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  1. Better late than never might be the motto hanging over the entrance ... Oh well ... As the story continues to progress, maybe there'll be things you'd like to chat about, complain, moan. Whatever. First though, I've an announcement about Tony and Geoff, and the next few months. As a serial which is written as it's being posted, T&G needs discipline as well as enjoyment on my part. Over the past couple of episodes, that discipline has felt more like a constraint, something that holds me back from writing other things. So the next chapter, 17, about the meal, will be the last for a short while. It will finish Part 1 of Soul Music. I love the characters and I have plenty left to do with them, but I need a break. Both to do other things, and to recharge that part of my creative battery. I expect Geoff to be having that conversation with his mother sometime in July, probably as the opening chapter of Part 2. Sorry to keep you hanging on that one, but the meal seemed the only point at which I could call a temporary halt. @Parker Owens as my editor, and the person with the most invested in the story after me, has agreed with my decision. So, there it is. It will allow me to write more for GA - about Eric, amongst others, and another longish entry for the next anthology. In the meantime, there is one more chapter to write (and it may well turn out to be long one ). I hope you've enjoyed it so far and that you'll rejoin me when I announce the start of Part 2 in this thread.
  2. Henry Purcell was an English composer and songwriter. Born in London in 1659, he also died in London, aged just 36, in 1695. In fact it seems he lived his entire life in the capital. Purcell had been born during the English Commonwealth - a turbulent period in British history when England was a republic, having chopped off the king’s head (Charles I) 10 years earlier after nearly a decade of bloody civil wars. A year later and it was all over - the English monarchy was restored. During his short life Purcell wrote many forms of music: for the Church, theatre (including opera) and the Royal Court. He was also a prolific composer of popular music, writing over 100 “pop songs”. How, when there was no radio, TV or internet? Simple - Purcell published in the various bestselling songbooks, such as Choice Ayres (yes really ) which were regularly updated in new editions by the London-based music publisher, John Playford (who effectively held the monopoly on music publishing throughout England). This is one of those songs written c1680: She Loves And She Confesses Too If you listened carefully you’ll have noticed this song is written above what’s called a “ground bass” or “bass line” that repeats throughout the song. I’ll post more about this and other stuff later if there’s any interest.
  3. Hey I'm curious, does anyone use some ambiance when writing like music or a specific you-tuber? I personally, quite often have music that fits the mood of what I'm writing, or listen to Fredrik Knudsen.
  4. I like songs about relationships, whether it be about friendships, falling in love or breaking up, that are gender-neutral so that they could apply to any pairing of two people. This isn't to say I can't or don't enjoy songs that use pronouns or clearly talk about females, but I wouldn't send that song to a guy and say this is how I feel about you. I'm curious what songs others like that fall into this category. I'll start us out with a few I can think of off the top of my head: Just a Kiss by Lady A I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz I'm Yours by Jason Mraz Sweetest Perfection by Depeche Mode What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts Somebody to Love by Queen
  5. What are songs that you find inherently sexy or erotic? I don't mean songs about sex (though they can be), it can be a riff that makes you feel a certain way, a voice, anything really. Like this one: There's just something about it. Admittedly, it's probably about sex, but I found it sexy long before I listened properly to the lyrics. I love the riffs, and it features Maynard from Tool, whose voice is amazingly alluring to me. So! Show me yours! EDIT: I guess maybe this is a little too personal for most people to comment on...
  6. This is surreal. To hear my little song done by my buddy in his own, folky/country style is so strange. To know that his regular fans hearing it love it is even stranger... Happy Friday... wow.
  7. I was driving on the way to our most remote site, and this melody/lyrics began to play in my brain. So I pulled off, recorded it, then continued on my way. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kzx9g8bKyTRl4pzA_OC42FGXN42vo5-n I’ll decide later if it’s worth trying to flesh out into a complete song. Maybe ask my buddy who does Folk singing for a living what he thinks. Till then, is the melody familiar to anybody? It’d suck to think it’s mine when it’s not.
