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Help me identify this song based on the melody

What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
posted by flod logic on Mar 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Help Me Find Pop Songs with Gypsy, Jewish, or Eastern European flavor

While reading in a coffee shop (ok, so it was a Starbucks) I was introduced to Leonard Cohen's song Dance to the End of Love. I've been obsessing about it ever since. It's plangent melody, which sounds like something Eastern European or Jewish in melody, is wonderfully endearing and catchy. I've also heard Mary Hopkins' song "Those Were the Days" which is based of an old-Gypsy song Dorogoi dlinnoyu (("Дорогой длинною"). I'm looking for other pop songs that trade on Gypsy or Eastern European melodies and motifs. They need not be American songs , or even have lyrics related to rustic surroundings (Cohen's song, for instance, doesn't) but they should have that same melodic sensibility. I don't have a technical knowledge of music but most of us can atleast sort of agree what songs sound "eastern europeanish" or Gypsy-ish or Jewish (see Dve Giatari for example or Tumabalalaika for a Jewish example) They need not be American songs as well. Anything really will do.
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jan 14, 2014 - 35 answers

Name this melody, hard mode

Here is a MIDI file of a melody that is stuck in my head, from deep recesses of old memories. I'm not sure why it came back up today. Please tell me where it came from. Difficulty level: pretty sure it's a fairly famous Chinese or other East Asian language pop song, but I can't remember any lyrics.
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Oct 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Make Me a Melancholy Mixtape

I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want to dance. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Mar 21, 2011 - 70 answers

Name the sappy, instrumental tune, whose basic melody I'm humming.

Can you name this slow, sappy, mostly-instrumental song (and its artist) from the last decade? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Feb 15, 2011 - 14 answers

All my words come back to me, like emptiness in harmony

What are some recognizable songs that can be played on a single instrument? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Dec 3, 2010 - 26 answers

Mystery Music Box Melody

Please help me identify this music box melody. A Romantic waltz, perhaps? The object itself is probably from the 1960s or 70s, a kaleidoscope marked Musicalscope / C.I / Japan. Thanks!
posted by methinks on Jul 12, 2010 - 3 answers

I'm looking for a capella/other Christian folk songs!

I've fallen in love with this song sung on A Praire Home Companion (starts around 0:26:36). Can ya'll give me some suggestions as to similar tunes? [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jul 9, 2010 - 14 answers

How do you sing a song no one's ever heard before?

Are there examples of made-up songs from books (like the original Winnie-the-Pooh's hums) being put to music anywhere? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Apr 8, 2010 - 16 answers

Point me to the Counterpoint

Recommendations for movie soundtracks that use contrapuntal music. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Mar 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Tickle Me Ivory

What is the best way to master scales, chords, and chord progressions on the piano / keyboard. More specifically, help me create harmony and melody. My husband and I are starting to create music on our computer. I think I have a pretty good ear for what sounds good, but I feel like a complete hack on the keyboard. I would like to become proficient at hitting keys that sound well together or next to each other. I am studying basic theory, but where does the rubber meet the road? Is it simply muscle memory? I am not really interested in playing a piece of sheet music, but if that will help, I will learn. I just want to create my own music. I know I have to practice, but practice doing what? I would be rather proud of myself if someone told me drop and play I V vi IV in F Major and I could do it without thinking.
posted by trinigirl on Mar 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Where can I listen to Japanese train station melodies?

Where can I listen to Japanese train and bus station melodies and onboard announcements, preferably without installing RealPlayer? My previous go-to archive is 404ing. My Japanese is mediocre but good enough to help me navigate sites.
posted by avocet on Dec 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Cheapest and fastest way to turn a piece of music on paper into MIDI

What's the fastest and cheapest way to create a midi recording of a 1 or 2 page written melody? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Oct 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Can anyone identify these songs by their melodies?

Can anyone identify one of these songs I have stuck in my head? (Links below) - Please help! [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Oct 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Song Openings

What is the term for an introduction to a song that is completely different in melody than then the rest of the song itself? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 22, 2009 - 14 answers

I like 'em big when they're inside me

Help me find music that makes me feel small and insignificant. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 17, 2009 - 53 answers

Yo dawg, I herd u like the perfect chord.

Examples/terminology for media so compelling it drives you insane. [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding on May 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Cerebral Psychosomatic Scramble Stasis

Looking for specific songs that have a very particular, idiosyncratic quality to them... [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Sep 23, 2008 - 19 answers

What melody is this?

There is something very familiar in the intro vocal melody of this song: Marble House by The Knife. What song is this melody referencing? [more inside]
posted by Drama Penguin on Jul 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Wring music? How hard can it be?

Can I learn to create melodies? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 15, 2008 - 37 answers

Help Identifying Melody Prior to Tolling of Bells?

In many places throughout the country, you often hear a eight-note melody played prior to church bells tolling the hour. Can you help me identify it? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Have ears, have brain, willing to learn.

Where can I learn about music history and music theory for free? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Jan 16, 2008 - 25 answers

Melodies that use the same note many many times in a row?

I'm looking for songs that have melodies that use the same note many, many times in a row, like Ca Plane Pour Moi. I'm not looking for songs featuring people who speak-sing, or rap or scream. I'm not looking for songs that have melodies with only 3 or 2 different notes in them. It has to be a song with a melody where one note gets repeated alot (more than say, Jingle Bells). Do you know any?
posted by 23skidoo on Aug 3, 2007 - 49 answers

What melody is being referenced at 2:38 into Sufjan Stevens' song "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!"?

What melody is being referenced at 2:38 into Sufjan Stevens' song "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!"? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jan 31, 2007 - 10 answers

Name that tune!

Can anyone identify this melody? (350 kB .WAV, whistled here) [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Dec 19, 2005 - 18 answers

Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names?

MusicianFilter: Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 1, 2005 - 15 answers

Help expand my music collection!

Following up this question, I want to expand my music collection beyond classical & jazz. I don't know much about music from the 1950s to the present, but I know what I like. Melody is really importand to me. I prefer happy, sad and thoughtful to angry (I don't like "screaming" rock at all). I don't like drum-beat heavy dance music. I prefer the 60's/70's sound (or stuff influenced by it) to really contemporary stuff. Here are some examples of what I like: most Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle, ELO's "Mister Blue Sky", a lot of They Might Be Giants, some Billy Joel ("Piano Man", "Moving Out", "Uptown Girl"), some of The Mommas and the Pappa's, some Aimee Mann, some Carol King, The Beach Boys, and The Roches.

What else would I like?
posted by grumblebee on Aug 17, 2004 - 48 answers

Musicology: origin of stereotyped "oriental" music

Does anyone know the origins of the little melody used in movies, cartoons and old time radio to indicate all things oriental? (i.e. the beginning of "Turning Japanese")
posted by milovoo on Feb 3, 2004 - 7 answers

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