I am looking for a piano teacher who works with adults that have no previous experience. Said teacher should be located in the Toronto area and able to work with someone who is employed full-time. Personal anecdotes appreciated.
I'm in my early thirties and I don't think I've ever been creative. I just don't think I have much imagination for those kinds of things. But it's something I think I'd like in my life, and I'm a little bewildered where to start. Is creativity or imagination something I can learn (or be taught), or is it more innate?
I've been listening to metal for nearly 20 years and lately I've gotten really into ethereal, dreamy, possibly sad or wistful covers of classic metal songs done by female singers. The Cardigans' covers of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Iron Man are getting close to what I want, but the instrumentation is not as sparse as I'd like. The original songs that scratch this itch probably stretch from Sabbath territory over to Iron Maiden, and less often into other metal subgenres. Please hit me with your best recommendations!
They used to have motion dolls years ago......like angles, and carolers, who moved back and forth holding candles, and some lit up and some played music. All I can find is Telco and Rennoc as company names for these dolls. But they are all used on e-bay. I think they were called motion-ettes. [more inside]
Around 1957, the Italian maid sang this lullaby to my father and his siblings. Based on my grandmother's remembered lyrics, can anyone help me find it? Sulla sedia io mi dondolo / E tu sei fra le mie braccia / Piccolina della mama / Nina nana nin' oe' [more inside]
For some fiction I'm working on, I need to know in some detail what the process is like for members of an orchestra before a performance. How early do they arrive at the orchestra hall? What do they do with their coats? Does everyone have a locker? Where do instrument cases sit during the show? Do people warm up at all before going out onstage to do the more public warmup? Is there a lot of chitchat? Basically, if you could walk me through the process step by step, that'd be a huge help.
This has become one of my favourite Christmas songs in recent years. I'm looking for others of the same ilk. What do you recommend?
I've recently noticed a particular, highly pitchy snare sound in lots of trap songs (see eg the snare in this Clams Casino track). I'm curious as to (a) where it originated and (b) how it was produced (to my ears it sounds like a heavily band-filtered snare sample, perhaps layered with pitched noise). Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Let's say I really liked shimmery 80s-and-early-90s-influenced synthpop, with meticulous production and beautiful analog synths, dreamy or subdued vocals, and a hint of shoegaze inspiration, and felt like maybe the best recent examples of that were several years ago, stretching from 2004-2011. What should I be listening to these days to think, "This never went away, I just stopped paying attention?" [more inside]
What are profound, life-changing books, movies, articles, content that you can suggest? [more inside]
I'm looking for more music in the style of Lemaitre's Closer, primarily the jazzy horns & piano over a driving house-ish (?) synth and beat. Any recommendations for artists and/or tracks? Thanks!
please direct me to the finest vegetarian food toronto has to offer. [more inside]
What's the best way to make electronic music when you can't see very much? [more inside]
I heard it on country radio some time between 2008 and 2011, I think it was on a lot back then. It's sung by a man in first person, about reluctantly going on a date despite still being depressed about a past breakup, and having his world brought back to life by the new woman during the course of the evening. [more inside]
So, post-election, I'm feeling kind of like I'm hearing a lot of songs (particularly 80s/Cold War era- songs) for the first time all over again. Help me build a playlist to explore this phenomenon? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of an animated music video that concerns three men in a mental hospital. They comically escape in order to carve their names into a tree, then steal the guards' car that come after them. It may have been by a French group but I'm not confident about that. [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of the most notable people ever to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston. Anyone from 1900 to date.
I just watched That Thing You Do for the first time in ages, and fell in love with the title track all over again. It got me wondering, what other good and notable songs were written to sound like the popular songs of a different era? [more inside]
There's an incredible number of album covers in the mid-late 1970s where the (male) artists were shirtless - especially black artists. It was only for a few year period but was incredibly prevalent. It's also definitely not done in a 'sexy' way. It's often just a bunch of guys hanging out without shirts on. Is there a particular reason this came into vogue or was it just a quirk/fad of the era's fashion style? [more inside]
Help me rock out to how terrible everything is. Looking for uptempo songs of general disgust with the world. [more inside]
I am one day and 6 hours into a 4 day, 1200 mile, 18 hour experience alone in the car with my 16 month old. We have listened to (and I have sung along to) the same Raffi album (singable songs for the very young) roughly 11 billion times. Please share some additional downloadable options for toddler friendly audio that will help keep dad sane. She only has about a dozen words, so she won't be doing that much in the way of engaging, but she does find singing along by me to be entertaining.
Vegas by Crystal method makes me happy and productive. I need a new album! [more inside]
The last few days have been hard. Mavis Staples has been restoring my soul. As a devoted Stax fan, I know the music of The Staples Singers pretty well. But what are some other gospel and/or soul tracks from the 20th century Civil Rights movement that are rich with hope and strength? [more inside]
Can you identify the piece of music this theme is from [link to YouTube video of me trying to bang it out on a piano]? I think maybe it's from Haydn? I think I knew it from a simplified piano arrangement but for some reason I think it might come from one of his string quartets? [more inside]
For my election night celebration (TTTCS) I'm looking for the hottest, most rare choice indie electro club bangers of 2008. [more inside]
It's coming up to my daughter's 5th birthday and I'd like to get her some kind of musical instrument (probably a keyboard) that will connect to her iPad and allow her to play some fun games, learn some simple tunes, develop her ear and generally have a good time. [more inside]
What is the background song that plays between ~4:04-5:20 in the Hillary Clinton video The Story of Us?
