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    syzygy @thane16

    @pedant @whisht

    For a child so busy with assignments, he sure has a lot to say, does Syzygy. Mind you, I agree: lots of music his friends listen to is similar with pulsating back beats, over- bass 16 tracks & is wholly digital with almost nothing that I would say gives the impression of natural. Certainly if the Beatles, Bowie, ELP could do things with Moogs and 20th century ‘classically’ inspired western tonal keyboard music and have it sound ‘live’ and flawless then current genx can do the same with digital inputs.

    syzygy @thane16

    And another Voice of d’Beehive…

    Whisht @whisht

    hmm – I wonder if it was I who led us down to this lascivious level?

    Syzzers – I should have said that “tighter than a gnat’s chuff” is probably more suited to the Mess than the Captain’s table.


    But as I think I’ve said before I never really listened to lyrics until I became part of this forum. In fact its probably @pedant who has made me listen/read the lyrics before posting songs and something I’m eternally grateful for.

    I really have learnt so much here.

    But still I don’t think about lyrics especially not to songs I’ve known for decades and so… I didn’t even get the hip-to-hip reference!
    … blush

    So, here’s a song that is purely a wall-of-sound with no inner meaning other than….

    wah wah

    (don’t tell me I’m missing something – I’m coming up on fifty)

    syzygy @thane16


    you. Never. Miss. Anything.  (YNMA). That’s your name now, sorry, but it is. You asked for it 🙂

    I love Wah-wah. Possibly boring anecdote: I had this playing really loud to a group of very sick gentlemen in the States (fiddling around with music therapy) as well as the Beatles and Merseyside groups.

    The patients were blue collar workers who opened up about music, how they met their wives (one guy had 4. He was a strict Catholic and all 3 had died from a variety of ailments), what they liked to do like going down to various halls having come home late from work on a Friday saying, “gal, get your glad rags on, put on some lipstick and  Marjorie is looking after the kid.”  They all started talking at once, colour gone for weeks returned to their cheeks and the ‘lead’ chap (who did more talking) said it was 1973 and his wife was pregnant. So pregnant that, in fact, shortly after listening to these songs (he included Wah-wah which I might have added in for the laughs) and other Harrison choons; and doing a slow dance to Johnny Cash, her waters broke and they just made it to the hospital. She wanted to name him “George” but he was flat-out against it so they named him Paul.

    Anywaaay, one of the guys had an acoustic guitar and having collected it from the lockers started playing it over the next few weeks but being LH I really needed to re-string the one I was given for 10 bucks. The patient did it for me. And being no kind of guitarist at all I followed him slowly, tongue stuck out, stretching index fingers over sharp cat-gut with basic chords. On this song he’d get impatient because the “entire song demands a resolution on the 5th chord and you, sweetie are taking waaay too long. You like to keep a man waitin’ do ya?”

    Perhaps unusually I burst into laughter and the other 3 patients in the ward did too. It was a wonderful few weeks, I learnt a lot but never found out what happened to them in hospice care. And I never followed thru with music therapy as I was never really good at it! I had other musicological potential 🙂 Most things would freak me out -as mentioned in The Sofa

    Arbutus @arbutus

    @whisht  @thane16   Awesome Woodstock content! And the B52’s. I have weirdly fond memories of dancing to Rock Lobster in high school. For some reason, we all had to fall to the floor at one point, and then bounce back up again. I lived in Calgary, Alberta, for my last two years of high school and Calgary was pretty much a disco, rock-n-roll, or nothing town at that time. I think the B-52’s were the trendiest thing I heard until I moved back to Vancouver in 1980 (because they did get played in the discos). Then all of a sudden there was all this punk/new wave/Brit pop/R&B stuff happening that I had barely even heard of. This was great until about the mid-80’s when all the music on the radio started sounding the same to me, and then rap was a thing and the tunes all went away, and I just stopped listening to the radio at that point, and went back to school and studied classical for about eight years. I pretty much missed nineties. 🙂

    syzygy @thane16

    @arbutus great to see you up and about on the Forum! I didn’t know you were in Alberta. Being as I have my secret ways I think I was in Alberta (for 2 weeks) when you were in school there.  But it was your last 2 yrs of school and I was 13-14 so….maybe not. But the Arbutus and puro line may have at least danced to the same music at the time, so bonus for this 🙂 And yes Rock Lobster….what was it with the falling down and getting back up again?

