaystuba:

There is the answer that school boards and narrow minded parents want to hear: it helps brain functions and is correlated with higher test scores.

Then there is the true answer: School sucks and music makes it suck less. Music education gives students the opportunity to make friends and have fun and learn an art. Art helps us put meaning to our lives. I have never been able to capture the sunrise in a math problem, but it can be captured in song. No science lesson describes the pain of a breakup, but a melody can. English comes the closest but when I took english it wasn’t about having or expressing emotions, it was about ripping apart each word to figure out some secret code that may not even be there. Yes, music requires you to be analytical, technical, and painfully detailed, but if you don’t put heart into it, it can not be called good music. Music is a vent and a source. It teaches us to cope and to express and it shows us the emotions we hid from ourselves. Music and the other arts are the only things in school that allow us to even have emotions.

For me, personally, it was the only thing I really had to work for and it was the only thing that I felt like I should be proud of. I got incredible grades and was one of the best at a very intelligent high school, and teachers were telling me I should be a writer, a doctor, a mathematician. I chose to be a music teacher because it was the only thing that kept me from going insane.

Music education is important because we drive kids to the edge of insanity and beyond for the sake of “education” and “their future” and often music is the only thing keeping them from absolutely losing their minds. Music education keeps us sane.

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#music #culture work #educational equality



tigtragers:

THE EVOLUTION OF POP

"Do I listen to pop music because I’m miserable or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?" - John Cusack

A compilation of 160 chart-topping pop songs, beginning in 1940 and ending 73 years later. 
All songs were at the top of the Billboard 100 for at least two weeks. It’s the ultimate throwback.

Listen

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#music #fanmix #history #pop culture



This bit of human emotion making the rounds on the Internet today is sweet but also a little sad.

1 month ago with 15320 notes — via totorolas, © npr
#this little sad soul :( #babies #music



versaceslut:

when people think they’re above others based on who their favorite female pop star is

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#music



aimmyarrowshigh:

{covers}: Because sometimes the original isn’t enough.
8tracks || download

1. Royal$ (Lorde Cover) - Pixie Lott 2. Pompeii (Bastille Cover) - Union J 3. A Motown Tribute to Avril Lavigne - Annie Goodchild 4. Valerie (The Zutons Cover) - Panic at the Disco 5. Heartless (Kanye West Cover) - Bryce Larsen 6. Little Things, Corrected Lyrics (One Direction Cover) - The Vamps 7. Toxic (Britney Spears Cover) - Melanie Martinez 8. Domino (Jessie J Cover) - The Collective 9. Glad You Came for Strings (The Wanted Cover) - DJ Sharp 10. No Angels (TLC vs. The XX vs. Hitchcock) - Bastille feat. Ella 11. Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover) - Miley Cyrus 12. How Ya Doin’? (Little Mix Cover) - Kingsland Road 13. Believe (Cher Cover) - Ella Henderson 14. Turn My Swag On (Keri Hilson/Soulja Boy Cover) - Cher Lloyd 15. Buy U A Drank (T-Pain Cover) - Jesse McCartney 16. Counting Stars/Holy Grail (OneRepublic/Jay-Z Cover) - Little Mix 17. My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music) - Diana Vickers 18. The Wrote and the Writ (Johnny Flynn Cover) - Laura Marling 19. Use Somebody (Kings of Leon Cover) - One Direction 20. Wonderwall (Oasis Cover) - Greg Raposo 21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something Cover) - Rockapella 22. We Are Young (fun. Cover) - George Shelley feat. Only The Young 23. Beat It (Michael Jackson Cover) - Fall Out Boy feat. John Mayer 24. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley Cover) - A*Teens 25. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall Cover) - Aly & AJ

aimmyarrowshigh:

{covers}: Because sometimes the original isn’t enough.

