Problem: You're at a campout or other casual gathering with a bunch of MeFites. Some people have guitars and maybe other instruments. People want to have an old-fashioned sing-along. Sadly, nobody knows all the words or all the chords. What are good resources that can be brought together and cherry-picked to create a printable-for-sharing evolving, unofficial, fun songbook for such an event? [more inside]
Back in Riot Grrrl days, a pen pal made me an amazing mix tape. It was 90% mostly-west coast hardcore (Los Crudos, Spitboy) and 10% Guys and Dolls soundtrack, I shit you not -- obviously the best ever. I have no idea what her name was and I don't have the tape or the liner notes, but there are two songs that were great and haunt me. Please reach into your knowledge of 90s punk and hc, and help me identify them. [more inside]
I need some help wrapping up a playlist that I'm working on and the closing track is really giving me a headache, so I'd like to know if any of you have recommendations for songs that close out an album perfectly. More details inside! [more inside]
My (very nearly) eight year old has progressed to the point on guitar where she can play root positions pretty cleanly. Any suggestions for songs that are pretty simple - one chord across the verse, no quick changes. Can be folk or pop or whatever. I'm digging through Rise Up Singing right now.
Please help me add to my list of pop songs that have a great low frequencies. [more inside]
I'm doing PR for a heroic dissident who is on hunger strike to protest the actions of a dictator. He's in grave danger and I have little hope. I think he will be gone soon. Can anyone suggest poems or quotes relevant to this situation? I want them for my own comfort, but it would be especially useful if there was something that wasn't too long that I could use for PR. [more inside]
Is there a name for the type of song, often found in hip-hop, where the singer brags about how great they are as the main theme of the song? Example: "I'm the Best" by Nicki Minaj. Do you all have song recommendations for this type of song? Any genre of music is fine. Songs by women or gender nonconforming people preferred; no misogyny please. Thank you!
I'm in need of some new additions to my kitchen dancing playlists. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
Can you think of any songs with lyrics about living in (or growing up in) poor-quality housing or subsidized housing? Any genre. I can think of Jay-Z ("I was raised in the projects, roaches and rats") and Notorious B.I.G. ("No more public housing/Thinking back on my one-room shack...We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us/No heat").
Working on the weekly radio show for Saturday, April 2 and looking for good songs to celebrate April Fools... not songs _about_ April 1, but songs that are themselves tricks, jokes, fake-outs and deceptions. Some examples... [more inside]
I have a lot of digital music files in a lot of different formats. MP3, m4a, AAC, FLAC. I currently use iTunes and I mostly dislike it. I need to start over and find a solution for organizing and playing my 500(?) GB of music. [more inside]
I seem to really like music that gets described as “theatrical” or “cinematic” (at least by Pitchfork reviewers). The best examples are the Lavender Diamond and the album Challengers by The New Pornographers. Oh, also pretty much everything by The Lisps. In terms of individual songs that fit, I would also include The Bronze Beaches Boys of Summer by PAS/CAL and We Added It Up by My Brightest Diamond. [more inside]
This song line has been on my mind: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? In English, it means "Would you like to (go) to bed with me this evening?" It occurs to me it represents an unusual paradigm: Enthusiastic, affirmative mutual consent. It doesn't merely ask "will you agree to this?" It asks "do you desire it?" Looking for more like this. [more inside]
5 people need to learn the non-Keith Partridge parts of this song. For me, it's easiest to listen to the song over and over and learn by ear, but others can would rather learn it by sight. [more inside]
I love, love, love melancholy or sad songs that feature an electric organ, but I stumble upon them infrequently. Could you help me find more? [more inside]
What audio or video recordings are available online of concerts where the lead singer/vocalist stops and the audience takes over to sing the lyrics or chorus of a song without them? Any genre. Kid-safe clips without swearing or explicit lyrics, preferred.
I'd like to learn some songs that are fairly simple to strum on the guitar and sing. Details within. [more inside]
I'm looking for songs along the theme of teaching -- the only example I can think of right now is "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music... Not finding Google helpful so far. There must be more! Any type of music is fair game.
