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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