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Favorite lines

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan May 9. 37 Replies

What are some of your favorite lines in a song?My first offering:Wait a minute, mister, I didn't even kiss her.Continue

Songs that make your heart or pants melt

Started by Gwen. Last reply by Gwen May 6. 6 Replies

https://youtu.be/pdN3fM6D774 < Earned ItMy go to song right now to get in the right mood ;)…Continue

David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash ... and CSN

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Oct 25, 2016. 4 Replies

From the first time I heard "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," I fell in love with the sweet harmonies and rich, warming music made by Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Since that time, they celebrated the Summer of…Continue

Tags: Dan Rather, Graham Nash, Steven Stills, David Crosby, CSN

Unique and Interesting Instruments

Started by James Yount. Last reply by Chris Oct 23, 2016. 31 Replies

Music is always evolving and so are the instruments that people use. Have you seen any unique performances that you'd like to share?Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 13, 2017 at 7:30pm

Yes! Lester Young, Coltrane, Bird, Sonny. Even Stanley Turrentine and Arthur Blythe

Comment by Lilac on April 13, 2017 at 6:57pm

That should be a soprano sax, surrounded by the alto, tenor, and baritone 'family' members.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 13, 2017 at 6:44pm

Inadvertently came across this when I was Googling a sax player.  Now this is an entity I can worship!  Although I've never equated saxophones or sax players with virtuous virginity.  Anyone up for sax?

Comment by Chris on April 12, 2017 at 11:36pm

I'm not a poet, or songwriter so don't know much. This is interesting though.


Difference Between Poetry and Song
Poetry vs Song
On the onset, there does not seem to be any difference between poetry and song. After all, there are a number of different lyrics used in songs that have been derived from poetry. Take for instance, the Star Spangled Banner, which is the National Anthem of the United States. The lyrics of the song were actually derived from the poem of the same title, and written by the poet Francis Scott Key. Also, both poetry and song are literary poems that deal with the emotions of a particular individual, regarding a particular instance or situation. Furthermore, poetry verses and the lines of a song often follow a rhyming scheme, giving a sense of melody to the verses, even when the lines are merely recited.
However, literary experts would be quick to correct you regarding this. In fact, they would be able to pinpoint a number of differences between verses from a poem and verses from a song. One difference is the content. While both literary forms delve into a person’s emotions, the verses in a song will often evoke human emotions pertaining to personal experiences. On the other hand, the verses of a poem are written based on the emotions felt by an individual, regarding their perception of different situations, events, people, or places.
Another major difference between poetry and song is the meaning and message they try to convey. The meaning and message found in most songs, especially those songs that are composed today, are pretty direct and straight to the point. In fact, there is not much thought and analysis needed, on the part of the listener, to determine what the song is all about. In the case of poetry, poets will often utilize a variety of different figurative forms of speech in order to convey a particular message. It is for this reason, that many times, the message of the poem may not often be what it appears to be. As such, it takes quite some time to carefully analyze a particular poem in order to get into the meaning of the poem itself.

Finally, there is the manner on how poems and songs are appreciated. In the case of poetry, the appreciation of the poem comes from the careful analysis of the wording of the poem itself. This includes the play of words, the rhyming scheme, use of figurative forms of speech, and the like. On the other hand, songs are mostly appreciated based on the accompanying music. A song may have extremely simple lyrics, but would be considered as a great song based on how the accompanying music is mixed and arranged. It is also dependent on the manner which the recording artist delivers the song.
Summary
1. Both poetry and song are literary works that are characterized by the use of verses and rhyming words, that are created as a result of the emotions experienced by the writer.


2. Of the two, poems are considered to be more in-depth than songs, because of the presence of ‘flowery’ words and figurative forms of speech.
3. Poems are appreciated by the manner in which the verses are written. Songs are mostly appreciated based on the accompanying music, and the manner in which the song is sung by the singer.

Comment by Chris on April 12, 2017 at 11:24pm

I think I posted this before.

Men Hear Women's Melodies

Male and female voices activate distinct regions in the male brain.

Even if a wife's voice is not music to a man's ears, it may be melodic to his brain.

Psychiatrist Michael Hunter and fellow researchers at the University of Sheffield in England monitored the brain activity of 12 men as they listened to voice recordings and found they process male voices differently from those of females. Women's voices stimulate an area of the brain used for processing complex sounds, like music. Male voices activate the "mind's eye," a region of the brain used for conjuring imagery.

One reason, Hunter suggests, is that women generally have shorter vocal cords and a smaller larynx, giving them higher-pitched voices. Women's voices may also have more "natural melody," he adds. Qualities like pitch and volume vary more during speech. "There's more prosody in female speech."

Newspaper articles about Hunter's research said that men find the female voice more difficult to hear and understand. But Hunter thinks the opposite is true. Because the brain is apparently deciphering the modulation in women's voices, a female voice might be able to communicate more information per sentence than a male voice. "Most people at a railway station say female announcers are clearer," he says. "Maybe it's this added input."

Hunter speculated about why the male voice activates the brain's visual region: "Perhaps men listening to male voices try to picture what the speaker looks like." Hunter's findings might also explain why hallucinations usually involve male voices. "If the brain had to produce a voice from nothing, it might go for a more basic version—the male voice." The next step, he says, is to find out whether men's or women's voices are music to the female brain.

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"Men Hear Women's Melodies." "Male and Female Voices Activate Distinct Regions in the Male Brain." Dilraj S. Sokhi et al. in NeuroImage, Vol. 27, No. 3, pages 572–578; September 2005. A press release about the study appears at www.sheffield.ac.uk/mediacentre/2005/422.html.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2017 at 12:36pm

Another one of my favorites:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2017 at 10:06am

Loren, the Oregon track is beautiful.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 5, 2017 at 10:02am

Chris, I guess there's really no difference between poetry in writing and poetry in music.  Both are expressed through rhythm, timbre, vocal prowess, etc.  

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2017 at 7:55am

I just rediscovered this track a couple weeks ago.  It would seem that the jazz ensemble Oregon traveled to Russia to play with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra roughly 20 years ago, and they made some pretty amazing music.  Here is one such piece:

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2017 at 6:55am

Carl, the ASL video was interesting. And I got chills listening to BJ and Sara!  There's just something about BJ's voice that hooks me.

 

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