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The All-Purpose Getting-To-Know-BBers Questions Thread
26 April 2019
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I think we're due for a new question: 

Which part of a song do you tend to experience most? (Melody, lyrics, instruments, etc.) Does it depend on the song?

  

Melody and lyrics have to be in tandem for me to really enjoy a song.

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Maybe I am the only person in the world who values lyrics above all else. Yes, I appreciate melodies, musicianship, etc., but to me they're more like a vessel for the lyrics than the point of the song.

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I love lyrics too, but they just aren't really a part of the music for me. I read them separately, like poetry.

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Hmmm. It's hard to quantify. For me, it's the overall mood of a song, which the lyrics do contribute to if I know them; words typically act as texture more than anything, though, and I go by more of a general tone than specific meaning. The music, I would say, carries outsize weight.

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The music for sure, lyrics are great but it's the music under it that really matters.

A perfect way to understand this is to take a good song with bad lyrics and compare it to a bad song with good lyrics, say Sweet Lady (Queen, 1975) vs Sunflower (Post Malone, 2018). Sunflower has better lyrics but when it comes to the actual music, it doesn't hold a candle to Sweet Lady's with it's brilliant 3/4 backing track and intricate weaving of guitar parts during the solo, all on top of a great vocal performance by Freddie. Compare that to Sunflower, which is a barren wasteland of basic synth parts over a drum machine, all on top of autotuned vocals.

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For me, I obviously like to have both, but I am more likely to enjoy great music with bad lyrics than I am bad music with great lyrics, if that makes sense. 

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More random questions! 

What's your least favorite book you had to read in school?

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Ooohhhhhh that's tough... not counting the "see Spot run" type little kiddie books from kindergarten, I'd have to say The Pearl. I can't stand Steinbeck, I can't stand The Pearl, and I couldn't stand my teacher or the essays I had to write about it. (Yes, essays is plural.)

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i haven't yet been forced to read anything i wasn't at least mildly interested in yet. i like reading too much. especially classics.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: A collection of short stories by Raymond Carver

 

I despised it so much, as did most of the class. Not fond memories

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The Hole Got Fixed said
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: A collection of short stories by Raymond Carver

 

I despised it so much, as did most of the class. Not fond memories

  

I didn't read it in class, but I failed to appreciate it and dropped the book halfway. He did have a unique writing style, yet not my type. 

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: A collection of short stories by Raymond Carver

 

I despised it so much, as did most of the class. Not fond memories

  

i think my mum has a copy of that in her library... hm. 

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I'm doing Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles in English at the moment, and I'm not a huge fan of it. The storyline is really powerful and ahead of its time (basically it's a very sad tale of an oppressed Victorian era farm girl who suffers a lot at the hands of the hypocritical patriarchy, and it contains some pretty shocking stuff for the 1800s including a rape), but the way it's executed is mind-numbingly boring, since Hardy decides to spend most of every chapter describing in great deal all the details of wherever a given scene is taking place. 

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50yearslate said
Ooohhhhhh that's tough... not counting the "see Spot run" type little kiddie books from kindergarten, I'd have to say The Pearl. I can't stand Steinbeck, I can't stand The Pearl, and I couldn't stand my teacher or the essays I had to write about it. (Yes, essays is plural.)

  

I love Steinbeck, he's probably my favourite author. I could read The Grapes of Wrath over and over again.

 

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I'm doing Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles in English at the moment, and I'm not a huge fan of it. The storyline is really powerful and ahead of its time (basically it's a very sad tale of an oppressed Victorian era farm girl who suffers a lot at the hands of the hypocritical patriarchy, and it contains some pretty shocking stuff for the 1800s including a rape), but the way it's executed is mind-numbingly boring, since Hardy decides to spend most of every chapter describing in great deal all the details of wherever a given scene is taking place. 

When I was 16-17 I read Hardy's 3 'big 'uns'- Tess, Jude The Obscure, and Far From The Madding Crowd. 

Madding Crowd, I can barely remember what happens in it. Jude will make you contemplate taking your own life- it is that depressing, and Tess is wonderfully written but is a tragedy as Hardy loves doing. The man's true love was his Wessex countryside, my God !

I had to study some of his poems for my leaving cert exams and there was more wonderful bounciness and happiness that Hardy oozes. 

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I had to read Chasing Lincoln's Killer in my eighth grade reading class and I have never hated a book so violently in my life.

The book is all about the thoughts and feelings that were going through John Wilkes Booth's head from the time of Lincoln's murder until his own death. What made it even worse is that my teacher taught the book like every single word in it was fact. A specific thing I remember is the book said that John Wilkes Booth wanted his death to be a big show. My teacher emphasized that part of the book. How do we know this is what he wanted when he DIED right after supposedly having this thought? 

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If you could live wherever in the world you wanted, where would you live. For me, it would probably be Vancouver for many reasons. The weather is great all year round, with 4°C winters and 18°C summers meaning that the winters are cool while the summers are warm. Also, it's in Canada, meaning you get a nice hybrid of the US and Europe.

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Tbh, if I had the choice to live anywhere in the world, anywhere at all, I'd probably just stay where I am now. I love California.

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That's a tough question. I really like living in 'the world's most liveable city between 2011 and 2018', but somewhere with decent public transport would be good... 

I'm tempted to say Amsterdam but tbh I'd need about half an hour to actually come to anything close to a conclusion.

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