  8. Following on the heels of our 'Live-Poets Society' over in the Writer's Corner, I thought we'd do something similar with classical music. The goal of this thread is to share videos on classical music we like. The idea is to introduce our fellow enthusiasts to pieces and composers we may or may not have heard of. Post a link to a video with a few words of introduction; mainly along the lines of who and how the piece interests you personally. Naturally, I encourage feedback on what others post, and suggest we all keep an open mind [[needless to say, the composers do not have to be deceased, lol, but it may help]]
  9. I'm not sure if you ever tripped over Pete Hollens before... but this guy (and his wife) have some amazing talent. The editing on these things just boggle my mind... I See Fire from The Hobbit: Song of the Lonely Mountain (The Hobbit): The Rains of Castemere from Game of Thrones: A really cool version of the Game of Thrones Theme: And the Skyrim Theme:
  10. We all know most things are geared towards the heterosexual lifestyle. Sometimes songs, movies, etc. can’t fully express our feelings. Not to take away from their own importance. Here’s a Valentines playlist for the LGBTQ in your life. Feel free to add your own. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8099653/queer-love-songso
  11. Earlier this week me and my friends were able to score tickets for Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold at Metlife stadium, and it got me thinking; whats every bodies favorite concert experience? If it's something crazy great! If it's something you personally found moving or exciting that's just as good! Personally my favorite concert moment was seeing Motley Crue on their final tour with my dad. The gorgeous Tommy Lee had some awesome roller coasteresque track he wound up riding as he played! Including going upside down! It's a moment I doubt I'll ever forget.
  12. Everybody knows Simple Minds for their big single, "Don't You Forget About Me" from the Breakfast Club, but did you know they had another hit single and were not actually one-hit wonders? Yup, they had a tune released in the fall of 1985 and it was a hit- not as big as their signature tune, but still successful. It's been largely forgotten, but I heard this tune many years ago on a show called Glory Daze, which was set in 1986 and followed guys pledging a frat. I heard a snippet on the show, but had no clue what the name of it was or who played it. It wasn't until like recently that I heard it played on the radio, and the announcer said it was a tune by the Simple Minds. Color me shocked, because again, I was under the impression they were a 1985 one-hit wonder. Anyway, check it out: I think it's a lovely tune...it's not as soaring as their big hit, but it has its own charms. Kind of a shame it seems like nobody remembers it and it's completely overshadowed by "Don't You Forget About Me". Were any of you guys familiar with this forgotten oldie?
  13. Have you ever wanted to go inside the head of a musician? A tall, angsty one at that; whose exterior is brash and rude, but whose soul is tormented with the past and the world around him? How about when this same soul meets up with a very tortured teen, a Brit, one who will turn his life upside down? This is the premise for Upstaged, a series penned by myself and the very talented Nephylim. We have posted the first two installments in their entirety here on GA, with the third about six chapters in. It's a world of teenage and young adult drama, angst, worries, love, sex, finding out about one's self and what they're truly made of.
  14. I saw a post for classic Christmas songs. But I have always enjoyed the silly ones, so I decided to start my own post. They can be anything, from silly versions of classic Carol's, to silly Christmas Rhymes. My Favorites are the silly versions of While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night Some are: While shepherds wash their socks by night All seated round the tub A bar of sunlight soap comes down And hits one in the mug While shepherds watch their flocks by night All tuned to BBC An angel of the lord comes down And turns to ITV While shepherds watch their flocks by night All eating fish and chips An angel of the lord comes down And charges them two pound six And my all time fav - with thanks to The Vicar of Dibley While shepherds watch their flocks by night All seated on a bank An angel who was bored came down And taught them how to - MERRY CHRISTMAS. Over to you.
  15. I was surfing the web and came across this awesome video, if you had the chance would you go to a concert like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aro6w-KDJX4 comment below.
