Answering A Song

 

Answering A Song

Sometimes when i hear a song on the radio or i am playing some CD's i get an urge to join in. Now, there's probably nothing too unusual about this and i imagine that a lot of people like to join in when they hear some of their favourite music but this is just an alternative method to that. Have you ever found that you were singing words to a song for years and then realised it was the wrong words all the time, or started singing a song thinking you knew it and once it had gone beyond the first three or four words you were in an embarrassing no mans land. Unsure whether to give up at this point or continue adding in a lot of la la la's. Yes i'm sure most people, whether they are singing in the shower or while working have encountered these singing difficulties.

You can continue in this frustrating way or adopt a more resourceful attitude to singing these songs that you don't know. The way i think of it is adapting a song so that it become's your song as well as the songwriters.

So, as the title of this Hub says it is all about answering a song. Whether you do it because you have forgotten some words or just because you want to, a lot of songs will become a blank canvas for you.

Here are a few examples of answering a song and in fact joining in with the songwriting process with the likes of Lennon and Mccartney.

So if i was to hear The Beatles sing "Do you want to know a secret" i could reply "Not really, no".   Dionne Warwick might be on singing "Do you know the way to San Jose" and i could turn to the radio and say "no". Duran Duran had a big hit where they were singing "please please tell me now is there something i should know" and  personally i would say "no, and you're actually being a bit too nosey if you don't mind me saying". Sometimes like that it's difficult to fit all your own words in but you just have to try some variations.

 Rod stewart sings the line "If you want my body  and you think i'm sexy come on honey tell me so".  To this i might reply "Honestly Rod, You just don't do it for me.         There is also the more complex answer you could give if you get the right song. For instance Scottish band Travis asking "Why does it always rain on me" makes me want to answer Firstly i'm sure it doesn't always rain on you. i think you're exaggerating a bit. It rains on other people as well not just yourself and if you come from Scotland there is a fair chance you are going to get a lot of rain. That's just the way it is".       That could be quite a long answer for this song without even touching on what rain is and why it happens etc which could give a whole other answer.

But hopefully that is enough to be getting on with. Just occasionally answer a song. Start with a one word reply and move on to a sentence and then whole paragraphs and then before you know it you will look at your music collection in a totally different light.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

I enjoyed this! Now that this little seed has been planted, I am sur. I will find myself "answering the song" more often than the phone!


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi tnderhrt23, Yes you should give it a go!. Thanks for the comment. Michael.


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NikitaButalia 5 years ago

Great hub! It's a great way to spend time during every day bus travel!


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi NikitaButalia, Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on this Hub. Michael.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well no one loves music more than I do - and I have the cultural advantage by living here out at the lake to play it as loud as fooking possible - lol lol - one of my favorite bands from the 80's came from Scotland -The La's ......the thing I like about this hub is your enthusiasm and sincerity for the art form of music and letting it all out - and yes your writing is contagious too!!!


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi epigramman,Thanks for reading this Hub and for commenting on it. The La's much as i would like to claim them as Scottish were actually English,coming from Liverpool. I also thought they were really good. Michael.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..whoops ...thanks for the correction my friend ....lol lol - but the bottom line is - no matter where in the world it comes from - good music is just good music!!!!!


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi epigramman, Yes i totally agree. It doesn't matter where the singers or bands are from as long as you like it. Michael.


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Fullerman5000 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

I am so guilty of this. I do answer the song. fun hub


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Yes, this was a delighful read! And yes again, I do often do that sort of thing. I also like to mangle or twist the words - espcially of stupid songs! Get a laugh out of that.

Thanks for the intersting Hub.

Love and peace

Tony


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Michael, lol this is so true. I find myself answering not only songs, but also commercials on TV. I love the way you think.. funny and weird.. just like me. We must be twins.. I was just born years ahead. lol

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Fullerman5000, Thanks a lot for the comment. Just keep on answering those songs! Michael.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi tonymac04, Thanks for reading and commenting on this Hub, and it is nice to see that there are a lot of song answerers out there!. Cheers. Michael.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Rosie, Thanks a lot for your comments on this. Yes, it is good to see there is a lot of participation already in this new sport! Yes, there possibly is the same weird and funny wavelength that we are on. Michael.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Interesting...I'll bet Mr Freud would like a shot at you! LOL! Thanks for fun write! WB


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Yes we all do it don't we? Then have a sly glance around to make sure no one heard us. Amusing stuff that we can all relate to. Cheers michael.


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Stan Fletcher 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Love it man, and do it all the time. I also answer questions people ask me in commercials. Wanna save money on car insurance? No, I want you to shut up so I can watch my program, you insufferable ass. Great fun. Cheers.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Wayne, Thanks for commenting on this Hub. You are probably quite right. Therapy required!!

Cheers. Michael.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi attemptedhumour, Thanks a lot for the comments. Much appreciated. It's good to know there's a lot of participants out there! Michael.


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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland Author

Hi Stan, Thanks a lot for your comments on this Hub. Glad you liked it. Yes, i also like to do the talking to commercials or actual TV programmes when people ask really stupid questions.

Cheers. Michael.

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