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29 Juni 2008 @ 01:02
A meme from a traveller  

This one's been around for a while, but The Ridger just did it again, and it looked like it might be fun. So here are, more or less, the first lines of the first twenty-five tracks to come up when I set iTunes to play my library of digitized music in pseudo-random order. Why "more or less"? Well, two tracks don't have lyrics, so for those I've given the first few bars of the melody; for songs whose first lines include their titles, I've reduced the title to initial letters and dashes; and in one instance there was a word I couldn't quite make out.

  1. The sunlight fades behind the shades of cloud
  2. There's n- n--- t- a---- anymore
  3. Lord, hear my prayer
  4. Well, I'm kinda tired of playing this game
  5. I was sitting in Soho Square
  6. Aghju cridutu di vede per annant'à lu stradone
  7. I've got a [unintelligible] sublime; my spirits are high
  8. She's got a mountain for a name
  9. Billy ran around with a rare old crew
  10. I got a number on me
  11. We're sailing in a s------ b---
  12. Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
  13. I----- B----, give me a ride to the city
  14. McCormack and Richard Tauber are singing by the bed
  15. On a Friday it fell, in the month of April
  16. Follow me; don't follow me
  17. Yo no me he tomado, pero me voy a tomar un traguito ahora
  18. Pain from pearls
  19. [sound fx: telephone ringing] J-- r----- p- f-----
  20. I k--- y-- r----, gonna miss me when I'm gone
  21. I danced in the morning when the world was begun
  22. Oh, darling, why'd you talk so fast?
  23. Down, down, come on down; follow me down to the c------ w---

What's the point? Well, ostensibly you're supposed to come up with the titles and the performers, although the latter are really not recoverable in some instances. (I'll be reasonably impressed if you can identify the languages in 6 and 21; if you think 6 is Italian, you're not too far off, but have another look at the first word.) And presumably the other point of it is that you learn something about my impeccable taste in music, except that what I have digitized is somewhat haphazard. Some of this music I love, and some of it I barely know; I think two or three of these tracks were free Singles of the Week from the iTunes Canada store.

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Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 05:21 (UTC)

Right on all counts. I also have the Editors' cover of 16, but it was the original that came up. And I don't have comment notification turned on, so no worries on that front.

O.K.caprinus on 29. Juni, 2008 15:07 (UTC)
Is 6 Sardinian or Corsican?

23 sounds like a cool church hymn. 3 sounds like a boring one.

I'm off to Pride so can't be bothered to google around... hope you reveal the answers eventually ;)
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 16:17 (UTC)

6 is in Corsican. 23 is originally a hymn, although the version I have is played as ska and contains a quotation from Slade. 3 might perhaps be called a hymn, but it's definitely not a church hymn.

Sallysoulchanger on 29. Juni, 2008 17:41 (UTC)
16: REM, Orange Crush
19: Indigo Girls, Kid Fears
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 19:32 (UTC)


Prof. Bleen6_bleen_7 on 29. Juni, 2008 18:01 (UTC)
I only got one, and someone beat me to it, sigh.

How did you generate the written music for #18 and 20? I'm jonesin' for a decent music-writing program. The tonality in #20 is very strange indeed, what with the augmented 2nds in the third measure.
Q. Pheevr: Bassq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 19:30 (UTC)

I used a program called Harmony Assistant. It's pretty good, and it does quite a lot of things (neumes! text-to-song synthesis in Occitan!), but I find the interface for entering notes a bit awkward. (It would presumably be easier with a midi keyboard, if I could play the piano.)

Number 20 arguably ought to be written in a key signature with two flats and one sharp. (The B-natural in the first bar is an accidental, but the F-sharp in bar three is part of the mode.)

Prof. Bleen6_bleen_7 on 29. Juni, 2008 20:41 (UTC)
Thanks for the info! Looks like "Hava Nagila" uses that scale, too.
Lexiepolyhymnia on 29. Juni, 2008 19:17 (UTC)
22. I Know You Rider


I don't know who peforms it originally; I have a cover done by my favorite band, Eddie From Ohio.

Oh, apparently the Grateful Dead. Cool. I learn something new every day.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 19:33 (UTC)

I believe it's a traditional folk song, so who knows who performed it originally? The recording I have is by Joan Baez.

Lexiepolyhymnia on 29. Juni, 2008 19:44 (UTC)
Oh, interesting. I just Googled for it and Grateful Dead was what came up, but Wikipedia has a fuller story.
thniduthnidu on 29. Juni, 2008 21:01 (UTC)
23, Lord of the Dance, is by Sydney Carter, not a traditional hymn. The tune is based on the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts". See http://www.stainer.co.uk/lotd.html .

I figured 6 for an Italian dialect. Corsican is close enough.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 23:32 (UTC)

Quite right about 23. As for 6, the question of whether Corsican is "close enough" to being a dialect of Italian is as much a political one as a linguistic one, and I decline to commit myself one way or the other.

thniduthnidu on 30. Juni, 2008 02:32 (UTC)
Oh, I just meant, close enough for me to be satisfied with my own accuracy. I mean, it wasn't Catalan or Romanian!
thniduthnidu on 29. Juni, 2008 21:03 (UTC)
Do you know that your link to The Xbar goes to a squatter?
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. Juni, 2008 23:40 (UTC)
Re: OT:

I didn't know; thanks for pointing it out. I've removed the defunct link. (It used to be a linguistics blog; there are a couple of old Language Log posts that mention it.)

(Anonym) on 5. Juli, 2008 04:33 (UTC)
I'm totally lost - well, not totally, but the one I knew was already named.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 5. Juli, 2008 16:17 (UTC)

The same thing happened to me with your (latest) list. (It was particularly frustrating, since there's clearly a fair bit of CanCon in there that I thought I really ought to recognize; I ended up Googling a couple of items just to satisfy my own curiosity, but of course it wouldn't have been sporting to name them afterwards.)

theridger on 5. Juli, 2008 04:34 (UTC)
Sorry - forgot to switch from Anonym...
i_am_adjusting on 8. Juli, 2008 00:24 (UTC)
I think 21 is "Jag ringer på fredag".
I've never heard the song, but it fits with the ringing.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 8. Juli, 2008 21:58 (UTC)

Very good!

acw on 1. August, 2008 22:41 (UTC)
15 is Copshawholme Fair; my recording is by Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, but I imagine there are lots of others.
Q. Pheevr: Bassq_pheevr on 2. August, 2008 01:09 (UTC)

Yup. I've got two recordings of it myself, and I can no longer remember for sure which of them came up when I did this. I think it was Bellowhead, but it may have been Silverwheel.