  16. While I am not a big fan of rap music, I found the clip featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake performing The History of Rap (in four parts all included) to be energetic, funny and totally captivating. These guys know how to have fun together and put on a good show. The clip was featured in a story on nbcnews.com and Today. Here is a link to the story: http://www.today.com/entertainment/forget-sexyback-jimmy-fallon-justin-timberlake-bring-old-school-comedy-2D11774210 Here's a link to the Youtube video:
  17. everyone has dream of becoming a singer,some people make it some people don't but it ain't hard to try. I'm gonna write the opening verse of a song I made up so it's original. Then it is up to you amazing people to carry on and lets create a song just a little fun lets give it a go So many words,so many phrases. creating spaces, amazing places. write the previous two verses and add your own.
  18. A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa, invented the ‘‘viola organista’’ - which looks like a baby grand piano – but never built it, experts say. The viola organista has now come to life, thanks to a Polish concert pianist with a flair for instrument-making and the patience and passion to interpret da Vinci’s plans. Full of steel strings and spinning wheels, Slawomir Zubrzycki’s creation is a musical and mechanical work of art. ‘‘This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,’’ Zubrzycki said as he debuted the instrument at the Academy of Music in the southern Polish city of Krakow. The instrument’s exterior is painted in a rich midnight blue, adorned with golden swirls painted on the side. The inside of its lid is a deep raspberry inscribed with a Latin quote in gold leaf by 12th-century German nun, mystic and philosopher, Saint Hildegard. ‘‘Holy prophets and scholars immersed in the sea of arts both human and divine, dreamt up a multitude of instruments to delight the soul,’’ it says. The flat bed of its interior is lined with golden spruce. Sixty-one gleaming steel strings run across it, similar to the inside of a baby grand. Each is connected to the keyboard, complete with smaller black keys for sharp and flat notes. But unlike a piano, it has no hammered dulcimers. Instead, there are four spinning wheels wrapped in horse-tail hair, like violin bows. To turn them, Zubrzycki pumps a pedal below the keyboard connected to a crankshaft. As he tinkles the keys, they press the strings down onto the wheels, emitting rich, sonorous tones reminiscent of a cello, an organ and even an accordion. The effect is a sound that da Vinci dreamt of, but never heard; there are no historical records suggesting he or anyone else of his time built the instrument he designed. A sketch and notes in da Vinci’s characteristic inverted script is found in his Codex Atlanticus, a 12-volume collection of his manuscripts and designs for everything from weaponry to flight. ‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ said Zubrzycki, who spend three years and 5000 hours bringing da Vinci’s creation to life.
  19. http://www.the90sbutton.com/ Click the button, click again and again and again Musics, lots of random 90s music awesome. if you aren't a fan of 90s music, move on.
  20. Alright people, this came up in discussion the other day at the pub and it got me thinking. I am very proud of not having guilty pleasures. I feel no shame in telling my friends that I love Glee, or that I listen to Nickelback out of choice, or that i think Taylor Swift rocks. These are all things i feel no shame in. But as it turns out, I do have a guilty pleasure that i don't share with my friends (and no, it's not GA) I watch Say Yes to the Dress on Youtube. why, i have no idea, but i have seen every available episode. it is not something i can explain rationally. but there you go, there's my guilty pleasure. Sharing time!
  21. This clip is from a recent Letterman show featuring the best Elvis Impersonator singing a selection of his songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G8fjHJbF9Es The orchestration and the two back-up group of singers along with the staging make this. Turn up your sound if like Elvis.
  22. I used to sing choir in grad school. Alas now... I have youtube to reminscence. Anything arranged by Moses Hogan(RIP you) gets me. And I like the Russian melody, Polyushko Polye in Japanese. The clip's from Boy's Choir, a japanese movie, which I highly recommend the film if you're in the mood for japanese teenage angst. A very touching film about a boy, on cusp of adolescence, losing his golden soprano voice.
  23. Who’s You’re Favorite Celebrity ? Do you have the Bieber Fever or a fever for someone else ? Let us know Uploaded with ImageShack.us
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