Isn’t music amazing…

Isn’t the range of music around incredible—how many different varieties and genres exist? How do humans keep composing new, authentic music?

If a scientist told me that music is a finite natural resource like coal, or crude oil—that we only have 5 years of original music compilations left before notes are repeated and originality dries up, I wouldn’t be surprised.

How do artists come up with new songs? Do you like a wide variety of music, or just one or two types? I gave my youngest, The Devil’s Advocate, a lift recently. She plugged her iPhone into the car stereo.

“You might like this song,” she said.

WOW, do yourself a favour and listen. These guys, Alt-J, are unique!

This song gave me an earworm, ie. a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing.

The Devil’s Advocate was impressed with the line in the song, ‘Please break my heart’.

There is something about the strong but vulnerable male …

If you enjoyed Breezeblocks, you might also like Alt-J’s other songs, Matilda and Something Good.

Everyone goes on about how cute babies are, but so are teenagers—I don’t care what people say.

What are your favourite songs? (So we can share, and I can put them on my iPhone songlist) 🙂

Alt-J is an English indie rock band, formed in 2007 (obviously I’ve been living under a rock).

PS – A short post because I’m editing.



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25 Responses to Isn’t music amazing…

  1. ‘Matilda’ is one of my favourite songs. I also love electronic music – it seems there’s no limit to the range of new sounds that can be produced electronically.

  2. Hi Annabelle. So glad you like ‘Matilda’ too. 🙂 I didn’t think of electronic – any examples?

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    I, too, often marvel that so many songs can be created from the same set of notes. Kind of like words and stories, I suppose, though there are fewer notes than words. Speaking of words, happy editing!

  4. Debbish says:

    Ummm…. not sure I’m a fan. Different though…

  5. Peekiequeen says:

    Interesting post there Susan. I know I cannot live without music in my daily life. I’d go on and dry up if there wasn’t a sweet melody filing my dreams. I don’t know how its possible for so many different tunes to be created but just when you think there can’t be anything new, someone goes and surprises you. My fave all time tune is Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order. Can’t explain it really only that its been sort of a lifelong anthem. What’s your’s? Cheers!

    • I didn’t recognise Bizarre Love Triangle, but on listening…of course! It’s a great choice.
      How does one explain why music sings to your soul? Your question got me thinking—I think my ‘anthems’ are in my book Arafura, especially the INXS songs. I did that because I think music can heighten emotions. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  6. Lee-Anne says:

    Agree that music is great for all moods and situations (and a balm when editing!) 🙂

  7. Hi Lee-Anne. I read about a famous author recently (so famous, can’t remember his name) who puts in earplugs and listens to the same 20 songs over and over when editing. I tried it the other night when the house was full of noise, and it worked!!

  8. This music got my feet tapping. I don’t listen to much music at home. I usually prefer silence. Sometimes when I’m writing a scene for my novel and the character is listening to a piece of music I’ll play it on YouTube while i write. Or i’ll listen to music in the car. 🙂

  9. Joanne says:

    I’m sure my sixteen year old son would enjoy this song! I listen to his new music all the time and have often pondered the same as you, where do these talented people get their ideas from to come up with these amazing new songs? I discovered Josh Pyke (an Australian) a few years ago and have two of his CD’s, which I play constantly in the car. Three of my four children enjoy his music too, so that’s pretty good! If music resources were to dry up one day, such as coal, I would be devastated! 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting, Joanne. If you like Josh Pyke, try The Rubens. I’m like you, surrounded by younger tastes to make great suggestions. Cheers, 🙂

  10. earlgreyornoway says:

    I would give you a list of works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Beethoven, because I have a certain fondness for Classical music, being a violinist… But I think I’ll stick to recommending 60’s through 80’s rock. Right now I’m a bit obsessed with the Police, their songs Roxanne and Synchronicity II in particular. If you’re into more modern, recent songs that are horribly catchy, try This Head That I Hold by the band Electric Guest. I can’t get enough of it. (But if you do want to try on some classical songs… Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Second Movement (a rather slow one), or Dvorak’s New World Symphony, First Movement are a few of my favourites.)

    • Thanks for visiting! Just listened to This Head That I Hold – yes catchy indeed! I love Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances. As children my parents played a lot of classical music, still love Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. And Peer Gynt, love the drama!! You’ve inspired me to make a classic list for my iPhone. Happy for any recommendations. For something different, my favourite ear-worm this week is My Gun, by The Rubens. Actually, I love their entire debut album.

  11. PookyH says:

    I love music, all kinds, always have. It’s amazing how a song can take you back to a moment in time. I find it funny though, how your opinions can change and on hearing a song you once loved, years later you wonder what you found so compelling…

  12. What a fabulously eclectic song. As a music major, and someone who studied composition and arrangement, I’m always, always surprised to see that the well is not empty. It’s like words. When the stars align, everything flows without effort.
    Personally, I like anything with a bagpipe. 🙂

    • Welcome and thanks so much for listening to the song. Mull of Kintyre still gives me goosebumps. Loved your post on stinky dog, too close to home really. 🙂

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