I'm trying to remember the name of a female singer-songwriter who was interviewed on NPR recently (or at least I heard part of the interview a few weeks ago). She played a simple folk guitar style and her Quaker (pretty sure, definitely a philosophical Christian minority sect) faith was part of her writing inspiration. [more inside]
My current project involves a little research into gospel music history, how it influenced rock and other genres, and musicians who crossed over from gospel to rock (like Sam Cooke). Can anyone help me out with any part of that? It would be difficult to acquire a book right now, so online reading is best. Have read some articles but still looking for something substantial.
I want to be able to play and sing for my 13 month old. Difficulty level: four key baby piano. [more inside]
I would like to see the weekly Billboard album charts for the period 1965-1969. Is this data available online? [more inside]
I have been pretty sad about David Bowie's recent
death return to his home planet. But then I listened to this gorgeous cover of Life on Mars by Sarah Blasko, and I felt better.
So, gentle mefites, can you give me your favourite David Bowie covers?
I am looking for a good programmable metronome or drum machine or a sampler/sequencer for Android OS. [more inside]
Mid to late 1980s punk-ish song with the line "I am not sorry" repeated in the chorus. I always thought it was Hüsker Dü but now I'm not so sure. [more inside]
Just got back from Hurghada and recorded a snippet of a track in a shop. We asked a local DJ to ID it but he wasn't able to (-it's old, like 2 years - all that stuff sounds the same) so I'm turning to the hive. [more inside]
Please recommend music containing recordings of rain or moving water. Not vanilla nature noises, like Echoes of Nature (though I love those too), but music in which those kinds of recordings are incorporated as an intergral part of the piece. [more inside]
I'm looking for some concert recommendations in Paris in February or March in the singer-songerwriter/folksy vein. Guitars, good melodies, good lyrics (English preferred). Josh Ritter is a good example. Are there any shows on Songkick (or other aggregators I'm not aware of) that you would recommend? Or maybe your favorite band is passing through on tour? Thanks!
I can seem to see what I think I should be seeing in classical music. [more inside]
I'll be in NYC from Jan 22 - Jan 24 and am overwhelmed with excitement and also panic about What To Do and What To Eat. Can you tell me what you love to do and eat given my wide range of interests? [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]
Can you recommend a sound system to hook up to a TV, our phones, and that also has a radio? [more inside]
What is this song? A toy plays it (hence the sound quality), and I'm sure I've heard it before, but can't place it.
My wife is a singer-songwriter who typically composes and rehearses in our bedroom. The room is a decent size, with a bed, love seat, small desk and bay window. [more inside]
Received a very old computer. It had the necessary hardware, so I decided to turn it into a music streaming server so that I could listen to my 450gb of music at anytime over my iphone. I tried to set it up with tonido, and everything worked well. The only problem is that their iphone app sucks and crashes like a mofo EVERY time. [more inside]
Friend has been searching for this song for years, and just came across an old cassette tape, likely recorded from the radio. [more inside]
I'd like to take up the tin whistle. Could anyone recommend an instructor in New York City? Looking for ear training, music theory, and sight reading in addition to playing the actual instrument. I think I would prefer individual instruction interspersed with relatively long periods of personal practice, but feel free to tell me otherwise. [more inside]
Somewhere along the line, I've stopped listening to music altogether, and now have no idea what music I like, or even what music exists. I'd like to fix that - please help? [more inside]
Finally signed up for iTunes Match, enabled it on my 32gb phone and now music is downloading to my phone. It's eaten all my remaining space and when I deleted 2 gbs, MORE music started downloading to my phone to fill up the remaining space. How do I get this to stop and make the music (via song or album)available for download, without actually downloading it? NOTE: I do not have Apple music, just iTunes Match. [more inside]
I've had this song stuck in my head for at least a week, and it's driving me up the wall. The chorus (?) is "can you hear me" repeated 4 times, and the rest of the details are as follows... [more inside]
What non-English-speaking bands would a fan of so-called "zolo" music enjoy? I'm looking specifically for energetic, rhythmically/melodically complex music that's still emotionally open enough to be cathartic (i.e. nothing too cerebral or insincere—math rock is out, Mr. Bungle/Ween-type bands get in their own way). Examples of what I'm looking for inside! [more inside]
Back in the early days of Australian television — back before I was born — there was a show on the ABC called "Lens on Lilliput". It was a show of its time where basically they showed the view from a microscope. My wife's uncle wants to hear the theme again and although all the family of his age remember the show, they can't remember the theme. Google has been of almost no use to me here and I'm hoping that maybe someone might be able to help.
If any Francophones are up for a challenge: can you tell this monoglot what is being sung in The Go! Team's song Ye Ye Yamaha? (YouTube link but should also be on all the streaming services.) He wants to sing along but has to resort to garbled nonsense words. It's a fuzzy pop song with a killer catchy chorus, if that entices anyone!