    I remember dressed up in various teacher clothes doing a Halloween gig where my friend imitated our history teacher who loved her tight jeans and denim shorts for work. She was a tanned teacher and so my friend, a very cream skinned young lady had to ‘paint’ her legs brown for the shorts-portion of the act. Tells you how long ago this was, as there were no tanning products in 1982-84 in Australia, then, at least.  Typically, I was dressed as the “boring librarian” who I didn’t think was boring at all!

    I need a song about a library. Or….maybe…. I have an idea for a surprise….

    I know, I’ve seemed to change names AGAIN. It was Thane’s idea to go for Syzygy…A The OA -type-of-thing.

    syzygy @thane16


    Not the best, but enthusiastic (singers)  and a library. Although not many people were smiling. To me, singing is smiling!  One of the soloists needed some tuition from …..Russell Crowe. Lot of people don’t like Crowe’s rendition (of anything). I did, though, even with ADR.  I’m not a huge musical fan then again it was JCSuperstar which I was brought up on -and Evita, of all things. 🙂





    syzygy @thane16







    syzygy @thane16

    Aaand coz I enjoyed the show 13 Reasons… S3)

    syzygy @thane16

    So Puro or Siggers posted Bowie which was SO good but I’m posting this: REM.  Mum did say (possibly being a little fried from watching too much telly)  “holy heck this sounds like Taylor.”  I dunno, but it’s the best recording of this used in anything I’ve seen though.


    @thane16 (the outlier)

    The Julie Covington Evita, then?

    Arbutus @arbutus

    @thane16   Well, I’m trying to be up and about! I seem to have some time-management problems nowadays. Love the librarians! I have a fondness for Les Miz, and thought the film was solid, although for me it can never compare to a stage version. Arbutus Jr. did “Stars” for a singing test in choir a few years ago—they had to sing along with a recording and try and match the performance. I think he chose the original London cast recording.

    I also have a fondness for librarians. Most years at Christmas, we watch It’s a Wonderful Life, and I laugh like a loon at the scene where Clarence is forced to divulge to a wild-eyed George that his alternate-universe wife is (the horror!) a spinster librarian! I’m pretty sure they never meant that to be as funny as it is. On the other hand, have you seen the Hepburn-Tracy movie Desk Set? She’s a librarian and he’s a guy with a computer. I adore that film.

    Siggers the Younger, nice pick. Despite having, as I said, bailed on the 90s, I did like REM.

    syzygy @thane16


    Yeah, I reckon people think the scene with George’s wife is awful -from a post-modern and whatever-it’s called perspective. I thought it was hilarious. But now I’m not so sure 🙂 ….. I haven’t seen Desk Set but they’re a great couple of actors.

    REM forever 🙂  But maybe some James….


    Whisht @whisht

    Hi all – ooh – looks like I mucked up my last posting (either browser open too long or too many songs!)

    So this is me re-writing and apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone I meant to reply to in the previous one.

    @thane16 – Voice of the Beehive. In *every* way something I should listen to more ;¬)
    REM too (though I can only do a song or two at a time – a whole album… maybe its the reedy voice. But individual songs… wonderful!
    And James Taylor – well there are so many friends here
    Speaking of which…. @arbutushowdy!!

    erm, I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff but as I notice that love is in the Message Inbox (awww now you’re telling me its not real!!) then I thought I’d post something for a Friday night.

    This is for the layydeeeezz…….. and all those who luurrvvve the laydeez

    And here (unsurprisingly) is a slightly different version that popped up in Google*

    *WARNING – images in this video are likely to SHOCK and cause enormous LAUGHTER but mainly shock.
    And smirky laughter.

    syzygy @thane16

    @whisht thar therrre  isz brillyarnt!

    “anything your heart can stand, it all depends on you…..I’ll turn your world upside down, I’ll blow your mind to pieces….”

    It’s been a huuuuge while since I did the ‘soul’ walking and exaggerated nodding ‘move,’ at that tempo, to such an “ohh, yeaaah, baby,” golden- syrupy- warm -and- steamy choon like that. He had 14 kids. Whoa!


