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Old 08-26-2011, 03:13 AM   #1
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Recommendations for English songs, with touching/jolly lyrics


The only English songs which I could understand
till now are:
1. My December (Linkin Park).
2. Mama Mia (Mama Mia).
3. I'm alive (Celine Dion).


Accent is a problem. I can only understand the kind
of accent in the above mentioned songs. :sigh:

The English music CDs cost here around $11, which
is VERY expensive. I can't go on trying out each
one therefore.

Any recommendations on songs with "touchy touching/inspiring jolly" lyrics
(provided their accent can be understood)?

No death metal please.
EDIT 1:
No romantic songs too, please.

Last edited by TheIndependentAquarius; 08-27-2011 at 12:58 AM. Reason: Added another condition.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 06:41 AM   #2
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you mean touchy as in high strung? or touchy as in touching, like heartwarming and such?
 
Old 08-26-2011, 06:44 AM   #3
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What is high strung?
By touchy, I meant heartwarming, only.

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Old 08-26-2011, 06:54 AM   #4
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Petula Clark - Beautiful in the Rain.

I really can't understand this--you can't spend money on music because you don't understand the lyrics? First, you should listen to the music, even if you don't understand all of the words, or even none. Lots of good music I've heard, that I didn't actually understand at first (try Irish stuff, for example...) Second, you'll learn if you listen to things you don't understand. 11 bucks must be very expensive there, because it's about the triple of that in here--yet people buy music all the time, even those who "don't have money". If you like it, it's not that expensive nor does it matter if you can understand everything And don't they let you listen to the music at the store before buying? At least here (not all, but most of) the stores have a player and headphones and will gladly let you listen to a disc before you buy it.

Not commenting on the taste of those tracks you mentioned.

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Old 08-26-2011, 07:10 AM   #5
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you can't spend money on music because you don't understand the lyrics?
That's right. If I don't understand something, buying it
and then keeping it on the shelf, is meaningless, IMO.

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First, you should listen to the music, even if you don't understand all of the words, or even none.
I have tried that, it seems like a punishment.
Ever heard of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.?
I bought one of his CD once, only to return it the next
day. Music is a subject, which if you don't understand
(it is likely) that you won't enjoy it too (though not
in all cases). I'll try the Irish, thanks for the suggestion.

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And don't they let you listen to the music at the store before buying? At least here (not all, but most of) the stores have a player and headphones and will gladly let you listen to a disc before you buy it.
They do, and I do ask them when I have to purchase Hindi
songs, since that time I usually have to select 1 from 5.
But that's not the case with the English songs where I don't
know anything about anything. I need a starting point for
English songs.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 07:38 AM   #6
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This is the only I can think of at the moment: Two sleepy people, by Silje Nergaard, touchy and clearly sung (I could understand almost all of it the first time I listened the song). Also, any song by Frank Sinatra is clearly understandable, IMO. Anyway, you can always search the lyrics on internet and listen to the songs while reading them (that's what I do for fun and to practice pronunciation).
 
Old 08-26-2011, 08:24 AM   #7
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Who needs lyrics to be 'touchy/inspiring'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B150J2pQaBA

Crap video, but you take what you can get. Yeah, that is singing, but its not lyrics, its closer to glossolalia than anything else. I wouldnt call it 'touchy' but heres another track that also has 'lyrics' that arent really lyrics (AFAIK anyway, if I ever meet Lisa Gerrard I'll ask her LOL)-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJqUbb-WuPQ

The video for that song is taken from a movie called 'bakara' which is really worth watching if you like the video (not the music).

Those sort of tracks are not to everyones taste, and its understandable if Anisha (or anybody else here) say 'yuck, how do you listen to that junk?'. BTW, I listen to far worse than that LOL.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 10:30 AM   #8
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"Speak", by Queensryche.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 10:37 AM   #9
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Hotel California (Eagles). I've always found it easy to listen and understand. And I like the country/rock guitar sound.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 12:40 PM   #10
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Thanks for the inputs so far, I'll look into them.

Question:

Which are the bands/artists/groups which have
an accent same as the ones in songs mentioned in the
OP?
Are those songs qualified as soft rock?
 
Old 08-26-2011, 12:55 PM   #11
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I have tried that, it seems like a punishment.
Ever heard of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.?
I bought one of his CD once, only to return it the next
day. .
Its always a matter of taste and when you say Hariprasad Chaurasia, you got to have some inclination towards hindustani classical music even if you dont understand music as subject. My uncle plays flute himself and has lots of his disks. We found it boring at beginning, but as time passes you start understanding good music and appreciating it as well. But if you do not like classical, I would bet it was not a good choice.
If you do like some indian/western fusion, Rahul Sharma composes nice music. I hear him a lot on youtube. And you need not necessarily understand lyrics, there are not many. Its mostly just instrumental music with some lyrical words. Recently Rahul Sharma got together with Kenny G for album called "Namaste India" which is worth listening to.

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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Thanks for the inputs so far, I'll look into them.

Question:

Which are the bands/artists/groups which have
an accent same as the ones in songs mentioned in the
OP?
Are those songs qualified as soft rock?
I'm familiar with the bands, but not the individual songs. Taking these in turn:

1. My December (Linkin Park) - Classified as NuMetal, which is an offshoot of heavy metal. Definitely NOT soft rock.
2. Mama Mia (Mama Mia) - The entire Mama Mia soundtrack is based on the music of 70's disco band ABBA.
3. I'm alive (Celine Dion) - Could be classified as soft rock, but you'd be stretching the definition of "rock" there. Probably more accurately called "soft pop," if there is such a thing.

As for accents, Celine Dion is a French Canadian singing in English, so good luck finding more of that. ABBA was a Swedish band singing in English, so that'd be another tough one to match. I dunno who sings the song you're talking about for Mama Mia, though... my wife tried watching it with me, and I took an early exit. Some of the cast was American, some not. Linkin Park is American.

Anyway, what I think you're really looking for is something where the singers enunciate well, so a non-native listener has a better chance of understanding.

I'd be happy to make some recommendations, but honestly, the words "touching" and "inspiring" are so subjective. I have no way to know what themes/ideas you find inspiring. If you can give me some idea, that'd be helpful. Otherwise, I can throw out some titles of songs that are meaningful to me, and you can try them out on your own.
 
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And since I see you often in the English Questions thread, I'll just share that the word "touchy" typically refers to someone who is irritable and quick to anger... as in the slightest touch will set them off. "Touching" is the synonym for "heartwarming." "Touchy" can mean the same thing, but only in the context of the slang phrase, "Touchy-feely."
 
Old 08-26-2011, 05:42 PM   #14
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ABBA was a Swedish band singing in English, so that'd be another tough one to match.
Roxette?

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EDIT 1:
No romantic songs too, please.
Hmmm, perhaps not then. But then Celine and ABBA would also fit this category IMO, so I'm not really sure what you're looking for now.

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my suggestion is going to be Horses in the Sky, by Silver Mt. Zion
 
  


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