"Over the last few decades, popular songs have switched from major to minor keys: In the 1960s, 85 percent of the songs were written in a major key, compared with only about 40 percent of them now. Broadly speaking, the sound has shifted from bright and happy to something more complicated." —Researchers E. Glenn Schellenberg and Christian von Scheve studied songs from the past fifty years of Billboard's Hot 100 charts and have determined that we're growing ever more miserable as a society. (Or not. I could easily believe that an affinity for sad songs indicates a happier state of mind. And I think comparative analysis of something as [...]
Ten Songs For Young, Active Cats To Force Their Extroverted Woman Owners To Sing For Them (On A Rainy Stay-At-Home Friday)
"The researchers determined that cats and their owners strongly influenced each other, such that they were each often controlling the other's behaviors. Extroverted women with young, active cats enjoyed the greatest synchronicity, with cats in these relationships only having to use subtle cues, such as a single upright tail move, to signal desire for friendly contact."
Lady GaGa, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Debbie Harry And Sting Turn Carnegie Hall Into A Fancy Karaoke Bar
This performance of "Don't Stop Believin'" (yes, that one) from a Rainforest Fund benefit last night in New York City proves that while you can put the Lady in really uncomfortable "arty" shoes that make her look like she's about to fall over, you can't pry the lyrics to Journey's ever-unkillable ode to hope from her brain. (Elton, however, got a bit tripped up by the verses at the beginning there…) [Via / Related]
"Conservatives who talk that way don't just forfeit the chance to influence the social norms surrounding the genre. They reinforce the perception that their views are shaped by little more than cartoonish stereotypes. One needn't dig deep into obscure rap albums to find 'human feeling.' Multi-platinum singles will do. Try 'December 4th' by Jay Z or 'Stan' by Eminem. All across America, kids are listening to rap lyrics that resonate with them more than anything else in their lives, capturing the way they feel about their absent father or the bliss of a long afternoon spent in the park with friends or how parenthood changed their perspective or the effect [...]
Have you heard this new Action Bronson song? It's great. And yes, simple. Constructed around a Spanish horns sample looped up by producer Tommy Mas, it doesn't have a hook or a chorus or anything. In making such a song, one called "Simple Man," I mean, Bronson takes his place in a long, if not always proud tradition in pop music. There are lots of "Simple Man" songs. They are usually quite simple, and they usually start with a sentence right along the lines of, "I am just a simple man." (Kudos to Bronson for avoiding that.)
Oh my God, psyched! As if they read the Awl and know what a crappy August we've all been having, the folks at NASA are holding a contest where the public can choose "wake-up music" for the astronauts who man the penultimate space shuttle voyage, mission STS-133, scheduled to launch November 1st. Go to the NASA website, where you can listen to 40 songs that have been piped in to start astronauts' days on past missions (and you get to hear the radio communication back and forth with ground control, too) and vote for your favorites. I voted for Elton John's "Rocket Man," because… What do you mean [...]
"Among the top ten safest songs to drive to are Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith and Tiny Dancer by Elton John. Each of the songs have an optimum tempo of a song for safe driving, mimicing the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute. The Scientist by Coldplay and Justin Timberlake's Cry Me a River also appeared in the top 10."
"True, no single wavelength of light appears pink. Pink requires a mixture of red and purple light—colors from opposite ends of the visible spectrum. Easy enough to do, and no seeming threat to pink’s ontological status." —Scientific American's Michael Moyer decries "the absurd war on the color pink." I didn't even know there was such a war. But there apparently is. They're trying to do Cam'ron's favorite color like Pluto. There's no "p" in Roy G. Biv, say the haters. Some of them even say that pink should really be called "minus green."
"Absolute rubbish… This story's three months old. There's more chance of you fucking me than Elton appearing on US Idol." -Gary Farrow, publicist for Elton John, vigorously disputes the rumor that the singer will replace Simon Cowell on "American Idol."
Elton John is guesting on the new Alice in Chains album. To get an idea of how crazy that is, watch this video of Alice in Chains performing "The Rooster." Then watch this video of Elton performing "Your Song." Dressed as Donald Duck.