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Implanted memories teach birds a song

Researchers at UT Southwestern have begun to answer these questions in a new songbird study that shows memories can be implanted in the brain to teach vocalizations—without any lessons from the parent. Although the findings have no immediate implications for treating patients, they do provide compelling clues about where to look in the human brain to better understand autism and other conditions that affect language.

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-implanted-memories-birds-song.html

Beach House

I can’t get enough of this band.

I don’t think I’ve had a favorite band in 20 years, but I do now.

Part of the appeal is the singer’s (Victoria Legrand’s) voice, which is deep and reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter, although the style is very different, more like that of male singers in 70’s pop and rock bands. Another part of the appeal is the songwriting, the chords and the melody and how the pieces are put together – the kinds of songs I would like to write. The songs are written by Legrand and Alex Scally. And the third part of the appeal is the dreamy, droning style of constant arpeggios, like if Philip Glass were to have written pop songs. This feature makes some of the songs sound alike, but is a small flaw in an otherwise great collection of music.

The videos are strange. I’m not sure whether they enhance the experience of the music. Their videos on YouTube have ads for schizophrenia medication. Makes me wonder who else is watching these.

Etana – “Bad Mind”


I heard this song on “The Joint”, channel 80 on XM/Sirius. It was a complete earwig for me – just couldn’t get it out of my head, like the first time I heard Rhianna’s “Umbrella” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. I wonder if this will be the big song of the summer. When I lived in New York, particularly in Harlem, it seemed each summer there would be one song that I heard constantly throughout the day, from cars and apartment windows and those guys who walk around with boomboxes on their shoulders; although that doesn’t seem quite so common anymore.

Her MySpace page has a download link:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/bwnfcy

I listened to some more of her songs on Last.fm but I didn’t particularly care for any of them. They weren’t bad, but lacked the hook that “Bad Mind” has.

“Bad Mind” may be too reggae to be a huge commercial hit in the states, but maybe not. I just wish I could make out the lyrics. I can only make out a few of the words.

The Road to Mandalay

Rudyard Kipling is an interesting poet to study these days. His notions of the White Man’s Burden seem so outdated, yet his experiences in Colonial India have echoes in the actions of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I had some music snippets and thought it would be a good exercise to fill them out using an existing poem as the basis for rhythm and structure.

I chose Kipling’s “Mandalay” because it had a structure that would work with what I already had melodically, and the verses are very visual.

The Road to Mandalay (mp3 2.32MB) is the simple demo.

It could use a bridge; it only has an A and B part now which gets repetitive after a few verses.

I heard a Sinatra version of a song also based on this poem, and I definitely think mine is better.

The lyrics I originally wrote are in this song Dr K. which I kind of like, but Kipling’s are good too.

a F a d a A d a

a7 C G D C E E G

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ eastward to the sea, There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me;

For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: “Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”

a G F a a E F a

Come you back to Mandalay, Where the old Flotilla lay: Can’t you ‘ear their paddles chunkin’ from Rangoon to Mandalay?

On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin’-fishes play, An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!

a7 C G D C E E G

‘Er petticoat was yaller an’ ‘er little cap was green, An’ ‘er name was Supi-yaw-lat — jes’ the same as Theebaw’s Queen,

An’ I seed her first a-smokin’ of a whackin’ white cheroot, An’ a-wastin’ Christian kisses on an ‘eathen idol’s foot:

a G F a a E F a

Bloomin’ idol made o’mud — Wot they called the Great Gawd Budd — Plucky lot she cared for idols when I kissed ‘er where she stud!

a7 C G D C E E G

When the mist was on the rice-fields an’ the sun was droppin’ slow, She’d git ‘er little banjo an’ she’d sing “~Kulla-lo-lo!~”

With ‘er arm upon my shoulder an’ ‘er cheek agin’ my cheek We USEter watch the steamers an’ the ~hathis~ pilin’ teak.

a G F a a E F a

Elephints a-pilin’ teak In the sludgy, squdgy creek, Where the silence ‘ung that ‘eavy you was ‘arf afraid to speak!

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But that’s all shove be’ind me — long ago an’ fur away, An’ there ain’t no ‘busses runnin’ from the Bank to Mandalay;

An’ I’m learnin’ ‘ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells: “If you’ve ‘eard the East a-callin’, you won’t never ‘eed naught else.”

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No! you won’t ‘eed nothin’ else But them spicy garlic smells, An’ the sunshine an’ the palm-trees an’ the tinkly temple-bells;

a7 C G D C E E G

I am sick o’ wastin’ leather on these gritty pavin’-stones, An’ the blasted Henglish drizzle wakes the fever in my bones;

Tho’ I walks with fifty ‘ousemaids outer Chelsea to the Strand, An’ they talks a lot o’ lovin’, but wot do they understand?

a G F a a E F a

Beefy face an’ grubby ‘and — Law! wot do they understand? I’ve a neater, sweeter maiden in a cleaner, greener land!

a7 C G D C E E G

Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst, Where there aren’t no Ten Commandments an’ a man can raise a thirst;

For the temple-bells are callin’, an’ it’s there that I would be — By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;

a G F a a E F a

On the road to Mandalay, Where the old Flotilla lay, With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!

On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin’-fishes play, An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!

Posted by mslaybau at 05:19 PM | Comments (0)

Top 17 Country & Western Songs

This was in my inbox:

Top 17 Country & Western Songs

17. I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine

16. It’s Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed Your Ass Out All Day Long

15. If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You

14. If The Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me

13. How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

12. I Liked You Better Before I Got To Know You So Well

11. I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Getting Better

10. I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dogfight ‘Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win

9. I’ll Marry You Tomorrow But Let’s Honeymoon Tonight

8. I’m So Miserable Without You It’s Like You’re Still Here

7. If I Had Shot You When I First Wanted To, I’d Be Out Of Prison By Now

6. My wife Ran Off With My Best Friend And I Sure Do Miss Him

5. She Got The Ring and I Got The Finger

4. You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly

3. Her Teeth Was Stained But Her Heart Was Pure

2. She’s Looking Better After Every Beer

And the Number One song is . . .

1. I Ain’t Never Gone To Bed With an Ugly Woman, But I’ve Sure Woke Up With A Few