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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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on to some Led Zeppelin.



ahhhh ... now we're rockin! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've spent the last week listening to The Lancashire Hotpots 'singing' Chippy Tea.

It's MiniMe's ringtone and he rings himself just to hear it play.
Soul destroying!

Not so much a recommendation as a quick,leave the room and cover your ears.!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonnaG wrote:
Wow, Black Ink. That's one challenging (and absolutely gorgeous) piece. Good for you.

I think I've managed to hit that top C a few times without hurting anyone. The rest of the time ... well, let's just say the only living creature that would ever stay in the room was an odd cockatoo named Buddy. Embarassed

A few tips to use whilst aiming for the C ... relax, shoulders back, feet apart, chin up just enough to keep the throat relaxed, ensure you've got lots of air, relax, dig your toes into the floor, relax and go for it. (yes, there are four 'relaxes' in there on purpose)

If you ever get the notion to try and sing 'Memories' from Cats ... don't. It's a complete voice killer.


Wow Donna, thanks! I'm going to try all of those things you suggested next time I go and practice, I need all the help I can get! Laughing

I've actually done Memories, quite a while ago - I loved some of it, haha! Rolling Eyes

I'm currently flicking through Katherine Jenkins 3rd album, Living a Dream - very beautiful... especially Nessun dorma Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonnaG wrote:

A few tips to use whilst aiming for the C ... relax, shoulders back, feet apart, chin up just enough to keep the throat relaxed, ensure you've got lots of air, relax, dig your toes into the floor, relax and go for it. (yes, there are four 'relaxes' in there on purpose)


Another good method is to play in goal. A good hard kick of the ball into your nether regions and... no, wait. I think testicles are a requirement of this method...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

flirtybee wrote:
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on to some Led Zeppelin.



ahhhh ... now we're rockin! Very Happy


What? Rocking ourselves to sleep?

Sorry, I've never got the whole Led Zep thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can pick and choose a few tracks, but don't generally think anything produced by any particular band MUST be good.

For rock, I'd generally prefer the blast of AC/DC's energy, though it depends muchly on my mood. Other times I'm quite happy ZZ Top'ing or something sort of 'fun rock'.

Some mainstream hits the spot, but that depends. I like Dido and James Blunt among zillions of others, though I'm usually preferring some of my early eighties stuff.

And other times I'm happy listening to anything between opera, flamenco, country and even Gregorian chant.

IF I had to pick my fave artists, I'd probably say the multi talented Freddie Mercury, and as a singer I think Roy Orbison was outstanding. Status Quo are definitely my all time band.

The Bee has a very versatile (and maybe eclectic) taste.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go with AC/DC over Led Zep anytime. But then I think of myself as a rock fan, and Led Zep as a blues band.

Fave band for me is Rush, but I cover a lot fo ground in my tastes. I love 80's music in general, lots of older goth music, a wide range of classical stuff and show songs... blimey, anything but (generally) country and western.

"My wife left me, my only son died
The dog licked a socket and got himself fried
Throw in a steel guitar adn you can't go wrong
It's a surefire number one, country and western song'

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dark Side of the Moon - Great Gig in the Sky.

A wonderful piece of piano and vocal that tears your emotions apart if you let it.

I saw the Floyd in 1971 in Liverpool and they performed Dark Side live two years before the album was finished and released. It was stupendous.

I wasn't actually a great Pink Floyd fan, but sometimes you know instinctively when something is great
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan wrote:
Dark Side of the Moon - Great Gig in the Sky.

A wonderful piece of piano and vocal that tears your emotions apart if you let it.

I saw the Floyd in 1971 in Liverpool and they performed Dark Side live two years before the album was finished and released. It was stupendous.

I wasn't actually a great Pink Floyd fan, but sometimes you know instinctively when something is great


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now for something completely different.

These guys are crazy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGOohBytKTU&feature=related
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flight of the Conchords is great. BBC3 showed the series a couple of months ago.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep brilliant!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The radio show was good, too. ("Pictures are better on radio", "Preferred their earlier work", etc. etc.)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I realise that having won the Mercury Prize and Best British Group at the Brits this may be no surprise to some, but I've been listening to their "epic melancholic" album for some time and am enamoured.

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

It has only taken them 18 years to get here.

There is a writing link here - in the BBC mini-series The Singing Detective, the main character refers to the word 'elbow' as, "the most sensuous word in the English language, not for its definition, but for how it feels to say it."

And that is why the band is named, thus (apparently).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am very catholic in music tastes - though with some large gaps (e.g. most Jazz, most musicals / operas, almost all rap, country & western etc.) But, for writing I tend to prefer silence (that's not a Coldplay track) or the following:

Tangerine Dream; Gregorian Chants (and other medieval plainsong); Jean Michel Jarre's earlier works. These all have a certain sub-conscious hypnotism.

In general, most other music, I find too prescriptive - too suggestive an intrusion into the writing. There are specific track exceptions (e.g. some tracks on Pink Floyd's A Saucerful Of Secrets - especially Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun) but I do not want to keep changing tracks, so I prefer to use works I know will be long and unprescriptive.

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