8tracks || download

1. Royal$ (Lorde Cover) - Pixie Lott 2. Pompeii (Bastille Cover) - Union J 3. A Motown Tribute to Avril Lavigne - Annie Goodchild 4. Valerie (The Zutons Cover) - Panic at the Disco 5. Heartless (Kanye West Cover) - Bryce Larsen 6. Little Things, Corrected Lyrics (One Direction Cover) - The Vamps 7. Toxic (Britney Spears Cover) - Melanie Martinez 8. Domino (Jessie J Cover) - The Collective 9. Glad You Came for Strings (The Wanted Cover) - DJ Sharp 10. No Angels (TLC vs. The XX vs. Hitchcock) - Bastille feat. Ella 11. Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover) - Miley Cyrus 12. How Ya Doin’? (Little Mix Cover) - Kingsland Road 13. Believe (Cher Cover) - Ella Henderson 14. Turn My Swag On (Keri Hilson/Soulja Boy Cover) - Cher Lloyd 15. Buy U A Drank (T-Pain Cover) - Jesse McCartney 16. Counting Stars/Holy Grail (OneRepublic/Jay-Z Cover) - Little Mix 17. My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music) - Diana Vickers 18. The Wrote and the Writ (Johnny Flynn Cover) - Laura Marling 19. Use Somebody (Kings of Leon Cover) - One Direction 20. Wonderwall (Oasis Cover) - Greg Raposo 21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something Cover) - Rockapella 22. We Are Young (fun. Cover) - George Shelley feat. Only The Young 23. Beat It (Michael Jackson Cover) - Fall Out Boy feat. John Mayer 24. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley Cover) - A*Teens 25. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall Cover) - Aly & AJ

2 months ago with 365 notes — via aimmyarrowshigh
#music



cockgoblinpizzaparty:

aimmyarrowshigh:

O.M.G! Can You Believe 2004 Was Ten Years Ago?: A mix of hits and singles from 2004 destined to bring back all the cheesiness (hence having used every stock texture from back then I still had saved to make this cover).
8tracks || download

1. Beautiful Soul - Jesse McCartney 2. Fly - Hilary Duff 3. Rumors - Lindsay Lohan 4. This Love - Maroon 5 5. Toxic - Britney Spears 6. My Immortal - Evanescence 7. Leave (Get Out) - JoJo 8. With You - Jessica Simpson 9. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson 10. Emotional - Diana DeGarmo 11. Pieces of Me - Ashlee Simpson 12. Invisible - Clay Aiken 13. Hey Ya - Outkast 14. American Idiot - Green Day 15. My Milkshake - Kelis 16. She’s No You - Jesse McCartney 17. Drop It Like It’s Hot - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell 18. Yeah! - Usher 19. If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys 20. I Miss You - Blink-182 21. Lose My Breath - Destiny’s Child


The title is shit but I’m gonna listen to this whole thing

The title is intentionally shit, inspired by 2004 Xanga/Quizilla.  It was either this or “I Can Haz 2004 Musik?” and I went with the lesser of two evils.

cockgoblinpizzaparty:

aimmyarrowshigh:

O.M.G! Can You Believe 2004 Was Ten Years Ago?: A mix of hits and singles from 2004 destined to bring back all the cheesiness (hence having used every stock texture from back then I still had saved to make this cover).

8tracks || download

1. Beautiful Soul - Jesse McCartney 2. Fly - Hilary Duff 3. Rumors - Lindsay Lohan 4. This Love - Maroon 5 5. Toxic - Britney Spears 6. My Immortal - Evanescence 7. Leave (Get Out) - JoJo 8. With You - Jessica Simpson 9. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson 10. Emotional - Diana DeGarmo 11. Pieces of Me - Ashlee Simpson 12. Invisible - Clay Aiken 13. Hey Ya - Outkast 14. American Idiot - Green Day 15. My Milkshake - Kelis 16. She’s No You - Jesse McCartney 17. Drop It Like It’s Hot - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell 18. Yeah! - Usher 19. If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys 20. I Miss You - Blink-182 21. Lose My Breath - Destiny’s Child

The title is shit but I’m gonna listen to this whole thing

The title is intentionally shit, inspired by 2004 Xanga/Quizilla.  It was either this or “I Can Haz 2004 Musik?” and I went with the lesser of two evils.

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#music



genderfluidharry:

you can’t play flute? or violin? you don’t know how to play three concertos on piano? man, stop calling yourself a musician, you’re not a REAL musican. this “rock” shit isn’t music. power chords are so easy. real music is handel’s operas and beethoven’s symphonies. you can’t play those? you can’t sing der hölle rache? don’t call yourself a musician.

3 months ago with 59 notes — via genderfluidharry
#music #boy bands #girl groups #culture work



Anonymous said:

hi V. :) what are you favourite songs at the moment?