I teach heated vinyasa flow yoga. In the past, I have not normally taught or practiced with music, but I recently started teaching at a couple of studios that expect music to be played during class. So I am looking for some good tunes. Difficulty level: I do not like typical "yoga music." [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a widely used guitar tab file format, and associated software? There seems to be everything on the net from text files with just letters to proper sheet music with the guitar tab written underneath and I'm getting a bit lost. [more inside]
I'm looking for songs with the same drum beat (on the hi-hat) as this one. Any time period or genre is OK.
Inspired by the fact that episodic TV shows have brief theme songs, I want one that I can adopt for the D&D setting I've been DMing. Something to set the mood during the first ~2 minutes, during the previous-session-recap phase. Help me find the perfect track. [more inside]
How can I carry around a LOT of music? I have 300+GB of music, audiobooks, and lectures, and the few GB of space on my iPhone frustrates me. I have a travel router that works dandy as a pocket-able streaming server; are there USB storage devices in that size range that don't require wall power? [more inside]
Last.fm used to keep an amazing, long list of "similar tracks" for every song. As of a year or two ago, their godawful new interface only shows four. Can full lists still somehow be generated somewhere, and if so where/how? [more inside]
If I've always loved the well-constructed, sophisticated music of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen's The Nightfly and Sade, what else should I check out?
I'm in the market for a little piece of audio gear to experiment with and add live sounds to a fairly traditional three piece rock band. I'm having a bit of trouble working out what would suit my 'needs'. [more inside]
Some time between 1983 and 1985 (maybe as late as 1986) an electronica/experimental/post-punk band (probably British) released a slow-paced song that mentioned "yellow, blue and green" in its lyrics. The sound was more moody than aggressive. It was at least partially spoken more than sung by the male vocalist. I can't remember another damn thing about it, but it's been driving me mad for years. [more inside]
The first 40 seconds of the song "Ecstasy" by The Wolfgang Press (1984) features a sample of a Mexican mariachi-style trumpet/brass piece. I cannot identify the source of this sample. [more inside]
Where should I control volume when I am listening to music on a device with a volume control through one or more devices with their own volume controls? [more inside]
Please assist me in re-finding this short story I read last year about a composer publishing his friend's unpublished symphony as his own, because his friend faked his death to escape from a crime. [more inside]
Looking for songs that pick me up and make me want to live again after a long day of work! What are your favorites? [more inside]
Please recommend me your favourite recent-ish metal albums in the following categories: (1) stoner doom; (2) psychedelic black metal; (3) psychedelic doom/sludge/desert rock. Examples inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to get a music project started in a city I haven't lived in that long, where I don't have a huge network. How do I draw an audience in the early stages? [more inside]
Whenever I listen to songs referencing relationships and attraction, either the lyrics are always referring to a generic "you" ("I love you, you're so sexy...") or they are explicitly hetero ("Girl, I want to be your man..."). I was wondering if you could recommend me songs that are hella gay. I don't mean the musician is queer (though obviously they probably will be), I mean the lyrics specifically have some non-hetero references. [more inside]
I'm obsessed with this Icelandic Hymn being played in a train station. Help me find more music like this. [more inside]
I really can't deal right now with the (lack of) organization of my electronic photos, music, and files. [more inside]
Let's say I wanted to listen to chiptunes in the style of e.g. Explosions in the Sky or Do Make Say Think or Sigur Ros. Ideally long pieces (7+ minutes?). Any suggestions on where to find these? Is anyone doing this? 100 bonus points if it's actual chiptune (or a faithful recreation) versus "sounds kind of video game-y".
Looking for a guitar amp, $200-range, just for messing around. The Blackstar ID15 looks pretty versatile. Good reviews on the Roland Cube 20GX as well. Anything else I should be looking at? Looking for some built-in effects with a good user interface, easy to program. (Good/bad experiences programming with an iOS app welcome!)
I have hundreds of records (translation for those under 32: "vinyl"). I have stereo speakers. And somebody just sold me her turntable for twenty bucks. Now all I need is an amp. I don't want to spend a lot of money. What should I buy?
The song "God, Please Let Me Go Back" by Josh Rouse is on the House MD Original Television Soundtrack released in 2007. What I can't recall and can't find online is which episode it's performed on. Anyone recall? Thanks.
SO and I will be in Austin Tx from late on October 30 to early on November 3. We're staying close to downtown and we'll have a vehicle. We're not into the 20 something bar scene. We'd much rather listen to some music (blues and country) and eat some good food. Not really picky eaters, but at least one BBQ meal. Franklins is amazing, but we're not sure we want to line up for 3 hours. Any suggestions from the community?