Tuesday, April 17, 2007

EVERYBODY IS A SONG

People are like Songs


They can be Country, Rock N Roll , Reggae, Disco, Classical, Swing, Folk or Pop
but they are all Music to someone's ears


Many Songs have an unforgettable Melody
but their insipid, uninspired, Lyrics ruin it



Others have brilliant Lyrics that go unheard
buried beneath a cacophony of noise



Far too many Songs have one line hooks
that get stuck in your brain all day long

Some Songs transport you back to simpler times

while others make you wonder about tomorrow

One Song may make you laugh and jump for joy
but another can make you sad enough to cry

Too often you hear the same Song over and over and over
and even if it is great, you stop listening


There are anthems that strike a chord with all of us
and we can recognize them after hearing a single note


Some Songs are robotic and rhythmic
others unique and acapelic


Most Songs rely on a Producer
and very few would ever get heard without a Program Director

Every once in a while you discover a Song that has it all,
brilliant lyrics soaring atop a rhapsodic melody
that grabs you like a wave and sweeps you out to sea
These Songs are my Friends
and I always listen to the entire Album

Some Songs are total Rip Offs
that you’ve heard a million times before


A lot of Songs are contractually obligated filler
that accompany a lonely Hit Single.

We organize Songs by Mood, Genre, Length, Titles and Tempo
but it is usually how they make us feel
that determines how much and how often we listen
and try to understand that song


Sometimes we start off on the wrong note
and we need to listen a few times before we can truly appreciate them

Of course I am preaching to choir
and I probably sound like a broken record



WHAT ARE PEOPLE HEARING FROM YOU?
and what are you hearing from me?

38 comments:

  1. What people hear from me.
    My body is an orchestra at night. In perfect tune with the Rhythmic snoring and kicking of the good lady...

    I could not imagine my life without music, long walks with the head phones in, bopping along to a beat no one except myself can hear...

    What people hear from you..
    From you your song is sometimes angry, sometimes funny, but always thought provoking. Marilyn Manson meets Weird Al Yankovick:)

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  2. What people hear from you is the entire 800-volume sets of the Best 1,000 songs from Britain, America, Australia and whatever other country and era.

    It never ceases to amaze me how wide-ranging your knowledge of music is, from young to old.

    And that parallels the variety of thoughts and opinions and knowledge you have about everything.

    You're Mr. DJ and Mr. Philosophy and Mr. Nature and Mr. Religion all rolled into one, all at the same time.

    Me, I figure people mostly hear acoustic guitar, slower tunes with feeling...but maybe they hear Tiny Tim and his ukelele or a kazoo for all I know...

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  3. Not too sure what sort of music I'm transmitting, but from you, Donn, in between the funny, the frivolous, the furious, I hear "good."
    A lovely post today, when we all need a softer note.Thanks.

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  4. Some one said about music that I like,

    You were the right age,
    At the right time,
    Listening to the right music!

    I guess that's right!

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  5. From me? I have no idea... Probably a cacophany of crap! A symphony of scum, a brainfull of balderdash! From you, about the same. :)

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  6. I don't think anyone is hearing anything from me, nor am I hearing anything from anyone. Honestly.

    Most of the time, I'm just talking to people without any real idea what I'm saying, and most of the time I'm not listening to whoever is talking to me.

    Life needs to slow down just a little bit. I didn't realize this until reading your post and your question at the end.

    So what am I hearing from you? Not much, but you're making me listen to myself, so maybe I *am* hearing something.

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  7. wow what a beautiful post HE! ppl r like songs indeed.


    **Most Songs rely on a Producer
    and very few would ever get heard without a Program Director

    I love that one.



    **WHAT ARE PEOPLE HEARING FROM YOU?

    that u'd have to tell me or else I'd be just saying what I prefer ppl to hear me as. :)


    **and what are you hearing from me?

    Im hearing wisdom, intelligence, knowledge, sensibility, humor, love and humanity. A perfect blend of Rock and Grunge. ;-)


    Keshi.

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  8. oddly enough, your place reminds me of Electric Light Orchestra. super eclectic, catchy, the damndest stuff from left field, square peg in a round hole that fits kinda thingie.

    me? i aspire to john lee hooker. neil young. on my best day i reach...maybe bonnie rait, maybe mahogany rush.

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  9. ...nah.. more like 'The Archies'.