I've recently gotten involved with some people who like to play jigs, reels, and sometimes strathspeys. It's made me want to learn an instrument. But what instrument? I'd like something cheap enough that I can try it a few months on a whim (which this basically is), small enough to carry in my lap (I often have to beg rides), and easy enough that within a few months I'll feel more like I'm playing music than practicing an instrument. Instructor recommendations in NYC would also be appreciated. [more inside]
I was a huge fan of Rdio, and am disappointed when it is gone. I used it in part because it fit my needs so well compared to any of the other streaming services out there. Where should I go now? [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.
Well, maybe it wasn't annoying to you. It was popular in early 1996 (or at least I couldn't get away from it where I was) and I believed the chorus went, "Judy in the way. Judy in the way. Judy in the way-hey-hey-hey-hey-hey-hey-hey. Judy in the way . . ." I suspect there was no Judy in it at all, because I can't Google it. The song was a folk-rockish, powerpoppy blend. There was whistling in it. Do you know it? [more inside]
I am way. over. my. head. in a musical project. I need to learn a complicated piece (piazolla) from a score and have no training at all. [more inside]
A local informal ukulele jam group has regular jam sessions and occasional performances. They would like to share uke tablature (with lyrics) amongst the members online, as well as create songbooks for jam sessions and performances that could be accessed/used via mobile or in hard copy. More details inside. [more inside]
It's Christmastime, which means stress and endless exposure to certain pieces of music. Consequently, I am dealing with dire earworms. What are your go-to earworm overrides, fellow earworm sufferers? [more inside]
My local coffee shop has been playing archives of KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic broadcasts this morning. I heard a great band on what I believe was an archived show, but I can't find it on their site. Help? [more inside]
I want to make really spacious ambient pads to score a film. Whats the best synth in the $500-700 range to do this? Preferably an actual physical keyboard.
I want to host a regular karaoke night in my town, and I want to make it awesome. What are some karaoke events that you know about — either one-offs or regulars — you think are great? And what makes them good?
The past several years I've really found myself drawn to rare groove music. This is fairly obscure soul/funk/r&b from the late 70s and early-mid 80s, much of which has been heavily sampled in hiphop but is less known to the general public. I'm looking for more music similar to some favorites I've found. (links below) [more inside]
I'm looking for an album/artist. It came out about 5 to 8 years ago and was popular with the NPR-crowd (probably a "first listen"). It was a woman singer and was pretty angsty. I remember one song that had something to do with a woman in a bathtub or in the bathroom; maybe the singer referred to has her wife. Very vague. Too vague for my searching skills.
Seeking a recommendation for an android music player that will only look in certain folders. My current "Music Player" app looks all over my phone, and as a result it shows me a confusing mix of albums and podcasts. Doggcatcher sees only my podcasts; I want a music player that sees only my music folders.
An older relative with a daily train commute has requested a music player for the holidays - but they don't want anything with extra features, novel menus, or - if it can be helped - a shuffle feature. All they want is the ability to listen to an entire album (from a selection of about 20) with very clear and easy to understand menus and buttons. They were given a Zune for this purpose a few years ago and returned it saying it was confusing and had "too many settings". What should I buy? [more inside]
How can I see (or get a copy of) the documentary on Trenton's City Gardens, "Riot on the Dance Floor". (IMDB)(Closed Kickstarter) I grew up nearby, saw Nico here in the 70's...
I was Googling an obscure 1960s recording that's never been released digitally and was surprised to find an mp3 of it for sale on a music store website I'd never heard of before. The store seems legit as it's pretty comparable in catalog and services to the iTunes or Amazon stores, is not on the "dark" web but is out in the open, and they accept credit cards but their prices are crazy cheap. The site I found appears to be based in Ukraine but I've found a few others based in other countries. Can I legally buy from these places?!?
An emotionally unstable & potentially dangerous acquaintance is renting out part of our living space for 4 days, starting this week and I am not okay with that. How do we rescind the offer in a safe way? [more inside]
I need something that can connect to the internet by WiFi, and to my receiver by standard RCA connectors. Ideally, I'd like to be able to select and control the music by a web interface or phone app, and be able to play music from my laptop as well as from various internet streaming services. What's the best option out there? [more inside]
I was recently asked by the conductor of a well-known classical music ensemble if I'd be interested in illustrating the programs for some of his upcoming performances. A collaboration like this would be a cherry gig for me, and I'm very excited, but I'm worried about messing it up. [more inside]
I'm going to be cranky this Christmas. Assume it's unavoidable and no ghosts will be visiting me to convince me otherwise. What should I watch, read, and do that will help me feel less alone in my crankiness? [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.
Can someone please explain a few things to me about how the live music industry works? I have two basic questions... [more inside]
Having stumbled across the utterly delightful It's A Holiday Soul Party, I'm on the lookout for any interesting Christmas/holiday music. I've searched past questions, but would love to hear from folks this year! Nothing is off limits - we love everything from traditional to Klezmer Nutcracker to Vince Guaraldi to the South Park Christmas record (don't you judge me). Thanks so much!
Hi, mefi! I am looking for a song (ideally a recording that I can listen to) called "Run Run Run". It was in an elementary school music textbook in the mid-eighties, but I have currently found only one mention of it on The Web, on this page. [more inside]