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Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to “Like” a Song and Appreciate Music Better

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1. Understand What the Song is Trying to Convey. If you find it hard to understand the meaning of a particular song, listen to it repeatedly to further appreciate it. Maybe you will not like a song the first time you hear it, but when you listen to it repeatedly, you will be surprised because you might really enjoy it. Many songs have hidden messages that the artist wants you to find.
“Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.” --William F. Buckley, Jr.
  

2. Be Open-Minded. Don't be afraid to listen to any music genre. Everyone’s music taste differs from each other. What sounds good to you may not sound good to other person. It doesn’t necessarily mean that when one of your friends doesn’t like a particular singer, you will unlike that singer, too.

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body."  --Oliver Wendell Holmes


3. Don't dismiss the Oldies. Some of the great songs from the past also sounds good. In fact, some of the songs from the past seems like they’re not getting old either, the all time favorite, like the songs of “The Beatles”.

“We listen to great music and know that all our joys and sorrows are part of something beyond our comprehension - and so indefinitely valuable.” --Jesse O'Neill
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Truth about Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa’s “Payphone”





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Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa’s “Payphone” sold 493,000 digital downloads in its first week! I admit, this song is really amazing. Its lyrics and melody were left playing in my head like LSS (Last Song Syndrome), because the first time I’ve seen its official music video, I got hooked. I’m sure that you too, do you?

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This pop song is about a man that has build his dreams with someone he love, but then, that someone leave him and wasted the time and the love he gave. That girl has easily forgotten all of the memories and special moments that they have shared. Then, though it wasn’t his fault, the man is calling at the “Payphone” and still asks for a second chance but the girl thinks it is already too late.

I can easily relate to this song because just like the writer of the song, I’m also being sicked whenever I hear love songs that remind me of someone so dear to me that has gone or moved away.  If I will be that girl, I will never do that to the guy that loves me so much, and I will never let him go. (Too bad, he fell in love with that girl, and not with me.)
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Good news to the people that really appreciated this song, because this song was a success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100chart, and on the ARIA Charts, and topped the Canadian Hot 100, UK Singles Chart and Italian Singles Chart. I’m so glad that finally, in their fourth album "Overexposed", that was released worldwide last June 26th, 2012, it is the album's lead single.

I can’t wait to see what would be their next single.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Music and It's Elements

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          What is music? They say, “Music is my life, and the lyrics are my story”, for me it is true. Had it ever happened to you that when you listen to a particular song, some of the lyrics of that song seems like it also happened to you, and that the song writer have written that song only for you? 

The Elements Of Music:

              1. Rhythm – It is the beginning of music, the variation of accentuation of a series of sounds. It’s most fundamental component is beat. Beat is that to which we clap our hands or tap our feet. According to Charles Hoffer, the beat of music is “a pulse or throb that is sensed rather than sounded and it recurs regularly…and is not necessarily present in all music”. The beat is the simple pulse found in almost all music familiar to us while the rhythm is a larger concept, including the beat and everything that happens to sounds in relation to time. One way of measuring rhythm is by means of meter. Meter is the arrangement of rhythm in fixed, regular pattern with a uniform number of beats in uniform measures. 

2          2. Melody – It is the second important element of music. If rhythm is associated with physical motion, melody is associated with mental motion. It is sometimes called the memory element because it is always remembered by a listener. Melody is an organized group of pitches strung out sequentially to form a satisfying musical entity. Melody occurs in various guises and circumstances and is heard in terms of pitch. Pitch indicates the highness or lowness of sound and is determined solely by the frequency of molecular vibrations.  Thus, the slower the vibration, the lower the pitch and  the faster the vibration, the higher the pitch. The relation of one pitch to another is called an interval. When certain patterns of intervals are repeated at a different pitch, we have sequence. The sequence embodies melodic and rhythmic repetition. A good melody must contain the following qualities: 

        a) The listener must have a sense of satisfaction, completeness, and feeling of integrity.
        b) Melodic line must have a sense of continuity - long in flowing high and low point of interest, and a climactic moment. This is called the “La Grande Ligne” - the great long line. 


3         3. Harmony – It refers to the manner of sound combination wherein we add subordinate sounds to enhance the quality of the main sounds. It is the sounding of series or group of tones at the same time or simultaneously, instead of a single tone sounded separately.  The tonal combination of two or more tones sounded at the same time is called a chord. If the combination or chord seems to produce an impression of agreeableness or resolution to the listener, it is called concord. If it does not, the combination is called discord or dissonance. In general, harmony refers to the simultaneous sounding of pitches regardless of whether the chords sound pleasing or not.

              4. Tempo It refers to the speed of a certain musical piece. It is measured by a device by the musical notes given half or full values.
      Terms commonly used to indicate tempo:

a)  Largo- very slow
b)  Adagio- slow and stately
c) Andante- at a walking pace
d)  Andantino- alternatively faster or slower than andante
e)  Allegreto- moderately fast
f)  Allegro- fast
g)  Presto- very fast
h)  Accelerando- gradually becoming faster
i)  Ritardando- gradually becoming slower


5            5. Dynamics It refers to the amount, strength, or volume of the sound. It is the degree and variations of sonority and force with which the music is played from soft to loud. Dynamics is perceived when composers and performers make skillful use of shading or volume so that the  music reveals an almost constant interplay between loud and soft music.

6            6. Timbre- refers to tone quality. This element helps differentiate one type of voice from another or one instrument from another.

In general, when the elements are organized and combined in such a way that the listener finds the experience rewarding and meaningful, then music is created.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why I Am Passionate About Music?


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The word “passion” is about enthusiasm, a desire, eager interest, or intense feeling for something. Every one of us has a passion. What are you passionate about?

If you’ll ask me what I am passionate about, well then, I’m passionate in reading (especially the stories written by HYSTG), going to different beautiful places, watching Koreanovelas (like Dream High), and most of all, l am passionate in listening to music.

Why I am passionate about music? Because music makes me feel relaxed and stress free. When I’m alone with nobody to talk to, I listen to music. I love listening to the songs with beautiful and meaningful lyrics, though sometimes, it makes me feel sad when I hear the songs that remind me of something or someone. My fave singers are: Miley Cyrus, Charice Pempengco, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Luther Vandross, and most of all, Avril Lavigne. And my fave bands are: Parokya ni Edgar, One Direction, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, the Script, and Fm Static and so much more (they are too many to mention. XDD).

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They said that music makes our brain works better, and if you can’t explain or express your feeling, all you have to do is find a song with the perfect lyrics that will speak for you. They also said that “Music is a universal language”, so even if we speak different languages, I believe that we can all be united through music.

And that’s the reason why I am passionate about music…
So, what are you passionate about?