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  10. aidan,
    (Manson & Yankovic)

    We're all stars now
    in the dope show...
    First in my class here at MIT
    Got skills, I'm a champion at D&D
    Keep you're 40, I'll just have an Earl Grey tea
    My rims never spin, to the contrary
    You'll find that they're quite stationary
    All of my action figures are cherry
    Stephen Hawking's in my library

    without a ukelele,
    (Tiny Tim)

    Tiptoe to the window,
    by the window that is where I'll be
    Come tiptoe through the tulips with me!
    Tiptoe from your pillow, to the shadow of a willow tree
    And tiptoe through the tulips with me!

    dinahmow,
    (Roxy Music)

    I could feel at the time
    There was no way of knowing
    Fallen leaves in the night
    Who can say where they´re blowing
    As free as the wind
    And hopefully learning
    Why the sea on the tide
    Has no way of turning
    More than this - there is nothing

    steve
    (Jesus Jones)

    I was alive and I waited, waited
    I was alive and I waited for this
    Right here, Right now
    There is no other place I want to be
    Right here, Right now
    Watching the world wake up from history

    stace,
    (The Verve)

    'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
    Trying to make ends meet
    You're a slave to money then you die
    I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
    You know the one that takes you to the places
    where all the veins meet yeah

    anonymousblogger,
    (Buffalo Springfield)

    There's battle lines being drawn
    Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
    Young people speaking their minds
    Getting so much resistance from behind
    I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
    Everybody look what's going down

    keshiroo,
    (The Who)

    Ohhhhh, listening to you I get the music.
    Gazing at you I get the heat.
    Following you I climb the mountain.
    I get excitement at your feet!
    Right behind you I see the millions.
    On you I see the glory.
    From you I get opinions.
    From you I get the story.
    Listening to you!

    firsty,
    (Neil Young)

    Once I thought I saw you
    in a crowded hazy bar,
    Dancing on the light
    from star to star.
    Far across the moonbeam
    I know that's who you are,
    I saw your brown eyes
    turning once to fire.

    You are like a hurricane
    There's calm in your eye.
    And I'm gettin' blown away
    To somewhere safer
    where the feeling stays.
    I want to love you but
    I'm getting blown away.

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  11. wow thats a great way of explaining it :) I feel honored HE ty!


    btw check my today's post when u have time. I want ur comment in it.

    Keshi.

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  12. Bryan Ferry, huh? Wouldn't have picked that myself, but you "see me" from a different angle.
    That "wise woman" in WA has you spot-on.The ELO.

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  13. keshi,
    On my way...
    btw: aren't you glad I didn't use I Touch Myself by the Divinyls!

    dinahmow,
    The SONG not the Vocalist..
    Natalie Merchant did a great version if you want to hear a female vocalist sing it.

    No I get more of the 'wonder about the universe' feel from you which I think that song expresses...
    "who can say where they're blowing"

    ..one of my favorite lines EVER!
    It was totally mean't as a compliment my Dear.

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  14. I hear Is there Life on Mars since you told me thats your all time fave song....

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  15. I hear your humor and concern about life in general very clearly HE. That's why I always come back.

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  16. I'm a melange of Ben Folds songs, complete with cuss words and irresponsible notions about personal responsibility and senselessness.

    "yeah I thought about the army, Dad said Son you're f**king high..."

    Wahoo! =)

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  17. People hear maths puzzles or MY poetry from me. They run away from both...:D

    Err..shall I start reading my poetry for you?

    GAUTAMI

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  18. angel without wings,
    (Whitney)

    I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
    If I fail, if I succeed
    At least I live as I believe
    No matter what they take from me
    They can't take away my dignity
    Because the greatest love of all
    Is happening to me

    menchie,
    (Beatles)
    Life is very short, and there's no time
    For fussing and fighting, my friend
    I have always thought that it's a crime
    So I will ask you once again

    Try to see it my way
    Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
    While you see it your way
    There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long
    We can work it out
    We can work it out

    shelley,
    (Pat Kickass Benatar)

    You come on with a come on, you dont fight fair
    But thats o.k., see if I care!
    Knock me down, its all in vain
    I'll get right back on my feet again!

    Hit me with your best shot!
    Why dont you hit me with your best shot!
    Hit me with your best shot!
    Fire away!

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  19. gautami,
    (Deep Purple)

    We're all the same but then again we're all quite different in our own peculiar ways
    We've come so far and now we're going through another phase
    But it's alright
    We made it so far

    As we all know it's hard to breathe when something spiritual has taken place
    We don't know why we don't know how we've been transformed into a state of grace
    But it's alright
    We walk in our sleep
    Yes it's alright
    This is rapture of the deep

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  20. The numbers on your amp go up to eleven.

