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Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:33 pm UTC
by somitomi
Recently I noticed a few songs, that really reminded of an artist other than the one actually performing it. I'm bad at explaining, so I'll cut to the chase right away:
  • Jethro Tull - Rocks on the Road might as well be written by Mark Knopfler. I've seen the whole album being compared to Dire Straits (similarly to Crest of a Knave) so that's hardly anything new. Still, this song made me pause it once to think about what makes it sound so much more like Dire Straits than Jethro Tull.
  • Bryan Adams - Don't Even Try sounds like a Beatles song to me (and my mother), mostly like those on the Red Album. The voice would give this one away though.
I know there are thousands of these out there, but I still find this neat.

I'm calling this "Fleeting thoughts", because this doesn't really need its own thread but it also doesn't seem to fit elsewhere. Hope it's okay with everyone...

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:23 pm UTC
by AngrySquirrel
Why does every video on how to play bar-chords have some dude with fucking MASSIVE hands telling me that you don't need big hands or long fingers to play bar chords?

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
by somitomi
AngrySquirrel wrote:Why does every video on how to play bar-chords have some dude with fucking MASSIVE hands telling me that you don't need big hands or long fingers to play bar chords?

Bar chords are bullshit. Noone is able to hold down six steel guitar strings with only their index finger.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:20 am UTC
by Ginger
I always liked singing in high school choir even though I was never any good at it. Singing is fun! Another musical fleeting thought: There's a pop song where a woman entices a man to, "put his body on top of her." I never knew love songs were allowed to be so explicit? I guess it doesn't technically have swearing so it's A-OK.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
by commodorejohn
somitomi wrote:
AngrySquirrel wrote:Why does every video on how to play bar-chords have some dude with fucking MASSIVE hands telling me that you don't need big hands or long fingers to play bar chords?

Bar chords are bullshit. Noone is able to hold down six steel guitar strings with only their index finger.

This sure seems to be the case. But then the whole "geting all five fingers into precise positions frequently having to maneuver them around each other, and doing it fast and clean enough to actually work in a musical context" thing is kind of eluding me to begin with. I don't want to just give up, but dammit, there's a reason I took to bass rather than guitar at first.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:21 am UTC
by Ginger
I love the show Empire. Awesome family, awesome songs and drama aplenty. The latest twist with one of their children really shocked me! And apparently love is like a drug and we need to pull the plug. Ha-ha. Brilliant. I love that show so much. Soap operas with singing are cool. :D

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:00 am UTC
by gd1
Golden Axe - The Showdown (Metal Cover)

Close-ish to being perfect, but missing notes :(

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:03 am UTC
by Ginger
I love/hate love songs. Especially the ones about bad relationships. Breaking up songs are fun too. Especially when they trash their partner to the maximum about all their bad habits. But that's part of why I hate love songs: They get kinda perverse at times. Talking about ruining your ex-girlfriend's life for breaking up with you or whining that she wasn't "drunk enough to have sex with yet" or talking about your kinks in as explicit of detail as you can do. It's just kinda creepy and weird love song ladies and boys.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
by somitomi
I'm listening to all my songs on shuffle and when Sleeping on the Sidewalk started I thought it was a ZZ Top song.
It's also kind of odd how long it takes for me to recognise even the artists and I've heard most of these songs many times.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:20 am UTC
by Ginger
Why-Why-Why-Why does G like Eminem? He's mean to women in all his relationships songs. He yells at Rhianna he's gonna, "tie her down and set her house on fire." He bragged about going number one on a woman Twice. He is a thug and a delicious-delicious rapper. I wish I could purge my Eminem lust from my head forever-and-evermore. Instead I'll just say that he's not the first white boy that tried to rap and despite my loving attentions to his awful music I still believe he's not even the best rapper around.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
by somitomi
somitomi wrote:I'm listening to all my songs on shuffle and when Sleeping on the Sidewalk started I thought it was a ZZ Top song.
It's also kind of odd how long it takes for me to recognise even the artists and I've heard most of these songs many times.

Continuing the list of "songs that sound like some other artist", there's a Rolling Stones compilation called Through the Past, Darkly. The entire album is pretty similar in style, but I think Dandelion was playing when my mom came into the room and asked if I was listening to Beatles.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
by poxic
Fun fact: the Beatles and the Stones used to alternate release times for new songs so they wouldn't be competing with each other for airtime, back when they were the new hotness.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
by flicky1991
Sometimes I'm listening to my songs on shuffle and a single chord plays and I can't tell whether it's going to be The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night or the Pixies' Here Comes Your Man. It's probably not that similar if you listen to them together, but out of context I can't distinguish them.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:37 am UTC
by commodorejohn
I kind of have the inverse thing going on with Tom Petty - I keep discovering that songs that seem to me to be the products of wildly disparate artists that I don't know are actually just Petty and/or the Heartbreakers.

Re: Music Fleeting Thoughts

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
by Quercus
One problem with standard musical notation is that it bakes the structure of the major scale into the stave and note names themselves. This is an advantage while playing (mostly), but it's pretty hellish if you're trying to understand patterns in music, because you're working with a system that already has some patterns, but not others, baked in and that obscures certain patterns and over-emphasises others

(I'm trying to grok the circle of fifths, which is why I'm trying myself up in knots with this)