Ha, this is such a silly question!! This question percolates every couple months/ years, and I think, yeah! damn, what is it I'm reminded of?! I feel like I recognize the melody in a phrase of the "Rainbow Connection" (that's right, the Kermit the Frog song) and have heard it elsewhere, but can't identify where. [more inside]
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?
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.
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.
I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want to dance. [more inside]
Can you name this slow, sappy, mostly-instrumental song (and its artist) from the last decade? [more inside]
What are some recognizable songs that can be played on a single instrument? [more inside]
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!
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]
Are there examples of made-up songs from books (like the original Winnie-the-Pooh's hums) being put to music anywhere? [more inside]
Recommendations for movie soundtracks that use contrapuntal music. [more inside]
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.
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.
What's the fastest and cheapest way to create a midi recording of a 1 or 2 page written melody? [more inside]
Can anyone identify one of these songs I have stuck in my head? (Links below) - Please help! [more inside]
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]
Help me find music that makes me feel small and insignificant. [more inside]
Examples/terminology for media so compelling it drives you insane. [more inside]
Looking for specific songs that have a very particular, idiosyncratic quality to them... [more inside]
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]
Can I learn to create melodies? [more inside]
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]
Where can I learn about music history and music theory for free? [more inside]
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?
What melody is being referenced at 2:38 into Sufjan Stevens' song "Come on! Feel the Illinoise!"? [more inside]
MusicianFilter: Why do I favour some names of notes in the chromatic scale over their other names? [more inside]
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?
What else would I like?
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")