    Whisht @whisht


    Isaac Hayes had 14 kids??!??!?

    hmm – probably just sound-checks….

    Whisht @whisht

    so – ya got me thinking of great bass playing (I can’t now work out why so…. whaddeva).

    What’s great about this (for me) is that the bass is really warm and sinousy when it can be and the vocal, horns et al are dry as hell.

    Carole Kaye is awesome.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly when I googled “dirty funky bass lines” what I mostly got was… prog, clever-clever, Rock, virtuoso bass playing.
    Which is all very good but… anyway here’s one that I remember from my yoooth and my teenage ear didn’t think about the different instruments (and it never grew up – I still don’t really think of them as separate nor listen to lyrics) but on listening back to this I think of the bass/ guitars/ drum and vocal as incredibly tight and locked.

    Whisht @whisht

    but yeah…. basslines when its locked in with rhythm guitar and vocal

    good times

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    I confess to being of the generation that responded to the Nancy Sinatra song (although I am not sure your clip did the song justice). But, to respond to the clip, with another clip from a different decade, that (in common with your clip) was ludicrously…well ludicrous.


    syzygy @thane16

    @blenkinsopthebrave the ladeez in stocking??  Didn’t do it for you?

    @whisht OH YEZ!  Just to be lecture-y we’d use terms like “locked” for what we’d call “the modern music” 🙂

    The Sinatra is flippin’ LOCKED! And LOADED! Seriously though, that’s one clever as shit producer. Could’ve been a really unrighteous bass sloppy and loud with the horns snarkin’ thru the upper registers & it was mellow. All the way through -and tightly dictated. I must admit to checking out the stockings & the boots. Very clever production assistants.

    Thane16 and Siggers.


    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave


    Hi thane16 and siggers

    You know, when I watched it, I thought the tempo was wrong–I somehow remembered it as a bit faster. Of course, originally, my pulse would have been racing a bit faster…ahem.





    Whisht @whisht

    @blenkinsopthebrave – ah, interesting…
    Maybe its memory but it could be as the sound is now through different amps and speakers and possibly even slightly sped up videos.

    However, I also believe that pulse may affect this too!


    And yes, Bananarama were ridiculous in many ways (many of them the right ways!).

    Whisht @whisht

    thanks @pedant I hadn’t realised its World Suicide Day.

    A massive issue and one that I won’t make light of (if anything I post has lyrics or tone that somehow jars with anyone its not intentional at all – blame my cack-handedness or tin ear).

    y’know, I remember the Inspirals but (you guessed it) I didn’t listen to the lyrics.
    (when they played Leeds Uni I was outside walking back to my digs and all I could hear was the bass – but by god it was loud and deep!).

    A memory I treasure though this may sound odd or overly personal, but I was walking along Theobald’s Lane in London and I saw some graffiti down a side street.
    Maybe I was just more receptive than usual.
    It was odd graffiti – almost retro, like it was from the 60’s.
    It was a single statement painted by brush in white capital letters about 50cm high.
    Not rushed but not perfect.
    And it said


    I don’t know why, but that extra “ever” stayed with me.
    It was a desperate plea but an honest one.

    I guess these songs are my songs for hope, two of which I’ve done before so just links this time (though the songs really are wonderful and for my mind deserve the time to listen).

    Obviously Don’t Give Up.
    And the poignant but honest Do You Realise?
    As well as (again obviously) Everybody Hurts – this time I’ll embed it as I do think this has a simple message.

    Perhaps so many links devalue each of these songs and its not meant to.
    More like a prescription and dosage – each of these has individually or in combination allowed me time to feel at different points. And maybe for me they have to be that obvious lyrically to cut through (as I usually just listen to sound).

    But a song that made me possibly remember/ realise how much our friends and loved ones do things for us that even they probably don’t realise how generous and loving and supportive they are, is this.

    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @whisht, @thane16

    this one’s for whisht and syggers…maybe because it represents a moment in my youth, or…just because…




    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @whisht, @thane16

    come to think of it, there’s this as well. You can’t believe how important this..and the music–and performances of–Jeannie Lewis…was to me at a certain moment in my past.


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