Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

What Do You Relax To?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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Normally, I’m a rock n’ roll gal. Or pop. Peppy country music is a favorite too. But I also love classical music. And when I am especially stressed, I love the sound of rain. I love the music of a quiet piano or guitar mixed with it. I love the sound of the ocean mixed with music as well. In other words I find water and quiet music very soothing.


Earworm of the day: Luka by Suzanne Vega

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

YouTube Preview ImageI have very mixed feelings about Suzanne Vega. When I was at university, for six months I lived next door to this very nice girl named JoAnn, who loved listening to music. Really loved it. Did I mention the walls were thin? Her favorite albums were Suzanne Vega’s Solitude Standing and Tracy Chapman’s Tracy Chapman. And believe me, there are only so many times a day you want to listen to Tom’s Diner or Talking ’bout a Revolution. That said, I have since recovered from Vega overload and have come to quite like her. Luka, with its harrowing lyrics and lovely melody, is probably my favorite song by her.

Are there songs that you hated due to ever-exposure in the past, but that you like now?

- Rike Horstmann

Mix it Up!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Maggie first talked about Gangnam Style in her September blog. I am not sure who to give credit to for this mashup. David Haglund wrote about it on SLATE but YouTube says it is by FAROFF. Anyway somebody decided that this song would work perfectly with the 1984 Ghostbusters theme song by Ray Parker, Jr. Who thinks of these things? (more…)

Earworm of the day: Only Time by Enya

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

YouTube Preview ImageThis song is what I call an insidious earworm: It sticks to the back of your mind even after you’ve just heard the first few notes, and doesn’t leave you for days.

I don’t even particularly like this song. I understand it’s emotionally charged with memories of 09/11 for many, and for that reason I respect it. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s the kind of song that does not appeal to me much. Still, it sticks to me like a burr whenever I hear even a snatch of it.

Yesterday, someone hummed it near me – and here is my revenge on you all: I’m giving you the earworm. ;-)

- Rike Horstmann

Skyfall by Adele

Friday, October 5th, 2012
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Earworm of the day: Marathon Kiss by Marianne Faithfull

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

YouTube Preview ImageFor me, Marianne Faithfull is a true “mood” musician. Sometimes, I don’t listen to her for months, next I take an album of hers and listen to it non-stop. (more…)

Earworm of the Day:Gangnam Style

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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For those of you who don’t know, Gangnam Style by Psy is the Korean hit that is sweeping the globe. The dance is apparently the hottest thing going. So hot even Britney Spears wanted in on the action: (more…)

Earworms: The Kids Film Version

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Long story short, I have kids and have spent many years going to children’s movies (and then watching the DVDs – repeatedly). These are not the kid movies my parents took me to. They are not just smarter and more clever – they have much better music. Or at least, they have music I like to listen to. My latest earworm has been The Travelling Song from the film Madagascar 2. Sung by the extremely talented it has haunted me for the past several days.


Man, I cried, and died, laughing.

Monday, August 27th, 2012
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I know I’m one year late, but I just discovered this video this summer.  Yes, I know it’s highly probable the original eHarmony video is a hoax, but it’s frickin’ hilarious anyway.  After watching this several times (my colleagues this summer were really into it), some things came to mind:

  1. The actual cat footage is super adorable, and genius.
  2. I don’t think I’ll listen to another radio hit without wondering if it has been Songified.  That app is scary good.
  3. Someone has too much time on their hands.  And for that, thanks for some laughs.

- Jean AAR

Looking for New Music

Monday, August 20th, 2012

I have gotten out of the habit of listening to music. About the only time I do so is when I am exercising.  It is difficult for me to find artists that I like. I am not into country or rap and it seems that the music I like is from the 1990′s or early 2000′s – artist like Lisa Stansfield, Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, Oleta Adams, Leona Lewis. So tonight I went searching for some music. And I did find some possibilities.

Marry A Stranger by Smile Smile

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