“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven
What’s your mondegreen? A mixed bag of musical instruments
A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem or a lyric in a song Wikipedia
What is your mondegreen? Have you ever misinterpreted the lyrics of a favorite song? Do you remember anyone else who has? Recently, I was listening to an NPR (National Public Radio) show on music and the topic was about Mondegreens. If you’ve never heard the term before, it is used to describe what happens when we listen to a song and hear some of the lyrics differently from what the artist is singing/saying. For instance, instead of “Pretty little things” we might hear “Ditsy little finks.” It happens to a lot of us and often with songs we enjoy singing out loud. As I listened to the show, which was quite funny, it took me back to songs I enjoyed in my teen days and how I butchered some of the lyrics because what I heard was different from what the artist was singing.
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” Bono
“Blinded by the Light,” cover of a Bruce Springsteen song by the Manfred Mann’s Earth Band The line “revved up like a deuce” becomes “wrapped up like a douche”
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac The line “Well, who am I to keep you down?” becomes “Well, whoever will kick you down?” “Thunder only happens when it’s raining” becomes “Thunder only helps us when we’re praying.” ”Have you any dreams you’d like to sell” becomes “Holds you and it dreams you like yourself.”
“Diamond in the Back” by Curtis Mayfield. The line “Gangster whitewalls TV antenna in the back” becomes “Against the white world, To be answered, sit in the back.”
Do you have any examples of a Mondegreen to share? Above are some examples of popular songs we’ve butchered (some are mine and some from Wiki). I remember when Fleetwood Mac’s huge hit came out. I fell in love with the album and would listen to the song “Dreams” on the radio or on TV and sing along loudly. In classic mondegreen fashion,”Well, who am I to keep you down?” became “Well, whoever will kick you down?” and it stuck in my head like an earworm. On the NPR show, they invited a Mondegreen expert and he pointed out that when we mishear the words of a song, we hold on to the incorrect lyrics because we truly believe we have the correct information and everyone else is goofing off. And, like an earworm, which is a song that won’t leave your brain, a mondegreen lingers too. Checkout the poll below and add your vote. Thank you! More below
Posted in Musical Notes, Positive Advice, Posts & Photos 2013
Tagged communication, Happiness, Humor, inspiration, life, mondegreen, music, Musings, postaday, reflections, stories
“To know when to go away and when to come closer is the key to any lasting relationship.” Doménico Cieri Estrada
Haiku: Yo Slick… Blow!
shit jive is poison…
Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison (Remix)
Some jive is poison…
Endless gossip about nonsense
I say, yo slick… blow
It’s my prerogative…
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative
How we live our lives
Look, it’s our prerogative
Toe the line or… go
A friend shared a decision about a difficult relationship and all the clamoring others made. It brought back memories and prompted this haiku; with a title to make us chill out and smile or relax a bit… You know, humor helps with heavy stuff. Sometimes, relationships flounder or end, even in blog land, and we must respect the shifting winds, put out the fire, or set our sails elsewhere. Music can soothe the hurt; but then we must move forward. More below!
Posted in Musical Notes, Positive Advice, Posts & Photos 2012
Tagged DPchallenge, haiku, Happiness, Happy, inspiration, life, Motivation, music, Musings, poetry, postaday, reflections, Relationships
“Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.” Pandit Ravi Shankar
RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar: Legendary Sitar Maestro…
Pandit Ravi Shankar – Raga Asa Bhairav
Pandit Ravi Shankar & Anoushka Shankar – Raga Anandi Kalyan
Pandit Ravi Shankar was a gifted musician and composer whose expertise on the sitar, and powerful, evocative music, brought him international recognition and well deserved accolades. He was often called the “Godfather of World Music ” as he cut across cultural boundaries to share his music globally. His genre was classical Indian music with a contemporary feel and his performances were long, inspiring musical feats that could make the spirit soar as if in deep meditation. In fact, I was exposed to his music during my ashram living years and that was the first way I got to learn about, and fall in love, with his body of work. I found his music both captivating and meditative and would listen to his performances and interviews on my CDs and TV/Radio for hours.
Over the years, Ravi Shankar traveled around the world performing his special brand of music which, as time went by, included performances with his daughter Anoushka, a talented musician in her own right. The equally talented Norah Jones is his daughter. If you’ve never heard his music, I invite you to devote some time to sit back, listen, and let the sounds wash over your body and soothe your soul. His music came into my life at an important phase in my growth and I remain grateful for the exposure. I’ve included a few more of my favorite musical pieces from his best work; Raga Parameshwari and Mishra Bhairav, below. More below!
Posted in Global Events, Musical Notes, Positive Advice, Posts & Photos 2012
Tagged Anoushka Shankar, death, Happiness, india, inspiration, life, music, Musings, Norah Jones, postaday, Ravi Shankar, reflections, RIP, Sitar