Hmmm, more or less the songs on my 2013 playlist!  Maybe also “Pompeii” by Bastille, “Wild Hearts” by The Vamps, and “Merry Happy” by Kate Nash.  I think “Burn” by Ellie Goulding and “Salute” by Little Mix were my favorite songs of last year, although obviously I love Union J’s oeuvre too.

3 months ago with 3 notes
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V!!! I'm listening to your 2013 playlist and it's sooooooo good! I was pleasantly surprised by the Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, and I just got to the Parks and Rec theme song omg I love it. But seriously so many good song choices!

Thank you!!  My music taste is very, uh, eclectic and probably not very cool, but I just like music that makes me happy.  And yeah, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are both artists that I don’t like very much as humans but who consistently produce tracks that are catchy enough that I enjoy them.  Bah! 

And thank you to Courtney seancodydirection for the “Pawnee Saturday Night” mashup!

3 months ago with 1 notes
#music #nataliecastle #v answers



aimmyarrowshigh:

Music Picks of 2013. The music that I listened to most, liked best, discovered, or had stuck in my head the most in 2013.
8tracks || download

1. Carry You - Union J 2. Roar - Katy Perry 3. Salute - Little Mix 4. This Little Girl - Cady Groves 5. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles 6. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys 7. Kiss You - One Direction 8. You Oughta Know (Acoustic) - Alanis Morissette 9. Loving You Is Easy - Union J 10. 22 - Taylor Swift 11. Right Place Right Time - Olly Murs 12. International Smile - Katy Perry 13. Dance Anthem of the 80’s - Regina Spektor 14. Does He Know? - One Direction 15. Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding 16. Bad Girls - M.I.A. 17. Breathe Out - Faye Hamlin 18. Burn - Ellie Goulding 19. Can We Dance - The Vamps 20. Doing It Wrong - CockNBullKid (Anita Blay) 21. Miss Movin’ On - Fifth Harmony 22. MOVE - Little Mix 23. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up) - Fall Out Boy 24. No Scrubs - TLC 25. Oath - Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G. 26. Pass Out - Tinie Tempah 27. Pawnee Saturday Night 28. Shake It Out - Florence and the Machine 29. The Ultimate X Factor Mashup

aimmyarrowshigh:

Music Picks of 2013. The music that I listened to most, liked best, discovered, or had stuck in my head the most in 2013.

8tracks || download

1. Carry You - Union J 2. Roar - Katy Perry 3. Salute - Little Mix 4. This Little Girl - Cady Groves 5. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles 6. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys 7. Kiss You - One Direction 8. You Oughta Know (Acoustic) - Alanis Morissette 9. Loving You Is Easy - Union J 10. 22 - Taylor Swift 11. Right Place Right Time - Olly Murs 12. International Smile - Katy Perry 13. Dance Anthem of the 80’s - Regina Spektor 14. Does He Know? - One Direction 15. Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding 16. Bad Girls - M.I.A. 17. Breathe Out - Faye Hamlin 18. Burn - Ellie Goulding 19. Can We Dance - The Vamps 20. Doing It Wrong - CockNBullKid (Anita Blay) 21. Miss Movin’ On - Fifth Harmony 22. MOVE - Little Mix 23. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up) - Fall Out Boy 24. No Scrubs - TLC 25. Oath - Cher Lloyd ft. Becky G. 26. Pass Out - Tinie Tempah 27. Pawnee Saturday Night 28. Shake It Out - Florence and the Machine 29. The Ultimate X Factor Mashup

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#music



Except for 5ive, all of these have literally been on mixes in my car in the last six months.

Whoops.

3 months ago with 20 notes
#music #the 1990s #aaron carter #s club 7 #m2m #nobody's angel #no authority #bbmak #hoku #LFO #jennifer paige #o town #dream #b*witched #a*teens #vitamin c #*nsync



I See A Song by Eric Carle (1973).

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#art #music #eric carle



Song: Epitaph Of Seikilos
Album: Disc 1 - History of Music in Western Culture
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oakttree:twohandedengine:magpieandwhale:boppinrobin:guiltyguiltypleasures:

This is the Epitaph of Seikilos. It is the earliest complete music composition with notation ever discovered. It dates from somewhere between 100 BC and 100 AD. There are earlier examples of music to be sure - the Delphic Hymns, of course, as well as some early Japanese and Chinese ceremonial music, but it’s all either fragmented or unable to be dated due to oral tradition.

