Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Good game

Following yesterday's sojourn into music I invented a new game you can all play, too. You need a random CD with artist, etc. unknown (compilation from a friend, etc.). Now listen to each song (until a maximum of 5seconds of intro) and stop it immediately when you think you recognise the tune. Write down all your guesses. Even if you cannot identify a track as being exactly familiar, then write down an approximation of genre, era, or artist. Then you can listen to the music properly if you like.

The important part is to consider the process you went through to arrive at your guesses. For me it was tantalising. I'd stop after two seconds, then go back and replay them again and again (never more than the 5seconds - in fact it is better with just two or three, one if you're super good!). I'd be thinking and feeling a familiar song. I'd need to run lyrics in my head to get title/artist. I'd picture a music video or dancing to the tune once in the past. Most of the time it was like pausing in the middle of a writing flow knowing damn well that the next word is crucial but you cannot for the life of you find it - it is on the tip of your tongue, you think it begins with C, it means complex, complicated, not exactly conflicted or commingled, some other word, you can almost draw a picture of it, talk about what it means, then finally your Eureka moment and calm arrives - convoluted - ahh, that's better.

Well, that is what happened to me more than once in the 14 track list. Here are my guesses:
1 Michael Jackson - Scream
2 Shanks and Bigfoot - Sweet like chocolate
3 Outkast instrumental
4 Faithless - sounds like their style
5 Something like Sweet home Alabama, kinda country rock
6 No idea, literally.
7 Robbie Williams - Angels
8 MTV/Top of the pops/Radio One music interlude between tracks
9 Jack Johnstone/Corinne Bailey Rae/something from Grease/Dirty Dancing
10 Aqualung - If I fall
11 TLC - Waterfalls
12 Some Madness/Lady Gaga joint effort/collaboration
13 Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
14 Weird song from a compilation given to me by a pal called Daniel; I call it Thai Reggae for want of a better album title.

A pretty random collection if that was the actual playlist, but of course it wasn't. It was...

Hail to the Thief by Radiohead!

If anyone wants to share the results of them playing the game, then that would be great. If anyone listens to this album and then wants to say that my guesses are not completely mad, that would be great, too!

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