I'm about to ask a—perhaps sexist—question about the possible differences in how men and women—broadly speaking—identify with songs in marketing. But first, some set-up.
As a branding exercise, I've been working on tackling a fictitious start-up consisting of two fashion retailer brands. One's a men's brand, and one's a women's brand, both part of the same fictitious umbrella corporation. When fleshing out the details of any brand, I like to immerse myself in the environment of that brand as much as possible, approaching it almost like a method actor approaches a role. Part of this process for me is usually creating a playlist of music I identify as feeling right
for that brand. Songs I can imagine playing in the store itself. I noticed my thought process behind selecting tracks for the menswear and womenswear brands were entirely different, and I'm wondering if there's any underlying truth or data to support my intuitions. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc
on Aug 2, 2013 -
How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Sep 18, 2012 -
Help me find more "anthems" sung by women or female-fronted bands that will get happily stuck in a loop in my head. [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels
on Nov 13, 2011 -
I'm trying to remember a male singer who is over 50, possibly Canadian, possibly with mostly white/grey hair. I remember that he has a very very good voice, and I believe he is famous bordering on legendary, though not popular among young people. [more inside]
posted by edlundart
on Mar 31, 2011 -
Who were the Hollywood Jills, and where can I find more of their music? [more inside]
posted by jtron
on Mar 3, 2011 -
A small, cheerful, talented group of strangers will run into my girlfriend & I somewhere in NYC and break into song to help me propose to her. How do I find these fine folks? [more inside]
posted by shazzam
on Sep 20, 2010 -
How many popular singers and musicians became preachers (or other religious/spiritual equivalents) later in life? [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Jun 5, 2010 -
It is well-known that opera singers don't drink much milk because it makes phlegm and affects their voices, but what about cheese? Does that cause phlegm?
posted by Quillcards
on Sep 17, 2009 -
I'm looking for songs in which the singer specifically references listening to another musician, song or album. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Brody's chum
on Sep 11, 2009 -
I'm a singer-songwriter and am looking to improve, expand, and hone the use of my voice by listening to recordings (studio or live) of some of the world's greatest singers. I'm looking for suggestions for who to give a listen to. Artists with great voices are obvious and easy to come by, so I'm more interested in suggestions for people you consider masters of interpretation, delivery, phrasing, conveying emotion, etc. I'm also really interested in learning more about the greats beloved in nations other than my own (I live in the U.S.). Thanks!
posted by Hydrophilic
on Jan 28, 2009 -
Any recommendations for recordings of traditional Mexican ballads by female singers? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jan 26, 2009 -
I like singers with strange voices. I don't like novelty songs (e.g. Betty Boop) and I don't like "songs" that are so avant-garde that they're basically noise (e.g. someone screaming into a microphone). So I'm not looking for strange music. I'm looking for traditional (melodic) music sung by singers with non-traditional singing voices. Examples of what I like: Joanna Newsom
, Leon Redbone
, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
, Elaine Stritch
. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Jun 22, 2008 -
Which German language singers would you recommend for those of us like French singers such as Carla Bruni and Madeleine Peyroux. I tried Ute Lemper but she seemed a tad on the heavy and intense side. Definitely looking for that cool, jazzy feel.
posted by vac2003
on Jan 24, 2008 -
Help me find this magazine article. Sometime in the last couple of years there was a critical review of contemporary female jazz singers in which some of the more successful singers (e.g., Diana Krall I think) were unfavorably compared to lesser known singers. Article might have been in the New Yorker or the Atlantic, but I'm not sure.
posted by Jackson
on Aug 19, 2006 -
Anyone else ever notice funny sounds on MP3's with particularily low-pitched male vocals? [more inside]
posted by Cosine
on Sep 21, 2005 -
[MoreMusicFilter] Looking for some songs where the voice (male perferred, female also good) is a dusky/dusty/scratchy kind of timbre. "A catch in the throat" is how I put it in my mind.
posted by e^2
on Nov 10, 2004 -
Wow! I just listened to Amalia Rodrigues for the first time. So who can recommend some other great Fado singers?
posted by rdr
on Mar 3, 2004 -