The original ‘score’, such as it is, doesn’t look like much to our modern eyes:

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If you translate that into Western notation, however:

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This is music that is two thousand years old. It could have been played when Christ walked the earth. And thanks to music being a universal language, we can hear those exact same notes, like a piece of history coming to life in front of us. Isn’t that just incredible?

This is so beautiful.

Oh wow.

I love the Epitaph of Seikilos like burning, but I hasten to add that music is not, in fact, a universal language and that it’s disingenuous to suggest otherwise.  There’s guesswork involved in putting this piece of music back together; what you hear is our best guess as to how this would have been performed and is not necessarily an exact copy of what the ancient Greeks would have heard. 

For another good, if relatively more recent, example of how we can get vastly different results from a single score, compare this recording and this recording and this recording of Beatriz de Dia’s “A chantar m’er.”  When we perform early music, written using vastly different notation from what we have today, we use knowledge about the music of the time period to decide how it should sound: what musical instruments or voices should be used, how fast it should be, how to interpret the rhythms of the text, and what stylistic touches we should include.  It is not an exact science and should not be treated as such.

Moreover, the fact that you can listen to this piece of music and hear something that approximates what ancient Greeks heard doesn’t mean you can interpret the music as an ancient Greek would have.  Listening to it, do you know what the song is about?  Do you know what emotions an ancient Greek performer would expect you to feel?  Can you tell just by hearing it where and when it would be appropriate to have played this music, what type of occasion it might have accompanied?  I strongly suspect that the answer to those questions is “no.” 

These are questions you can answer successfully within your own musical tradition; for instance, if you hear a melody in a minor key, do you associate it with happiness or sadness?  If you’re an American and listen to this comedy routine, do you understand why it’s funny?  That’s because you understand the associations we have with major and minor keys, concepts specific to (relatively) recent Western musical theory.

Here, listen to this Bulgarian folk song.  My roommate, upon hearing it, first described it as “what Hell sounds like.”  When I told him it was actually about the harvest, he asked if I meant the harvest of souls.  In traditional Bulgarian folk music, these sounds are a feature, not a bug.  Imagine (because I can’t find a recording and don’t feel like uploading one myself) listening to a love song with those intervals, widely considered dissonant in Western music.  Those exist.  Or listen to Tuvan throat-singing, where the point isn’t a melody; that approach to music flies in the face of the vast majority of Western classical music theory.  (Tuvan throat-singing sounds so “alien” to Westerners that a Scandinavian company once used it—rather controversially, as you might guess—in an advertisement featuring cavemen.)  Here’s a traditional Inuit love song that to many non-Inuit people might sound more like an asthma attack. 

Don’t get me wrong—the Epitaph of Seikilos is an awesome thing.  I think it’s breathtaking to listen to it and know that it’s that old.  But “music is universal!” is a kindly meant untruth.  Some people, often people who study Western classical music, like to believe that music can be understood universally.  I believe that’s a naive viewpoint to take.  Music isn’t one language; it’s many, many languages.  You can listen to them and appreciate their beauty (particularly when the sound of the music corresponds to your own understanding of what is beautiful), but it requires study and consideration to understand them past the surface level. 

And frankly, it’s more interesting that way.

As an early music enthusiast and student of ethnomusicology, I so appreciate the above commentary, and can attest to its truth- even in the Western art music tradition, the reconstruction of older pieces is fraught, and sometimes the results are at best skilled estimates.

For example (and this is a very mild example), it is the case with one of my favourite pieces, Guillaume de Machaut’s La Messe de Nostre Dame, that there is disagreement about whether or not certain notes should be sung natural, flat, or sharp. Publishers of the piece include notes explaining that all barlines are editorial, and that singers should approximate the (hypothesized) Pythagorean tuning Machaut is assumed to have intended by widening sixths and thirds. In the edition of the piece that I own, the publishers have naturalized and sharped, variously, some of the F’s, but in other versions of the piece, editors will have made different choices, as it is unclear from surviving original manuscripts what Machaut himself intended (because 13th century Western notation differs significantly from its 21st century counterpart). You can hear the differences in interpretation of this piece here and here.

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#history #music