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  21. mj,
    (Spinal Tap)

    Working on a sex farm
    Hosing down your barn door
    Bothering your livestock
    They know what I need

    Working up a hot sweat
    Crouching in your pea patch
    Plowing through your beanfield
    Planting my seed

    Sex farm woman,
    I'll be your hired hand
    Sex farm woman,
    I'll let my offer stand
    Sex farm woman,
    don't you hear my tractor rumbling by?

    Working on a sex farm
    Trying to raise some hard love
    Getting out my pitch fork
    Poking your hay

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  22. The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin'
    That's what I said
    The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
    Or so I have read

    My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo
    I'd like to sink her with my pink torpedo

    Big bottom, big bottom
    Talk about bum cakes, my girl's got 'em
    Big bottom drive me out of my mind
    How could I leave this behind?

    I met her on Monday, twas my lucky bun day
    You know what I mean
    I love her each weekday, each velvety cheek day
    You know what I mean

    My love gun's loaded and she's in my sights
    Big game is waiting there inside her tights, yeah

    Big bottom, big bottom
    Talk about mud flaps, my girl's got 'em
    Big bottom drive me out of my mind
    How could I leave this behind?

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  23. mj,
    Touchez,
    and I would like to add that you are obviously very 'Touchez'd',

    and I mean that in the nicest possible way.!

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  24. Insert the word "conversations" instead of SONGS... this too is true. We say what we feel and different conversations can take different tones, etc etc.
    From me, you hear what I feel, and what I say may get stuck in your mind like a one track record...a bropken record. LOL
    I used to have a saying back in the 80's..the word was, "Grouse".
    "You are so GROUSE", "That is so GROUSE", "Wham are so GROUSE" , LOL. My best freind came from a country town, they never heard this word before, soon enough, like shit stuck to a wall, they would say GROUSE like it was a word they owned, LOL.
    Yep, I rubbed off on them :)

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  25. Great choice of song for me H.E. That is exactly what I'm about....

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  26. I am that song that Kate Bush did with Ozzy Osbourne- what was that called? I forget.

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  27. You seem to have a penchant for facts n figures so have a peep at this.

    http://www.glumbert.com/media/shift

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  28. You seem to have a penchant for facts n figures so have a peep at this.

    http://www.glumbert.com/media/shift

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  29. cazzie,
    (Nelly Furtado)

    In the day
    In the night
    Say it right
    Say it all
    You either got it
    Or you don't
    You either stand or you fall
    When your will is broken
    When it slips from your hand
    When there's no time for joking
    There's a hole in the plan

    angel without wings,
    You Go Gilfriend *snaps finger*

    allan,
    Did you mean..

    KATE:
    Out on the wiley, windy moors
    We'd roll and fall in green.
    You had a temper like my jealousy:
    Too hot, too greedy.
    How could you leave me,
    When I needed to possess you?
    I hated you. I loved you, too.

    OZZY:
    Ive seen your face a hundred times
    Everyday weve been apart
    I dont care about the sunshine, yeah
    cause mama, mama, Im coming home
    Im coming home

    KATE:
    Bad dreams in the night
    You told me I was going to lose the fight,

    OZZY:
    You took me in and you drove me out
    Yeah, you had me hypnotized
    Lost and found and turned around
    By the fire in your eyes

    DUET:
    Wuthering Wuthering Heights
    cause mama, mama, Im coming home

    dinahmow,
    OOOHH! Right up mu alley! Loved it..I should have that on my sidebar..thank you!

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  30. This is how I feel at the moment.
    1997 The Bee Gees - To Love Somebody

    There's a light
    A certain kind of light
    That never shone on me
    I want my life to be
    Lived with you
    Lived with you.
    There's a way
    Everybody says
    To do each and every little thing
    But what good does it bring
    If I ain't got you,
    Ain't got ?
    Babe, you don't know what it's like,
    Baby, you don't know what it's like
    To love somebody
    To love somebody
    The way I love you


    In my brain
    I see your face again
    I know my frame of mind
    You ain’t got to be so blind
    And I'm blind,
    So so very blind
    Cos I'm a man,
    Can't you see what I am
    I live and breathe for you
    But what good does it do
    If I ain't got you,
    Ain't got ?

    Babe, you don't know what it's like,
    Baby, you don't know what it's like.