I recently completed the videogame Life Is Strange, which I liked very much. The game's conclusion features the song 'Spanish Sahara', by Foals. It's an absolute knockout tune - a sprawling, emotional epic that builds, builds, builds and goes somewhere truly breathtaking without resorting to walls of sound or some kind of 'epic' conclusion. It reminded me of my current favourite song: 'No Reptiles', by Everything Everything, which could be the soundtrack to a montage of a complex life. I'm looking for more songs like these. [more inside]
Am I qualified to teach piano even though I never went to music school? [more inside]
The first 15 seconds of Rita Ora's "I Will Never Let You Down" is so frustratingly familiar. Do you know what it's reminding me of? [more inside]
Looking for music and hopefully audio for birthday songs that might have been sung in the states before ~1860, ideally in English. I feel certain that I have seen a list of such songs in the past, but several decades worth of hubbub about the "Happy Birthday to You" copyright and the generic nature of the possible search terms seem to have have rendered Google helpless. Thanks!
I'm looking for good "Autumn" music. With specifications, of course. [more inside]
I'd like to make a mix of songs that say "everything sucks" for a group of people who I know for sure would appreciate and enjoy it. [more inside]
I want to make a playlist for a loved one that is getting out of a bad relationship. I want to include songs that are upbeat, positive, female friendly/pro-female with messages of it will get better/you can do this/you are strong/he's not worth it/he doesn't deserve you etc. [more inside]
Someone took a chatchy pop song and turned the lyrics into something way better. Not in a weird al way, more like this and this. Can you share more examples?
Strongly overcome with the desire to compile a playlist that discuss and highlight emotional labor and when it's unequal. Can you help? [more inside]
Working on a playlist of fun, catchy pop songs by women whose underlying (or overt) message is simply, "No, seriously, fuck you. FOREVER." Can you help? [more inside]
Lots of laboring jobs have a history of singing while working. Does mining? Are there miner songs?
I am looking for a song for a female vocalist to sing during the middle of a series of speeches at an upcoming marriage equality rally I am planning for SCOTUS decision day. (Music kind of breaks up the monotony of these types of things) [more inside]
I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
- Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
- Software to help in the process.
Based on this motley assortment of songs that I really get the chills from, can you recommend more? [more inside]
Many years ago, I heard a song that included the following lyrics: "She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream" and I haven't been able to find it again. [more inside]
Can you help? I'm looking for songs released from 2000 to now that use either steel drums or steel drums sounds on a synth or similar. I'm mostly looking for songs in pop genres where the steel drum is not a common sound or instrument, although I'm not going to turn down any recommendations. Any language is fine.
A colleague and I are starting some new research in which we are interested in whether we can influence people's interpretation of emotionally-mixed music and language. We easily found music of mixed emotional tone (studied in the article linked here; paywalled, but I can share if anyone is interested), but it's been far harder to find mixed-emotion language that meets our constraints. More details follow. [more inside]
I really can't think of good examples of songs where women have the lead vocals and a man / group of men only jump in for the chorus / the la-la-las / whatever. (There's a song on Exile In Guyville, but that's all I've got.) Please help me out with some tunes. Thanks!
Suggestions for songs to add to a toddler bedtime playlist? [more inside]
Hanging out here in Baltimore. What are some songs about curfew and military occupation? Any genre, any language welcome.
I got an alto ocarina on a bit of a whim. Recommend songs for me to play on it besides Zelda music! [more inside]
There are some really catchy up-lifting sounding songs that are absolutely horrible once you listen to the music. My top examples are the Counting Song and the Shop Vac Song. I guess they both share the idea that you're looking forward to this thing (adulthood, starting your life, etc) that is utterly disappointing and completely a trap. I'm looking for similar songs, in style and content, and sing-along-able.
Can anyone suggest some motivational songs that you can use for working out, running, and work? [more inside]
No, I don't want to know what Nurse With Wound is doing lately. I want to hear more songs about the death of industries. The more specific, the better. [more inside]
Anyone know of a dependable encyclopedia for song credits? [more inside]
Tell me about some songs that are sensual in the way that "Take Me to Church" is, but aren't overtly, explicitly sexual the way that "Do Me!" or "Let's Get It On" are. [more inside]
Wanted: music to remind me to live deliberately, live consciously, and not coast through life on autopilot. [more inside]
I really like the music in Apple's "Aluminum" video for the Apple Watch. Unfortunately, AppleMusic.info has no information about this video. Any idea who the artist might be?
Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
I love love and I hate most love songs. I feel that real love is incredibly beautiful in it's complexity yet knowledge of it's frailty. I want songs that express this sentiment without being cynical.
Mr. Westridge's 40th birthday is coming up. I have decided to give him 40 of something every day for the forty days leading up to his actual birthday. One thing I want to give him is a collection of 40 love songs but I'm running out of ideas for songs. Also what would be the best way to gather all these songs together and present them? [more inside]