Sunday, May 04, 2008

Two Memes in Less than 24 Hours...

means, what? Hey, I'm done grading my papers!

This one comes from Phil Jr., but then I was further inspired by Scott.

Step 1: I Put my MP3 player or whatever on random.
Step 2: I Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
Step 3: YOU Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: I Strike through when someone gets them right.

And because most of my readership is academic, I'm including foreign language numbers (especially if they are well-known works). I skipped the numerous selections that began "Kyrie eleison..." or "Sanctus, Sanctus"

I'll post the answers after a week or so.

1. O Lord, My God, I take refuge in you
2. Mit Staunen sieht das Wunderwerk HINT: 18th-c
3. De profundis clamavi ad te...(hint: it is from the 20th-c, and relevant to my dissertation work)
4. Da die Hirten ihre Herde
5. We met in the quiet of the meadow
6. My life goes on in endless song HINT: new age/Celtic
7. Adonai, Adonai... Lo gavah libi
8. Funny day, looking for laughter and finding it there
9. Give me one reason to stay here and I'll turn right back around.
10. I have spent nights with matches and knives
11. Can you hear the drums... HINT: the title of the song is the next word.
12. An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day HINT: country classic!
13. Half the people are stoned
14. Empty spaces, what are we living for HINT: classic rock
15. No more carefree laughter HINT: same performer(s) as another already guessed item on this list
16. I cannot ask you when exactly you plan to leave (you won't know the performer, but if you get the composer, extra bonus points!!)
17. Hello, darkness, my old friend
18. The sky may be starless... HINT: jazz standard, popular artist
19. Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together
20. Won't you please let me go HINT: assoc. with Little Miss Sunshine
21. I've an unrest inside me HINT: showtune
22. Oh, play me some... HINT: classic 80s country
23. Goodnight my angel HINT: leave these questions for another day...
24. Barbare! Non, sans toi je ne puis vivre HINT: opera "reformer"
25. Where have all the good men gone (it is for the gym, OK?)

GOOD LUCK! Fabulous prizes for all, of course...

UPDATED 5/5 with HINTS!! I felt sure no. 2, 12 and 23 would be guessed long before no. 4!
UPDATED 5/7: updated hint to No. 15


Anonymous said...

9. Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
17. Sounds Of Silence--Simon & Garfunkel
19. America--Simon & Garfunkel

That's all I know.

The Unhipster

Rebecca said...

Well done, Unhipster. You get the special bonus prize for being the first to answer.

Anonymous said...

Wait, I figured out one more.

7. Cum On Feel The Noize--Quiet Riot

It's a little known fact that those guys were actually Hassidim.

I guess I knew more than I thought.

The U.H.

Svenn said...

Number 10 is Indigo Girls (Blood and fire) and 25 is Bonnie Tyler or what? What gym?

Rebecca said...


You got them. The Bonnie Tyler song (I Need a Hero) warranted a pre-emptive explanation because some of my friends will find it funny...

Thanks for playing!

Anonymous said...

#4 is Schönberg, "Friede auf der Erde", which I only know because it's part of an upcoming performance.
#8 is Joni Mitchell, "I don't know where I stand", from Clouds, I believe.
That's all I've got.

Anonymous said...

Ack. "Friede auf Erden" is the title, but the text says "Friede auf der Erde". Now the whole internet knows I'm a phony. Time for a new identity.

Rebecca said...

Right you are Mark! And if it makes you feel any better, I always think of it as "Friede auf der Erde" too. I'm jealous...I performed it over ten years ago and it is one of my favorites.

PMG said...

#13 is the Bernstein Mass! A track that would show up on very few other people's iTunes..

Rebecca said...

Excellent, Phil! I figured you might get that one. There are two others on the list that are Bernstein, actually...can you guess?

Scott said...

Is #7 from Bernstein's Kaddish Symphony? I don't think it is Chichester Psalms.

Rebecca said...

Half-credit for Scott! ;-) It is Chichester Psalms--third movement, after the extended intro. That's the movement I irreverently call the "Bali Ha'i" movement.

Rebecca said...

Alright, friends. I've added some hints that might help!

Dan B. said...

21. I Wish It So. The Upshaw album is one of the best crossover performances out there.

Dan B. said...

11. Fernando! Of course.

Rebecca said...

I totally agree, Dan. And welcome to the MiscellaneousMayhem blogroll. :-)

Deetie said...

Well, fine. I'll weigh in with my 17th and 18th French opera thang. #24. Gluck from "Alceste".

Good hint with "reformer", btw.

Deetie said...

uh, that would be 17th and 18th century opera thang. Sheesh!

Rebecca said...

EXCELLENT, Deetie! And "French" is appropriate in this instance anyway.


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