    To love somebody
    To love somebody
    The way I love you


    Ohhh…
    You don't know what it's like,
    Baby, you don't know what it's like.

    To love somebody
    To love somebody
    The way I love you

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  31. cream de la creme,

    WOW You'Ol Smoothy/Hopeless Romantic!! I love those old 'brothers Gibb' tunes and this song has one their best vocals..these guys wrote songs that allow you to singalong at the top of your lungs
    (I can't do the latter day falsetto years anymore without hurting something)

    aaah there's NO stalgia like Nostalgia...
    (I know that doesn't make sense)

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  32. I think you're a bit Chris Rea actually

    and I wanna be evil,

    I want to wake up in the morning
    with that dark brown taste
    I want to see some dissipation in my face
    I wanna be evil, I wanna be mad
    But more that that I wanna be bad

    I wanna be evil, and trump an ace,
    Just to see my partner's face.
    I wanna be nasty, I wanna be cruel
    I wanna be daring, I wanna shoot pool

    And in the theatre
    I want to change my seat
    Just so I can step on
    Everybody's feet

    I wanna be evil, I wanna hurt flies
    I wanna sing songs like the guy who cries
    I wanna be horrid, I wanna drink booze
    And whatever I've got I'm eager to lose

    I wanna be evil, little evil me
    Just as mean and evil as I can be

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  33. ziggi,
    Nicely done Witchy Woman
    (Eagles)

    "Raven hair and ruby lips
    Sparks fly from her finger tips
    Echoed voices in the night
    She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight
    Wooo hooo witchy woman, see how
    High she flies
    Woo hoo witchy woman she got
    The moon in her eye
    She held me spellbound in the night
    Dancing shadows and firelight
    Crazy LAUGHTER in another"

    And I agree with Freddy
    (Mercury, not your horse, although I haven't asked him)

    "I'm knitting with only one needle
    Unravelling fast it's true
    I'm driving only three wheels these days
    But my dear how about you

    I'm going slightly mad
    I'm going slightly mad
    It finally happened
    It finally happened - oh yes
    It finally happened
    I'm slightly mad
    Just very slightly mad

    And there you have it!"

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  34. This is what plays in my soul:

    Mary Chapin Carpenter "I Take My Chances"

    I took a walk in the rain one day on the wrong side of the tracks
    I stood on the rails till I saw that train
    Just to see how my heart would react
    Now some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate
    And for them I would not disagree
    But I never learned nothing from playing it safe
    I say fate should not tempt me

    I take my chances, I don't mind working without a net
    I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

    I sat alone in the dark one night, tuning in by remote
    I found a preacher who spoke of the light but there was brimstone in his throat
    He'd show me the way according to him in return for my personal check
    I flipped my channel back to CNN and I lit another cigarette

    I take my chances, forgiveness doesn't come with a debt
    I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

    I've crossed lines of words and wire and both have cut me deep
    I've been frozen out and I've been on fire and the tears are mine to weep
    Now I can cry until I laugh and laugh until I cry
    So cut the deck right in half, I'll play from either side

    I take my chances, I pay my dollar and I place my bet
    I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get
    I take my chances, I don't cling to remorse or regret
    I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get
    I take my chances

    Oddly enough, I hear "Major Tom" for you. It's a Bowie thing I guess. LOL

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  35. An old song I love is one that has recently resurfaced in some commercial (ack!) and I haven't been able to get it out of my head for weeks (not that I really want to):

    What are you doing the rest of your life?
    North and South and East
    And West of your life?
    I have only one request of your life
    That you spend it all with me...

    All the seasons and the times of your days
    All the nickels and the dimes of your days
    Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days
    All begin and end with me...

    I want to see your face
    In every kind of light
    In fields of gold and
    Forests of the night
    And when you stand before
    The candles on a cake
    Oh let me be the one to hear
    The silent wish you make

    Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
    In the world of love you keep in your eyes
    I'll awaken what's asleep in your eyes
    It may take a kiss or two...

    Throu-ough all of my life
    Summer, Winter, Spring and Fall of my life
    All I ever will recall of my life
    Is all of my life
    With you...ou-ou...

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  36. hi laura,
    Oh yeah..probably the Dusty Springfield version but it was also covered by a ton-o-people like Streisand and Sinatra.
    More Boomer nostalgia...

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  37. now thats a post to make one think! i know which one i HOPE people here me as...
    my life is never quiet- i can't ever work without music and i always have at least one earphone plugged in!

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  38. from you- its all good, and i consider you a friend of mine!

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